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I teach students how to belt in a healthy way, and also work on "the mix" used to successfully belt throughout your range, in order to avoid the break between "chest" and "head" voice. I have a lot of experience singing and teaching Musical Theater, I was a member of Studio East in Bellevue, Wa, as well as part of the Musical Theater department at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have played Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Beth in Little Women, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Various characters in the musical Quilters.
Over time my goal is to work toward auditioning for local theaters in the Seattle area, building repertoire as well as the working on the "audition package". If you are a student in school, I will also prepare and encourage auditions for the school musicals, and plays.
I love Golden Age American musical theater and I have a wealth of knowledge of this repertoire.
Students will learn how to sing all genres of musical theatre with healthy technique and appropriate stylizing. Breath management, resonance, and gentle/healthy glottal onset and closure
*all lessons are always taylored to be appropriate vocally for age, voice type, and ability
If you dream of singing Broadway there's no end to the wonderful repertoire that we can develop! The music of Broadway encompasses a vast variety of singing styles, and requires a robust and flexible vocal sound AND a solid understanding of the proper vocal technique...for singing as well as speaking. And all that while playing the part of the particular character!! Easy!!!, or so we make it look!
We'll gain a thorough understanding of how the vocal apparatus actually works, and develop supportive breathing and athletic techniques that will release the full range of your voice and increase the beauty and flexibility of your tone production. And, since its Broadway, we'll do that for both the singing and speaking Voice.
Your range will dramatically increase, projection will magnify, you'll learn to protect and preserve your Natural innate voice, and set it free to express the emotions of the song.
Your confidence will soar as you refine your sounds and learn to apply them to ...
Raised on musical theater through my maternal grandfather, vaudeville orchestra leader, Dave Smason, I was first hooked on Broadway musicals seeing the original cast production of the Music Man in NYC at age 3. the great off Broadway opening of"The Fantasticks" at age 7. It was not unusual for my twin brother, mom and me to belt out our 3 part versions of every recorded Broadway tune from Rogers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Lowe to Gershwin, Sondheim, Jule Styne, and Bernstein at any given moment.
Because there were never enough local productions to perform in, (ie; "Annie Get your Gun" , " The fortune teller" , " How to Succeed....," " Gypsy", " The Mikado", " Once upon a Matress",
"Brigadoon", "La Boheme", " Kismet", and " The Secret Garden", I started my own musical theater company on Whidbey Island, where I directed double cast productions of "The Sound of Music", " Amahl and the Night Visitors", " Grease", and "Hair" highlights, then in the Netherlands, "Oliver"," You're ...
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