Posted on | July 17, 2015 | No Comments
I have had an amazing time in New York. I saw Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, On the Town, Beautiful – The Carol King Story, On the Twentieth Century and An American in Paris. Each musical was absolutely stunning and each had great performers, singing, acting and dancing. More than ever Musical Theatre professionals really MUST be a triple threat. The standard of dance in the productions Mamma Mia, On The Town and An American In Paris was absolutely stunning. On Broadway they really do only have the best!
It was fascinating to listen to the different vocal styles in each production. Singers need to be able to adapt to whatever genre of musical they are performing in, in order to serve the musical style. The singing in Kinky Boots and Mamma Mia was completely different from the singing in An American in Paris and A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder. One sound does NOT fit all, and one singer may be required to produce sounds from belt to legit within a musical, within a song! Classical training just doesn’t work to cover all musical theatre genres and this was completely obvious in this sample of shows.
I was also lucky enough to go to the famous Blue Note Cafe for some wonderful jazz and to Subculture, a fantastic music venue where Jason Robert Brown, his band and two wonderful singers performed both new and old compositions. I must admit, this night was so good, I had trouble sleeping afterwards. Actually, each performance I have attended has left my brain and ears and eyes buzzing so much that getting to sleep has been tricky! But hearing Jason Robert Brown perform his own works (lucky me – my second time) was definitely a trophy in a week full of incredible music performances.
The absolute highlight of my week, however, was my three lessons with Jeanette Lovetri in her Upper West Side home studio. Jeanette is warm and approachable and an affirming teacher and voice pedagogy expert. Her husband Jerry also made me feel welcome, even though my lessons interrupted her break and their private time. I am so grateful that Jeanette agreed to teach me.
I loved my lessons, which I recorded and have listened back to a few times, and made notes, and have been practicing in anticipation of the weekend where I begin the CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Voice teachers from around the world are coming to soak up Jeanette’s knowledge in this ten day, three level course. I am here with my colleague, Jenny Howlett, and am extremely excited about the coming week, and of course, bringing it all back to my studio!
Posted on | June 30, 2015 | No Comments
Just a reminder to all students that I am overseas doing more study in New York and at Shenandoah Conservatory. The studio is now closed and will reopen on 1st August. Any lessons prepaid remain in credit until I return. I look forward to sharing with you all my experiences with teachers in New York, going to as many performances as possible, and my study with Jeanette LoVetri at the Shenandoah Conservatory!
Enjoy your break!
Posted on | June 9, 2015 | No Comments
Following on from the fantastic success o the Performance Preparation Workshop, the Mid Year Student Showcase is on Sunday 21st June at 4pm. The venue is the fabulous Metro Arts Studio, 109 Edward St, Brisbane.
You are invited to attend, support and celebrate a semester of learning, singing and performing.
All students have worked hard at improving their voices, and now they need an audience! Come and use those hands to applaud our student performers.
Tickets may be purchased via Try Booking
Posted on | May 1, 2015 | No Comments
Do you suffer from Performance Anxiety? Do you feel that you are never at the top of your game when you need to perform? Would you like some expert input into your voice and performance skills? Are you too afraid to even try to get up and sing in front of other people? Or do you just need some “polishing up”?
This Workshop will provide you with proven and effective tools to apply to performance preparation to assist you to become bolder and to perform with more confidence. Dale Cox has taught these success skills to students over the last 16 years and students have become regular gig performers, recording artists, musical theatre performers, choir soloists, concert performers both here in Australia and in the UK, USA and Europe. What are you waiting for? Come along and learn from Dale’s extensive experience and research.
The Masterclass section is open to both those who want help with Performance Practice and those who wish to have a little polish added to their voice. Each performer will get approximately 15 minutes working with Dale one in one in front of the group. Dale’s expertise combined with her warmth and passion for great singing will leave you wanting to see and hear more. This is an exciting opportunity to work with one of Brisbane’s best Contemporary Voice Teachers and learn from both your experience, and from other singers.
Date: Sunday 7th June
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Upper Kedron Hall, 78 Cedar Creek Rd, Upper Kedron
- $50 per workshop participant, includes afternoon tea and workshop materials, plus observation of masterclasses
- $75 per masterclass and workshop participant, includes afternoon tea, workshop materials and participation in masterclass with Dale Cox.
