New Era Voice Festival
Artistic Autonomy and Creative Courage for Singers
We at the M Institute for the Arts are proud to present a month of online workshops, masterclasses and live-streams. All of our offerings are centered on tools for singers wanting to find more power — as both artists and business people. Reject the passive voice and claim your autonomy as an artist in a new era.
Masterclass: Preparing for the New Reality as Professional Singers and Voice Teachers
Wednesday July 29th 6-9pm ET
An exclusive masterclass with one of the most in-demand voice teachers in the world, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. This class is centered on navigating the new world of professional singing and teaching — circumstances which demand a commitment to innovation, creativity, and flexibility.
5 singer spots available, first come first serve.
Masterclass and Q&A: Life on the Road and Things We Weren't Taught in School
Saturday, July 11 at 4pm ET
From La Scala and the Sydney Opera House — to the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Met — tenor James Valenti has sung leading roles all over the world and experienced all the ups and downs of realities as a world-renowned tenor. In this special masterclass entitled, “Life on the Road and Things We Weren’t Taught in School”, Mr. Valenti will offer insight about what it actually takes survive on the road and the vital components of life as a working singer.
Masterclass and Q&A
Saturday, July 25 at 4pm ET
M4Arts is so proud to present this exclusive online masterclass with bonafide opera star Angel Blue.
There are 6 singer spots available, first come first serve.
A Q&A session centered on creative courage will be led by M4Arts Director of Programming, Tracy Cox.
Lose the Filter:
Social Media Strategies
Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm ET
With over 13,000 followers on Instagram, Tracy Cox aka @sparklejams has leaned into using the egalitarian nature of social media platforms to build a fan base and broaden her artistic network. Learn the basics of the ever-changing algorithm, how to tangibly grow your following — and how authenticity will beat an over-filtered, over-crafted message every time.
Angry Fat People Present:
Body Justice Training for Opera Industry Professionals
Tracy Cox and Matthew Anchel
Monday, July 13 at 7pm ET
The duo behind the popular web series, “Angry Fat People”, Matthew Anchel & Tracy Cox present this exclusive workshop designed for all opera industry professionals — singers, voice teachers, opera administrators and casting professionals. Learn the foundational principles of Body Justice and how as singers we can and should set boundaries around our bodies when working in the arts. Designed to also demonstrate how inclusivity can actually help us at the box office and improve power dynamics within the industry. An educational and entertaining class you won’t want to miss.
Digital Opera Content: How to Look and Sound like the Pros
Monday, July 20 at 7pm ET
Digital Opera Content: How to Look and Sound Like the Pros - Ever wonder what the pros use for their online content? Daniel Welch of The Beard & Lens will break down gear (cameras, mics, lighting, interfaces, and software), workflow (set-up, post-production), and tips for content creation. He will also discuss what can help you stand out in a sea of material already online. To submit questions for the Q&A, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Digital Opera Content QA" in the subject, by July 19th, 11:59pm. 60min Lecture, 30min Q&A.
Webinar: The Opera Frontier: Starting a New Artistic Life
A two-part series: Tuesdays July 14 & 21 at 7pm ET
After working at major houses for 25+ years, Dramatic Soprano Miriam Gordon Stewart began to hunger for more agency in her creative journey. So she moved to a small Southern town, and with two other co-founders — set to work building one of America’s most innovative, singer-centered chamber opera companies.
Webinar: The F Word — "Feedback"
Jennifer Johnson Cano
A three-part series: Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22 at 7pm ET
Musicians — particularly singers, are always on the receiving end of feedback. We spend much of our time leaning on the ears and expertise of others - voice teachers, coaches, conductors, etc. Constructive criticism is a useful and a necessary tool to pursue excellence in our craft — but interpreting this information is a skill. From auditions, to coachings, to rehearsals, to reviews — how do we survive this intense scrutiny? In this 3-part series, we will create a process for disseminating feedback in the most useful and beneficial way. The goal is to help create independent thinking, self-awareness, and not be derailed by negativity.
Webinar: Artistic Identity and the Rehearsal Room — Navigating the Singer/Director Dynamic
A four-part series: Thursdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7pm ET
You spend time and money to prepare, audition, secure the work. Once hired, you spend money to coach your role, prepare as a musician and actor, read source material and....on day one--it suddenly becomes clear the rehearsal room isn't going to be what you imagined.
What next? How do singers deal with problematic directors and still preserve artistic integrity, ensure awesome directors are obsessed with your art, and holistically utilize personal creative passions, intelligence and gifts without sacrificing one's own ideas and self worth?
A serious seminar for the serious vocalist less interested in being an influencer and more curious and dedicated to a productive, engaging and ultimately rewarding creative process in the new reality of opera in 2020. A four-part class to build simmering, idea-ready artists eager to unleash new potential all while navigating the rehearsal room, auditions, and months of work before the first day as well as an exploration of progressive ideas and structures about how to best prepare.
This discussion and media course is designed to openly and boldly explore and discuss the intricacies of Director + Singer relationships, broaden one's own personal artistic awareness and brand that can translate into actual projects for the future, facilitate important discussions about how to approach and dismantle auditions and rehearsal room ""norms"", work well with colleagues and give a glimpse into the processes and thoughts behind this director's own process and response to the shifting landscape of the opera field.
In Conversation with Lori Laitman
Lori Laitman, Tracy Cox, and Thomas Morris
Friday, July 31 at 7pm ET
"A Conversation with Lori Laitman" - Tracy Cox and Lori Laitman sit down and discuss the future of American art song, women in Classical music, artistic courage, and more. Featuring performances of Lori's songs by Tracy and Thomas Morris.
Songs of the Oppressed: Music by Hall Johnson
Sunday, July 19 at 4pm ET
Songs of the Oppressed: Music by Hall Johnson embarks on the journey of the African American struggles, hopes, and dreams through the Negro Spiritual. Hall Johnson’s music and text reveals the strength, pain, and power of the African American experience that has resonated at the heart of America for over 400 years. Baritone, Joshua Conyers will take us through a journey of some of Hall Johnson’s most popular works. There will be a discussion of Hall Johnson’s life and how his struggles are still present in modern day America.