Mining For Magic - New Orleans!

Jan 3-8 2019 - New Orleans, Louisiana

with Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger

Mining for Magic - New Orleans! will be an intensive five-day gathering of a dozen vocalists seeking to find deeper musical connections with themselves and their audiences. Led by Berklee College of Music voice professor and touring artist Cindy Scott, along with University of New Orleans music professor and award-winning producer Brian Seeger, Mining for Magic - New Orleans! will open new pathways to musical freedom and expression, liberate your ideas and your sound, pump up your technique and encourage you to bring yourself all the way into the process of music making and performance.

Photo by Louis G. Crispino
Photo by Louis G. Crispino

Workshops, master classes with New Orleans musical dignitaries, rehearsals and the culminating concert with an A-team backing band, will all take place at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint, in the historical and vibe-drenched French Quarter. Summit participants will be housed just a couple of blocks away from the Mint and Frenchman Street, one of the most concentrated live music scenes in the world. Although the schedule will be full of inspiring and empowering musical activities, there will be some time for exploring, hearing live music, and sampling the local cuisine in this foodie paradise.

Dates: January 3-8 2019

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana. Program runs at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.

Teachers: Cindy Scott, Brian Seeger and special guest workshop leaders

Price: $1910 USD (price includes entire tuition, 6 nights accommodation, 4 lunches, welcome group dinner)



Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott is recognized in the vocal community as a singer’s singer. Her technical mastery and deep commitment to the lyric and musical expression has earned her loyal fans around the world. Originally hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Cindy Scott has lived a life steeped in all forms of American roots music, jazz, gospel, and southern soul. She came up in an extended family full of talented musicians and passionate educators, and was singing parts at the family jams at the age of 2. Her earliest formal training was on classical flute, and she went on to earn her first college degree on a flute scholarship. She also plays guitar, bamboo flute and hand percussion, and is a composer and lyricist. Scott has lived all over the South as well as in Germany, Mexico and Hungary. She speaks German and Spanish, and has Masters degrees in both Jazz Performance and International Business. Most recently, she spent more than a decade living and working in New Orleans rich musical environment, performing with a who’s who of the Crescent City and establishing herself as the go-to teacher for the top tier of New Orleans’ vocalists. Scott joined the Berklee faculty in 2016.


Brian Seeger

Guitarist Brian Seeger is an integral part of New Orleans still vibrant jazz community. His recording and performance credits include Aaron Neville, Charlie Hunter, Karrin Allyson, Big John Patton, Jason Marsalis and many others. Although his musical excursions have been influenced by his studies with contemporary jazz figures such as Gary Burton and Ellis Marsalis, Seeger's playing is well grounded in the blues and American roots music, as well as the sounds of New Orleans' streets. Seeger deftly melds these elements into an approach that is extremely heartfelt and individual; his aesthetic is fundamentally that of a jazz musician, but there is still ample space for ideas from other idioms.
Along with his accomplishments as a performer, Seeger is a well known jazz educator and composer. He holds a full time faculty position in the esteemed University of New Orleans Jazz Studies program, and was the director of the National Guitar Workshop's Jam Summit.

Guest Workshop Leaders and Musicians

We will have 3 masterclasses with guest artists (TBA closer to the time) and all singers will get to rehearse and perform with a band of top notch New Orleans musicians.


Production Assistant

San Francisco native Anna Quinn has immersed herself in a life of art and exploration. She is conversant in several languages, translating for her family on trips to France even before she was a teen. She spent seven years in New York City and earned a BFA in Studio Art from NYU before moving to New Orleans in 2010. The wild and beautiful Crescent City has been inspiring and nurturing her creative growth ever since. Anna is rapidly become a much talked about jazz singer among local musicians and is currently working on her masters degree in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. Not one to sit still for too long, she continues her work as a jewelry designer and is the founder and curator of Corner Studio, a multi-artist studio and community event space located in New Orleans 7th Ward neighborhood.



Schedule and Classes

Thursday Jan 3rd-Tuesday January 8th 2019

Thursday Jan 3rd - Everyone arrives in New Orleans and we settle into our hotel. We meet for a welcome dinner at Brian's house.

Friday Jan 4th-Tuesday Jan 8th - classes, activities, concerts -  see below! In the evenings, we will mostly have free time to go out and hear live music.

Wed Jan 9th - we say goodbye in the morning and people head back home or stick around in New Orleans for some more fun!



Accommodations, Venue and Contact

We will be staying in the Hotel Provincial in the famous French Quarter - a family owned hotel in a beautiful old restored building.. We will be a short walk away from our amazing rehearsal space at the Mint and just 3 blocks away from music filled Frenchman Street.

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint

All of our classes and rehearsals will be held at the beautiful New Orleans Jazz Museum in the heart of the city's vibrant music scene. The museum celebrates, honours and explores Jazz in the city where it was born - through exhibits, educational programs, research facilities and live performance.


If you have any questions, you can contact Karla Mundy  - email karla @