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NYSTA EVENTS CALENDAR 2023-2024 SEASON

SEASON OPENING EVENT (LIVE!)

Masterclass and Discussion with Stephanie Lexis, Founder, Broadway Positivity Project

Sunday October 29, 2023

3:30pm to 5:30pm with reception following

National Opera Center at Opera America

330 West 7th Avenue at 29th Street, 7th Floor

New York Bill INT 0209 is looking to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived height or weight in relation to opportunities of employment, housing, and access to public accommodations.” This may have a lasting impact on the trajectory of body diversity represented on the Broadway stage, where size inclusivity is historically poor. Stephanie Lexis, Founder of the Broadway Positivity Project will present a hybrid event of both discussion on body positivity in the music industry and voice studio, and masterclass working with 2 performers of marginalized body types, focusing on acting and mindset exercises for those who struggle to anchor themselves in roles they’ve been excluded from playing due to discrimination and antiquated standards of beauty in theatre.

 

HOLIDAY EVENT – JOSEPHINE MONGIARDO GREAT COACHES SERIES (LIVE!)

An Operatic Masterclass with Ann Baltz, Founder of OperaWorks

Sunday December 3, 2023

3:30pm to 5:30pm with reception following

National Opera Center at Opera America

330 West 7th Avenue at 29th Street, 7th Floor

Created in 1987 by Ann Baltz, OperaWorks™ is one of the classical music world’s most cutting-edge training programs for singers and teachers. Having pioneered a unique holistic curriculum, the company boasts an impressive alumni list of over 2,000 singers, voice teachers, coaches, conductors and directors. They include Grammy Award winners, international career singers, voice teachers on faculties throughout the United States, and arts administrators in professional companies. Aspects of the program’s once radical methods can now be found around the country in other training programs, companies, and conservatories.

 

WINTER ONLINE EVENT

The Trauma Informed Voice Studio with Megan Durham of Respire Vocal Wellness

Sunday February 4, 2024

2pm to 4pm

Online via Zoom Webinar

Register now with the link below!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8I2CwbdjT1WGSALeQbfaQw

The symptoms of trauma—emotional dysregulation, numbness, hyper-vigilance, self-limiting beliefs, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, disassociation—live in the body and manifest physically. This can impact vocal function and inhibit the ability to communicate, create, and connect authentically. The paradox for voice professionals is that we are not psychotherapists, yet we work with people who hold trauma in their bodies. We frequently witness these symptoms in singers during lessons, clinical sessions, or performances. Recognizing the significant impact of trauma on the voice and the need for resiliency practices in the voice studio or clinic, trauma-informed voice care provides a collaborative, embodied approach to voice pedagogy. Megan Durham will both inform on the topic itself as well as offer currently understood best practices for addressing this occurrence in the voice studio.

 

SPRING ONLINE EVENT

Training a healthy scream and distorted vocals for metal music with David Benites, Owner, Extreme Vocal Institute

Sunday April 28, 2024

4pm to 5:30pm ET

Online via Zoom Webinar

Click here to register!

David Benites is a vocalist and vocal coach specializing in vocal distortion and the owner of Extreme Vocal Institute. He has taught vocalists of all levels from all over the world, working in the studio and on tour with some of the most prominent bands in metal.

David’s approach to teaching vocals is a combination of his background as a classical musician, knowledge of the human body from his experience on a powerlifting and bodybuilding team, and passion for physical fitness, insight as a member of the metal community for the majority of his life, and research of speech pathology and singing styles. His goal is to present information in a simple and clear way for others to understand and be able to replicate for themselves.

To answer that call, David created a unique vocal training method drawing from opera, country, musical theater, and R&B designed to help students of all ages sing and scream louder, longer, with greater range and without injury. Join us for a fascinating and delightful event with David highlighting the basics of training a healthy scream and distorted vocals for metal music. This is excellent information for any voice teacher to have, whether you intend to teach this style or not. In addition to dispelling myths about this style of singing, musical theater works continue to branch out into more and more varied vocal styles, and it is important to be prepared for the potential demands of future styles entering the cannon. Also, learning some of these exercises can be beneficial to assisting students of any style to release long held tensions in the vocal mechanism.

 

 

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