Open Mic/Mini Workshop Series
This monthly open mic series at the Somerville Armory will resume starting Thursday, September 4. The series, which will be held the first Thursday of each month, will have a new addition: a one-hour (optional) workshop prior to the open mic.
Workshops will focus on a different theme each month and will provide information and interactive exercises for participants as well as a limited opportunity to receive coaching on a song. Singers should register in advance, as coaching spots will be given on a first come, first served basis.
When: First Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM
Where: Somerville Armory
Cost: Workshop: $20/$15*. Attend both the workshop and the open mic for $25/20**
(*BACA and Studio Members)
Thurs., Sept. 4 – Breathe better – Sing better!
Clear up any confusion about effective breath management and learn some simple techniques you can use now to improve your support.
Thurs., Oct. 2 – How to “talk down your chart”
Learn and practice the essential things you should be able to convey to your accompanist to be in control on stage and avoid those uncomfortable train wrecks.
Thurs. Nov. 6 – Vocal Production for Contemporary styles
It is different than classical singing. Learn how tone and style should adjust for different contemporary styles: ie., jazz, blues, rock, folk, country, pop, musical theater.
Thurs. Dec. 4 – Standout from the crowd – five ways to make a song your own
You might have the greatest voice in the world, but if you are singing the same song in the same way as everyone else, you are going to be b-o-r-i-n-g (yawn). Learn some simple style adjustments you can make as well as how to express your own personality and emotions through the song.
Open mics provide an opportunity for singers to practice their performing skills and to try out new material with a professional accompanist. Depending upon attendance, each participant can plan to perform two or more songs. There will also be a “featured” vocalist each month who will sing a short set. Vocalists of all ages and all styles. Hosted by Celia Slattery with Accompanist Bill Duffy. Please bring sheet music in your key or feel free to bring your guitar and accompany yourself!
Where: Cafe at the Somerville Armory
When: First Thursdays, Sept. 4, Oct.2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4: 7:30 PM
How much: $12/gen, $10/BACA and studio members, $7 listeners (payable at the door, or in advance if you are registering for the workshop)
September: Matt BenDaniel
October: Leni Weber
November: Hanna Rose Alex
December: Heather Thomas