April 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Performance Weekend!! Dance Out Loud & Carnegie Hall's Take The Stage: Community Sing and Dance

This weekend was full of performance excitement! We had our Dance Out Loud performances here at Pace on Friday and Saturday, and our Carnegie Hall's Take The Stage: Community Sing and Dance event on Sunday. It was the ideal weekend for me! It was great to perform in Dance Out Loud and show off all of the dance technique and training we've been working on the whole year. I really loved participating in the Carnegie Hall event on Sunday. It was so inspiring to perform alongside Broadway…


Added by Kelly Gleason on April 29, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

"Ask Us" Weekly Blog

Hello Musical Exchange members!! Madison, Brett-Marco, and I had an idea to create a weekly blog based on…


Added by Brittany Bigelow on April 21, 2013 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Just Do It vs. Divine Intervention: So Percussion on Songwriting & Stage Arrangement

You may have seen So Percussion in various settings, from our stages at Carnegie Hall to smaller community venues, but one thing remains true of…


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Jazz Profiles: Vijay Iyer - Beyond the Next Big Thing

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer plays stunning music as a highly celebrated and award-winning soloist and with a trio and his all-star sextet. Here, associate editor of JazzTimes Jeff…


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Introducing the Players & Inaugural Tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

We're pleased to announce details for the inaugural July 2013 tour by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which, beginning this summer, annually brings together some of the most talented young orchestral players from across the United States, ages 16-19. The NYO-USA's 2013 summer schedule includes five…


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

An Indescribable Rush: Leslie Stifelman on Taking the Stage with Broadway Stars

For the second time this season, Leslie serves as the artistic director and conductor of our interactive Broadway-themed Community Sing event! Joined by a talented Broadway cast, Broadway band, and PACE University dance students, Leslie presents …


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Up Close and Personal with the Musical Theater Project's Broadway Stars

We are so thrilled that our illustrious Broadway friends and family were excited to share their knowledge and expertise with all the members of the Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange. Watch their videos and interviews as part of our Seven Ages of Musicals Project.



Added by Leslie Stifelman on April 17, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Our First "Take the Stage" Rehearsal

All I can say is WOW! The show - Take the Stage - is going to be absolutely phenomenal. I am extremely humbled and excited to be apart of it. I have to admit, I think one of the most amazing parts was learning Chicago choreography from Melissa Rae Mahon,…


Added by Brittany Bigelow on April 14, 2013 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Nervous for The Music Man

I'm a bit nervous. My first ever audition for a musical is tomorrow, The Music Man. I'm singing I Dreamed a Dream.

Any tips for getting over the nervousness? I've never auditioned before and this will be a great experience for me. But I don't want to ruin it by freaking out! :O

Helpful tips and comments would really help! :)

Added by Elizabeth Hurley on April 12, 2013 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

Tears, Fears and Peers

This past Friday  I was a part of Region X Choral Festival. Its a festival but in all its a contest between all the Region X Choir directors to see who is the best. 

A little background, every year "B" Schools (those with small class sizes) have regional festivals. Then if you perform in an ensemble, small ensemble or solo you get judged and ranked. The ranking goes Star, I, II, and III. with Star being the best and III being the worst. Small Ensembles and Solos get to move onto state…


Added by Katherine Kevin McFadden on April 10, 2013 at 8:13pm — 2 Comments

Zorro - So Far

Hey guys, so I have been busy since my last blog – yay!! I was in NYC for more auditions last year, which was amazingly fun, I did some training with awesome coaches in LA, and I have been in shows in Atlanta where I live – some of my favorites were Zombie Prom at AWP (my acting school) and Carmen, which was the 2nd opera I have sung with The Atlanta Opera.



Added by Jonah Verdon on April 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

"Turning it on" for an audition

Hello Musical Exchange!

Today I wanted to write about something that's been on my mind especially in the past few months. I want to share my experience with "turning it on," or giving a performance - in class, in an audition room, even when you're preparing your video submission for the site!

A lot of singers, actors and dancers have trouble with this, and with transitioning from the classroom "learning" setting to an audition…


Added by Brett-Marco Glauser on April 9, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Opera: A Balance of Vocalism, Drama & Spectacle

The Metropolitan Opera's (New York) new Ring Cycle (Wagner) productions are all designed around an enormous, sophisticated and malleable mechanical set known as The Machine. You can see its exciting and versatile potential for yourself in the trailer Deutsche Grammophone produced for its DVDs of the four-opera set. 



It looks quite stunning in…


Added by Claudia Friedlander on April 9, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

A Meeting I Never Imagined!

This morning Brett-Marco Glauser, Brittany Bigelow, and I had a great meeting at Carnegie Hall to discuss the "…


Added by Madison Lynn Embrey on April 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

I did some writing...! :)

Hello! I'm back after a little break (woopsie...) but I've been writing some songs! They're pretty simple, one on my ukulele (I LOVE my ukulele, it sounds so cool!) and two on guitar. Here they are, I hope you like them!…


Added by Aislin Barraclough on April 5, 2013 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

Jazz Profiles: George Duke, Keyboard Across the Ages

The scope of keyboardist-composer-producer George Duke's imprint on jazz and pop music over the past 40 years is almost impossible to calculate. He has collaborated with some of the most prominent figures in the industry. A producer since the 1980s, he has crafted scores of fine recordings-many of them Grammy winners-for artists who represent almost every corner of the contemporary American music…


Added by Jonathon Hampton on April 2, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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