New class, online of course, being offered on Tuesday evenings beginning October 6 (we will skip Election Day). Read all about it, and sign up before the last 3 spaces are taken…
Make the Song your Own
A voice class on Zoom.
8 weeks, Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm (Eastern) starting October 6 (no class November 3).
$300. 8 folks maximum—only 3 spaces left!
Make your version of a song sound believable, as if you wrote it yourself. You will learn to make the phrasing, dynamics, timing and other important factors in a magical, musical performance. And of course, you will learn to expand your range, sing more clearly and beautifully and feel confident you are keeping your voice healthy.
Taught by Elizabeth Anker, who sings, plays piano, and writes arrangements for her choir. Liz believes folks thrive when given permission to be their best musical selves.
Each class will include group warm ups during which the class will be muted. Students will receive coaching on their songs (a cappella) many of the 8 weeks, and benefit from observing their classmates improve as well as experiencing their own solo time. There will be exercises to do in and out of class.
In past classes, one person worked on one song the entire time (finding and choosing verses of John Henry); another wrote some of her own verses to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. You may choose a few songs to work on, but the purpose of this class is to go deep with one or two songs. All styles and songwriters are welcome!
New semester at New England Conservatory, School of Continuing Education! Starting Wednesday, January 22, 7:00-8:00, a wonderful new take on the Bach Arias class I’ve taught there. Focusing on small chamber pieces that one can perform in a recital or church, we will also include works by Heinrich Schuetz and G.P. Telemann, as well as JSB.
I’m so delighted that we keep growing and getting better together. Our concerts are short and really fun. Lots of different kinds of songs about light. And many opportunities for the audience to join in.
Upcoming concert of 1. the lovely choir I conduct, and 2. a really fun cake with my mugshot (oops, headshot) alongside Handel and our harpsichordist right on the frosting! The Handel class was at NEC; the JP Jubilee is 75+ singers right in Jamaica Plain.
No one will accuse me of programming too much “holiday music” this December for JP Jubilee. We’re talking about DESPAIR! The 7th Deadly Sin. Fun and funny song; we’ll also sing Never Never Land to keep you weepin’ in a sweet way.
We’ve had a couple of terrific outreach concerts this Fall–a Thanksgiving lunch for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, at a senior/disabled housing in my neighborhood, and the 150th anniversary of Curtis Hall. Now we’re ready for our short and sweet final concert, Saturday December 8 at 2:00. You’ll be done singing along (and clapping) by 3.
On another note, save the date for a performance by the Mockingbird Trio plus a few wind players: Sunday January 27 at 3:30pm at Brandeis, we’ll be reprising Dana Maiben’s The Green House. Details below:
The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University
Music Composed by Women Past and Present
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center
This year’s concert will be curated by composer, violinist and conductor Dana Maiben, a WSRC Scholar and winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition “The Green House.” The concert will feature the Mockingbird Trio and guests performing the prize-winning composition along with new work by Maiben and other Boston area women.
“Up on the Roof” is a classic Carole King song–or is it? In my Carole King Anthology songbook, published in 1973, she credits “Words and Music by Gerry Goffin and Toni Stern”. So I’ve always given them credit. But now that JP Jubilee is singing my new arrangement of the song on their upcoming concert, a lot of singers have looked up the song and find it attributed to Carole alone. The mystery continues, and it is a GREAT song and a Very Fine Arrangement that fits our SATB group. I’m proud of them and also delight in hearing them rock out on “Love Potion #9” and a fun take on a Mozart round, using the theme of procrastination, rather than scatalogical references to music critics. All performed in less than an hour, with ice cream afterwards at JP Licks…