Tessanne Chin Masterclass


Tessanne Chin returns to give masterclass at JMC2017

We are delighted to announce that songstress Tessanne Chin will be holding another masterclass for campers this summer.  Last year Tessanne held a terrific masterclass, imparting insightful advice and constructive feedback.  She was an inspiration for all the campers.  We are honored and thrilled to have the awesome Tessanne Chin back!

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Tessanne Chin will hold masterclass at Jamaica Music Camp 2016!


Tessanne Chin the voice

While she was introduced to most of the world as a contestant on season five of The Voice, singer Tessanne Chin already had a successful career back home in Jamaica, charting with the reggae hit “Hideaway” and touring the globe with the legendary Jimmy Cliff. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, her father was in one of the island’s few jazz fusion bands, E=MC2, while he was moonlighting as a soundman, and eventually, opening his own recording studio. He later built a home studio strictly for family, including Tessanne’s older sister Tami, who released her debut album, Out of Many…One, on the Universal label in 2006.


Tessanne launched her career a few years earlier, at first leading the rock-reggae group Mile High and then joining Jimmy Cliff’s band for a worldwide tour. In 2007, her hit Jamaican single “Hideaway” kicked off her solo career in earnest, but she was more known for her collaborations in the following years, releasing the single “Never Let Go” with superstar Shaggy, while mixing genres with the soca group Kes on their hit single “Loving You.”


After releasing the indie album In “Between Words” in 2010, old friend Shaggy encouraged her to compete on the U.S. televised singing competition The Voice. She made the cut after auditioning with her version of P!nk’s “Try,” and as the season progressed, she joined Adam Levine’s team, topped the digital charts with her versions of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” and finally won the competition with contestant Jacquie Lee as runner-up. Late in the year she released the competition’s winning song, “Tumbling Down,” written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Her first album for the Republic label, “Count on My Love”, was released in July 2014. Her new single “Fire” debuted, May 5, 2015 on iTunes.





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World-renowned musician Barry Tuckwell OBE to give masterclass at

Jamaica Music Camp 2015

This is an extraordinary opportunity for young musicians to learn from one of the greats and JMC is immensely honored.  In Mr. Tuckwell’s first visit to Jamaica, he will be giving three masterclasses:  The first at Jamaica Music Camp and then two in Kingston for members for the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica and the bands of the Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Considered the world’s greatest French Horn player, Barry Tuckwell is also revered as a conductor, educator, and author.
Australian-born Mr. Tuckwell  joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and then the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  In 1955 he became first horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 13 years. He was also on the board of the orchestra and chairman of the board for six years.
In 1968 Mr. Tuckwell left the LSO and embarked on an extraordinary solo career performing with the finest orchestras and conductors around the globe.  He is the world’s most recorded horn player and has received three Grammy nominations.
Mr. Tuckwell taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London for ten years, has been artist-in-residents at Dartmouth and Pomona College, is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and leads the Barry Tuckwell Institute summers in the US.
In 1982, Mr. Tuckwell founded the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as its conductor, has been chief conductor of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted many other orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Orchestra.
Mr. Tuckwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1992. Among the many other awards he has received are the Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney, Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, the Andrew White Medal from Loyola College, the Harriet Cohen Memorial Award, the JC Williamson Award, and the Bernard Heinze Award for outstanding contribution to music in Australia. He is also an Honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London.


The Barry Tuckwell masterclasses are made possible by:


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and by Leora O’Carroll Downer and Richard Downer.