“What exactly happens at Masterclass?”
We got that question from quite a few of you about the vocal workshops this summer. So we went back to singers who took last summer’s vocal workshop, and asked the Masterclass attendees to tell us what they thought of the experience. First up, Joel Cline, VCS’ resident meteorologist, and a frequent soloist. In fact, if you came to Music Of The Storms, our concert for a cause in March 2013, Joel was the one who painted the picture for us about Hurricane Katrina and led us into Requiem. Joel was one of the first people to sign up for last summer’s Masterclass spots, and here is what he has to say.
VCS: What’s the difference between the Masterclass and the general class for you?
Joel: Masterclass was a bit more individual technique and instruction for my voice and things I was doing. The other classes are technique as a whole that is good to learn and feel. So the Masterclass goes to the next level of instruction and tries to add to the general class techniques to pin point areas I need work in to get to produce a good and healthy sound.
VCS: What did you get out of the Masterclass?
Joel: Breathing correctly, go easy do not force the sound, have a good opening at the back of the mouth, tongue position is important to produce good sounds.
VCS: Were you nervous?
Joel: Of course – but each time I get in front of a group to sing I get better at doing it.
VCS: What goes through your brain while Jen’s making you answer her questions?
Joel: Just concentrate on her and what she is saying – she uses a lot of imagery to make you see what your feeling too.
VCS: What was the audience like?
Joel: BIG so a bit scary but friendly – it was good to know they were in the same boat as me and that everyone wants everyone else to perform well and they are their to learn too. So if anyone messed up – it was more a learning experience than that person doing poor.
VCS: Would you do it again?
Joel: Of course.
VCS: Anything else you’d care to share:
Joel: Come with a song that your prepared to sing if in the Master class. Relax – everyone is there to get better so nobody is perfect and they are all pulling for you – the same way you’re pulling for everyone else to do well. Come with an open mind to instruction. I also liked lunch and having some time outside for the class.