Past BSR Workshops

2021

Holistic Workshop
Please join us September 30th 7pm for a workshop geared towards the health of a singer.
Choirs Come Back images
A panel with James Liu, Meyer Chambers, Lisa Graham and Mark Mummert
Many singers and ensembles are planning to get back to rehearsing and performing in the fall. Are you curious to hear what others are doing, and to learn more about the latest science regarding safe singing?  BSR hosted a Zoom discussion of these topics on July 22 at 6:30 pm, featuring James C.S. Liu, Meyer Chambers, Lisa Graham & Mark Mummert.
Tatum
Navigating Wellness : Black Singers in Colonialist Spaces

Thursday, June 3 at 7pm EDT BSR hosted a presentation by Tatum Robertson. Navigating Wellness : Black Singers in Colonialist Spaces explores mental health and wellness for Black singers in classical music. 

Image of Melanie Bacaling on a couch

Fast Forward with Melanie Bacaling this May! We're talking equity, ethics and conduct in the rehearsal room, and her experiences working onstage and behind the scenes.

Zoom links will be available to those who preregister.

Register https://forms.gle/PZorxb999sG7qbTj7

Can't wait to see you there!

--Kristen Buabin

Lori Laitman
Conversation with Lori Laitman

Lori Laitman joined BSR on April 26 at 6:00 pm for a conversation as part of the BSR Composers' Lab, pairing singers and composers to create new works. 

Rose and Felicia
Exploring techniques for modern and contemporary music, and adjacent issues

Join BSR and community members for a virtual workshop exploring extended vocal techniques for new music, performing within cultural contexts, and working with living composers. Rose Hegele and Felicia Chen will present a workshop and discussion on these topics with the opportunity to try out some new techniques on your own!

Registration Form

Registration Form Link: https://forms.gle/ELxdpQkDXLZHJHb56

 

2020

BSR Member Social image, with snowflake design, december fifteenth, six pm, Let's celebrate together!
Celebrating togetherness and December holidays!
Boston Singers' Resource

Are you a current BSR member? Are you interested in becoming a member? Boston Singers' Resource invites you to join us for a virtual party via Zoom for all BSR members and those interested in joining the BSR member community!

As we approach the end of the year, we at Boston Singers' Resource would like to show our appreciation to our dedicated members through a virtual gathering for BSR members. We are planning a FUN and FESTIVE gathering that includes live performances, raffle drawings, special recipes for delicious food and cocktails, and even a sing-along!

Renee Tatum Headshot
with Renée Tatum
Circumstances have prompted changes in the creative community, and some might be here to stay. Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum will share what she has learned about virtual audition repertoire and submissions, giving (and taking) online voice lessons, and using personal recordings to analyze your work and grow as a performer.
Sight-Singing 2019 group photo
with Dr. William Cutter
Dr. Bill Cutter and BSR present two workshops for singers.
Table for More
Making Room in the Singing Arts

Boston Singers' Resource is partnering with NATS Boston and Greater Boston Choral Consortium to co-host "Table for More": A 4-part Interactive Webinar Series, presented by G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence (Minneapolis).

Dan Ryan
with Maestro Daniel P. Ryan

Do you have an idea for a great digital project but need some tips for getting it off the ground? Are you not sure which programs are the best to learn more about? Join Daniel P. Ryan for a casual "happy hour" overview of best practices and approaches that will help you share your work with the world!

August 11, 7:00 pm: (be) Happy (with your digital music endeavors) Hour

With Maestro Daniel P. Ryan behind the bar serving technology tips and tricks. (B.Y.O.B) 

Barbara Quintiliani
with Barbara Quintiliani

Happy Hour Chat 7.8
with Sydney Mukasa, Celeste L. Pellegrino and Marcus Schenck

Our final Happy Hour Chat of the summer will feature some of Boston's newest arts leaders. 

Sydney Mukasa, Artistic Coordinator at BLO, incoming graduate student in choral conducting at Yale

Celeste L. Pellegrino,  Boston-based Soprano, voice teacher, and co-founder of Due Donne Productions. 

Marcus Schenck, Bass-Baritone; Executive + Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Promenade Opera Project; Voice Teacher

Happy Hour Chat 6.4
with Amelia LeClair, Kevin Leong and Eric Christopher Perry

Join BSR for our next happy hour chat. Our June chat will feature leaders from choral ensembles, with an emphasis on professional choral singers and soloists. 

