Learning, Singing, Laughing, and… Crawling:
Joining Lyric Theatre Studio as a Vocal Performance Major
Entering my junior year as a vocal performance major, I wanted to bring more improvisation, movement, and musical theater repertoire into my craft. After a long chat with my voice teacher, I decided to give the lyric theater studio a try! Meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5, the studio encourages lyric theatre majors, as well as vocal performance and choral music ed majors to join! Led by professors Sarah Wigley and Michael Tilley, this studio has been nothing but warm, welcoming, and FUN!
I sang in studio for the first time this September and stepped out of my comfort zone with “Like Love” from the musical Charlie Girl. The piece is chock-full of mixed belt and a VERY HIGH scatting section. I was very nervous to do something other than my typical classical shtick… but the performance went amazing! I also had a chance to sing Barbarina’s aria, “L’ho Perduta,” from The Marriage of Figaro. This performance was also tons of fun!
My classmates made the environment a completely judgment-free zone and Professor Wigley did some new acting exercises with me, and the masterclass involved me army crawling across the Opera Rehearsal Room floor -- which was pretty awesome! On top of regular masterclasses, we have also played improv games, learned Alexander Technique exercises, and so much more.
In preparation for the February French music showcase, “Carnaval!”, the juniors and seniors in LT studio are now working on French diction. We’re receiving individualized training in the language with Dr. Julie Gunn! This unit is a prime example of why I love being in the lyric studio; it’s a wonderful mix between music theater and classical, which is something I’ve needed! I can’t recommend this class enough. I’m so incredibly grateful to be involved in this program and I look forward to the upcoming opportunities in lyric theatre studio.