As some of you know, my musical journey took an unexpected turn in the spring of 2012, when I took my 1st jazz vocal course at the Jazzschool Community Music School. I begrudgingly enrolled in the class for the sole purpose of improving what I could offer at my church, but it shocked me by being so life-giving and musically challenging! :) At the end of the course, I received strong encouragements to pursue jazz singing seriously from 2 teachers and several close friends. Over the next year and a half, I took more courses as well as some private lessons, but it only took me so far.
In November of 2013, I was in a car accident that made me reevaluate life (not to sound cliché, haha), and I realized that I had indefinitely shelved what I want. As the process of even figuring out what I want unfolded, I discovered part of what I wanted was to see what I could do with some seriously demanding musical training. Thus, I threw myself into applying to and, upon acceptance, studying at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) in Berkeley for the spring semester of 2014. The 1st semester was way more than I bargained for and I loved it!
I feel really good about this path and knowing that I want to continue on, I ask you to please consider helping me progress in my jazz studies. The goal amount would cover 2 semesters of tuition in 2[phone redacted], consisting of 2 vocal performance courses, 2 theory courses, and 2 ensemble courses. Any additional funds raised would go towards additional courses (such as the lyric writing course or composition course) & required books/materials. And truly, I appreciate ANY amount!!
My current income is unable to cover the upcoming year's tuition...it's been a rough year (which you can ask about if you'd like). Also, the CJC is newly accredited and going through the process of becoming eligible for financial aid, which should be available for the 2[phone redacted] school year but is not available for the upcoming year.
I've uploaded some songs from my very 1st performances in 2012, which you can access at: https://soundcloud.com/jojobeelee
(Unfortunately, none of the more recent performance recordings turned out clean.)
Please do NOT share this soundcloud link or GoFundMe page, except with people you feel would really want to give to this. I do not plan to blast this on Facebook as it is quite personal and I'm still quite a beginner.
Thank you so much for being in my life and already being wonderfully supportive! Your confidence and cheering on mean more to me than you know!!
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