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Voice and Musical Theater

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As a vocalist at the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, you'll be immersed in a variety of styles and configurations, from pop solos to Broadway numbers to country songs to classical choral music. Our voice faculty range from classical voice specialists to professional pop performers. 

You'll study:

  • Genre-specific vocal technique

  • Stagecraft and poise

  • Ways of interacting with other performers on stage

  • Choral technique and performance

  • Close harmonies

  • How to engage your audience

All vocalists participate in two shows and are cast in featured moments arranged with their vocal strengths in mind. Best of all, you'll gain real-world experience as you perform with other passionate players in high-energy shows in some of Nashville's best venues!


Premier: "Merry Christmas Uncle Scrooge!"

featuring John Rhys-Davies

audition for this special performance opportunity!

In 2018 the Annie Moses Summer Festival is proud to present the world premier of "Merry Christmas Uncle Scrooge!" - an original Broadway setting of Dickens' famous novel A Christmas Carol. The performance will feature the legendary, Shakespearean actor, John Rhys - Davies. 

Participation as a performer in "Merry Christmas Uncle Scrooge!" is by audition only. Parts are eligible for students in any track, though if chosen, the performers schedule will focus primarily on preparations for the performance. To audition for the musical, please see the directions in the "Auditions" page above.


FAQ 

“What can I expect to sing at the Festival?”

The Annie Moses Summer Music Festival features everything from Jazz standards to Pop ballads to Country music to Rock songs. Whether you’re a smoky-alto or a high soprano, a classical tenor or a growling bass, we tailor musical moments that fit your natural ability.

“What is your philosophy on teaching voice?”

Our team of professional pedagogues will instruct you in the nuances of vocal technique as well as commercial performance. We want to unleash your distinctive voice.

“How much practice and singing will I be doing?”

Get ready to sing a lot! Whether it’s choir, ensembles, or solos and duets, you’ll be singing in multiple roles giving you a broad musical experience.

“Why do vocalists learn stagecraft? Don’t people just want to hear the music?”

Communicating with your audience is more than just hitting the right notes. It’s delivering a message, relating to your fellow performers, and being a relaxed and professional performer. Our coaches work overtime to form you into a consummate artist capable of carrying yourself confidently and commanding the stage.

“Do I have to know how to sing harmonies?”

Singing in harmony is an invaluable tool for any vocalist. If you want to have a good time at the Festival, spend some time before applying learning how to sing harmonies well. You’ll have a wider variety of musical experience, will gain the ability to have even deeper collaborations with fellow students, and have a richer experience.

“How much practice/rehearsal is there?”

The Festival is not for the faint of heart - we have multiple shows to prepare! Each student is "cast" in at least two performances! It's mere days to get several shows prepped, polished and performed!

“What makes the Voice Track unique?”

We give you on-stage performance coaching in preparation for your big moment. Our song arrangements are original and tailor-written by some of the best arrangers in the business. Also you get an extraordinary live performance experience at a great venue.

"What should I audition with?"

Since the Festival offers a wide variety of genres and shows, we want you to express yourself to the full! Choose a selection of songs or dramatic material that showcase what you would like to do this summer.


vocal faculty

JOSHUA CARSWELL

Joshua Carswell is an accomplished vocalist and frequent performer of opera, oratorio, musical theatre and commercial music.  A native of North Carolina, Mr. Carswell graduated from Elon University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance, garnering the university’s prestigious Presser Music Scholar award.  He has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium as a guest soloist with the Annie Moses Band and the New American Choir and Orchestra and made appearances with the Greensboro Opera and Symphony as well as the North Carolina Symphony.  His recent roles include Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (American Singers Opera Project), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci (Elon) and soloist on “Generations” in Children of Eden (Elon).

Mr. Carswell’s exceptional interpretive skill has garnered national attention.  He recently won the 2012 Grand Prize in the prestigious American Traditions Competition in Savannah, GA, and was recently a guest soloist with the Savannah Philharmonic. He is a winner of state and regional levels of NATS for Classical and Musical Theatre.


karen sorrells

Karen Sorrells is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Music.  She went on to earn her MA in Church Music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Mrs. Sorrell's choirs have won many awards at the state and local levels.

She is a member of the Choristers Guild, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR), and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). 

Mrs. Sorrell currently serves as Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville where she recently founded a Fine Arts Academy.


MARY MAPLES

Mary Maples received her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music from Belmont University.  She currently teaches and is the Director of Fine Arts at The Covenant School in Nashville, TN. She performs regularly as a pop vocalist.