Saturday, May 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Invited Presentation: "A Football Player Pirouettes: Cross Training Principles"

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In the past decade, principles of cross-training voices have provided insight into producing healthy, efficient and versatile singers. Benefits of cross-training the body have long been established. Cross-training voice athletes refers to building a balanced vocal mechanism regardless of the anticipated genre of performance. For example, classical singers engage in “belting” exercises and music theatre singers vocalize in registration and resonance strategies necessary for classical singing. Singers must train as complete athletes for optimal vocal efficiency; and in the twenty-first century be ready to sing in a variety of styles for optimal employment opportunities. Both opera houses and music theatre companies are programming innovative seasons in order to keep patrons engaged. Singers must be ready! This session will focus on developing a balanced instrument by applying principles of cross-training through vocal exercises. There will be a brief PowerPoint to highlight anatomical, physiological and acoustic principles of cross-training, and demonstration with singers for studio application insights.

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Kari Ragan, DMA

Artist in Residence, University of Washington
Kari Ragan, soprano, is Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music Voice Department where she teaches applied voice, voice pedagogy, Italian Diction, and French Art Song Literature. Dr. Ragan works in affiliation with the University of Washington Otolaryngology... Read More →

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Alder Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA 98105

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