A few months ago, I had the pleasure of adjudicating the local NATS student auditions. It was wonderful to spend my day hearing so many talented young singers. I was impressed at the overall level of preparation, as well as the commitment to the vocal and dramatic choices these young singers made in performance. A […]
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Get excited, everyone – Rising Stars audition season is here! Whether you’re auditioning this weekend for our Beverly program, or next month for our Gardner or North Reading programs, you can rest assured that this post will tell you everything you need to know about our unique, thorough Rising Stars audition process! Auditions of any […]
Spring has arrived here in New England (sort of?)! Yes, there is still snow on the ground, but soon we will be seeing more green, more sunshine, and even longer hours of daylight! Yay! There is something truly invigorating and motivating about coming out the winter stupor and seeing new life bursting forth everywhere. You […]
If you’re the parent of a theater-loving kid or teen, you probably already know there’s a TON of summer theater programs to choose from. There are companies that produce full shows; others where teens can intern behind-the-scenes; still others where you can learn the ins and outs of the tech world. Whatever it is you […]
Consider the following scenario: you decide to try out for your school musical. They announce that the auditions are just days away. They either give you a few excerpts from the show that they’d like everyone to prepare, or they tell you you can sing whatever you want. You’ve never had a voice lesson […]
We’ve all done them, or at the very least, heard them before: the endless patterns, scales, and weird noises that singers use as vocal warm-ups. While, to the untrained ear, we may sound like dying cats or like we’re screaming bloody murder, any experienced singer will tell you that warm ups are absolutely essential to […]
It takes a village, as they say. To make an artist, that is. These days, it’s essential that young artists have their “team:” the voice teacher, the rep coach, the acting coach, the dance instructor… the list could go on. In addition to comprising a great cheering section, each of these instructors and mentors […]
In our last post, we discussed the ins and outs of choral auditions – what to expect, how to prepare, and what directors are looking for. We discovered that one common aspect of choral auditions is that experience that virtually all singers dread: sight-reading. What is sight-reading? Sight-reading is when you are handed a […]
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Have you ever sat there in the audience, listening to a singer who maybe *sounds* good enough, but whose stage presence is just… awkward? I’m talking hapless, seemingly random gestures, a deer-in-headlights look, a wild lack of visual focus, and/or an obviously huge emotional disconnect from what they are singing about. Yes?