Cherilyn Bacon
Woodland Hills, CA
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Cherilyn Bacon

Cherilyn B.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Cherilyn has had 40+ years experience as a working actor-singer, performing leading and supporting roles Off-Broadway, in regional and local theatre, on national and international tours, TV, concerts, commercials, cabaret and voice-overs as well as internationally with the USO. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She has appeared with Hollywood and Broadway celebrities Joel Grey, Alexis Smith, Ron Perlman, Kelly Bishop, Randy Graff, John LaMotta, Janna Robbins, J.P. Dougherty, Merlin Olsen and Victoria Principal.

For four years, Cherilyn was a popular radio talk show producer and host, featuring an arts and entertainment show weekly. She is an experienced speechwriter, acting-speaking coach.

Cherilyn developed/produced the Backstage-rated BEST in NYC summer musical theatre program at Circle in the Square Theatre where she assembled a stellar advisory board of Broadway icons: musical director Peter Howard; Theatre Wing President Sean Hartley; composer-lyricist Stephen Flaherty; musical director Jack Lee, actor-producer Harvey Keitel and former Madison Square Garden President David Checketts.

Cherilyn holds a BFA from Brigham Young University and a Mary Martin scholarship, Northwood University (Business of Musical Theatre) and was nominated for Best Actress of the Year in Dallas.

About Cherilyn B.

WHY I'M DIFFERENT AND HOW MY STUDIO WORKS

Welcome to my voice studio. I’m delighted to get to know you and look forward to connecting soon.

After having performed leading roles off-Broadway in NYC, in national and international tours, regional and local theatre since 1970, I've recently returned to Los Angeles where I was born and raised. I’m thrilled to be back home, in the global epicenter of the music industry.

I’ve been blessed to be able to use my talents around the world to uplift and inspire. Teaching singing is my way of giving back and is the greatest reward. Well. Aside from everything I learned from raising 5 children, all grown and having families of their own now (16 grandchildren and counting!)

Through the years, I've been fortunate to have developed a reputation of dependability, experience, connections, stability, and the expertise and skills needed to help you reach your goals and live your dreams. I’m fairly certain that this had some influence over my “Top 20 Best Voice Teachers in Los Angeles” rating.

TO MY EXTRAORDINARY STUDENTS
I'm also grateful to have received the highest ratings from my amazing students at Brigham Young University and Orange County School of the Arts. I currently serve on the Musical Theatre faculty teaching audition technique and repertoire and voice technique classes to the highest level of students California School of the Arts. I love working with singer-actors of all music genres and all ages in my private voice studio. Some of these incredible students have gone on to perform on Broadway.

TO MY GREAT TEACHERS
I offer a holistic approach to singing, merging the healthy voice techniques of all my marvelous teachers, to whom I owe everything I teach. I’m in debt to these voice teachers that have mentored me over the years and for the opportunity to give back by passing on to you the time-honored techniques that will help you reach your goals and live your dreams.

I blend the voice therapy techniques of OREN BROWN, the father of healthy singing, with the song interpretation techniques of the masterful DAVID CRAIG. His protégé, and my NYC mentor, SARA LOUISE LAZARUS has given me permission to teach this incredible and somewhat forgotten technique in Los Angeles. Along with Sara, I thank the genius pianist-arranger ALEX RYBECK, and the I’ve-Got-A-Song-For-You-No-One-Knows MICHAEL LAVINE, who each helped me shape my song choices, which were always amazingly perfect.

These techniques are anchored with a long-lost, but the most effective of all, breath control technique for all types of singing as taught to me in my Hollywood High School days by then 82-year old veteran Metropolitan Opera singer, MARGARET ROMAINE. Under her tutelage for those three years, I went from a most shy girl to a confident senior class soloist in the Hollywood Bowl, preparing for the regional Met auditions. (Margaret was devastated when I decided I preferred musical theatre and pop singing.) For the super octave classical range, I thank the angelic coloratura EWAN MITTON.

I owe my belting technique to MY THREE SONS, who strained my vocal health daily during a challenging, vocal-gymnastics run of Side By Side By Sondheim. Having to shout at them to call them in for dinner after playing outside was painful to the vocal cords. Since no one taught the technique back then, I made it up. And it worked.

Miraculously, a decade later when belting techniques were beginning to be taught, I learned I had been right all along. I studied these techniques with Betty Buckley’s Dallas coach RAY ALLEN and my NYC teacher BILL REED. Interestingly, I could not show up at an audition without an auditor asking, “Has anyone ever told you that you look and sound like Betty Buckley?” I took it as a compliment. Recently Broadway’s Candy Buckley, and my best friend from those Dallas days, texted me: “You were always lightyears ahead of everyone in technique!”

Now, you should also know that I do things differently in my studio. I offer three options: Pro Track, Discovery Track, and A la Carte.

THE PRO TRACK
The Pro Track is a 13-week session (quarter) for those who are serious about singing professionally. The session includes 13 weekly 1-hour private voice technique lessons with 3 monthly masterclasses for all my students to work in front of their peers (the best way to learn). I feature my top students in a Cabaret Showcase at Miceli’s Pizza Pasta Grille, famous for its singing waiters, located in Universal City, California. Minimum: 4 students.

