Thursday, July 29, 2010

Best Voice Forward - Audition Workshop at Wilfrid Laurier

This just in from Kimberly Barber at Wilfrid Laurier University:

The Faculty of Music and Continuing Studies at Laurier are pleased to offer their newest offering, "Best Voice Forward: A Voice Audition Workshop" for fall 2010 and winter 2011. Led by internationally renowned Canadian mezzo-soprano, Kimberly Barber and former Laurier colleague, sought-after voice coach and collaborative pianist, Emily Hamper, students participating in this audition workshop will have the rare opportunity to enhance their vocal auditioning skills under the direction of Canada's best!

September 11 and 12, 2010, 9AM-7PM
For more information and to register click here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Lamperti: Vocal Wisdom

Giovanni Battista Lamperti's book "Vocal Wisdom" is the perfect summer reading!  Inspirational and historical it takes you back to a day of imagery and emotion in singing.  Here is an excerpt called INTROSPECTION:

Breathing and singing gymnastics are beneficial only when they impel concentrated attention.  
Mentally anticipating internal sensations of word, tone and timber, as well as interior activities that produce them leads to control of the voice.
Examining your own thoughts and feelings, while singing, until you know what is taking place in brain and body is the only procedure.
To acquire this conscious knowledge of mental and physical phenomena of song demands the utmost searching interception.
Do not listen to yourself sing!
Feel yourself sing!
When internal conditions are right and ready, the singing voice appears - not before. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Simon Estes @ NATS

The incredible Simon Estes speaks about singing from his heart...

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Kelli O'Hara MC @ NATS Convention

The lovely broadway star Kelli O'Hara is here at the NATS convention working with young singers and imparting her Broadway wisdom on communication. She stated "it is easy to present but hard to communicate" with reference to singing loud and pushing out the feeling rather finding it from inside.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kurt Ollmann @ NATS

Baritone Kurt Ollmann was featured today at the NATS Conference singing the songs of Leonard Bernstein. Here he is singing"Cool" from "West Side Story" which he recorded with the master!

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