Are you an Actor/Singer who wants more confidence in your singing voice?  Or are you a Singer/Actor who feels like your vocal technique goes out the window when you start acting more fully?

In this episode, I reveal how acting gets in the way of singing with a beautiful tone.  Then I talk about 3 easy concepts to think about as you’re singing that will give you more consistent resonance, better intonation, and more control over your vocal colors - all without sacrificing your acting intentions.  

Once you implement these 3 vocal concepts, you’ll have more control over your voice and can lean into singing and using the melody to help tell your story.

If you’re ready to gain confidence in your vocal tone and access more storytelling options for your songs, then press play now!

Xo,

Korrie

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Are you constantly hitting a wall in the audition room?  You know you have what it takes to play the role, but the director just doesn’t seem to get it?  

What you need is to identify your niche.

In this episode, we’ll uncover the powerful concept of niche.  We’ll discuss what niche is and how to identify your niche so that you can communicate clearly to the director the assets you bring to the table.

Once you’ve defined your niche, you will communicate exactly who you are and how you fit into the show you’re auditioning for, making it super easy for the director to envision you in their show and move you into the yes pile.

If you’re ready to find clarity about your strengths and start booking the gig, then press play today!

Xo,

Korrie

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Learn how to unlock the secret of SONG FORM by analyzing common structural formulas of melodic form.

Today’s episode concludes our 3-part series on MELODY and how it tells a story.  We’ll examine how to identify phrase lengths, how to discover the structural formula your phrases are following, and how a song’s form emerges from phrase groups, more commonly called “song sections.”

Once you understand the form of the song, you’ll be able to trace your character’s transformation throughout the song by identifying where the main sections of the song are.  Then you can create clear beat shifts for your character as the sections change. 

I analyze song examples from Tin Pan Alley, the Golden Age, and contemporary musical theatre so you can see common song form formulas at work across several eras.   Plus, you’ll finally know exactly where the numbers for 16 and 32 bar audition cuts come from!

If you're ready to take your storytelling to the next level with practical score analysis, then press play now!

Xo,
Korrie

Be sure to listen to Parts 1 and 2 of this series!

Episode 19 How Does Melody Tell a Story? -- Part 1: Melodic Contour

Episode 20 How Does Melody Tell a Story? -- Part 2: Motivic Development

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Want to refresh your audition book, but not sure where to start?  This episode gives you an easy 3-step exercise to jumpstart the process of cleaning out your book and finding the songs that will really move the needle in your career.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of coaching clients that they want to work on their audition books. 

They feel like they haven’t changed the material in ages, they want new material that better fits them, something fresh, more contemporary feel – which I take to mean that it feels part of today’s theatre world.  Not that they don’t want classic or older material, but they want it feel fresh to them and like it will work for the shows that people are doing these days. 

So, I thought I’d give you a little peek into how I approach working with a client to refresh their audition book.   These are the exact 3 questions I send out in preliminary emails to my clients.

If you want a little jumpstart to get you energized about cleaning out your audition book, then press play today!

Xo,
Korrie

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Learn 6 different types of motivic development and how motives provide the architecture of a melody.

Today’s episode continues our 3-part series on MELODY and how it tells a story.  We’ll examine what a motive is and how we can alter and develop them to create variation and interest throughout the melody. 

Once you understand the logic of the architecture of the melody, you can make your own informed and personal choices about how you want to interpret a song.  You’ll know when to stick to the ink (when the writing is genius as is – hello, Sondheim!), and you’ll know when there’s flexibility and room for you stylistic flair to be added.

I’ll cover a range of song examples from jazz standards to Golden Age classics, from Sondheim to contemporary Disney movie musicals.  ALL songs are comprised of motives and utilize motivic development!

If you’re ready to reach a new level of understanding and interpreting your songs, then press play now!

Xo,
Korrie

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In this 3-part series, I’m dissecting melodic composition and how it impacts storytelling in song.  I’ll be answering the questions: What is melody?  How is it constructed?  And most importantly, how does melody tell a story of its own? 

This episode zeroes in on melodic contour and how it can elevate your interpretation of lyrics.  I walk you through specific song examples while I discuss conjunct and disjunct motion, melodic focal points, and a melody’s inner landscape of hills and valleys. 

When you learn these building blocks of melodic construction, you’ll be able to analyze a melody for yourself, communicate better with the music director, and make personal choices about how you want to interpret the melody.

If you want to feel more empowered to make unique interpretive choices for your song, then press play now!

Xo,

Korrie

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My experience with reading deprivation and giving up social media for a week.   In this episode I get personal as I share my journey of reading The Artist’s Way and doing one particular exercise -- READING DEPRIVATION.  Sound scary?   Hate the idea immediately?  Well, If your brain is feeling fried or like you’ve got constant static going on, then it might be exactly what you need.

After just 5 days, I’ve experienced clarity and peace that I didn’t even know was missing from my mind!

I also do a check in with you about the podcast and where it’s heading.  And, I reveal a few things my intuition told me I needed that were not expected!

If you’re ready for some REAL TALK about what it’s like to have a podcast, run a business, AND preserve your artistic soul, then press play, and let’s get into it.

Xo,

Korrie

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Learn five advanced techniques for clarifying your storytelling and improving your vocal performance.  Spoiler alert: these aren’t the things everyone talks about!  I’m going to lay out the 5 MOST COMMON MISTAKES I see singers make when interpreting their songs in an audition.   I’ll also discuss WHY they’re so important and HOW YOU CAN FIX these mistakes.  Once you learn these advanced techniques, you’ll never worry about blending in with the rest of the crowd again.  Your detailed, nuanced performance will show you for the superstar you are.

 

Ready to stand out from the rest?  Then press play, and let’s get into it.

Xo,

Korrie

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Master voice teacher and operatic tenor, Enrique Toral, shares his refreshingly organic approach to interpreting a song and singing it with YOUR true voice.

Have you ever struggled to find your unique voice? Or, maybe you’ve worried that you don’t sound as good as your favorite singer or cast recording?

Enrique Toral, a performing artist who has won acclaim across the United States and Europe, pulls back the curtain on his own vocal pedagogy and how he works with singers to find their true voice by singing the truth of the song. He talks about the time he lost his voice because he was hearing someone else’s voice in his head.  He also lets us into his own process of preparing music, with many of his rehearsal habits involving mind work and not vocal work.

I also picked his brain in particular about falsetto – especially, how men can access falsetto in a healthy way – as we start to see shows like Hadestown make more demand of this technique on actors.  

If you’re looking for your true voice, the one that ONLY YOU can produce, then press play, and take a listen to this episode TODAY.

Xo,

Korrie

 

Connect with Enrique at www.enriquetoral.com for information on voice lessons and his upcoming performances.

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Today, I’m talking about the power of CREATING CONTEXT for your audition song, and how it trumps all the high notes and vocal gymnastics you could ever sing.

Join me as I talk about “the moment before,” plot conflict, what your character desires, and how your character changes over the course of a show – all in the name of creating a beautiful, three-dimensional character who is on a JOURNEY in your audition song.

My friend, your audition is NOT about the high notes.  It’s not even about YOUR VOICE.  It’s about telling a STORY.   The story comes first, the character’s journey comes first.  That is the reason you are on stage in a musical.  And if you can do that, then you will move the creative team and have them in the palm of your hand.

If you’re ready to take your audition to the next level with the power of CONTEXT, then press play, and let’s get into it.

Xo,

Korrie

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