Posted on | March 9, 2015 | No Comments
What an amazing start to 2015! The studio is just about full (please contact me to see if I can squeeze you in) and students are all progressing well. I have had some amazing moments this year already. Watching a singer who felt she couldn’t continue after a less than ideal performance try again, sing well and get her confidence back. Seeing Hayley Wilson getting more and more regular gigs (go Hayley!) Starting with new students – one a tiny 9 years old, and one a mature man who has always wanted to give singing a try! Such a diverse group of students! Thank you for brightening my studio each week.
Now, to business. Who have you sung to this week? A parent? A paying audience? A friend. Or just you, and I, here in the studio/
My Grandmother, who I love dearly and who helped raise me, is sick and in hospital. She has dementia, but luckily she still remembers me, if not the details of my life anymore. Her favourite hymn is “Balm in Gilead” and she used to love to watch and listen to Jessye Norman sing this on Sundays if she was lucky enough to catch it on a TV program. So this week, while my mum held the phone up to her ear (she is interstate), I sang for her. She sang along. We both cried. She told me it “gets her right here”. This was the best, most moving and important singing I have done this year. And yes, I have an appointment with my phone this week as well. Because singing gets to the soul, it moves the heart, it speaks when the memory fails. Don’t be afraid to sing for those you love.
Posted on | January 26, 2015 | No Comments
After a wonderful long break in Europe, seeing LOTS of Musical Theatre, I am back and ready for 2015! The studio opens for business on Monday 2nd February and I cannot wait to get back to teaching. The scales have started back in my own voice after such a long holiday I am hoping the muscles will be back in action quickly.
I am very excited about 2015, especially my planned business trip to New York. I intend to see many shows on Broadway and listen to as much live music as possible in my two weeks there. I have already booked in with renowned voice teacher and educator Jeanette loVetri and I am attending the Somatic Voice Pedagogy Course at Shenandoah University for the second two weeks of July.
I have one after noon slot available on both Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday is fully booked, and limited times available on Thursday and Friday and Saturday. Contact me now and lets make 2015 a wonderful musical year!
Posted on | November 20, 2014 | No Comments
Concert tickets are available online for purchase now! Just click here. Please come along and support my fabulous singing students as they perform and demonstrate the skills they have been working on this year. Music repertoire includes country, rock, pop, and musical theatre.
Posted on | November 10, 2014 | No Comments
I am very excited! This week I have booked my ticket to New York. I am going to the Shenandoah Conservatory for the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute in July next year, preceded by a couple of weeks in New York to see some voice teachers in this amazing city and to enjoy the music, theatre and everything New York has to offer.
Yes, I have a Masters in Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium, specialisation in Vocal Pedagogy. So why continue studying? Well, as I subscribe to many voice journals I know that it is important to keep up to date, and to seek out the best. Many voice teachers have impacted in my teaching, some in positive ways and some as cautionary tales! I am committed to being a lifelong learner, I love teaching singing and I want to be as good at it as I possibly can be in my lifetime. This is my journey!
Those of you who follow Dale Cox Singing on Facebook know that I love Jeannette Lovetri’s blog, and often repost articles which speak to me. Jeannette runs the course at Shenandoah, and I can’t wait to join the hundreds of teachers she has impacted with her teaching. Two teachers I admire have done her course, Tracey Bourne in Victoria and Melissa Forbes (USQ) in Toowoomba, and I have been wanting to go over for a few years now. The time is now, well, next July!
In other studio news, I welcome some new students, Hattie, Hudson, Tom, Eden and Chloe to the studio. Our end of year concert is on Sunday 7th December at the Metro Arts Studio in Edward st Brisbane – 4.30pm. Registration forms and invitations will be sent out this week. The general public is very welcome to come along and support these learner singers.
I am heading to Europe for December / January (yes, I have a LOT of musical events, theatre etc booked for while I am away) and so the studio is closed from December 7th – February 1st. I reopen on Monday 2nd February. If you plan to start lessons with me next year, please contact me ASAP to secure your place as my timeslots are filling fast.
