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You love to sing. You love to perform. You want to share your music.

Are you ready to….

  • improve your singing?
  • build your confidence?
  • sing freely in front of others?
  • find your true voice, your best vocal style?
  • learn to sing in different styles?
  • be charismatic in performance?
  • develop a healthy voice that will last you forever?

At Soundation we show you how to fully realize your singing dreams. We will teach you. We will guide you. We will help you succeed!


Songwriter Stage Performance Workshop begins April 7, 2019

Located in Walpole, Massachusetts –just south of Boston– this intimate workshop of up to ten students explores all aspects of singer-songwriters, including those who self-accompany such as on piano or guitar.  It is both a workshop to fine-tune your songs, as well as working on performance skills including vocal styles, movement, and much more.

Taught by world-renown professionals Jeannie Gagné and Ana Guigui, who are both Berklee Voice professors,  songwriters, arrangers, and self-accompanying performers on piano and guitar, this unusual opportunity is definitely on you won’t want to miss.

Click HERE to find out more and sign up.


Do you want to Wow like Whitney? Captivate like Adele? Paint the world purple, like Prince?

We are award-winning, internationally acclaimed, master-level teachers and professional vocalists. Many of our students have gone on to highly successful professional careers, too. We know our stuff.  And we are passionate about sharing our knowledge with you to help you become the best singer you can be!

In our workshops, through a series of vocal exercises, body work, live performances, and constructive feedback, you will learn to sing in your true voice healthfully. You will learn how to be your best self on stage.

Do you get nervous in front of an audience? We will address that.

What is your sound? We will help you find the best songs for your voice and your style.

Workshops

The purpose of our workshops is to bring out your creativity and empower you to express yourself freely through your singing. These workshops will help you to fall in love with your voice.

Songwriter Stage Performance Workshop Intensive
Sunday April 7 and April 14, 2019

This 8-hour program meets over two consecutive sessions on Sunday April 7 and Sunday April 14, from 5pm-9pm, in Walpole MA at The Loft studio.

The Songwriter Stage Performance Workshop accepts up to ten singer/songwriting students, who have some songs already written or in progress to explore. In this 2-week, 8-hour intensive workshop, we develop and hone specific skills that performing singer-songwriters need to work on to present themselves at their very best. Topics will include:

  • effectiveness of the song, melodic range, lyric, chord changes, groove
  • self-accompanying, such as on keyboard or guitar
  • vocal styles, including use of mix voice, riffs and runs
  • diction as appropriate to the style
  • movement at the instrument and stationary mic
  • enhancing presence and charisma
  • what to say in between songs in a set

TO REGISTER:

  1. Submit a video of you performing one original song, 3-5 minutes in length. This will be submitted via a private YouTube link, Vimeo
  2. Include a lyrics sheet with your submission.
  3. Include a one-sheet summary of your musical experience
  4. EMAIL YOUR MATERIALS and VIDEO LINK TO info@soundation.org.
  5. After you email your materials, click the REGISTER HERE button below to be directed to the payment page. The discounted Early Bird registration is $499 before April 1, 2019. The registration fee is $549 after April 1.
  6. Workshop details such as directions to the loft, what to bring, and a detailed syllabus will be emailed to you once you register.

Taught by world-renown professionals Jeannie Gagné and Ana Guigui, who are both Berklee Voice professors,  songwriters, arrangers, and self-accompanying performers on piano and guitar, this workshop is held in a private, warm and inviting space in Walpole, MA. It is an unusual opportunity to work with two of the leading experts in the field, and is definitely one you won’t want to miss.


