Presenters: Martha Randall, Karen Brunssen, Mary Saunders-Barton, Lorraine Manz and Richard Sjoerdsma
Introduced by: Carole Blankenship
Location: Avenue Ballroom - 4th Floor
The most recent paper from the American Association of Teachers of Singing (AATS) takes on the complicated topic of copyright law as it pertains to music for singers. It considers ongoing work within the government, needs of singers and teachers, and realities for publishers, with the hope that mutual understanding, encouragement, and strategies might forge a productive future.
Martha Randall (Soprano, B.M., M.M. from the University of Kansas, Fulbright Scholar), a student of Todd Duncan for many years, teaches voice and voice pedagogy at the University of Maryland in College Park. She also maintains a small private studio and works with both amateur and professional singers. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the Phillips Gallery, and performed with the National Symphony, Washington Bach Consort, and Kansas City Philharmonic. Former students are appearing at the Met, Covent Garden, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass and Central City. She was president of NATS from 2006-08 and at the 2014 NATS Conference in Boston, collaborated with Physical Therapist Jodi Barth and Gincy Stezar, PTA, in a pre-conference workshop. She is a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing, now serving as chair. She collaborated with Jodi Barth and Gincy Stezar at the 2012 and 2013 Voice Foundation Symposiums.
She was on the faculty of the Voice Pedagogy Institute at Westminster Choir College in July of 2014 and was an invited participant and discussion leader on teaching language, diction, communication, and artistry for a Pedagogy Summit at Ohio State University in 2015.