Breakout Session

Legit Singing in Musical Theatre

Monday, June 25 • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Edrie Means Weekly
Location: Partagas

It is essential in today’s music theater market for a singer to be able to sing in many styles including legit as in the recent Broadway legit musicals, such as Dr. Zhivago and Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder. This workshop will examine specific techniques and exercises for developing the music theater legit voice. Because of the demands for singers to sing legit songs in shows or auditions, there is a need for laryngeal flexibility making different interior shapes to allow changes in the resonance to serve the style as well as the character. This session uses a hands-on and skill-building delivery style, interacting with participants and working with music theater and classical singers on their audition songs to examine specific ways to present their song in the correct music theater legit style. Participants of this session will leave with tools to use in the classroom, studio setting, auditions, and professional stage.

About Edrie Means Weekly

Edrie_Means_Weekly3-1.jpgEdrie Means Weekly, "rock star of vocal crossover” and Co-Founder of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, is an internationally recognized expert in training singers in all vocal styles and an active professional singer. She was a master teacher for the NATS Intern Program in 2013. Her students can be heard on recordings and in prominent venues worldwide. She has presented at the Voice Foundation, NATS National Conferences, Pan-American Vocology Association, Southeastern Theatre Conference, and universities throughout the United States and authored several research publications in The Journal of Voice. She has a sub-chapter in the vocal pedagogy book Teaching Singing in the 21st Century entitled "Making The Song Authentic: It's a Matter of Style." Edrie’s performances have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, recorded by Decca and Koch. Edrie has performed lead roles with well-known artists such as Bernadette Peters, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Rosiland Elias, Mirella Freni, Suzanne Mentzer, and long-time friends Marquita Lister and Denyce Graves. She has been a standby for notable Broadway stars like Patti LuPone, Elaine Paige and Linda Lavin.