Archival Songbook Academy Masterclasses

 

During this challenging age of social distancing, the Songbook Academy is introducing a new virtual education series called #MasterclassMoments to remind the Arts community and our network of students to continue learning and making music together, even though we're apart.

 

Our new video series, “Masterclass Moments,” features archival highlights from masterclasses and workshops at our annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive, where arts and entertainment professionals share their hard-won expertise with talented high school singers from across the nation.

 

Each segment features archival highlights from masterclasses and workshops at the annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive, where professionals like Michael Feinstein, Broadway star Laura Osnes and TV producer Marc Cherry share their hard-won expertise with talented high school singers from across the nation.

 


New episodes will premiere at 7:30 p.m. EDT each Monday on the Songbook Academy Facebook page and Instagram TV.

 

  

Upcoming Episodes

 

June 15, 2020

 

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Who: Michael Feinstein, Laura Osnes and alum Noah Mond ('19)

Song: "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot

Teaching Theme: Energy and passion does not necessarily mean singing through phases faster. It is important to sing important phrases as written, instead of throwing those lyrics away. Be gentle, take time and put “voice” behind the lyric.

 

June 22, 2020

 

Who: Michael Feinstein, Marc Cherry and alum Coen Sosa ('18)

Song: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Duke Ellington

Teaching Theme: There isn’t just one way to interpret a song’s lyrics! Determine the story that feels right for you – along with some helpful tips on tempo, physicality and how to create a WOW ending!

 

June 29, 2020

 

Who: Michael Feinstein, Laura Osnes and alum Bobby Barksdale ('19)

Song: "In the Still of the Night" by Cole Porter

Teaching Theme: The importance of feeling the audience energy, even if you can’t see them – and having an opinion about what you are saying by varying rhythm and lyrical emphasis.

 

July 6, 2020

 

Who: Michael Feinstein, Marc Cherry and alum Eevie Perez ('18)

Song: "It Never Was You" by Kurt Weill

Teaching Theme: Finding sincerity in gesturing and adding contrast by not being afraid to trade vocal power for a more vulnerable, light quality.

 

July 13, 2020

 

Who: Michael Feinstein, Marc Cherry and alum Gabe Schonman ('18)

Song: "No More Blues" by Antonio Carlos Jobim with English lyrics by Jon Hendricks and "Jessie Cavanaugh"

Teaching Theme: Crafting longer, more connected phrases and adding intensity and life to the lyric to take the performance to the next level.

 

 

 

Past Masterclass Moments Episodes

 

May 11, 2020

 

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Who: Michael Feinstein, Marc Cherry and alum Reed Gnepper ('18)

Song: "Let's Face the Music and Dance" by Irving Berlin

Teaching Theme: Singing the song authentically, as written, and understanding its history to provide context

 

May 18, 2020

 

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Who: Michael Feinstein, Marc Cherry and alum Abby Marotta ('18)

Song: "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me

Teaching Theme: Comedy/Comedic Timing and setting up a complicated plot in a "story song"

 

May 25, 2020

 

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Who: Michael Feinstein, Laura Osnes and alum Michael Di Leo ('19)

Song: "All I Need is the Girl" from Gypsy

Teaching Theme: Telling a story outside of the context of a show and how to both physicalize and find the joy in telling the story

 

June 1, 2020

 

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Who: Michael Feinstein, Marc Cherry and alum Sadie Fridley ('18-'19)

Song: "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" by Fred E. Ahlert and Joe Young

Teaching Theme: Body tension and personal stylization of a piece

 

June 8, 2020

 

Who: Michael Feinstein, Laura Osnes and alum Grace Elliott ('19)

Song: "You've Changed" by Bill Carey and Carl Fischer

Teaching Theme: The dangers of indicating and the importance of taking time to tell the story

 

*Schedule and masterclasses subject to change without prior notice.

 

WTHR: Carmel's Songbook Academy Announces Masterclass Moments every Monday

 

 

BroadwayWorld: Songbook Academy Presents New Series MASTERCLASS MOMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special thank you to our partners for making these educational opportunities possible.