Vocal Instruction

Discovering Your Voice and Making it Stronger

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Photo taken by workshop student Seda Erciyes in Istanbul, Turkey (June 2014)

Fay Victor is an active vocal educator with a growing worldwide reputation, beginning her foray into teaching with private lessons to budding vocalists while living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the 1990’s.  A self-taught vocalist, Fay sought out a world class opera teacher while living there to expand the range and depth of her instrument, giving Fay the agility she needed to improvise using extended vocal technique as her improvisatory language developed.  Fay is steeped in the jazz tradition, equally adept at singing the blues, rock, contemporary, new music and free improvisation. This is a unique tapestry to tap into as a student – a teacher that actively performs across many genres on a constant basis (see BIO here).  With Fay’s understanding and guidance a vocalist can develop ready to perform in any style from a healthy vocal foundation. Students are challenged in an honest yet comfortable and non-competitive environment during private, group or workshops settings.  Students then begin to unlock their individual voices, gaining confidence in sounding like themselves.

With Fay Victor students can study a number of ways:

* Private vocal instruction – in person in NYC (Brooklyn and Manhattan locations), while on tour, or remotely via Skype.
* Vocal workshops in NYC – Fay no longer runs a weekly jazz vocal workshop in New York City and her focus has shifted to running Creative Improvisation workshops, helping vocalists improvise outside jazz realm. The next course is coming up starting September 19, 2017 in Brooklyn. Fay continues to run the Advanced Jazz Vocal Summit (in its eighth year), an annual four-day workshop jazz vocal intensive in New York City held in August through the New York Jazz Workshop. 
* Workshops and masterclasses at renowned music colleges and institutions around the world. Victor has given master classes, workshops and clinics in Antwerp, Belgium, Amsterdam – The Netherlands, The California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, CA), Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), New York University (New York, NY), Highbridge Voices (Bronx, NY), LIU (Brooklyn, NY), Montreal and Vancouver, Canada.

What’s on offer
>>Vocal technique and coaching
>>confidence building
>>audience connection
>>jazz and creative improvisation for vocalists
>>business and social media strategies

Read below to get detailed information on what’s on offer.  Get in touch to learn more about pricing, scheduling, etc. at lessons@fayvictor.com.

Check out this workshop on Creative Improvisation that Fay gave in June 2017 on the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.  Catch the entire one hour workshop here:

Private Instruction

Fay  teaches private students through her private practice (located in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn) and through the New York Jazz Workshop focused on technique for jazz and improvising vocalists  – including vocal technique (breath support, tone production, placement), vocal coaching, Improvising for vocalists (within jazz harmony + outside of scatting and jazz harmony) and composition.

Private Vocal Coaching during the Jazz Vocal Workshop
Private Vocal Coaching during the Jazz Vocal Workshop

Here’s a video from Thomaz, from Sao Paolo, Brazil.  He came to NYC to study with Fay  for three weeks in the summer of 2015. Here’s a video of some of their work together:


Vocal Workshops


In 2017, Fay began running Creative Improvisation Courses in NYC, with the second session finishing in October 2017. Fay developed her strategies for these workshops on the road in the US and Europe.  Now that two courses are complete, Fay is deeply inspired to keep them going. Look out for the next course, starting in March 2018.

In these courses you will learn, discover and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside and outside songs with an improvising vocalist that has over 15 years of experience as a vocal improvising performer. Fay Victor has performed with some of the most innovative improvisors on the planet from Marshall Allen (Sun Ra) to Randy Weston to William Parker to name a few. These experiences has lead to deeper understanding and clarity on how to improvise and interact with instrumentalists as equals with vocal instruments.

Participants learn how to:
-listen in a different way
-the breakdown of musical components at their disposal
-the integration of melody and lyrics

Please contact lessons@fayvictor.com to sign up for the next course or get more information

FINAL Concert – Creative Improv II October 22, 2017

The New York Jazz Workshop


Fay ran the weekly Advanced Jazz Vocal Workshop at the New York Jazz Workshop for 5 years focused on interpretation, theory, ear training, repertoire development and group singing and is currently developing a workshop idea for the NYJW in Brooklyn. Fay will continue to run the 4 day Vocal Intensive workshop for the 9th year in a row in 2018!

