Musicians

8 Must-Haves for a Self-Tape Home Studio

BY AMY RUSS via www.backstage.com Imagine you get an email from your agent tonight requesting a self-tape for a huge role that’s due first thing tomorrow morning. How do you react? Do you do your happy dance, confidently record at home with the correct equipment, and send your agent a professional quality self-tape ahead of the deadline? Or do you panic because you don’t have any lights (or other elements you need) and cobble something together that you’ll ultimately need to redo so your agent can submit it? If you’d react in the first way, well done! If you’d react in the second way, you need to up your self-tape game. A self-tape is crucial to your success as an actor and you need to be prepared when a last-minute request comes in. To make sure you’re ready when the requests come in, it’...

Lori Schiff: On How Alexander Technique Can Enhance Learning and Performance Under Pressure

BY NOA KAGEYAMA, PH.D. via www.bulletproofmusician.com Alexander Technique has been around for over a century, and is taught in many schools and conservatories around the world, so it’s very likely that you’ve heard a friend, teacher, or fellow musician mention it at some point or another. But what is it, exactly? If you’re like most, you might not be so sure. Is it about breath control? Learning how to stand or play with good posture? Or maybe about injury prevention? Releasing tension? Does it involve stretching? Is it like yoga? And is it something we can learn on our own? Or do we need a special teacher? And how do I know if I need it anyway? Ack! So many questions! Not to worry! Today we’ll be talking to the perfect person to help us understand how musicians can benefit from learning ...

Pittsburgh CLO 2019 Summer Season Auditions

What:  Auditions for Pittsburgh CLO’s 2019 Summer Season – GREASE, OKLAHOMA!, PETER PAN, ROCK OF AGES and ONCE. Who: Trained Singers, Dancers, Character Actors, and Actor/Musicians. Please note that Chorus Members must be able to sing and dance. Most age-appropriate roles are cast from the chorus auditions. We recommend those under the age of 30 should attend singer and dancer auditions. Children’s roles under the age of 18 will be cast from students of the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater. For information regarding the Academy please call 412-281-2234. The audition date for children is February 10, 2019 GREASE, OKLAHOMA!, PETER PAN and ROCK OF AGES When:    Thursday, February 14th Friday, February 15th Saturday, February 16th Where: Benedum Center 719 Liberty Av...

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Village Theatre Audition Announcement – Million Dollar Quartet

Village Theatre is auditioning for actor/musicians for the roles of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, & Elvis Presley for their upcoming production of Million Dollar Quartet. Auditions will be held at Village Theatre, Issaquah (WA) on Friday, June 8 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. To request an audition time please follow the instructions listed below, you must have an appointment to attend. Character Description: Jerry Lee Lewis, 20 – piano prodigy, rock n roll’s legendary Last Man Standing Carl Perkins, 26 – guitar player, the first poet of rock n roll Johnny Cash, 26 – guitar player, a giant of American music at the dawn of his epic career Elvis Presley, 21 – guitar player, the first and still undisputed king of rock n roll Everyone MUST be a stellar ...

How Much Money Do Broadway Actors Make?

BY LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK via www.playbill.com If you’ve ever wondered how much your favorite Broadway artists earn for the work they do, you’re in luck. Thanks to public standard union contracts, we know what the base salary is for Broadway performers, stage managers, and musicians. These minimum rates are only for professionals on Broadway and are calculated by the week since, unlike other vocations who report annual salaries, artists will not necessarily be employed by their Broadway show for a full year. Data for actors and stage managers comes from Actors’ Equity. These figures are valid as of October 2, 2017, and are scheduled to remain through September 29, 2018, after which most of these rates will increase slightly. Musician pay rates comes from Local 802. Their rates are valid as of...

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...