World Voice Weekend Will Transform You (yep, I said that)

I have decided to extend Early Bird Registration for World Voice Weekend through April 5 (Easter Monday).

My business coach, Michelle Markwart Deveaux, asked me if I’ve made it clear in my marketing how I believe people will be changed by World Voice Weekend. I think I have, in my blogposts, in my social media posts, in my emailing marketing. But maybe I need to break this down further.

World Voice Weekend will transform you.

Yes, I said transform. In one way or another. Like these.

  • Mind/Body: If you haven’t done work with Alexander Technique or vocal explorations while doing yoga poses, you will come away with a new appreciation of the relationship of your body to your voice. And if you have, you’ll come away with some new approaches to the topic.
  • Acting: If you haven’t explored acting from the inside out (Saturday’s “The Voice in Storytelling”) or from the outside-in (Sunday’s “Putting in the Effort the Laban Way”), or even if you have, these are young and vibrant artists with very different perspectives.  Many people are particularly curious about the application of the Laban Way to acting/singing, since it was developed by a choreographer.
  • Vocal Health & Function: I’m very excited about Dr. Heather Nelson‘s session, “Be a Vocal Health Star!” I had a sneak peek at her outline and handout, and there are some terrific points about how overall wellness impacts your singing. I’m also thrilled about the work Jennifer Cooper is going to be doing about cooling down the voice, which is something many people don’t do (include myself). I’ve worked with Coop myself and she is dynamo. (As far as my own morning vocalise sessions, I think they’re pretty good , if I do say so myself. And I do.)
  • World Voice Brunch: Brenda Earle Stokes is an incredible artist and a consummate musician. Her interpretations are delightful and insightful. Emma Langford is a revelation and an important new voice on the horizon. Meeting her two years ago changed me as an audience member and a music listener. It will change you too.
  • Master Classes with Christian Borle and Adrianna Hicks. I don’t bring in famous people for the sake of having famous people. I’ve seen Christian Borle in a master class and he’s terrific and will give you new ways to look at things, in your own performances and for your students, present and future (in case you’re not a teacher now). Adrianna Hicks is pretty new to the scene, but her career trajectory has been impressive, and from the testimonials I have seen about her work with other singers and with her colleagues, she will have something fantastic to offer. Especially if pop style (musical theater and otherwise) is not your strongest suit. The Baltimore Sun described her singing as possessing “an enveloping radiance, whether going full-throttle in the most gospel-infused music or filing her voice down to a slender, intimate thread.” There are still two performing spots in her masterclass on Sunday.

In addition to all these takeaways, you have the opportunity to be in the presence of these fantastic artists/clinicians at a fraction of what it would cost to bring them here in person or for you to travel to where they are. And you don’t even have to put on pants. (I hope that you do, but if you don’t, please don’t stand up.) And remember, if you can’t be there for all the sessions, you can watch them at home (with or without pants) for one week afterwards. Or even if you caught them all, but you just want to watch something again to make sure you caught that one gem, that one particular bit of wisdom or insight that you’d never heard before. Because I assure you, there will many of those.

Early Bird Registration here.

 

Published by Mezzoid Voice Studio

Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination. Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.

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