Spring 2015 Small's presentation!
Spring 2015 Small’s presentation!
Aftr concert glow selfie with the NYJW Advanced Class vocalists in Spring 2015
After concert glow selfie with the NYJW Advanced Class vocalists in Spring 2015
NYJW in Istanbul, Turkey! Group selfie off all the fabulous vocalists. April 2015
NYJW in Istanbul, Turkey! Group selfie off all the fabulous vocalists. April 2015

4 DAY Vocal Summit

Through the New York Jazz Workshop, Fay also runs a 4-day workshop now for the 6th year. If you are a jazz singer seeking to expand your range, develop your breath control, and increase your vocal stamina, or if are you a classical or musical theater singer interested in exploring the worlds of jazz and cabaret but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’re simply someone who loves music and would like to incorporate the joy of singing into your day-to-day life? Whether you sing professionally, for fun, or just in the shower, you will learn valuable skills that will enhance the beauty and ease of your singing. The workshop will focus on subjects such as: Vocal Styling, Phrasing, Repertoire, Ear Training, Rhythmic Diversity, Improvisation, Fundamentals of Vocal Technique/Vocal Health, Diction, History, Charts and more.  This is a  4-day workshop with accompanist provided. In 2013, we added a 5th day to the workshop solely focused on the business of music covering topics such as social media, web presence, industry personnel and band management and development.

the 2015 Jazz Vocal Summit (Intensive). FOUR days of learning with these wonderful vocalists. This session was sold out.
the 2015 Jazz Vocal Summit (Intensive). FOUR days of learning with these wonderful vocalists. This session was sold out.
The great alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones as a special guest with the NYJW Adv. Vocal Class
The great alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones as a special guest with the NYJW Adv. Vocal Class

Note below of a clip of the Jazz Vocal Workshop where FV coaches students in singing the Civil Right’s Anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Be To Be Free”.

BBC journalists records students learning "I WIsh I Knew How It Would Be To Be Free."
BBC journalists records students learning “I WIsh I Knew How It Would Be To Be Free.
Shot of the class and band after the fantastic presentation in June at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Main Stage
Shot of the class and band after the fantastic presentation in June 2015 at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Main Stage

Teaching on the Road

Fay takes her show and vocal expertise on the road, teaching masterclasses, clinics and private instruction at institutions such as Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), Amsterdam Conservatory (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), The University of the Arts (Bern, Switzerland), UC-Berkeley (Berkeley, Ca), UC-Irvine (Irvine, CA) The California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, CA), New York University (NY, NY) Long Island University (NY, NY), Royal Conservatory (Antwerp, Belgium), Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and the Rostov Jazz School (Rostov-on-Don, Russia). More teaching on the road coming up in Montreal, Quebec later this year. Stay tuned!  Get in touch with Fay at lessons@fayvictor.com to learn more about how you can bring this great and unique artist and educator to your institution.

How about crossing international lines from your own home? Fay now gives lessons via Skype, address: fayvocal.  Get in touch to learn more…

Women in Music Panel with Dr. Farrah Jasmine Griffith, Dr. Courtney Bryan and FV at High Bridge Voices - March 2016.
Women in Music Panel with Dr. Farrah Jasmine Griffith, Dr. Courtney Bryan and FV at High Bridge Voices – March 2016.
Students during the Vocal Improv Session in Bern, Switzerland
Students during the Vocal Improv Session in Bern, Switzerland


*The moment I was inspired to try singing jazz, I googled “jazz vocal workshops in NYC”

A bunch of stuff popped up and looked generic and boring.  Then I came across New York Jazz Workshop and saw your bio. Just seeing your photo, I knew you were legit… I googled you, heard some of your stuff, and I signed up to audit your workshop.  After observing your class, I didn’t have to search any further.  3 years later, I’m still here. You’re an amazing teacher, you’re honest, kind and get straight to the point…no sugar coating. You think outside the box and encourage us to be our true selves. Your class is fun and has a good balance of music theory, signing / performing, improvisation, listening sessions, etc.  Plus, you’re a working musician who performs and tours regularly, so your insight is based on real experiences, not what you’ve read or studied.  Your talent inspires me and you’re a dope down to earth person.  I’ve learned and grown so much thanks to you.  We need more teachers like you in this crazy world. Never stop teaching, ever. -Yvette

