Due to safety concerns associated with COVID-19, this season’s events will take place online via Zoom.
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Created in 1906 with the idea that teachers of singing should regard the profession seriously, a small number of New York City based teachers gathered and chartered what would become The New York Singing Teachers’ Association. It was intended to strive toward goals that included the use of English as a valid artistic language, the fostering of healthy singing and the viability of training that happened in the USA.
Presenter Jeanie LoVetri (She/Her) is a Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, Board and Emeritus Member of NYSTA and a founding member of the first Music Theater Committee. She spent over 20 years helping NYSTA move into the digital age. She was the opening speaker, at a joint conference sponsored by NYSTA and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in 2000, calling for the use of the term “Contemporary Commercial Music” (CCM) to replace the term “non-classical.” CCM as a generic term for all styles that are not classical is now accepted in academia and science in most circumstances. She has a certificate of recognition from NYSTA for her contributions to voice science and singing teaching and has been teaching for 50 years. She has a private practice on the Upper West Side. www.thevoiceworkshop.com www.somaticvoicework.com... See MoreSee Less
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Join champion beatboxers and international performers
Kaila Mullady and Mark Martin
as they explore the wide range of applications of beatboxing, from speech therapy and playing with articulators to expanding the possibilities of the human voice and the future of vocal music through techniques like overtone singing, polyphonic singing, and more.
Kaila Mullady (She/Her) is the 2015 & 2018 World Beatbox Champion. She pushes the boundaries of creative vocalism by fusing the art forms of beatboxing, singing, poetry and theater together. She is a current member of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway Improvised Hit “Freestyle Love Supreme.” Kailamullady.com
Mark Martin (He/Him) is the winner of the 2016 American Beatbox Championships and the 2016 International 2016 BeatRhyme Battle. He toured internationally with musical theater company The Voca People and is featured in the immersive theater show "Midsummer: A Shakespearience" in NYC. Martin was recently featured in a Tedx Talk about the cirriculum he created with Mullady teaching beatboxing as a tool for therapy. MarkMartinCreative.com... See MoreSee Less
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Join NYSTA Board Member Manoj Govindraj (He/Him) as he covers the history and evolution of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, with particular attention to the styles Dhrupad and Khayal and their scales (the Thaat system). He will explore semi-classical and popular genres, such as Thumri, Ghazal, Bhajan and Bollywood music, and how they are strongly connected with Hindustani classical music. This presentation will include practical demonstrations of each of these styles and will close with information on the makeup of a typical Hindustani classical music concert.
Govindraj was the recipient of scholarship for Hindustani classical vocal music from the Center for Cultural Resources and Talent government of India from 1988 to 1995. A rank-holder and a gold medalist from Mumbai University, he completed his Master of Fine Arts in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music in 1999. He was the recipient of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi scholarship Hindustani music at post-graduate level in 1998-99. He has won several awards, the most prestigious one being the Sur Singar Samsad Award in 1995
for light vocal.
Manoj teaches Hindustani classical and light music (vocal and harmonium) at the Swarras School of Music, Glen Mills Pennsylvania USA. His repertoire includes Hindustani classical (Khayal), semi-classical (Thumri, Dadra), bhajans, ghazals and film songs in Hindi, Marathiand other languages, and also Marathi Abhang, Bhavgeet and Natya Sangeet.... See MoreSee Less
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Ari Agha and Rabuel Aviles will guide us through the nuances of the voice for transmasculine and transfeminine singers. Dr. Agha will present a deep-dive into their vocal journey with testosterone therapy through their groundbreaking research: Key of T. Rabuel Aviles will present on the intricacies of working with transfeminine singers.... See MoreSee Less
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The great Polish-American soprano Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935)
played a major role in American musical society, first on the roster
of the Metropolitan Opera, then as a touring concert singer, and
finally as director of the voice faculties at the Curtis Institute
and Juilliard Graduate School. Her students, including Queena
Mario and Alma Gluck, also sang at the Metropolitan and other
houses across the US; many became influential voice teachers,
passing on the bel canto tradition taught to Sembrich by Lamperti.
This presentation will focus on Sembrich’s career and influence
within the US and her part in the development of American
musical culture during the early 20th century. It will be moderated
by Caleb Eick (he/him), Director of Outreach for The Sembrich, a
museum and performance center honoring the great soprano on
Lake George in Upstate New York. Eick, a baritone and active
chamber music performer, participates in the museum’s research
and collection preservation efforts and recently completed a
fellowship with the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and
Community Development at SUNY Albany. He holds a Master
of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from East Carolina
University and is currently completing his studies in Visual and
Performing Arts Management at NYU.... See MoreSee Less
Online Spring Event: Understanding the Linguistic Challenges and Advantages Unique to Native Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese Speakers.
With Ryu-Kyung Kim, Stephen Ng and Sahoko Sato Timpone.
Sunday, May 16, 2021 2:30--4:30 PM EDT via Zoom.
Link to Register: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tRSxYgorSmaWXt4_aFVoFQ
Voice teachers today are often working with students for whom English is their second language. It is increasingly helpful for them to understand the linguistic tendencies of represented languages. This presentation, followed by Q&A, will explore specific examples for speakers of Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese, where these languages present both challenges and advantages to vocalists compared to American English speakers. The goal of this presentation is to help voice teachers become more acquainted with these languages and to provide them with practical tips to apply in their studios. Through examining linguistic perspectives and providing specific exercises, we aim to advance vocal teaching for East Asian singers.... See MoreSee Less
Join NYSTA and Narciso Solero (www.narcisosolero.com) as we explore how to turn dreams for your studio into reality through goal setting and implementing the steps to achieve those goals.
