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AYA 044 -If You Have A Dream You Need To Work Out The Steps To Get There with Susan Heaton-Wright

Susan Heaton Wright

Ex International Opera singer Susan Heaton-Wright shares her Executive Voice coaching with Directors, Teams and individuals in Business, Universities and organizations around the world. With her clients often being asked to feature on Sky News, Radio 4 and headline industry conferences globally she uses all her experience as a performer and teacher to enable clients to make an impact when they speak.

As a singer, Susan performed as a soloist throughout UK, France, Italy, Spain and USA: at venues such as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Durham Cathedral and for Royalty. She appeared on BBC1 and Radio 3 as a soloist. She worked for top conductors including Sir Mark Elder and Sir Simon Rattle; created roles for ENO works and the Darlington International Festival and for Howard Goodall directed by Graham Vick. Susan also recorded soundtracks as a soloist for TV adverts.

Susan regularly appears on the BBC radio and TV providing expert advice on effective speaking and how individuals engage with their audiences. She is a Public Speaker internationally: for businesses, professional groups and at conferences on being an effective vocal communicator and developing good communication streams with suppliers.

Susan was a finalist in the UK Blog awards in 2014 and 2015 for her blog “Superstar Communicator”. She writes a blog for We Are The City and 3 Plus International as well as writing and contributing to a number of publications including the Scotsman, The Guardian and professional publications. Susan’s iTunes podcast “Superstar Communicator” is a featured UK Podcast and is becoming a popular resource for speakers world wide with over 2500 downloads a month. Susan is the Creative Director and founder of Viva Live Music in 2005, providing bespoke themed entertainment for high end events. The company has a number of corporate clients and exclusive venues they work with; and events are in UK and overseas. She uses her communication skills in running the business: negotiating with clients as well as working with a variety of suppliers.

Before Susan was an opera singer, she taught in prep schools in Kenya, India and in London. Susan is a fully qualified teacher (QTS).

Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Arts and the Incorporated Society of Musicians as well as being a trustee of the Mid Hertfordshire Music Centre and she lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and son.

CONTACT:

www.vivalivemusic.com

www.executivevoice.co.uk

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AYA038 – Why You Should Ask Everyone Questions with JaNae Contag

JaNae Contag is an artist, curator, musician, a lecturer at two universities, and runs a studio where she produces photographic work for clients and collaborators. She has spent her artistic career looking at the connections she finds in the world and making visual cultural critiques of the ideas she encounters in her life. Our conversation focuses on how she finds new ideas and connections in her work and personal life as well as what she tells her photography students who are just starting their career.

MEET JANAE CONTAG:

JaNae Contag received her BA in Studio Art, Political Science, and Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in Visual Art from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Contag’s work deals with aspirational middle-class America, idiosyncratic moments in which tourism and elitism co-exist (malls, airports, lifestyle centers, megachurches, cemeteries), and overlooked architectural elements that reveal a checkered history of dwelling, shopping, and consuming. Her work has been exhibited at Central Booking, New York, Intersect Art Center, St. Louis, The Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, Points North, Farmington, Maine, and Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, among others. Giving Up the Ghost was completed through a grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Contag lives in Chicago and teaches Photography and Film & Video Production DePaul University and at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg in addition to freelancing as a co-owner of Concrete Imaging. She is also working on recording and production for a full-length synth pop album under her music pseudonym, NAE. Her other current collaborative projects include a feature-length documentary about the former Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington, as well as a podcast called Unfolding Six Points, about esoteric Chicago history.

CONTACT:
www.janaecontag.com
www.concreteav.com
www.naemusic.com

janaecontag@gmail.com

BOOKS:
ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhandari

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

Sprawl: A Compact History by Robert Bruegmann

Teaching Artist Handbook, Volume One: Tools, Techniques, and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach Paperback by Nick Jaffe

Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

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AYA037 – Surround Yourself With People Who Say YES To You With Pamela Stein Lynde

Pamela Stein Lynde is a busy person. She is a singer, composer, producer, and music educator. She began her career as a classically trained singer but as the years went on she realized that her abilities were applicable in other areas. We go into detail about the journey of her career and how she was able to create two non-profits that help musicians, composers, and singers.

