MARK YOUR CALENDARS! October 3rd and 4th, internationally published voice science author and voice clinician Kenneth Bozeman will be coming to Boston for a workshop and masterclass based on his book, “Practical Vocal Acoustics.” He is especially gifted at explaining the often complex subject of formants, formant tuning, and acoustic registration events in the singing voice. This workshop and masterclass will be free of charge and marks a new collaboration between the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and NATS Boston. Learn more about Bozeman’s work here. Details, including how to submit your student for the masterclass, to follow.
Dear NATS Boston Members,
We are happy to pass along information about PAVA (the Pan American Vocology Association) and their upcoming symposium—October 9-11 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Key speakers include Lynn Helding, Ingo Titze, Mara Behlau from Brazil, and, as a special treat, Renee Fleming will make an appearance and have an interview/conversation with Ingo Titze. Allen Henderson (NATS Executive Director, Georgia Southern University) and Ian Howell (Boston NATS Board Secretary, New England Conservatory of Music) will also present.
What is The Pan-American Vocology Association, and what is Vocology?
In its broadest sense, vocology is the study of vocalization. This can include every aspect of human and animal sound-making in airways within the body. An expanded definition of vocology is, “The science and practice of voice habilitation.” The emphasis in this definition is on habilitation rather than rehabilitation.Habilitation is the process of enabling, equipping for, or capacitating. Habilitation means more than just repairing a voice; the concept of habilitation promotes an overarching, objective view of the voice as an essentially functional system that operates in a myriad of genres, styles and speech gestures. This concept allows the full range of vocal expression to be considered.
How is PAVA different from other voice associations?
• We are a membership driven group of voice professionals from all voice related vocations including Vocologists, SLPs, ENTs, Professional Singers, Voice Teachers, Voice for the Actor Coaches and Voice Therapists.
• PAVA is an association, not a foundation, with elected officers whose terms rotate every two years, according to a set of Bylaws.
• PAVA aspires to develop vocology as a formalized profession with clearly defined roles and standards for training, by establishing a codified set of standards, scope of practice, and eventually, certification.
• The mission of the Pan-American Vocology Association is to advance the scientific study of voice for artistic and professional use by fostering vocology in all countries of the Western Hemisphere through research, dissemination of knowledge, training, and the creation and development of professional standards and credentials in voice habilitation and rehabilitation.
Dr. Austin’s work is familiar to NATS members who read his regular “Provenance” column in the Journal of Singing, and he is unparalleled in his ability to distill immediately actionable information from historical treatises. If you haven’t had the chance to hear him speak and watch him teach, come to the New England NATS Summer workshop this August 15-16 in Kingston, Rhode Island.
If you have any questions, contact Richard Weidlich (email@example.com). He is still looking for masterclass participants (both students and teachers). Registration is FREE!
More information can be found on the New England NATS website.
Congratulations Boston-NATS National Student Auditions Winners!
NATS-Boston would like to congratulate our students who participated in the NATS National Student Auditions on July 7, 2015 in Greensboro, NC!
Jacqueline Savageau (student of Julie Krugman) placed 1st in the Women’s College Musical Theater Division. Ahyoung Jeong (student of Carole Haber) placed 3rd in the Women’s Graduate Classical Division. Benedict Hensley (student of Julie Krugman) & Janna Sokolow (student of Noel Smith) were National Semi-Finalists in the High School Musical Theater Divisions. Benedict was also honored to sing in a Master Class for Prof. Stephen Smith of the Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University.
Congratulations to all of our STUDENTS & TEACHERS!
We are very pleased to welcome Molly Jo Rivelli and Kim Lamoureux to the NATS Boston board.
Praised for her “clarion upper range and delicate tone,” soprano Kim Lamoureux is a dynamic and versatile artist based in the Boston metro area. Kim has performed with may companies across New England, including but not limited to Odyssey Opera, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Lowell House Opera, NEMPAC, Opera del West, Longwood Opera, The Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Concord Orchestra, Riverside Theater Works, and the Hanover Theater. Recent favorite engagements include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Azzurina in the world premiere of The Little Blue One, and Lakmé (title role, cover). Also heavily involved with interactive theater, Kim has performed lead roles in Cry Innocent, Folkways, The New England Pirate Faire, Pinocchio, and The Boston Ghost Cruise. In TV and film, Kim was featured as accused witch Sarah Cloyce in National Geographic Channel’s special Salem:Unmasking the Devil and as Ann Putnam, Sr. in The True 1692 with Cinema Salem.
As a pedagogue, Kim maintains a full time studio where she teaches voice students of all ages and ability levels, as well as beginning piano for young children. Kim has appeared as a guest lecturer and recitalist at Gordon College, and served as a Theater Outreach Specialist for NEGASS, Drama Director for the JCC Kaleidoscope Camp, and Music Director for Break-A-Leg Productions. Kim is also the co-founder a
nd Artistic Director of Rising Stars Productions, a performing arts initiative designed to bring arts education and enrichment to the communities of the greater Boston area. She currently teaches at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Master of Music with Distinction, Longy School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude, Gordon College
Molly Jo Rivelli
Teaching privately and performing professionally for over 20 years, Molly Jo Rivelli brings not only a wealth of expert teaching methods, but also intense enthusiasm for her craft. Molly Jo grew up studying classical piano, and continued those studies at Whitworth University where she received a B.A. in Music Education. After teaching in the public schools as a choral director, she went on to Arizona State University to pursue her M.M. in Vocal Performance. Her interest in performing Opera and Early Music lead her to Boston where she has sung leads with Boston Lyric Opera, Granite State Opera, Opera Providence, Raylynmor Opera, and Longwood Opera. Her vocal studies include work with Carol Vaness, Arthur Levy, Andrea Del Giudice, Maria Spacagna, Sharon Daniels, and Helen Hodam in all aspects of vocal technique for various music styles including opera, classical, jazz, pop, blues, R&B, musical theatre.
