Saturday, March 20, 2010

WELCOME TO BROADWAY! Summer Music Theatre Program for Students

Are You 14-18 Years Old and Looking for Professional Music Theatre Coaching This Summer? 

Do you want to polish your audition skills?  Do you want to try something new and fun?   Chelmsford Center for the Arts is presenting a two week “Welcome to Broadway”music theatre program, Monday through Friday, July 12 – 23, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Students will work on solo and ensemble pieces with voice teachers/coaches, Dr. Nancy Leinonen Howells, Mr. Rob Woodin, and Mr. Joe Rondeau.  Prof. Alisa Bucchiere will be our pianist.  This program will teach basic musicianship, movement and performance.  Students will work with all four instructors individually and in groups.  The class will culminate in a Broadway revue at the CCA on July 23.  All students will audition for placement purposes April 25 at 2:00 pm at the CCA.  Cost for the two weeks:  $480 payable to Chelmsford Center for the Arts
For registration e-mail or call 978-250-9161

About our teachers...

Dr. Nancy Leinonen Howells, originally from Michigan, began her voice training at Central Michigan University, where she earned the Bachelor of Music in voice.  She continued her voice studies at The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where she earned the Master of Music in voice, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in voice, with studies in vocal pedagogy.  While at the University of Michigan, Nancy served as adjunct faculty, and taught degree candidates in the BFA program for Music Theatre, and in the BME program for music education.  She also served as co-teacher of the vocal pedagogy class.  Dr. Howells has appeared as soloist with the Boston Cecilia, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Mass Theatrica, and The New England Light Opera, and the Ocean Park (Maine) Association.  She has performed as a recitalist in Boston, Cambridge, Sudbury, and  Newton.  In 1996, she received a grant from MIT to premiere a new work by composer Matthew Fields (Crossroads), and in 1997, received an “Artists Behind the Desk” grant from MIT.  Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Nancy sang with the North Central Symphony Orchestra of Michigan, the Central Michigan University Orchestra, and the Bay View Opera.  Operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Kathleen in Riders to the Sea, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Suor Angelica.  In addition to performance, Dr. Howells teaches at Indian Hill, in the Weston High School after-school arts program, and in her private studio.  Recent students have gone on to pursue voice degrees at Boston Conservatory (Bachelors and Masters programs), Duke University, Brigham Young University, Carnegie Mellon University, Elon University, Boston University and The University of Michigan. 

Rob Woodin has recently performed with Opera Providence, Opera Boston Underground, Metro West Opera and with Boston Opera Collaborative in many fully staged operas, concerts and recitals.  In addition to his operatic career, he has performed in many musical theater productions with companies in the Midwest.  Rob has his Masters in Voice Performance from Boston University and his Bachelors from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.  Rob is a private voice teacher at Indian Hill Music, BB&N High School in Cambridge, Powers Music School in Belmont, and at the Music Academy of Chelmsford.

Joseph Rondeau, tenor, graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in vocal performance in 2007.  Joe has taught voice students for two years and has worked as a vocal coach at the Summer Drama Workshop in Hudson, MA on their production of "Grease." As a performer recent credits include "Sweeney Tood" with The Vokes Theater; concert performances with Illumination Opera; "The Mikado" and concert performances Mass Theatrica; and "How to Succeed...," "Fame," "Godspell,"  and concerts with The Arts Alliance. Currently Joe resides in Dracut, MA. 

Alisa Helene Bucchiere  - Prof. Bucchiere received her Bachelor’s of Music cum laude degree from the University of Lowellher Masters of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University. Presently, she holds teaching positions at Northern Essex Community College since 2004, as both the Choral Director and professor of music history & music theory, and at Indian Hill Music Center, in Littleton, MA where she has been on the piano faculty since September of 1996. Currently, Prof. Bucchiere is a member of ACDA, the American Choral Directors Association and is also a member of the Merrimack Valley American Guild of Organists where she serves as the organist at the First Church Congregational in Methuen, MA. Presently, Prof. Bucchiere is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Accompanist for Region One which includes all of New England and parts of New York State.  In her spare time, Prof. Bucchiere has performed as music director/accompanist for over forty theater shows. 

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