Guest Artist, Clinician, Speaker and Adjudicator

Downloadable Teaching Bio

      Brenda Earle Stokes is an upbeat and energetic guest artist, who can provide solid guidance and inspiration to groups of every age group and experience level.  Brenda has worked with groups of every age, from young children to professional educators and everyone in between.  A natural communicator, Brenda is skilled at providing the right level of material in a clear and concise way.  Participants walk away from her sessions feeling energized and inspired, with plenty of concrete information to ponder and practice.

Brenda has given talks, clinics and workshops to every imaginable group of musicians, from middle school jazz choirs, to college jazz orchestras.  She is a confident and often humorous, providing useful tools in a highly organized and succinct manner.  Whether in person or via Zoom, she is able to communicate and inspire while providing solid no-nonsense musical training.


Selected List of Talks, Clinics and Workshops

Vocal Jazz Materials for the Modern Choral Director – New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators

Piano Skills for Singers: Empowering Vocalists at the Keyboard – Jazz Educator’s Network International Conference

Vocal Jazz Director and Adjudicator of National Jazz Festival

How to get more girls to join the jazz band – NJAJE

Women in Jazz: Past, Present and Future – Wilton Historical Society

Workshops in jazz and improvisation with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Career Building in the 21st Century – York University, University of Toronto, Mohawk College

Jazz, Pop and Rock: Pedagogy for Singing Teachers – University of Southern Queensland (Australia)

Workshops and adjudication for Suffolk County Jazz Educators, Trinity High School (NYC)


BFA in Piano, York University
M.Mus in Jazz Piano and Voice, Manhattan School of Music
RCM Grade 9 Classical Piano
Level I, II, III Certified in Somatic Voicework - the LoVetri Method(TM)
Post Graduate training in Choral Conducting, Early Childhood Music, Classical Choral Conducting, and Composition.