My 25 years of experience as a performer have been complimented by an equal number of years using my Journalism degree. In both disciplines, words are key; pronunciation and expression are crucial when getting the message across - whether by singing or writing. As a performer, there is much more to singing than sight-reading, memorization and vocal style - the health of the voice and the delivery of a song is impacted by acting, and I have been a legitimate actress as well, which is why I still am in demand professionally as a singer. When I teach voice, I do not play music for a student to sing along to, so much as teach them how to make their voice stand out. I teach for quality of the voice, working the actual structure of the chords to keep them healthy, and singing on the Italian vowels used by singer Tony Bennet, for longevity of your instrument. Having spent years in New York and working on Broadway and off-Broadway, I know tricks of performance enhancement that are rarely taught, except by those who have been in that environment of professional singing.
Styles - I've worked for opera companies, church, hundreds of musical theatre productions, and in jazz quartets, trios and octettes, which requires harmonizing in the most challenging manners, and these disciplines require a very good ear, and practice, practice, practice! Most of my performing career has been as a musical theatre singing actress. I grew up the middle part of a three-part sister act and have done studio singing. Developing the ear is crucial to what your listener hears.
Most singers never realize how they come across unless filmed, and acting training enhances a song so that audiences truly watch, listen and appreciate your personal expression of the lyrics. Resume supplied upon request.
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