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WSP 11 — The Singer and the Song: Finding Your Authentic Voice

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 4—Nov 11
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 28
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Kay Kostopoulos
Limit: 20
Status: Open
On-campus course
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Nov 4—Nov 11
2 days
Drop By
Oct 28
1 Unit
Kay Kostopoulos
This workshop will focus on developing our skills as singers, cabaret artists, and interpreters of lyrics. The emphasis will be on learning and memorizing the melody and lyrics, with a deep exploration of the acting skills necessary to communicate a song. Throughout the workshop, we will employ acting techniques as they apply to singers. Students will learn how to center, engage the breath, overcome fear, free the voice, develop stage presence, and address the emotional specificity of the words and the true message of the song to deliver the essence of the story contained within. In a supportive environment, we will concentrate on the creative process of the singer, culminating in an informal in-class performance for all participants. This workshop is appropriate for the beginning or intermediate singer seeking to develop technique in authentic delivery of a song to an audience, and for experienced professionals who would like to bring greater depth and meaning to their performance.

A professional accompanist will be provided. Students should bring in sheet music for a favorite song in their key. Jazz standards are encouraged; however, alternate cabaret selections will be considered upon the approval of the instructor.

Kay Kostopoulos, Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford

Kay Kostopoulos is a professional jazz vocalist who performs with Black Olive Jazz. She also teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has taught private seminars for Genentech, Cisco, the National Speakers Association, Stanford’s Executive Program for Women Leaders and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, and the eBay Women’s Initiative Network. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.