Participating teachers will complete an anonymous survey (due February 15, 2021), submitting ideas for goals they would like to achieve, from studio administration and professional development to repertoire building and achieving the highest level of artistry from students. Goals will be examined to construct a clear-cut practical path to reach them, including an exploration of the value of setting ambitious or "impossible" goals will also be discussed.
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Holiday Online Event: Josephine Mongiardo Great Coaches Series
Movement Masterclass with Stage Director Chuck Hudson: Acting Bigger
A particular challenge for presentational forms of performance like opera and musical theater is “making things bigger.” Directors often say, “I loved what you were doing in rehearsal. It was intimate and connected and truthful…but now we’re onstage and I need you to be bigger.” Suddenly everyone starts to mug, or they begin moving their arms around, as if taking up more space was the way to act bigger, and we lose the connection to dramatic truth.
DRAMATIC CORPOREAL TECHNIQUE: The Five Movements of Pure Thought
■ Using psycho-physical dynamics and rhythms to turn Staging into Human Behavior.
■ Visible Dramatic Action: making the invisible visible without “acting it out.” There is a logical sequence of actions one plays to make the invisible visible. Performers must break down all of their work into this logical sequence of specific actions.
■ What “Moment to Moment Acting” means and how to do it for opera and music theater.
Webinar via ZOOM - Register:
Sunday, December 6, 2020 6:30-8:30 PM EST
Four to six singers plus an alternate will participate.... See MoreSee Less
How can singers adapt to the rigorous stylistic demands many regard as "high stress" singing, usually performed eight shows a week on Broadway or regional theatre? Designed for classically trained voices (but open to auditors from all musical backgrounds!), this workshop will specifically explore the Contemporary Musical Theatre style, such as Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill.
Jane Seaman will offer specific vocalizations while she works directly with 3 or 4 chosen singers. Each will sing first a short song in their comfort zone, then dig into a contemporary musical theatre piece or rock/pop song and be coached on adjustments within their vocal tract and resonators.
For safety purposes related to COVID-19, participants will sing in their own ZOOM locations to pre-recorded accompaniments played by Phil Hall.
To register for the webinar, visit:
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New York metropolitan area
Mimosas in Melbourne, some Cabernet in Cali, or a New York City Nightcap...Join us on ZOOM for Happy Hour, wherever you may be! We'd love to spend an hour or two getting to know you! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the current pandemic, our Spring Event has moved ONLINE! The Zoom Webinar will take place Sunday 4/26/20, 4pm-6pm. Join Charlotte Surkin & Dalia Sakas as they present essential resources and practical tips on working with someone who is visually impaired. Visit www.nyst.org/events for more information and use the link below to register for the webinar!
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Josephine Mongiardo Great Coaches Series with Ghenady Meirson
Russian Repertoire Masterclass – Arias from “Eugene Onegin”
In our first event specifically designed for high school voice students, Lorraine Nubar from the Juilliard School’s Pre College will work with five singers on how to prepare for your college entrance auditions.
Lorraine Nubar is head of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College voice department and a member of its faculty since 1978. She has taught at New England Conservatory since fall 2003. Ms. Nubar studied with Jennie Tourel, serving as her teaching assistant while still a student. She also worked with William Vennard, Daniel Ferro, Martial Singher, Frank Corsaro, Gerard Souzay, Elly Ameling, Jeanine Reiss and Dalton Baldwin.
Ms. Nubar enjoys a long time association with collaborative pianist Dalton Baldwin and conducts annual masterclasses with him at Vermont Opera Theater’s “Foliage Art Song” festival. An established presence in France, Ms. Nubar is the first American to be appointed to the voice faculty at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Musique in Paris. She has prepared singers for the Paris Opera and Lyon Opera and regularly conducts summer masterclasses at the Foundation Royaumont in Val d’Oise, the Centre International de Formation Musicale in Nice and the summer vocal chamber music program at Les Azuriales Opera. Several of her students have been honored as Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and have sung at the White House. In demand as an adjudicator, she has been a juror for the Young Concert Artists International competition, the Paris Concours, and the Marseille Concours.
She received her B.M. and M.S. from the Juilliard School... See MoreSee Less
Free for NYSTA members, students and guests.
Event will be Livestreamed.
Vocal technique includes the ability to maintain a low laryngeal position, the skill to modulate registration seamlessly, and the capacity to navigate a broad pitch range. Clear diction and optimal resonance depend upon tension free, well-coordinated articulators. This workshop offers a practical overview of laryngeal and articulatory anatomy and function, presented without a bias for any particular approach to technique, including:
• A brief, accessible discussion of laryngeal and articulatory anatomy
• Techniques for assessing and improving vocal range
• Techniques for alleviating tension in the extrinsic muscles of the larynx, the jaw and the tongue
• Exercises for developing articulatory independence and coordination
Dr. Friedlander has presented workshops on vocal fitness for The Voice Foundation and the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and was an invited panel discussant on health and wellness for OPERA America. Her students have performed on Broadway, and at leading opera houses including The Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. She is the author of the monthly column “Musings on Mechanics” for Classical Singer Magazine as well as a widely read and cited blog on vocal technique and fitness, The Liberated Voice. In 2008, she joined the faculty of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, where her most recent project was the development, in collaboration with Joyce DiDonato, of The Singer’s Audition Handbook, an interactive online career development guide for young singers.... See MoreSee Less