Keri is a marvelous singer, composer and arranger. As an educator, she not only helps young musicians become better, she helps them become complete.
Jazz Trumpet & Bands
Chicago, IL, USA
What the Kids Say...
I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation for the time spent in my vocal lesson. I learned so much in just 30 minutes, and I am excited to explore more with the exercises you taught me. Thank you
Jazz Vocal Academy
Hastings, NE, USA
About Keri Chryst - Artist & Educator
Keri's dual mission as both Performer and Educator go hand in hand. She views each performances as an opportunity to share knowledge and fresh experiences with her audiences — and strives to include an element of collective creative experience in each of her educational projects.
These passions have led her to develop a full array of original curriculum for her Jazz Vocal Academy International as well as founding a France-based non-profit organization — Arts Embassy International — which lends structural support to projects for Teaching Artists such as herself.
With a Master's in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University ('98) and Bachelor's in French Studies (NU '97) plus 2 decades of experience performing, arranging, creating curriculum, and teaching around the globe — she is primed and ready to spread the jazz gospel to anyone eager to learn, in just about any language.
Cultural Ambassador - U.S. State Department - Africa (Togo, Cameroon, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Comoros, Djibouti, etc.), Europe - 2011-present
Vocalist/Actor - Sweet System jazz vocal trio - Paris, Europe - 2014-present
Vocalist/Band Leader - The French Connection - France - 2004-present
Founder - Jazz Vocal Academy International - 2004-present
Vocal Curriculum Developer/Instructor - American School of Modern Music - Paris - 2003-2010
Master's in Jazz Pedagogy - Northwestern Univ. - 1998
NAC Roster Artist - 2015-present
Jazz Vocal Academy Workshops - Chicago - 2010-present
Artist in Residence - Hastings Schools, Nebraska
Hastings College - Artist in Residence - Nov 2019
Hastings College - Blues Bros Jazz Festival - Mar/Apr 2018