Practice Makes Progress

August 25th at 6:30 pm

Let's talk about what's included in "practicing singing"! Plus, what you REALLY want to know -- how to stop procrastinating and actually go practice!

Voice Exploration - Sensory Vocabulary

September 1st at 6:30 pm

Moving away from "right vs wrong" and "good vs bad" and toward sensory observation. Self-awareness is essential for vocal growth.

Style and the Importance of Cross-Training

September 8th at 6:30 pm

I am SO thrilled to be inviting my friend and colleague, Deonté Warren, to join in the conversation about cross-training and vocal style!

Deonté  has most recently been seen on Broadway in Disney's Aladdin. He has also performed internationally on cruise ships and theme parks, and on the National/International Tours of Sister Act and Dream Girls. He can be heard on several Music Theatre International recordings such as High School Musicals 1 & 2 and has performed several concerts in NYC including his debut album Love, Essential recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below. He has taught masterclasses in New York City and across the country. Deonté earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre with a Dance Minor at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Deonté is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Mastering Your Mental State

September 22nd at 6:30 pm

Join sport psychologist Dr. Joe Whitney and me, as we discuss being mentally strong vocal athletes. If you struggle with performance anxiety, this is the class for you.

Joe Whitney oversees the provision of mental health training services to all of the University of Tennessee athletes and teams. A 1982 graduate of Springfield College, he coached basketball and football in New York City for 13 years before leaving to pursue graduate studies in sport psychology. Dr. Whitney obtained a master's degree from the University of Virginia and the Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He is the Director of Mental Training for UT Athletics.

Vocal Self-Perception and Style

September 29th at 6:30 pm

We'll talk about stylistic versatility, the importance of cross-training, and work on our own "vocal self-portrait".

Vocal Hygiene

October 6th at 6:30 pm

We're discussing the care and maintenance of the singing voice, joined by Karen Nickell, a fantastic nurse practitioner and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano!

Choral Singing vs. Solo

TBD

I'm delighted to invite Seth O'Kegley on board as we jump into a seriously contentious topic. How do we apply our vocal technique to choral singing? How can we be great contributors to choirs?

Seth O’Kegley holds a BA in Music Education from East Tennessee State University and his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee. He is currently Director of Music at Oak Ridge First United Methodist Church. He has served as an accompanist for UT Singers and UT Women’s Chorale, and as the principal pianist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.

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