Explore the tuneful arias of George Frederick Handel and Henry Purcell in this online class, which focuses on works in English.
This is a class for adults, through the School for Continuing Education.
Students will receive coaching during class on musical style and will have opportunities to rehearse during the week with the class accompanist/coach as well. Besides song preparation, students will explore full-scale works through listening, reading, and other study. There will be a Zoom concert at the end of the semester.
Instrumentalists are welcome in this class, which offers extensive opportunities for chamber possibilities.
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.
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.
Sing/play Bach arias this semester at NEC–class begins Wednesday February 7, 7:30-8:30pm. Learn how to choose great arias, rehearse them as chamber music, and make a recitative sound like a great story…details: NEC voice classes
Appropriate for singers who can learn this wonderful music on their own and are comfortable singing in German; also welcome: flutes, oboes, strings, keyboard players…please pass this on and questions welcome…
I recently attended a workshop on improvisation*, and one of the interesting topics was practicing. Not just figuring out how to improvise over a jazz standard, although we did some of that as well. Finding new ways into the music, ways to make it more creative and a lot more productive. I was fascinated, because I had already been invited to offer an evening workshop at the New England Conservatory about the very subject. I had a lot of ideas before and now I have even more. The free event, for adults of all persuasions (beginners are encouraged), is coming up soon. Here’s the scoop:
Wednesday January 31, 8-9:30pm, Pierce Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 241 St Botolph Street, Boston. Free to all, no NEC affiliation necessary. Appropriate for all styles. Bring your questions or even a bit of a song you’d like to ask about…there will be handouts, so if you’re coming, shoot me an email so I know how many to prepare. No one is required to sing, but there will be opportunities for the group to try exercises together.
*it was a weeklong workshop with two master performers/teachers, Rhiannon and Laurence Hobgood. In Hawaii. Poor me. I did, however, suffer through Boston’s Big Chill before earning the right to get warm. There was also an exciting false alert sent to my phone about incoming missiles. Some people have all the fun.
My sweet, fun choir of elders (JP Jubilee) is taking a big step this December, performing with a local community orchestra. We’ve learned the Hallelujah chorus and there are many other sweet holiday pieces on the program, which will be conducted by Geneviève Leclair. I am spitting proud of my “kids”. I have relented in my taboo of women tenors–with 72 members and only 11 men, I wisely chose to let our “lady baritones” have their day. Well, lady tenors. Post-menopausal and rarin’ to sing!
All proceeds of this concert go to support our program, which is a free class and meets at our local library.
It’s time to start again–classes, lessons, and the “Birthday of the World”. Come sing, learn, and have fun in Boston and Cambridge. Or travel to Cape Cod for the High Holidays where no one needs a ticket to take a seat…Am HaYam meets in Orleans and I’m cantor, conductor and pianist…