Posted on | October 3, 2014 | No Comments
Rant begins here:
I am generally pretty polite when asked about what I think about this performance or that. And I don’t intend to be specific here. But I must say that I do get fed up with hearing classically trained singers sing contemporary musical theatre songs, or any CCM song (Contemporary Commercial Music) in what I believe is a disrespectful way. Now, if you are a student, that is fine. But please, if you are a professional, learn how to sing the style. If you cannot belt that note, so you change to upper register – in a belt song – that is disrespectful. Continue training – put the song on a “not yet” list and choose a song you CAN do well and appropriately right now. And really, I am really sick of listening to singers who have classical training using speech quality and twang and believing that they are belting. No. That is not all there is to it. If your teacher cannot make the sound you want to produce, are you sure they can actually teach it? Also, these types of performances, instead of showing what you are absolutely fabulous at singing, actually showcase what you cannot yet do well. They deliver up all the holes in your voice. People may be polite and say that was a good performance (acting was believable etc) but for me, if the vocal set up isn’t appropriate for the style of song, it is distracting and less believable. There is a reason it was designed to be sung in a certain registration. If a song is a legit piece, great. If it is in that (large) body of repertoire which can be either CCM or Legit, fine. If it is a bona fide belt piece, and you cannot belt that last C, or C#, mixing is ok, but just transitioning to upper register means the song loses its fire, its passion and you just lost me as an audience member. The integrity of the piece is damaged.
As I stated earlier, if you are a student, that is fine because hopefully you are learning these skills and moving towards the appropriate vocal set up for the pieces, but if you are performing in a showcase, or audition, don’t show what you cannot do. Show what you can do REALLY well. And if your belt cannot go into a smooth mix where the sound is a seamless shift, perhaps you need to work on this before attempting songs which require this skill.
I have been making myself perform in order to “do the do” not just tell my students what to do. I was a booth singer for Hairspray which involved lots of belting. VERY high. And lots of mixed belt sound. I am now in My Fair Lady with lots of legit sound. It is a different set up and I am training the sound into my voice to ensure that what I am singing is authentic. I don’t pretend it is always perfect. I work at my voice daily. I do 30 minutes of technical work, followed by practice. I understand what it takes to sing many styles, because I do them everyday. A typical day in my studio probably includes students singing country rock, pop, R&B, Musical Theatre belt, Musical Theatre mix, Legit, folk, indie rock, and occasionally thrash. I have been teaching these sounds for 15 years. I put them into my own voice. I play with my voice. And I try not to let a student get up and perform something which demonstrates the fragilities of their voice in my concerts. Of course, sometimes it happens anyway, nerves get the best of them. Or some students can be a little too headstrong to take my advice (even thought hey are paying for it!) But if you are serious about getting this stuff right you do the work. As long as you actually know what the work is.
Posted on | June 23, 2014 | No Comments
Tania de Jong AM is an Australian soprano and international speaker on leadership, creativity and innovation. She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe and she works with disadvantaged communities through the ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs. In this podcast of Ockam’s Razor she discusses the incredible benefits of singing. This is about 15 minutes long and a great way to start your singing journey today! Listen here.
You can read the transcript here.
Our Mid Year Concert is coming up on 20th July at the Metro Arts Studio. Tickets are $15 / $10 and there will only be limited numbers available at the door, so please contact me if you would like purchase extra seats. I love preparing students for this concert. The song choices are coming together and students are sounding great, so come along and support these growing singers.
This weekend I am adjudicating at the Brisbane Eisteddfod. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing the young singers of Brisbane out in force!
USQ Singing Student Jesse Ainsworth has been given the role of Radames in the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society’s production Aida – congrats Jesse!
Melissa Pleschka and Alicia Poulter have just finished a successful run in Prima’s “Hairspray”. Alicia wowed the crowd with her triple threat skills as the movable Tracy Turnblad and Melissa Pleschka played a fabulous Prison Matron and Peaches from the Black Council. What is astounding is Alicia only began voice lessons in November to prepare for her audition – amazing work Alicia and great performances all round. Also involved in this show were students Tenille Flower (Set Design) and Mel Evans (Director).
Tiana La Spina just received a High Distinction for her second Grade AMEB Singing for Leisure exam and is on to Third Grade! Congratulations, Tiana!
Former student Hayley Mayberry was terrific in the Queensland Conservatorium’s Con2Cabaret 2nd Year performance, which I saw on Saturday night, as well as being selected to perform in a masterclass on Monday with John Bucchino! her new teacher at the Con is John Peek. It is lovely to hear students as they grow and develop. Also Former student Rachel Gobel stars in Gifted – check out more about this short film here.
Cass Croucher attended the Cabaret Winter Workshop with Queenie Van de Zandt, and has been selected to perform in the Short and Sweet Cabaret festival on the Gold Coast.
This is just a snippet of student news – every week my students have exiting things happening! So, don’t forget to warm up your voice, and sing today! You never know where it might lead you