The JAM Voices Choir is an instructional course offering and vocal ensemble that affords students grades 6-12 the opportunity to learn the vocal jazz repertoire and to perform in various professional settings. As with all of our JAM offerings, students learn the techniques that enable them to master their instrument, in this case the voice.

At the Jazz Academy, the goal is to support students that have an interest in vocal music by guiding them along the path to becoming Jazz musicians that sing versus a singer that is not a musician.

Therefore, we focus on providing the students with an understanding of the following:

    • Musical keys and how it applies to them;
    • Ear training;
    • Breathing;
    • Pitch;
    • Voice placement and
    • Period styles as well as improvisation and scatting.

Students will learn to sing with music as well as a cappella.

The first session begins with a friendly audition where the student’s vocal range and key are determined and the student is placed in the appropriate vocal section (e.g., soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass). Subsequent sections will involve learning various jazz selections. Students are provided opportunities to learn and apply vocal jazz techniques and stylings in a friendly, non-threaten and supportive environment.


    Allyn Johnson

Allyn Johnson

Native Washingtonian, ALLYN JOHNSON, is a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation. Allyn, a prodigy who began playing piano at the tender age of five, got his start playing piano for the youth choir in his uncle’s church. There he honed his inner musical gift.

While a student at the University of the District of Columbia, Allyn was mentored by the late great jazz legend Calvin Jones, a venerable figure in the international jazz community. At UDC, Allyn was the first recipient of the Felix. E Grant Scholarship Award in jazz performance. He graduated magna cum laude from UDC in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. Now Allyn has served for more than six years as an adjunct professor of music and assistant director of the Jazz Studies program before succeeding Jones as the director in 2005.

Allyn is one of the nation’s most sought after musicians in the jazz community. He is revered by musical giants as well as the “young lions” of his generation. He was chosen for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in 2001 and returned to teach in the program in 2002. As a composer-arranger, he has a growing library of works for ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation.

In 2005, Allyn’s vision became a reality and Divine Order was conceived. Divine Order is an ensemble of exceptionally gifted and talented instrumentalist and vocalists from the Washington metropolitan area. At any given time, this ensemble comprises string orchestra, brass, woodwind, rhythm sections and chorus. With the winds of the spirit of excellence, adoration, honor and power, Divine Order truly touches the soul.


The first semester begins on October 2, 2013. The last class session is on December 4, 2014 with the winter concert on or about December 8, 2014. The second semester begins January 15, 2014 with spring concert dates to be announced shortly after the start of the semester.


Rehearsal Location Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Term Fall: 10/2/2013-12/8/2013
Winter 1/15/2014 – 5/4/2013
Rehearsal Frequency Bi-Weekly — Wednesday’s
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Participation Fee Registration Fee:
(Full Year)
Make Checks Payable to: Jazz Academy of Music Inc.
Mailing Address PO Box 6744
Silver Spring, MD 20916-6744


JAM Voices Students will be required to wear the Jazz Academy Voices Uniform as follows:

Formal Events
(Concert/Recital Halls and other Special Events)
Young Ladies:
Concert dress to-be-determined before first concert. (Dress fee $65.00)

Young Men:
Black jacket (a Jazz Academy issued patch must be sewn on the right pocket of the jacket), black pants, white shirt, Show vest will be provided by Jazz Academy (Vest fee $35.00)
Informal Events
(Outdoor festivals and other Special Informal Events)
Young Ladies:
Jazz Academy Polo shirt and Black pants.

Young Men:
Jazz Academy Polo shirt and Black pants
The Jazz Academy will provide: Jazz Academy Polo Shirt

* – The registration fee is $530.00 and covers the entire school year. The registration fee can be paid in two installments of $265.00, on or before the first day of each semester. If paid by Visa or MasterCard, the second installment will be automatically charged to your credit card at the beginning of the second semester. If you elect to pay by check the first installment is $353.00 and the second installment due on or before the beginning of the second semester is $177.00. We will hold your reservation for 7 days and will confirm your reservation upon receipt of your check.

To Register for JAM Voices CLICK HERE


Jazz Academy
Orchestra (JAO) Auditions

Tuesday, Sept 15th 5-9pm and Saturday, Sept 19th 10am-6pm

Register and schedule your audition today!

Rehearsal are every other Tuesday at 7:00pm beginning 9/22/2015 at Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.

CLICK HERE for the Audition Performance charts.

Current JAO students do not have to audition ... RETURNING JAO STUDENTS CLICK HERE to register online!