*You are the best voice teacher I ever had. You helped me to solve my questions. Very quickly and accurately. Especially I appreciate that you helped me to find my own voice. -Yasuno

*Fay is an inspiration.  She recognizes the individuality in each student, meets them at their level of musicianship and provides a well-rounded education in music theory, jazz style, appropriate repertoire and jazz vocal pedagogy.  She keeps it positive and is a LOT of fun. I enjoy my lessons with Fay immensely. -Thais
*Fay Victor is the embodiment of a master teacher in her field. She understands the history, content and real world application of the jazz vocal idiom and  also possesses a deep understanding of how students with diverse skills and background knowledge can learn. She is committed to the success of her students and creates a positive learning environment for all students regardless of current skills or ability levels. It has been an honor to be studying with her in both private coaching and workshop settings.” – Cherina

*Deeply encouraged and inspired to become a better singer!!!I appreciate being taught by not only an amazing artist but a beautiful human beingAli

*The mark of a great vocal coach is one who truly understands vocal technique and can effectively relay this learning to students through the history of the genre, music theory and individual expression.  As a vocal student studying under Fay Victor for three years, I have learned so much about vocal control, pitch, intonation, theory, jazz as a music genre, improvisation and myself.  Fay is a true professional who models all that she teaches and remains true to the art form, herself and her students.  For holistic musical development, I unequivocally recommend Fay’s approach and curriculum.  You won’t regret it. Jacquii

*Fay Victor is an extraordinary teacher. She is a ‘free vocalist’ with a solid jazz background whose method focuses a lot on style, phrasing, improvisation and interpretation. Though all these terms are often used to describe vocal coaches, Fay has an entirely different approach to teaching. She is able to free up personal expression allowing students to feel comfortable exploring well beyond the boundaries of a given stylistic canon. Olivia

*The group exercises were very helpful and the solo performances really improved my performance as a singer, the perfect workshop to get to know about jazz! -Juliette

*As a beginner, I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher than Fay. She is not only extremely knowledgeable regarding technique, but also highly intuitive when it comes to tapping into the creative and mental blocks that keep us from realizing our full potential. Because of her compassionate and encouraging nature, opening up and trying new things with my voice has been much less scary than I had imagined, and even therapeutic for the soul. Kristin

*Not only is Fay Victor an incredible artist who is a master at her craft, but she is also an amazing educator- a combination that is often hard to find. Her pedagogical approach combines technical rigor while at the same time prioritizing creativity, innovation and feeling. It has truly been a pleasure and an honor to be a part of her class.| -Adjoa

*Thank you for contributing in such a special and deep way to my singing Your freedom in your teaching is an amazing way to learnTeresa

*Your philosophies on voice really appeal to me. Your views on artistic interpretation and what makes a great vocalist is why I decided to start studying with you. It makes me want to work harder to learn the rules so that I can break them! For me, singing is such a personal experience that trust is a big issue. And I’ve come to the point in our lessons that I truly trust you and value your advice. I look forward to many, many more lessons and great things to come -Lucy

*You make me feel safe to explore my own voice and guide me toward finding whatever I would like to do with my talents. That is a rarity in a teacher as many will try to put there style or wants for you on you, you however adapt to what you think I need. That is the best part of being your student; the freedom and safety you give me to learn. -Kia

*I loved working with you. You’re one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.” Wendy

Contact and more info:

on FB – FV’s Teaching & Workshop Page
via Skype at fayvocal

7 Replies to “Vocal Instruction”

  1. Fay – What a wonderful declaration of your thoughts and ideas about helping people find their own way of expressing their innermost selves using their voices! I found it inspiring and encouraging as I work in a similar vein of communicating what I love to do and to help others in that endeavor – Thanks for a wonderful site about your work and I love your sounds!!!! best JUDI

  2. Hi Fay

    My name is Sherine and I m currently in NYC for the first time. I really wanna to get 2-3 private classes with you before I leave for home ( Hong Kong ) on the 2nd of May.

    May I know if you have the time for some private lessons ? I love jazz music but I don’t have any formal background in studying jazz or music in general.

    Thank you for your time.


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