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Revisiting the Why of Golden Age Musicals

In preparation for the upcoming “Finding the Emotional Truth in Golden Age Theater Songs” masterclass with James Valcq on September 2, I thought it was a good time to revisit this blogpost from two years ago. (New additions in brackets] I hear this way too often from people: “Why should I sing golden age music?Continue reading “Revisiting the Why of Golden Age Musicals”

B2W- Meet Heather Statham!

Continuing to work BACKWARDS, today’s blogpost highlights the clinician at the middle of our 3-day series, Heather Statham! Here’s Heather’s bio: “Man you’ve got some pipes!” may be something you feel compelled to say after hearing Heather Statham belt out a couple of tunes for the first time and you wouldn’t be alone! Based inContinue reading “B2W- Meet Heather Statham!”

B2W – Meet James Valcq!

It’s 4 weeks till Back To Whatever (aka B2W) and I’d like to take this opportunity to work backwards through the three-day extravaganza and have you meet Thursday’s masterclinician, James Valcq! James is best known as the composer of the Off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons, 2001), which won the Richard Rodgers Production AwardContinue reading “B2W – Meet James Valcq!”

Last call for registration

Registration is closing for tomorrow’s panel discussion! Have you registered yet? I auditioned for one college when I auditioned for colleges. My students in Milwaukee from 1998-2013 started out auditioning for two or three schools. By the time I left, musical theater was getting to the point where you had to audition for about fiveContinue reading “Last call for registration”

Any Questions?

As part of the registration process for What To Know/What I Wish I’d Known About College Auditions, I have had people fill out an intake form asking, specifically, what burning questions they have about the college audition process. I will be compiling those questions into some organized format to posit to the panel. Some of the questions I’ve receivedContinue reading “Any Questions?”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 3)

Before we meet the panel, an important announcement: Now that we’re done with that….  As promised, it’s time to meet the student panelists on our June 30 panel discussion. Coming to us from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lauren Manna. Lauren Manna is a musical theatre student from Minneapolis, MN. She studies voice with [my Speakeasy Cooperative colleague]Continue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 3)”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 2)

(I couldn’t wait till Tuesday.) As promised, it’s time to meet the musical theater teachers on our June 30 panel discussion who teach in musical theater programs. First up – Karla Hughes from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (named one of the top 30 musical theater programs in the country). Karla Hughes heads the Music TheatreContinue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 2)”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 1)

Today I would like to introduce the teachers on our June 30 panel discussion who teach in classical/opera programs. Our first panelist is American soprano Elizabeth Futral, who comes to us from my alma mater, Peabody Conservatory. Elizabeth Futral has established herself as one of the world’s leading sopranos. She is currently a Professor inContinue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 1)”

What To Know/What I WISH I’d Known About College Auditions

Because it’s been over a month since World Voice Weekend and I need another project…. But what could I do that would offer the same kind of benefit (if not quite the scope of that project because it was exhausting) to people. And then I thought, hey, where can people get information about college auditions allContinue reading “What To Know/What I WISH I’d Known About College Auditions”

Summer Singers Society for Students 8-11

I have always said that I’m not a teacher of small children. It’s not that I don’t believe that young children should take lessons. I do. I just haven’t been sure that I’ve been the one to teach them. So I’ve focused on reaching students 11 and up. But I did some thinking and realizedContinue reading “Summer Singers Society for Students 8-11”