It is not unusual to hear singing teachers say “if you can sing classically, you can sing anything”. This is simply not true. Classical singing, aimed at classical repertoire, develops many useful vocal capacities, but there are some very specific abilities that it does not develop and some abilities that it can absolutely interfere with developing that are necessary requisites in CCM styles. Looking at classical training as a “one size fits all” approach is unfortunate, as the commercial success of all CCM styles continues to grow, while the opposite can be said to be true of classical music of all kinds. Read More about Vocal Pedagogy for Today’s Music
What is Somatic Voicework?
The LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ in residence at Baldwin Wallace University will again be held in July in Berea, Ohio. People are already registering for a course that has become the place to go for summer Contemporary Commercial Music vocal pedagogy. Our guest experts, along with our regular faculty, are top of the line in their individual professions. You simply cannot find this many experts in any other place under the guidance of one of the country’s most recognized singing experts. Why not take advantage of a well-vetted, solidly proven course, that has drawn America’s and Australia’s highest level laryngologists as lecturers, the biggest names in Music Directors on Broadway, the most singer-friendly speech language pathologists, and experts from Gospel, jazz, and rock to present lectures and master classes? [Read More…] about 2019 LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ in residence at Baldwin Wallace University
Week One: Working with Children & Teens
Week Two: Retraining Voices with Diagnosed Vocal Pathology
Week Three: Working with Singers Who Sing Professionally in Multiple Styles (Variation of Function Depending on Style)
Week Four: Working with Professional Belters
Dates: Monday June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST [Read More…] about Announcing a New Somatic Voicework™ Online Courses with Jeanie LoVetri:Special Topics in Somatic Voicework™
As a seasoned performer, having worked professionally in Musical Theatre in New York City, on national tours, internationally, etc., what do you think the important keys to success emerging artists must consider before embarking on a career?
(Photographed Below: Michelle Rosen in The Phantom of the Opera)
If you listen to musical theatre singers of the past, they had very unique and recognizable voices. They may not have had technically perfect instruments or in some cases any vocal training, but they could inhabit a song, some quite beautifully. I worry about the graduates of all the hundreds of musical theatre programs across the country now. They may sing well, but in this highly competitive market, what is individual and special about them that will make them stand out? They are all beginning to sound the same – are we training the individuality right out of them?
The other thing MT performers need to know is: acting first. Unless you are an astonishing dancer or a good dancer who’s content to stay in the ensemble, what performers on Broadway have always been and continue to be are actors first and foremost. If you’re being sent in for an agent submission or going to an Equity call, they just ASSUME you can sing (and you’d better be able to!), but they are looking beyond that for strong acting and personalization of the work you bring in. [Read More…] about Spotlight on Michelle Rosen
You recently took a sabbatical from your private teaching studio. What can you tell us about that experience and where it has led you?
I love teaching singing, but if I’m being honest, doing it for 15 years independently and then for the last six, building it as a business had taken its toll.
In June of 2018 I stopped teaching privately with the intention of returning back to my work in September.
What followed were some of the most uncertain and exciting months of my adult life. At first I felt quite lost with the time I had suddenly acquired, but after a while I was able to establish new creative habits around singing and music making. In addition, I traveled, studied, caught up with friends and just generally rested. [Read More…] about Spotlight on Davin Youngs
Jeanie has completed being in Toowoomba, Australia where she just finished teaching the first-ever LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ at the University of Southern Queensland. She was so grateful to have been joined by Brenda Earle Stokes as her faculty and assisted by Dr. Melissa Forbes, and Heather Keens, some of our esteemed Australian Somatic Voicework™ alumni, who all did a terrific job! Thirty participants, some of them reviewers, gathered to be apart of the first international LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™. Jeanie is so grateful to all the participants for making the event such a huge success. We received some truly wonderful press, please click here to check out a wonderful feature from 7 News Toowoomba. [Read More…] about Greetings from Oz!