Our Origin Story
JazzVoice.com was started in May 2020. It was a few months after the Coronavirus pandemic started, and I was at my cabin alone, and getting tired of making how-to videos and learning random handywoman skills like plumbing and wood splitting.
I teach at SUNY Purchase, and all of our classes had gone online. I discovered that online learning for voice instruction far exceeded my expectations. I realized that all my friends had also had to adopt online teaching, and I came up with the idea that we should all offer our teaching to people around the world on one platform.
Soon after, it evolved into a membership based service, offering classes for one low membership fee, and that's when it really got fun. Being isolated, but seeing people on a weekly basis from all over the world, was really amazing. And having some of my favorite singers and educators on to talk about what we love was so cool and really was a game changer for me and many other people in the heart of the pandemic.
Now with vaccination, the pandemic isn't keeping us as isolated as before, but the power of online education has taken hold, and is here to stay. We're glad you're with us!
Founder and Director
A dozen albums into her career, vocalist Alexis Cole is hitting her stride. As a sought after international performer, she’s appeared with her trio, with whom she both plays piano and sings, and is a frequent guest with big bands and pops orchestras. She’s the director of the Jazz Vocal programs at the SUNY Purchase College conservatory and William Paterson University and the founder and director of the online educational community JazzVoice.com, and the cofounder and artistic director of the Virginia Beach Vocal Jazz Summit. Her latest album Sky Blossom: Songs from My Tour of Duty was released on Zoho in Nov 2021 and features a 20 piece big band. Visit www.AlexisCole.com for more information. To book a lesson visit www.JazzVoice.com/alexiscole
Kira Goidel is a 26 year old Jazz Vocalist living in Denton, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree (BM in Jazz Voice) at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music where she was awarded the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship. There, she studied voice with Alexis Cole and continued to play her first instrument the Trombone studying with professors Tim Albright and John Mosca. She has also studied arranging with David Dejesus, Transcription with Jon Faddis, and Piano with Andy Laverne. Before studying at Purchase, Kira attended at SUNY Fredonia as a Musical Theater Major where she studied classical voice with Dr. Robert Strauss.
Shortly after graduating, Kira became the Office Manager at Birdland Jazz Club on 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. In addition to working at Birdland, Kira has performed at multiple venues in New York including The Blue Note, Cornelia Street Café, the Purchase Performing Arts Center among others. She also leads a group of her own Called the Ktet that has performed at venues such as Birdland Jazz Club and Zinc Bar. The Ktet plays fresh jazz arrangements of Broadway Classics from composers like Sondheim and Charlie Smalls. Not to mention arrangements of standards and bebop tunes.
Currently, Kira attends the University of North Texas pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz Voice. There, she studies with Rosana Eckert and is a Teaching Fellow. She is also the current Vocalist with the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band lead by Alan Baylock.