Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano

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Workshops | Finding Your Individual Voice

A Three Day Workshop with Kimberly Barber

Focus:
Establishment and solidification of individual audition repertoire through exploration and play--goal-oriented exercises for breaking down blocks, release from tension, enhancing vocal and expressive potential for increased intensity of performance

Format:
The workshop is presented in an informal setting over three days, with sessions taking place on three separate days in a week or over a period of three weeks. The workshop days consist of two two-hour sessions separated by a one-hour lunch break. Workshop groups should consist of maximum of 12 singers (adjustments to format are possible)

Repertoire:
Operatic arias appropriate to each singer’s level of development and voice type (duets between group members can also be used for exercise purposes)

Day One and Two: 

Group Sessions

  • Finding where your "passions" lie (carving out an individual niche for yourself)
  • Exercises in freedom of movement, release of entanglements, reaching full expressive potential

Individual Sessions:

  • Repertoire (the Fach system, finding your individual audition arias--"the Big 5")
  • Each singer brings memorized arias and performs them in the session.  We choose five arias (with a possible alternate or two) with which the singer feels entirely comfortable and sovereign and which show the artist’s unique capabilities

Day Three:  The Audition & The Career

  • Mock Audition
  • Question and Answer Period - possible topics include…
    • Publicity materials
    • Goal-setting
    • Agents
    • Self-Study

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