"As diversity and equity inclusion at professional and educational theatres continue to evolve with ever changing social norms,
it is important that students are aware of the history
of casting in musical theatre. Musicals tend to feature a set of
characters portrayed by actors with a certain voice type
paired by specific physical traits and gender. Although this
information is important to know and understand, I do not
want my students to be restricted to a ‘type’ based on their vocal range, physical appearance, or gender. Instead, my students
should be able to explore their voices. Discover the different
colors, tones, and sensations their instrument can make, without
trying to mimic another actor. By focusing on where the students'
voice fits, rather than the ‘type’ they should sing, I believe
we can create a more diverse and equitable community."
Bree made me feel so welcomed the instant our lesson started. She started to help me feel comfortable with my belting, and introduced new pieces to me that I absolutely loved. She was willing to work on anything I wanted to bring in. Bree explored new vocal techniques with me, and I learned many tips and tricks that I still think of each time I sing.
Bree is amazing! Her methodology acquaints you with your specific vocal anatomy, and then provides clear tools which you can apply to achieve your goals. So on top of exploring things you never knew your voice could do, you also walk away with confidence that you can do it again.
Bree has a M.M. in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy, as well as a B.A. in Musical Theatre & Theatre Performance from Carthage College. She loves working with singers of all ages, but especially children! Bree uses the understanding of vocal anatomy paired with emotional intent in a song to help a singer achieve their desired sound.