Singer’s Special in June - Join Now! (Still Worth the Read When You Just Joined :-)
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We at HELLO STAGE love singers.
You probably know that Bernhard’s first
career was being a singer himself
and of course I had the pleasure of
choosing lots of wonderful singers for
projects with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
Bremen as well as at my time at the Konzerthaus
which had a Lied recital series,
Choral works as well as Opera in concert at our time there
(and here’s a confession…I even had singing lessons once as well,
..ahhhh… no no no… but it was important to me,
as I wanted to learn more about how it all works.
I think that is vital to at least have an inkling
when working with singers,
even when you are pretty hopeless yourself!)
But that is not the only one reason why we decided to
make June our special month for Singers!
one of our members,
is having their festival this month.
SongFest is the United States' premier art song festival
but also an amazing training program held each summer
at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.
They attract an international roster of leading recital artists
and pedagogues as well as students from some of the
nation's top music conservatories.
Their audience enjoys a vibrant concert series that is
entirely free to the public,
and auditors can attend daily masterclasses and lectures
led by some the most exciting artists of today.
All this is organized by the wonderful
Executive Director Rosemary Ritter together
with her two Associated Artistic Directors Liza Stepanova
and Matthew Patrick Morris
(pictured above - together with Kathleen Tagg).
Matthew is also giving a masterclass
at the young artist programme again this summer.
He very kindly offered a Skype session each for
three singers who join HELLO STAGE this month.
We will have a draw at the end of the month and
will get in touch with the selected ones.
Have a look at his Orange Twist
and you will already get an idea of who you will meet.
Of course you all have
your teachers you regularly work with -
but I am sure you all agree that it is wonderful to
get a different perspective on something sometimes.
A fresh view from someone you have not sung to before.
Or maybe if you’d prefer, he can give you a wonderful
insight on how things work in the US
if you are from another part of the world…
I am sure the three lucky ones will make wonderful use
of the time together
(we will leave it to you guys to set a time and date with
Matt once we have connected you via email.
He is off to Israel soon for Poulenc’s Mamelles de Tiresias
but I am sure, you will work it out together).
And thank you ever so much for your extremely
kind offer to do this,
Matt - we are most grateful that you are spreading
the #classicalbuzz this time not only online
but face to face with our fellow members!
I can’t wait to find out who they will
be and of course we want screen shots!
if you would like to find out more about SongFest,
thinking that might be something for you and next summer,
why not connect with the SONGFEST'ers
who are already HELLO STAGE'rs as well?
The following just signed up,
so bare with them doing their profiles,
they are busy singing at the moment!
Melanie Henley Heyn
Kyle Adam Blair
To the rest of you at SongFest: make use of our special offer
and join the #classicalbuzz!!!!!
teaching over the internet is not new at all
is a veteran,
he started right at the beginning when Skype was invented.
I had the pleasure of listening to him talking about it at
the 2013 IAMA conference -
we are lucky that now the connections are so much more reliable!
Another pair of HELLO STAGE'rs are very
much involved in it too.
Go and check out Eric Silberger
and his www.jukubox.com
(or) & Marianne Dumas
and The Cellopractice Helper
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
Follow Bettina on Twitter
- you can also
always reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org