THE DISCOVERY TRACK
The Discovery Track is also a 13-week session for those who love to sing but who are not sure which direction they’d like to go. The session includes 13 weekly 45-min private voice technique lessons with 3 monthly masterclasses working in front of their peers. Minimum: 4 students

So the way it works here at TakeLessons.com, you will pay for these sessions in three incremental payments of 5 lessons each. (Or you can pay in full in ONE payment for a discount).

A LA CARTE
The A La Carte choice is simply a TakeLessons.com bundle of 5 lessons, which is useful if you only need some coaching or audition prep. We can spread those coaching sessions out however you wish.

SOON TO COME…
I’m also setting up a new MASTERCLASS intensive – “BEYOND VOICE TECHNIQUE” Stay tuned!

I hope this makes sense.

BOTTOM LINE
Whether your goals are amateur, professional, commercial, recording, theatrical, college or audition prep for any venue, including TV competition shows and pageants, my unique and personalized approach will take you beyond voice technique. I encourage a willingness to be vulnerable and to take risks that will develop courage and confidence, all the while learning in a safe environment on your journey to creating a stunning performance that is uniquely and authentically you.

You will not only learn voice technique, but I will take you the distance and beyond to integrate voice-acting-song interpretation and audition techniques across the spectrum of singing from Pop – Rock – Broadway – Classical styles.

FOR DANCERS
You will be on a fast-track to become that "triple threat" required in today's music video and musical theatre market.

FOR ACTORS
Your skills will be exponentially enhanced, and your performance refined, by experiencing the musicality and rhythm of the delivery of every line through singing, in addition to traditional acting techniques.

FOR PUBLIC SPEAKERS
Believe it or not, you will also benefit from the acting and musical theatre techniques I teach. Yes. They work! It will elevate your hum-drum speech and delivery to an unforgettable performance that will motivate and change people's lives.

FOR VOICE OVERS
Let’s talk. Acting and using the proper voice technique to create characters and commercial spokesperson types have so much in common with singing. But we don’t need to actually sing to reach your goals. You’ll be surprised how similar the voice over techniques are to singing techniques. I’ll help you with your voice delivery and together we can create a remarkable demo!

I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU. LET'S GET STARTED!


MY BACKGROUND
Cherilyn has had 40+ years experience as a working actor-singer, performing leading and supporting roles Off-Broadway, in regional and local theatre, on national and international tours, TV, concerts, commercials, cabaret and voice-overs as well as internationally with the USO.

She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and NATS. She has appeared with Hollywood and Broadway celebrities Joel Grey, Alexis Smith, Ron Perlman, Kelly Bishop, Randy Graff, John LaMotta, Janna Robbins, J.P. Dougherty, Merlin Olsen and Victoria Principal.

For four years, Cherilyn was a popular radio talk show producer and host, featuring an arts and entertainment show weekly.

Cherilyn developed and produced the Backstage-rated BEST in NYC summer musical theatre program at Circle in the Square Theatre.

For her New York City program, she assembled a stellar advisory board including Broadway icons: musical director Peter Howard; Theatre Wing President Sean Hartley; composer-lyricist Stephen Flaherty; musical director Jack Lee, actor-producer Harvey Keitel and former Madison Square Garden President David Checketts.

She owns a voice studio on Woodland Hills where she teaches privately and coaches singer-actor-dancers in song technique and audition through her "Beyond Singing Technique" masterclasses.

Cherilyn holds a BFA from Brigham Young University and a Mary Martin scholarship, Northwood University (Business of Musical Theatre) and was nominated for Best Actress of the Year in Dallas for her performance as Mary in Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Southwest premier revival.

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Experience

Musical Theatre Faculty
Jan 2020 - Present

School of the Arts

I teach the highest level students in the Musical Theatre program at this incredible performing arts school. This year I'm teaching Audition Tech and Repertoire and Technique. And I LOVE it!

Teacher. Coach. Director. Producer.
Sep 1977 - Present

Voice Studio

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2002 - Jan 2003

Brigham Young University

I was invited to develop a NYC Senior Seminar program, similar to the program I developed at Circle in the Square, and in collaboration with that school. I taught voice students in the Music Dance Theatre program and received highest student ratings.

Faculty
Aug 2001 - Jun 2002

Orange County School of the Arts

I was recruited from NYC where I developed the summer musical theatre program at Circle in the Square Theatre and asked to develop a new course "Styles and Repertoire" as well as teaching a Voice Technique class. I received highest student ratings. The testimonials are found on my website. I would have loved to have stayed, but I got an offer from BYU which I accepted.

Producer-Director
Jun 1998 - Aug 1999

Singers on Stage - On Broadway Musical Theatre Workshop

I developed and produced the musical theatre workshop that Backstage ranked BEST in NYC, along with NYU's CAP 21 program. It became Circle in the Square's summer musical theatre program. I was honored to have so many wonderfully talented people in the Broadway industry on the advisory board and staff.

Education

BFA
Aug 1968 - Aug 1973

Brigham Young University

Theatre Department
Sep 1965 - Jun 1968

Hollywood High School

Certifications

Business of Musical Theatre
Nov 1983

Northwood University, Dallas

Awards

Best Musical Actress of the Year, Dallas
Jun 1984

Dallas Arts

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2019
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
SAG-AFTRA
Apr 1983
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
Actors' Equity Association
Apr 1983
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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