SHELL LAKE -- The Shell Lake Arts Center is thrilled to announce that it will be adding a vocal jazz component with new instructor Keri Johnsrud to the popular Adult Big Band Workshop which will be held June 15-17 this year.  Johnsrud is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist/composer/teacher and Iowa native. She headlines some of the nation’s top venues, including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, and Cornelia Street Café, performing jazz standards and her own original music. 

"The Shell Lake Arts Center features top-notch programming and is on par with internationally known schools, but with a much more intimate, personal feel. The staff is incredibly warm and dedicated to making the center a place where all students can learn in a supportive environment. Also, the Northwoods location is incredibly beautiful." Ms. Johnsrud stated.

Johnsrud’s weekend-long vocal jazz instruction will touch on a number of topics essential to singing with a big band and smaller groups, but will primarily focus on technique related issues, including improvising with lyrics, key transposition, and vocal phrasing. She will also guide students in selecting repertoire, communicating with bandmates and the audience, and in understanding the business side of music.

Shell Lake Art Center's Adult Big Band weekend gives participants the chance to perform jazz ensemble big band under the guidance of our nationally recognized teaching artist faculty. This workshop for adults is open to all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.  Whether you're perfecting your jazz skills or need to polish the dust off your instrument or polish up your jazz vocals, this workshop is for you!  Learn more and get registered by visiting the Center’s website at, or by calling 715-468-2414 or emailing for additional information.

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