Open Mic/Mini Workshop Series

This monthly open mic series at the Somerville Armory is held the first Thursday of each month, and includes a one-hour (optional) workshop prior to the open mic.


Workshops 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., 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.

Register Now for the next Workshop

Open Mics

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)


October: Leni Webber – High energy soulful and rhythmic Jazz and R & B from Etta James to Alicia Keys.

November: Hanna Rose Alex – All the humor and drama of musical theater with the freedom and grooves of jazz. 

December: Heather Thomas – Modern interpretations of the blues, reggae and jazz.  Billie Holiday meets Amy Winehouse