Vocal Instruction

Monthly Archives: June 2013

What’s new?

…Well, What’s New was a wonderful standard covered but many legendary singers such as Frank and also Linda Ronstadt among many others.

But no, this blog title is not about the song but just to let you all know some changes are coming here to my voice instruction site over the next few weeks. New and improved will be the goal, yes. And to stay with the cliches….stay tuned. Happy Summer.

RG

 

It’s great to be teaching again at Harcum Music…

Hey all just wanted to share some of my glee here in returning as vocal instructor to Harcum Music School in Bryn Mawr, PA .

I had spent a few years in the mid-late 2000’s as vocal instructorat this wonderful, Main Line school amongst a group of great teachers and administrators. I could not be more glad to have been welcomed back in a similar role as vocal instructor in this great space.  As we move forward and select a date for the next Harcum recital I will certainly be back with an announcement. In the meantime here is a link to the music school: Harcum

 

 

 

Highlights from the Liberty Lands fest, 6-8-2013

Hey all- wanted to share a bit on my experience this past Saturday at the Liberty Lands Park Festival in Northern Liberties here in Philadelphia.  As part of the lineup of bands there were two in particular, with ties to Philly that where very entertaining.

Medea, listed on their web as:  Torchy, sinister & dramatic electric-jazzy-folk-rock from Philadelphia PA, featuring Irene Lambrou, Pat Robinson, Tony Winkler, Rich Curtis& Pat Domanico.

As always I am listening intently for what the singers provide as well as the vocal arrangements, and Ms. Irene Lambrou, lead vocalist of Medea does not disappoint. Keyboardist, Pat Robinson, who has a Grammy to his credit, was wonderful on electric piano.

The other band of note, The Really Cooks, a quartet of gents from Philly and they really covered a wide spectrum of music in their set. Great vocals and instrumentalists and it was great to chat with some of the guys afterward as well.

Very talent folks in both of these bands, and with each a great variety of music styles covering many genres. Check them both out when you can. Here are the links:

 http://www.medeamusic.net/about-2/

The Really Cooks

Play on Philly- enriching the lives of children through music

Would like to shine the spotlight on a wonderful educational, non-profit organization that provides great opportunities for children in Philadelphia through music study and training. This bright star in the Philly sky is “Play on Philly”.

This is a unique music program conducted after-school and during the summer and is designed to help children to learn music and to play an instrument in a warm academic environment under the tutelage of a standout group of instructors. Among the venues that P.O.P ensembles have performed includes the Kimmel Center on the Avenue of the Arts.

The training and resulting life experience that these children receive through their experience at P.O.P is priceless- and an opportunity that their families might otherwise not afford at any private school or music school.

P.O.P was created by CEO, Stanford Thompson, and is modeled after the social development and music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema. P.O.P was established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia, and the second school quickly followed in early 2013 at 11th and market.

I have had opportunity to sit down and chat with Stanford on a few occasions and have marveled at his enthusiasm and strong drive to make P.O.P grow and be successful. This is an organization that has great momentum and needs more exposure so that it can continue to grow.   

Kudos to Stanford Thompson and the entire P.O.P. organization for making this wonderful idea a reality. See the links here to learn more:

http://www.playonphilly.org/mission-history.php

https://www.facebook.com/playonphilly

RG