Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshops and Masterclasses

UPCOMING: 

Vocal Health Workshop in partnership with Greater Boston Choral Consortium.

February 10, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

United Parish of Brookline

210 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446

Free admission for GBCC and BSR members. $10 for non-members. Purchase tickets. 

After an eight-year hiatus, Angelynne Hinson and Amy Lieberman are thrilled to return to GBCC and the Boston Singers' Resource to present a new workshop. They hope to offer a fresh look at how each of us can better assess our strengths and weaknesses as singers. The workshop will cover areas that are applicable to all voice types and vocal styles. Topics will include:

Vocal Physiology 101

Vocal Technique: habit or choice?

Vocal Health and Stamina: wellness tips that work

Knowing your own voice: its timbre, weight and size

Warming up the voice: individual vs. ensemble

Your body is your instrument

Breath support: how do YOU do it?

Singing in tune: how do you DO it?

Using speech to get to song

Tickets are free for Greater Boston Choral Consortium and Boston Singers' Resource members. Non-Members are invited to join for $10 per ticket. Tickets will be available online and at the door.

Angelynne Hinson and Amy Lieberman have spent decades pursuing their passions: vocal and choral education, respectively. In addition, they are artistic colleagues in several endeavors, including singing with Cantata Singers and founding Vocollage, an ensemble of performing artists who design and present original stage works uniting words, music and drama for live performance and radio broadcast.

Angelynne, a soprano from Portsmouth, NH, has taught students aged seven to seventy, amateur to professional, both classical and music theatre, focusing on building a healthy, efficient technique through understanding voice physiology. She has created and developed curricula for at-risk youth, regional gifted and talented programs, and is currently working with medical professionals formulating therapeutic and rehabilitative vocal methods for people with Parkinson’s Disease. As Interim Director of Education for Cantata Singers, she facilitated in-school composition workshops for inner-city public school students. In addition, Angelynne leads a very active life as a vocal artist, performing choral and song recitals, church music, and cabaret and revues throughout New England. From big band to Bach, she has also recorded and toured with the award-winning a cappella quartet, White Noise and classical female duo Sirens’ Song. As a sacred music soloist, she has worked at The Mother Church at Christian Science Center and at Central Reform Temple at Emmanuel Church. She has served as cantor for Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, and various Protestant denominations.

Amy has been a conductor of choruses and musical theatre productions for nearly thirty years. She has been Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University and New England Conservatory, and served as Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and Interim Choral Director at Northeastern University. Her guest conducting engagements have included appearances with the Portsmouth Symphony (NH), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Boston Cecilia, Zamir Chorale of Boston, Boston Summer Sings, Lexington Symphony (MA), Cappella Clausura (Boston), and New Music New Haven. Amy is a member of the faculty of Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music, where she conducts Kol Arev chamber choir and teaches musicianship and conducting. Kol Arev has performed on the Boston Byzantine Music Festival, Boston Jewish Music Festival, and in joint performance ventures with the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Seraphim Singers. Ms. Lieberman is also Artistic Director of ArtsAhimsa, a performance series dedicated to the promotion of non-violence through the arts. As a singer, Amy has performed on the lecture-recital series “Music and Memories”, bringing the American Songbook to retirement communities in New England, and as lead vocalist with the klezmer band in residence at the Jewish Community Center of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Freylochs and Bagels.

Interested in hosting a BSR workshop or masterclass? Contact info@bostonsingersresource.org


Recent:

Demystifying

October 2017: Demystifying Websites
In partnership with Greater Boston Choral Consortium
Brighton Allston Congregational Church, 404 Washington St, Brighton, MA

Thinking of creating or redoing your own or your ensemble's website but don't know where to begin? When is outside design help necessary? GBCC's Alex Speir and BSR's Margaret Felice will walk us through the basics of web design principles, popular platforms, and best practices. 

September 2017: Audition workshop with Adrienne Boris, stage director of opera and theater, audition/performance coach, and arts administrator, Angela Jajko, mezzo-soprano, audition coach, BSR Blog Editor, and arts administrator, Brendon Shapiro, pianist, vocal coach and conductor.

.February 2017: Cross-fit: Two crossover workshops in collaboration with Moonbox Productions.

  

October 13, 2016: Branding workshop in Collaboration with Greater Boston Choral Consortium.