Past workshops

On January 27, 2019 we launched an exciting, new 8-week evening workshop series!
More Info and Sign up Link

Located in Walpole, Massachusetts –just south of Boston– this intimate workshop of up to ten students will give you the opportunity to explore your singing from every aspect. Coming from a unique holistic and whole-body approach to singing, you will have plenty of opportunities to work on contemporary singing styles, technique, confidence, stage presence, and a lot more. Taught by world-renown professionals who are Berklee professors, this unusual opportunity is definitely on you won’t want to miss.W

When and Where: Classes meet every Sunday in Walpole, MA at the Soundation Loft, from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, from January 27, 2019 through March 31, 2019. This workshop meets in Walpole, Massachusetts and is limited to ten students.

Ana Guigui, Alizon Lissance, Jeannie Gagné

Topics will include:

  • Discover your voice as the gateway to confidence and self-empowerment
  • Learn how to be a healthy singer, in  body, in mind, in spirit
  • Gain ease with improvisation in contemporary styles
  • Learn the most effective breathing techniques
  • Study techniques for optimum vocal sound and tone
  • Learn techniques to avoid vocal strain, especially for big singing (belting)
  • Learn contemporary tones and techniques, specifically use of vibrato, diction, tone modification and phrasing
  • Understand the communication power of your own voice or instrument
  • Gain a deep knowing for rhythm, especially as it is “embodied” in American contemporary music

Guest Artists

During this workshop we are thrilled to be joined by four esteemed Berklee faculty who will bring their expertise to classes. Click here to learn more about Alizon Lissance, Bob Lada, Jamie Lynn Hart and Doug Johnson.

About Us

 

Jeannie Gagné (pronounced “gon-YAY”) is a pro vocalist, songwriter, author, and Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music. Her long list of credits includes Philip Glass, Bare Naked Ladies, Cher, Patti Austin, George Duke; recordings over two decades including three solo albums; movies “Anima Mundi,” “Feuille” and “Forbidden Nights;” television and radio work; and American and world tours as a master teacher and performer. Her students have been finalists on American Idol and The Voice; her YouTube channel The Vocal Genie has a half million views and growing.

In her classes and private vocal lessons, Jeannie’s method features whole body wellness, personal empowerment, and technical proficiency. She was the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Berklee’s Performance Wellness Institute. Ms. Gagné has expertise in several styles including singer/songwriter, jazz, pop/rock, R&B, and classical. Her two best selling Berklee Press books, “Your Singing Voice,” and “Belting” are read worldwide. She wrote and teaches the popular BerkleeOnline course, “Popular Singing Styles: Developing Your Sound.” Ms. Gagné travels nationally as well as around the world to teach, mentor, and inspire singers at all levels.

Everyone can learn to sing,” she says. “Singing is the expression of your life.” Learn more about  Jeannie Gagné at jeanniegagne.com.

Mezzo-Soprano Ana Guigui completed her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree in Vocal
Arts at USC’s Thornton School of Music in August of 2013, and has been an ongoing Associate Professor of Voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 2014.
Dr. Ana Guigui teaches several courses at Berklee, including “Writing, Developing, and
Performing A One-Person Show,” a course she devised for Berklee. Summer Berklee initiatives include directing Musical Theater Chorus students and providing the opportunity to collaborate and perform with a live Musical Theater Orchestra.

She is a co-founder of Opera On Tap L.A., which brings opera into alternative venues. She is also the creator, founder, and national artistic director of Opera On Tap Latino, whose mission is to perform, preserve, revive, and potentially create new classical Spanish language vocal repertoire in alternative venues.
Ana recorded and toured around the world as a long-standing keyboardist/vocalist for Christopher Cross, and freelanced with Ben Folds, Chip Taylor, Jon Secada, Deborah Gibson, AMERICA, Stephen Bishop, Andrew Gold, Bo Bice, and Juan Gabriel. Ana is an independent artist and her original C.D., Love Is On The Line, was produced by Andrew Gold (“Lonely Boy”, “Thank You For Being a Friend”), and is distributed internationally by BFM Digital. Ana is an active singer with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Boston Symphony) in Boston. Video singing performances and professional acting credits in film,
television, and theater can be viewed at www.anaguigui.com

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