Workshops & Intensives

Winter & Spring 2020 Workshops & Intensives

VOCAL BASICS FOR KIDS WORKSHOP with Maren Maddry (AGES 9 to 14)

Aspiring singers, listen up! Have you ever wondered why you’re running out of breath at the end of a phrase of music, why your neck or jaw gets so tight while you sing, or why your throat hurts after? These are common issues in young singers, and with a little knowledge and practice of a healthy voice technique, you can conquer these performance-inhibitors and begin to build a foundation to enjoy singing for the rest of your life!

In “Vocal Basics” participants will learn about the vocal-mechanism and begin the journey of learning a healthy technique for all singing styles. We’ll cover the three basics of good technique: breathing, tension release, and tone clarity. Participants may be asked to sing a short excerpt of a song, to demonstrate some of these skills, or work through some difficulty they’re facing. Please come prepared with 16 bars (about 1 minute of music) of a vocal selection (excerpts will be sung acapella).

Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Rehearsal A (4th floor, 123 E. Water St.)
Tuition: Suggested donation $30

The suggested donation of $30 can be paid by cash or check in person at the door.

Please RSVP for Maren’s VOCAL BASICS FOR KIDS WORKSHOP (Ages 9 to 14) by Friday, March 6th. Email Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org to register.

VOCAL BASICS FOR ADULTS WORKSHOP with Maren Maddry (AGES 18+)

Aspiring singers, listen up! Have you ever wondered why you’re running out of breath at the end of a phrase of music, why your neck or jaw gets so tight while you sing, or why your throat hurts after? These are common issues in novice singers, and with a little knowledge and practice of a healthy voice technique, you can conquer these performance-inhibitors and begin to build a foundation to enjoy singing for the rest of your life!

In “Vocal Basics” participants will learn about the vocal-mechanism and begin the journey of learning a healthy technique for all singing styles. We’ll cover the three basics of good technique: breathing, tension release, and tone clarity. Participants may be asked to sing a short excerpt of a song, to demonstrate some of these skills, or work through some difficulty they’re facing. Please come prepared with 16 bars (about 1 minute of music) of a vocal selection (excerpts will be sung acapella).

Date: Saturday, March 14th
Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Rehearsal A (4th floor, 123 E. Water St.)
Tuition: Suggested donation $30

The suggested donation of $30 can be paid by cash or check in person at the door.

Please RSVP for Maren’s VOCAL BASICS FOR ADULTS WORKSHOP (Ages 18 and up) by Friday, March 13th. Email Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org to register.

Maren Weinberger Maddry

Opera Career Highlights:

2nd Prize in international vocal competition The Lotte Lenya Competition; two consecutive summers at the esteemed Glimmerglass Festival, where Maddry sang a World Premiere of Ben Moore’s The Odyssey, workshopped Philip Glass’s Appomattox as ‘Ladybird Johnson’ with Washington National Opera, sang in a collaboration concert/seminar with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and sang alongside a star studded cast (Jamie Barton, Brian Mulligan, Jay Hunter Morris, David Pittsinger) of Robert Ward’s The Crucible as ‘Mary Warren’, directed by Francesca Zambello; short tour of France with Glimmerglass’s original production of Bernstein’s Candide, covering ‘Cunegonde’, and singing ‘Queen of Eldorado’; and most recently, starred as ‘Leslie’ in the World Premiere of Companionship by Rachel J Peters, with Fort Worth Opera, a role Maren has the pleasure to reprise in June 2020 with The Virginia Arts Festival.

Educator Highlights:

Visited over 300 Texas schools with “Children’s Opera Theater” through Fort Worth Opera teaching PK-12 students about classical music and opera; while working in NYC, Maren developed and taught a ‘music appreciation’ class for Sparkidz, a weekend program for special needs children; from 2016-2018 in Houston Texas Mrs. Maddry owned and operated her own Vocal Studio, where she taught vocal technique for students ages 8-30.  Maren received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University, and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

AUDITION PREPARATION WORKSHOP with Mimi Harlow (AGES 10 to 15)

In the Audition Preparation Workshop, students will learn how to prepare for auditions and make a great impression! We will cover how to construct a well-formatted performance resume, how to choose appropriate audition attire, and how to select and prepare songs and monologues that showcase each individual in the best light. The class will be taught in a Master Class format, where students will have the chance to workshop a song or monologue with live instruction. Due to time constraints, we may not get to see every student’s individual song or monologue work, but we will try to get to as many as possible!

Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Rehearsal A (4th floor, 123 E. Water St.)
Tuition: Suggested donation $30

The suggested donation of $30 can be paid by cash or check in person at the door.

Please RSVP for Mimi’s AUDITION PREPARATION WORKSHOP (Ages 10 to 15) by Friday, March 27th. Email Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org to register.

COLLEGE AUDITION WORKSHOP with Mimi Harlow (AGES 14 to 18)

In the College Audition Workshop, students will learn about the complexities of applying to and auditioning for collegiate performing arts programs, and how to make the process more exciting than overwhelming. With so many different types of degrees, programs, requirements, and deadlines, it can be challenging for any student to know what is right for them, and how to keep everything organized. During this workshop, students will gain in depth knowledge about specific colleges/universities, how to create a targeted, “smart” list of schools, how to approach prescreen submissions, and how to select and prepare material that will showcase them in the best light. Students who come prepared with a monologue will also have the chance to participate in a mock college audition, where Mimi will provide audition technique guidance and tips she’s gathered from faculty at some of the top programs in the country. Due to time constraints, we may not get to every student’s individual monologue work, but we will do our best to get to as many as possible! Parents welcome!

Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Rehearsal A (4th floor, 123 E. Water St.)
Suggested donation $30–please bring cash or check to pay at the door

Please RSVP for Mimi’s COLLEGE AUDITION WORKSHOP (Ages 14 to 18) by Friday, March 27th. Email Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org to register.

Mimi Harlow is a New York City based actor, writer, director, and teaching artist. She holds a degree in Drama from the University of Virginia, where she appeared in numerous Drama Department shows and directed unique theatrical events, like an outdoor, interactive production of Pride and Prejudice with Spectrum Theatre. In New York, she works as a private performance coach, student advisor, and admissions associate with Broadway Artists Alliance, the city’s top musical theatre and acting training program, and she also works with the Development team at Montclair Film. Mimi firmly believes in the power of storytelling, and in the importance of helping young people hone their craft and express themselves with confidence, both on stage and off. To learn more about Mimi, you can check out her website at www.mimiharlow.com.

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Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Please contact Education Director Miller Susen at 434.977.4177 x100 or miller@livearts.org.