Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshops and Masterclasses

Audition workshop September 8, 2018, 12:00-3:00. 

Refine your audition package at our fall audition workshop, to be held at the Epiphany School Early Learning Center in Dorchester. Patrice Tiedemann, soprano and artistic director of Seaglass Theater Company, and Damien Francouer-Krzyzek, accompanist and coach, will give feedback on mock auditions. All attendees will have time to sing. $25/BSR member, $40/non-member.

NOTE: This workshop is now full. If you are interested in auditing (attending the workshop but not singing for the panel) or being added to the waitlist email info@bostonsingersresource.org. Auditor fees: $10/member, $20 non-member

Patrice Tiedemann’s performance highlights include Holiday concerts with the Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera (The Little Prince), Pioneer Valley Symphony (Cavalleria Rusticana), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (L’enfant Prodigue), Opera Boston (The Consul), Rhode Island Philharmonic, Indianapolis Opera (Otello), Boston Civic Symphony (Verdi Requiem), and appearances with the New Bedford Symphony, The Bostonians, Opera Providence, Cape Cod Opera, Symphony by the Sea and many others in a vast array of repertoire. In the realm of musical theatre, she has appeared with Theatre by the Sea, New Repertory Theatre, Ocean State Theatre Company and New Bedford Festival Theatre in various productions and cabarets. 

She is a graduate of Rhode Island College and earned her master’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University, and received further training as a young artist with Central City Opera and Indianapolis Opera. 

She served as the Artistic Director of Charleston Chamber Opera in Charleston, SC from 2008-2013, and currently is the Artistic Director of Seaglass Theater Company, where she produces creatively staged performances of classic repertoire for the Southern New England area. 

 

Collaborative pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek moved to Boston in 2006, and joined the faculty of New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory in 2007.  His performing and teaching are inspired by his love of collaborative music making, foreign languages, art song, opera and chamber music.

Damien holds a Specialist Degree in vocal accompanying from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in vocal performance from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish from the University of Colorado.  An avid autodidact, Damien has studied and coached more than a dozen languages including Russian, Czech, Portuguese and Catalan.

As an opera coach and rehearsal pianist, Damien has played for more than thirty productions at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Colorado.  During the summer of 2014 he played the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27 at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and soprano Elizabeth Futral, under the baton of Michael Christie.

Recent concerts in the Boston area include collaborations with soprano Lisa Saffer, baritone Michael Meraw, mezzo-soprano Erica Washburn, violinist Nicholas Kitchen, cellist Yeesun Kim, violist Kim Kashkashian and saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky.  In February of 2014, Francoeur-Krzyzek and Radnofsky performed the world premiere of David Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits in New York City.  Last fall he premiered Andrew List's Journey Toward the Eternal Flame for piano, oboe and bassoon, with BSO members John Ferrillo and Richard Svoboda, as part of the Boston Woodwind Society’s Double Reed Day.

 

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


Recent: 

May 2018: Sight-reading workshop with Bill Cutter

Beloved Boston conductor and composer Bill Cutter joined BSR for a workshop that to help singers be better sight-readers. The workshop was held at the Epiphany School in Boston.

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