Music/ Musicians for hire

Your Audition Prep Should Be Rooted in Self-Respect

BY CONNIE DE VEER via www.backstage.com It’s understandable that actors sometimes feel as though they get to practice their craft at the discretion of others, and that agents, directors, and casting directors are the sole gatekeepers of their opportunities to be seen, let alone to succeed. Sadly, this belief plagues too many actors’ minds. But there is another way. If you think that powers outside of yourself determine the course of your life and career, think again. The mindset you bring to the audition process forms the bedrock of your success. That’s pretty powerful. Let’s explore the core beliefs that ultimately drive the choices you make, and how you feel in the process. Change your thought, change your state. We’ve all heard the belief that perception determines reality. It’s true. N...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

5 Exercises to Improve Your Rhythmic Precision and Feel

BY DIEGO MALDONADO via www.learnjazzstandards.com When we are new to learning a musical instrument, we want to learn the cool stuff; the stuff that has a bunch of notes in it. We want to show off to our peers how good we are getting by playing complicated stuff filled with a whole lot of notes. In the process, we overlook the silence or the rests in music. It is a phase we all go through, and it is necessary and valid. However, when we start maturing and comparing our playing with professional musicians, it hits us, and we start realizing what makes the difference between a professional sounding player and an amateur musician. It is phrasing and rhythmic precision; the space in between the notes and between the phrases. It is not how many notes they play, but the ones they don’t. It is not...

One Week Left to Register for 2018 StrawHat Auditions

Only 1 week left to register for the 2018 StrawHat Auditions! APPLICATION DEADLINE : February 1, 2018 at NOON. Audition Dates: March 16-18, 2018 Audition Location: Pace University – New York City Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply for a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings audition (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline date is given consideration for an appointment (see CRITERIA). Auditions: All three days of auditions are open to Musical Theatre and non-singing performers. Friday appointments are reserved for those who are available for immediate year-round ...

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

Touring with a Pit Orchestra

BY: BRETT MCDONALD via www.majoringinmusic.com Touring with a pit orchestra is a career option for young musicians who opt for gaining travel and experience before settling down. Large national and international tours bring musical theatre to local audiences around the world. The pit orchestra is a key part of it all, along with the vocals, choreography, acting, extravagant set designs, and fantastic musical scores. Doubling is Essential Touring orchestras for musicals are usually reduced in size from where they were originally staged, due to the cost of traveling. As a result, the musicians are typically required to perform at a high level of artistry on a number of instruments (“doubling”), and are expected to cover as many parts of the full score as possible. Woodwind performers can be ...

Tempo Vs. Time Feel and Tips On Improving Them

BY: DIEGO MALDONADO via www.learnjazzstandards.com As a professional drummer and educator, I’ve taught many students and I’ve noticed that many of them are concerned about their tempo. They always ask for advice on how to improve or overcome their tempo issues. However, rarely has a student asked me about time feel. I’ve found that in many cases, students of all instruments are confused with the two terms. And on many occasions when they ask about tempo issues, they are really talking about time feel issues or the other way around. Tempo and time feel are two greatly related concepts, they complement each other. If you have a good grasp on tempo, it is most likely you going to have a nice feel, and vice versa. However, you don’t necessarily need one to have the other; for instance, you can...

National Saxophone Day – November 6th

NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY via National Day Calendar National Saxophone Day commemorates the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, on November 6.  The saxophone is one of the main instruments in jazz music. Born on November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax invented many musical instruments including the saxophone.  Sax constructed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840s and on June 28, 1846, received a 15-year patent for the instrument.  The patent encompassed 14 different versions of the fundamental design, split into two categories of seven instruments each and ranging from sopranino to contrabass. After Sax’s patent expired in 1866, several saxophonists and instrument manufacturers implemented their own improvements to the original design and key work. Here is a list of some of the Saxo...

2018 Atlanta Unified Auditions & Interview Registration NOW OPEN

Do you live in the Atlanta region or have thought about pursuing the arts in the area?  The 2018 Atlanta Unified Auditions and Interviews (design, tech, stage management, and musicians) will be held March 5 -6, 2018. Registration is NOW OPEN!  Applications are due January 5, 2018. Check out the events below for more information about the auditions, interviews, and registration: 2018 Atlanta Unified Audition Information 2018 Atlanta Unified Design/Tech Interview Information Break a Leg! Visit the  C4 Atlanta Unified Auditions website and FAQ to learn more.

Voice Over Auditions by the Numbers

By KATE McCLANAGHAN via www.backstage.com How many auditions do you imagine it takes to land a single voiceover job? Five? Ten? Twenty? There must be an average. There is, but it’s likely to be a great deal more than you might think. You build your professional reputation as a voice talent and as an actor by consistently delivering exceptional auditions. Lots and lots and lots of them. Which is why tenacity is such a critical element to succeeding in this (or any business). So if it’s walking and chewing gum you’re after, best keep walking. There’s not much demand for that. You can’t underestimate that the bulk of your job as a professional talent is auditioning. You could even consider auditions your greatest form of promotion—they just shouldn’t be your only form of promotion (as it appe...

The “Forward Placement” Chart

MATTHEW EDWARDS explores the use of voice placement charts, like the one  pictured from Lilli Leghmann’s  book “How to Sing“, as a way for voice teachers to communicate with their students.  He goes on to say in his article,  “while some students may find placement charts such as the one above useful, many others will not. If you are getting good results with all of your students using placement terminology – great. However, if a student fails to respond, it is likely because their perceptions of resonance are different than yours or the creator of the charts they are using. For those students, focusing on vocal function will yield much better results than continuing to force the voice into a place it does not want to go. If you feel like your description of placeme...

Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist

 Lin- Manuel Miranda interviews Stephen Sondheim, going in depth over some of the key factors that led Sondheim to a successful career for more than 60 years. The two Broadway genius composers discuss how start the composition process, collaboration (and what makes a good collaborator), the importance of subject matter, and the element of surprise. In the words of the great Stephen Sondheim, “You shouldn’t feel safe. You should feel, ‘I don’t know if I can write this.’ That’s what I mean by dangerous, and I think that’s a good thing to do. Sacrifice something safe.” VIEW FULL INTERVIEW This story is one of the seven covers of T Magazine’s Greats issue, on newsstands Oct. 22.

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