Cross Training Musical Theatre Singers
with Mary Saunders Barton
Thursday 14th October 2021 at 5-7pm (UK time)

This course will be recorded and sent out to all pre-registered participants to watch in their own time.
Due to licensing laws, we are unable to sell this course retrospectively.

Course Details

The vocal skill required for a successful career in musical theatre today is worlds removed from what was expected 30 years ago.

To be competitive and stay competitive, singers must have resilient flexible voices and the stamina to survive eight shows a week.

Cross-training voices in classical and vernacular techniques ensures a balanced instrument, adaptable to a multitude of styles.

This workshop will focus on playful ways to produce a wide range of vocal sounds, tracking speaking and singing as a single integrated arc.

About Mary Saunders Barton

Mary Saunders Barton is a Penn State Professor Emeritus, currently residing in New York where she maintains a private professional voice studio. She is an adjunct professor in the musical theatre program at Montclair State University in New Jersey. While at Penn State, Mary created an MFA in Musical Theatre Voice Pedagogy with colleague Norman Spivey to meet the growing demand for teachers who specialize in vernacular singing techniques. In recent seasons her students have been seen on Broadway in Book of Mormon, Miss Saigon, Newsies, Beautiful, Chicago, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, School of Rock, Wicked, Bandstand, A Bronx Tale, Beetlejuice, Ain’t Too Proud, Kinky Boots, My Fair Lady, and Moulin Rouge, among others, and in many tours and regional productions. Mary is frequently invited to present her workshop “Bel Canto/Can Belto” in the U.S and abroad. She has produced two video tutorials, “Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre” and “What about the Boys?”  and is co-author of the book “Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act” with colleague Norman Spivey. She is a contributing author of the NATS publication, “So You Want to Sing CCM: A Guide for Performers,” and of a number of other pedagogical resources. Mary is a 2018 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She is chair of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.

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