September 10, 2016: 3:00 pm Audition Workshop with Angela Jajko and Phil Lauriat

Virginia Bailey singing Dido's Lament

Virginia Bailey singing Dido's Lament, Brandon Shapiro, piano. 

May 28, 2016: 12:30 pm at the Classical Singer Convention at Boston's Waterfront Westin.

Marketing and Auditioning in Multiple Genres: A panel hosted by Boston Singers’ Resource. Many singers' careers include opera, oratorio, art song, orchestral concerts, and musical theatre. Ever wonder what it takes to “crossover” and market yourself as a versatile artist? Boston Singers’ Resource has assembled a panel of some of Greater Boston’s busiest working artists to share their insights on that very question. Moderated by BSR Administrative Director Margaret Felice, the panel will feature Jean Danton, singer/actress and voice teacher; José Delgado, Artistic Director & Conductor of Força, Freelance Music Director and Vocal Coach; Aliana de la Guardia, soprano, actor, voice teacher and producer of Guerilla Opera, and Dirk Hillyer, conductor of Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Disney-In-Concert, and 20-year member of Boston Lyric Opera. 

February 7th, 2016:  BSR Workshop: Auditions! Hosted by Dana Varga, Phil Lauriat, Elaine Crane, and Angela Jajko

The afternoon included interactive session combining panel discussion and demonstration, master class coaching, and Q&A. Particpants learned what works and what doesn't work for different levels and genres, what matters to specific auditioners and companies, and what are best practices for achieving success on one of the many paths to a singing career. 

Testimonials:

The workshop gave practical insight into professional auditioning that was never addressed in music school. Angela and Adrienne created a warm, energetic learning environment and delivered specific solutions on how to audition as your BEST self from repertoire, etiquette, singer hacks and more. - Tamra Grace Jones, soprano

The audition workshop hosted by Boston Singers' Resource was just what I needed!  As someone who does opera on the side, this workshop was perfect to help me understand what the different sects of the industry (musical theater vs. opera vs. chorale etc) were looking for in an auditionee.  I also suffer from stage freight and tend to clam up at auditions.  The panelists were not only extremely knowledgeable, but extremely down-to-earth and approachable so I was comfortable enough to ask them for tips and tricks regarding audition nerves.  I was nervous to attend this workshop since I am not as experienced as other fellow singers, but there was no reason to be nervous!  I'm so glad I was able to be a part of this workshop and I look forward to more BSR educational opportunities.  Thanks to BSR and the panelists for a fantastic workshop!  - Kristen Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano

 

The Audition Workshop was such a unique and invaluable experience to participate in. Being a young singer, I am frequently working the audition circuit where you often don't hear any feedback.  Auditions are a craft of their own, and to be able to practice that craft in front of such an accomplished panel was very helpful.  Their focus was individualized, professional, and just spot on.  They were able to talk about everything from your audition materials (headshot, resume, etc.) to the repertoire pieces you were offering.  The environment was encouraging and warm.  The experience to also sing in front of other singers added an element of performance practice that is crucial to your development as a young performer. I hope to see these workshops continue and grow, the Boston community certainly needs this type of mentorship!

The Audition Workshop was such a unique and invaluable experience to participate in. Being a young singer, I am frequently working the audition circuit where you often don't hear any feedback.  Auditions are a craft of their own, and to be able to practice that craft in front of such an accomplished panel was very helpful.  Their focus was individualized, professional, and just spot on.  They were able to talk about everything from your audition materials (headshot, resume, etc.) to the repertoire pieces you were offering.  The environment was encouraging and warm.  The experience to also sing in front of other singers added an element of performance practice that is crucial to your development as a young performer. I hope to see these workshops continue and grow, the Boston community certainly needs this type of mentorship! - Kristin Fahning, soprano

I want to thank the BSR for putting together the Audition Workshop a few weeks ago. The panelists were so insightful, and I loved the variety of their experience and expertise. As someone who is not as recent of a graduate as some of the other participants, it was so refreshing to be back in a studio/masterclass setting again. I got as much, if not more, out of observing the other participants as I did singing for the panel! It is eye-opening and encouraging to get immediate responses from these directors/adjudicators, and important that they have experienced these situations from both sides of the table. I really hope that this becomes a workshop series, not just a one-time occurrence. If possible, I would love to attend more of these to get feedback on a few different types of audition situations. - Leslie Leedberg, Soprano

 

February 2016 panel

 

Thomas DawkinsAuditor listeningPhil Lauriat