An enthusiastic teacher, Molly Jo has built her individual piano and voice studio into MJ’s Music School, which now employs over a 12 teachers who teach various instruments and styles. In addition to preparing students for entrance to various Music Conservatory’s and Operatic careers, Molly Jo is passionate about early music education and working students of all levels. She has spent years working on ways to adapt Kodaly teaching methods to use successfully with students with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Whether a beginning 5 year old, or a working professional, Molly Jo has the experience and techniques to make learning voice and piano fun and effective, thus building the confidence level of every student.
Join us! Our Improv for Singers class will be led by Christopher Simpson. Learn fun, fearless theatrical improv techniques that will make you a better singer – and teacher! Boston NATS members and their students (ages 13+) are welcome! LIMITED availability, so book NOW!
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Times: 11am – 2pm or 3-6pm (you pick!)
Fee: $20 per participant
Location: Futura Productions, 4 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA
Parking: On-street parking available, and there’s a commuter lot across the street.
Reservations: To reserve your spot, click here
Christopher Simpson is in his 10th season as Artistic Director of Wakefield, Rhode Island’s Contemporary Theatre Company. He studied Theater and Comparative Literature at Princeton University and has worked in professional theaters in New Jersey, Kenya, and throughout New England.
The results are in – the first step in this competition is complete, winners now move on to the National You Tube Round where they compete against 700 students from all over the country!
The top 14 from the National You Tube round will move on to the semi finals held live in North Carolina at the Summer NATS Workshop.
New England NATS Regional Youtube Competition 2015
Division I: High School Musical Theater Men
- Benedict Hensley, Westborough High School
Julie Krugman, teacher
Division II: High School Musical Theater Women
- Janna Sokolow, Lynnfield High School
Noel Smith, teacher
- Venere Salzillo, Saugus High School
Noel Smith, teacher
- Ally Peters, Lynnfield High School
Noel Smith, teacher
Honorable Mention: Casey Greenleaf, Brattleboro Union High Schoo
Jennifer Carol Hansen, teacher
Division III: High School Classical Men
- Mark Garrepy, Private
Roberta Janelle Bishop, teacher
- Christopher LaMountain, Westborough High School
Julie Krugman, teacher
- Lucas Antonio Guzman, Roxbury Latin School
Rob Opdycke, teacher, Roxbury Latin School
Division IV: High School Classical Women
- Madison Fitzpatrick, Hanover High SchoolFurong Gardner, teacher
- Melanie Richard, Lynnfield High SchoolNoel Smith, teacher
- Rachel Garrepy, PrivateRoberta Janelle Bishop, teacher
Sara Mitnik, Litchfield High School
Laura Mashburn, teacher
Julia Marcus, Westborough High School
Julie Krugman, teacher
Division V: College Musical Theater Men
Division VI: College Musical Theater Women
- Jacqueline Savageau, Clark UniversityJulie Krugman, teacher
Division VII: Lower College/Private Men
- Andrew GarrepyRoberta Janelle Bishop
- Matthew Feinberg, Western Connecticut State UniversityRoy Mazzacane, teacher
- Daniel Satter, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
Division VIII: Lower College/Private Women
- Arianna Carlo, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup
- Nicole Salamon, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
Kaitlin Carruthers, Western Connecticut State University
Dr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
Sophia Cannavo, Western Connecticut State University
Laura Mashburn, teacher
Upper College/Private Men
- TIEChristopher GarrepyRoberta Janelle Bishop, teacherCharles Widmer, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
- Benjamin McCormack, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher
- Steve Valenzuela, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher
Upper College/Private Women
- Kassiani Kontothanasis, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher
- Ahyoung Jeong, New England ConservatoryCarole Haber, teacher
- Julie Rumbold, Central Connecticut State UniversityJoanne Scattergood, Central Connecticut State University
- Karolina WojteczkoDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who entered. We look forward to next year’s competition!
Welcome to our newest Board member, Ian Howell, who has stepped in to take over duties as Board Secretary. Ian is Vocal Pedagogy Director at New England Conservatory of Music. Praised by the New York Daily News for his “rich voice, capable of great dramatic force,” and San Francisco Classical Voice for the “heart at the core of his soulful sound,” Ian Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. In 2006, Mr. Howell won First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Solo Competition and Third Prize at the Oratorio Society of New York’s Vocal Competition. His debut solo CD, “1685 and the Art of Ian Howell” with The American Bach Soloists was released in March 2009. From 2000-04 Ian performed and recorded with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer. He regularly sings with the finest North American baroque orchestras and is particularly sought out for his expertise in the music of Bach and Handel. Mr. Howell is currently the Vocal Pedagogy Director at the New England Conservatory of Music where he teaches voice, leads the vocal pedagogy curriculum, and directs the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab. Mr. Howell has taught at Yale, Swarthmore, and Rutgers Camden, and was a 2013 NATS Teaching Intern. He was the founding editor of TheCounterTenorVoice.com, an online journal covering career and technique issues for singers. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Yale University and is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at The New England Conservatory. His research focuses on practical applications of psychoacoustics and timbre perception for voice teachers.