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!
Your work as both a singer and pedagogue has spanned several continents; can you tell us about your work and how it has evolved over the years (i.e. the switch from musical theatre to jazz focus, etc.)?
Musical theater became my sole focus through high school and then at Boston Conservatory where I was musical theater major training in music, voice, dance and acting. It was a rigorous, challenging and all consuming program that taught me about all aspects of the theater and musical theater at that time. The program also provided invaluable experiences on the technical crews and as a director and collaborator. I did the summer stock, then small professional productions in the Boston area as well as two summers as a singing waitress on Cape Cod 6 nights a week. That experience certainly taught me that better vocal technique was needed to sustain my “Broadway” goal. I had a naturally strong voice and had had some good foundation with two “classical” voice teachers from the age of 16, both whom embraced musical theater and the reality of chest voice and belting, but at the end of one summer when I had no voice for two weeks, it was clear that too much singing and too much partying were not sustainable!! Luckily I had no vocal damage, but it was an important lesson learned. [Read more…] about Spotlight on Lisa Thorson
This January, you’re headed back to Toowoomba, Australia with Jeanie LoVetri for the first LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ in Australia, what can we expect from this institute?
This year is particularly exciting, as it is the second time Jeanie is presenting her full course in Australia. The faculty has a great chemistry and we each bring a different skill set to the table to support Jeanie’s work. Heather Keens is joining us this year and will be giving a Masterclass in Music Theater and Melissa Forbes and I will both be present on jazz and pop. We have a lot of repeat attendees this year, as well as friends, colleagues and students of former grads, so we’re going to have a lot of enthusiastic participants!
You’re also planning an Australian tour, can you tell us more details about that?
I will be performing shows in Toowoomba, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and debuting in Melbourne playing two shows at Paris Cat and one at Jazz Lab. It is important for me to try and make music wherever I go, so I reached out to get a few gigs booked. I had no idea I’d have such an enthusiastic response, so I have a full week long tour set up, as well as radio and print media interviews and articles. I can’t wait to work with some Aussie musicians! [Read more…] about Spotlight on Brenda Earle Stokes
This has been a truly wonderful year. Jeanie began 2018 presenting Level I and II to 80 Brazilian teachers and singers, hosted by Vocal São Paulo, and where the warmth of the Brazilians, as always, melted her heart. In February, she went to Kansas as keynote clinician for the NATS state chapter conference, thanks to the invitation and hospitality of Dr. Joe Perniciaro. [Read more…] about Happy Holidays To All!
Week One: Working with Children & Teens
Week Two: Working with Amateur Adults
Week Three: Somatic Voicework™ in a Classical Context
Week Four: Working with Elite Belters
Dates: Monday February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Please note that the enrollment for this course is now full and registration for this course is closed.
You are a very busy voice teacher in Long Island; can you tell us about your private studio and your work at LIU CW Post?
(photographed below: Amanda Chmela performing in The Marriage of Figaro)
I’ll start with my work at LIU C.W. Post, where I am employed as an adjunct professor of voice within the theatre department. Our voice faculty is completely separate from that of the music department, and I have the opportunity to work exclusively with actors and dancers.
My private studio is extremely rewarding, as I have the opportunity to teach students of all ages interested in a variety of musical styles with wide ranging musical and performance goals. Some of my students sing only for their own personal fulfillment, others participate in the local theatre scene, many are interested in majoring in music once they reach college, and I am lucky to work with a few emerging professional artists. Currently, my student population consists mostly of musical theatre performers, though I do work with a few singer/songwriters and CCM artists. [Read more…] about Spotlight on Amanda Chmela