Amanda Sindel-Keswick yoga workshop
A yoga workshop with Amanda Sindel-Keswick

The last few months of online lessons, non-stop Zooming, adjusting to masks, and quadrupling our hand-washing have put many of us (literally) in weird positions. Teacher Amanda Sindel-Keswick will lead a yoga practice to help singers reconnect with their bodies and find balance. 

Participants will work with breath (pranayama), sound, and movement to connect with and strengthen their bodies.  This will be a physically active practice, taught progressively. All bodies are welcome. Participants should have a pillow or folded up towel or blanket handy.

Happy Hour Chat 5.14
with Adrienne Boris, Kathryn McKellar and Daniel P. Ryan

Join BSR for our next happy hour chat. This time we are joined by three local artists with a wide range of experience in classical music and opera:

Adrienne Boris: Director, dramatic coach, Exec. Producer at Lowell House Opera 

Kathryn McKellar: Soprano; Founder and Co-Director of Opera on Tap Boston

Daniel P. Ryan: Conductor, Composer, Singer; Co-Artistic Director of MassOpera

Beckvold workshop
an Alexander Technique workshop with Katie Beckvold

BSR welcomes certified Alexander Technique teacher Katie Beckvold for a 90-minute online workshop Saturday, May 9 from 10:00-11:30

During this Zoom class, we are able to discuss and learn how we can interact with ourselves and others, in this new world we are living in, whether it be in an online audition, an online class for school, an email exchange or a phone/video conference call. 

Alexander Technique has many benefits for singers (and others) including stress and tension reduction, simple and efficient communication, and regained control. 

Happy Hour Opera Chat
with Aliana de la Guardia, William Neely and Alexandra Dietrich

Pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and join BSR for a chat about opera in Boston during these uncertain times. We are joined by

Aliana de la Guardia, Co-Artistic Director and Ensemble at Guerilla Opera, New Music Soprano & Voice Teacher

William Neely, Executive Director of MassOpera

Alexandra Dietrich, Artistic Director of NEMPAC Opera Project, Stage Director, and Mezzo-Soprano

2019

Dana and Jeri at workshop
with Dana Varga
Epiphany Early Learning Center, Boston, MA
Dana Lynne Varga shared her insights on auditioning and gave helpful feedback to 9 singers who sang their audition repertoire in masterclass format. 
Sight-Singing 2019 group photo
with Dr. William Cutter
Epiphany Early Learning Center, Dorchester, MA
Dr. Bill Cutter returned with two packed workshops for singers.
Stephanie Mann singing at BSR Workshop
Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, collaborative pianist
Epiphany Early Learning Center, Dorchester, MA
Tenor Matthew DiBattista shared some of his expertise in auditioning and vocal performance for BSR members.

2018

Contreras workshop photo

Nine singers refined their audition packages at a fall audition workshop,  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 were able to sing. $25/BSR member, $40/non-member.

 

Hailey Fuqua and James Dargan
a panel discussion at the Classical Singer Convention

As part of the 2018 Classical Singer Convention in Boston, BSR presented HUSTLE 101: How to turn your drive and your talent into a busy musical career

 

James Dargan and Hailey Fuqua shared how they maintain their full performance schedules. This panel discussion, moderated by BSR Executive Director Margaret Felice, included time for Q&A.

2017

Demystifying Websites
in collaboration with Greater Boston Choral Consortium

In collaboration with Greater Boston Choral Consortium. GBCC's Alex Speir and BSR's Margaret Felice walked attendees through the basics of web design principles, popular platforms, and best practices.

Workshop photo with Angela and Adrienne
For Singers

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.

Kim Lamoreaux at Crossover workshop
In collaboration with Moonbox Productions. Classical singers discussed what it takes to be successful in musical theater with Allison Choat, Susan Chebookjian, and Angela Jajko.

2016

branding workshop image
in collaboration with Greater Boston Choral Consortium

GBCC and BSR led a conversation about branding for institutions and individual artists, featuring Jennifer Hughes, executive director of Cantata Singers, David Carrier, artistic director of Commonwealth Chorale, Sarah Spinella of BSR and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Eric Christopher Perry of Renaissance Men.  The event was held at Holden Chapel, Harvard University. 

Virginia Bailey
with Angela Jajko and Phil Lauriat

Singers reviewed audition technique with Angela Jajko, Phil Lauriat and Brendon Shapiro at Brookline's Church of our Saviour.

CS workshop 2016
a panel discussion at the Classical Singer Convention

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 assembled a panel of some of Greater Boston’s busiest working artists to share their insights on that very question.

Thom Dawkins, pianist
with Elaine Crane, Angela Jajko, Phil Lauriat and Dana Varga

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.