Mining For Magic - New Orleans!

Mar 19-24 2020 - New Orleans, Louisiana

with Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger

Mining for Magic - New Orleans! will be an intensive five-day gathering of ten 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. Everyone will be housed just a couple of blocks away from the Mint and Frenchmen 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: March 19-24 2020

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

Levels of Participation: Full Participants or Auditors - see here for description.

Price: $1950 USD for Full Participants (based on double occupancy)

$1450 USD for Auditors (based on double occupancy)


"The inaugural Mining for Magic workshop was truly transformational for my approach to singing. Those five days of intense, challenging, collaborative, and supportive work were an amazing experience.  From technique to interpretation to performance strategies, Cindy and Brian taught me more in a short period than I would have thought possible.  Spending time with the other singers in the program was also wonderful—being inspired by everyone’s different styles and song choices, learning from my fellow musicians, and of course making a dozen new friends.  I will definitely be back for MFM2020!"  - Julie

"The Mining for Magic workshop was a wonderful learning experience.  It helped me take my next steps as a soloist...heal some baggage I was carrying....and helped me to dig deeper and connect more with myself, with the music, and with everyone present.  And it culminated with a peak experience of soloing n the New Orleans Jazz Museum Performing Arts Center backed up by a talented, sweet, hot band.  Who could ask for more?  😉" - Georgia

This chart describes the different levels of participation being offered for Magic Miners and Auditors.

Magic Miners Auditors
Magic Mining Sessions x
Final Concert Performance x
Rehearsal time with house band x
One-on-one coaching x
Other Perks x
Introductory Dinner x
Breakfast x 4 x
Lunch x 4 x x
Music Crawls x x
Meet the Artist Talks x x
Jazz Vocal Essentials x x
Technique Talks x x
Performance Anxiety Workshop x x
Group Sings x x
Housing at group hotel x x
Wrap Up Cocktail Party x x

COST - Full Participants - $1950 USD

-Auditors - $1450 USD

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 faculty at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2016 and is the Director of the Berklee Vocal Summit, a five-day summer program for 200 vocalists age 15+ from all over the world.


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 full participants will get to rehearse and perform with a band of all-star New Orleans musicians. Guest artists from the last M4M included Cyrille Aimée, Charmaine Neville and Don Vappie.

Schedule and Classes

Thursday March 19th-Tuesday March 24th 2020

Thursday Mar 19th -Everyone arrives in New Orleans and we settle into our hotel. Full participants meet for a welcome dinner at Brian's house.

Friday Mar 20th-Tuesday Mar 24th - classes, activities, concerts -  see below! In the evenings, we will have the opportunity to go out on "curated nights out" - go out and see New Orleans with the help of insider knowledge. Brian, Cindy and their friends will plan nights for us that include dinner and 2 or 3 amazing shows - go with those "in the know". These evening outings are optional and everyone covers their own costs.

Wed Mar 25th - 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 Frenchmen 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 @