MEET PAMELA STEIN LYNDE
Praised for her “rich dramatics” (The Boston Globe), Pamela Stein Lynde is a versatile soprano, composer, contemporary music performer, music educator, and producer, known for inspiration, introspection, and passion in all aspects of her work. Recent performances have included premiering Lesley Flanigan’s haunting sound sculpture VOICES for four singers and loop pedals at Roulette; premiering New York-based composer Eric Lemmon’s The Impossible Will Take a Little While with the Highline Chamber Ensemble at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music; and performing a concert of chamber music by contemporary female composers, including a premier by Philadelphia-based composer Jenny Beck, at the National Opera Center.
The 2015 launch of her company Stone Mason Projects has brought exciting performances of contemporary vocal chamber music to the National Opera Center, Arts on Site, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, and multiple other venues across the ti-state area, about which reviews have said, “The singing was stellar, on par with anything I’ve heard recently at higher profile venues such as Zankel Hall or National Sawdust. These concerts deserve a wider audience.” In the fall of 2016, Stone Mason Projects released its first music video, From the Mountain, a co-production with Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project. Stone Mason’s upcoming endeavors include the commissioning and producing of a new chamber opera and the launch of the inaugural New Hope Sound(e)scape Festival in New Hope, PA in June of 2017. Stone Mason Projects has appeared on a panel discussing contemporary opera creation with will New York Opera Alliance during New York Opera Festival and will be presenting this May at the third annual New Music Gathering conference at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Pamela has appeared as a singer in prior seasons with Helix New Music Ensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project, American Opera Projects, Beth Morrison Projects, Rhymes With Opera, Saratoga Fine Arts Festival, Yamaha Concert Artist Series, Yale’s New Music, New Haven series, and many others. She has worked with award-winning composers including David Lang, Tristan Perich, Jacob Cooper, Trevor Weston, Daniel Felsenfeld, Lisa Bielawa, Jenny Beck, and many others. She appears as a vocalist on minimalist composer Alexander Turnquist’s album Flying Fantasy, released on the Western Vinyl label. She was a featured guest composer at Phoenix’s OME New Music Marathon concert in 2015 and has had her compositions premiered by Patchwork American Song Project in both New York and Chicago, Guided Imagery Opera, Princeton-based group CUSP, and many other ensembles across the country.
Pamela has taught voice, composition, music theory, vocal pedagogy, music history, performance practice and chamber music at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and City College of New York. Pamela teaches masterclasses and workshops and gives lectures on creating new music for voice at colleges, universities, and conservatories around the country. She was invited to speak about teaching new music in higher education at the inaugural New Music Gathering conference at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her organization Your Music Bus, co-founded with superstar composers Lisa Bielawa and Aaron Jay Kernis, has been serving the needs of the university and conservatory composition students and departments across the country since 2014.

CONTACT:
www.pamelasteinlynde.com
www.stonemasonprojects.org
https://www.yourmusicbus.org/

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AYA030 Stefanie Jasmine – Real Estate can help your Music career

Stefanie Jasmine is not your typical country music singer. She has a background as a mortgage broker and currently runs a real estate investment company. This is a different approach from what most musicians take but it’s one that has given her freedom to make artistic choices that are not based on money. Our interview is full of great advice and tips especially if you’re interested in real estate and having another source of income.

MEET STEFANIE
With powerhouse vocals and a fierce stage presence, Stefanie Jasmine has made a name for herself in the New England country scene.

A New England native, Stefanie knew from a young age that her true passion was music. As part of a close-knit family, Stefanie would often listen to country music with her mom, and grew to love the genre from youth. Stefanie enlisted the help of vocal coaches beginning at the age of 15, and often performed at local fairs and events. After winning multiple vocal competitions, she grew the confidence to pursue her career in music.

In early 2012, she ventured out and started a country cover band, aiming to gain experience and exposure as an entertainer. Whiskey Wild was born- and what a wild ride it was. Whiskey Wild became New England’s most popular country band in just several months after starting up, which is simply unheard of in the music scene. Stefanie has performed at every premiere venue in New England from Loretta’s Last Call (Boston) to Wally’s (Hampton Beach), to Toby Keith’s Bar (Foxboro).

After moving on from Whiskey Wild to pursue her solo project, the crowds continue to come, and the doors continue to open. She has shared the stage with big names in country music such as Lee Brice and Jerrod Neiman.

Stefanie now splits her time between Nashville and New England and continues to record and release music. She regularly tours New England and does occasional shows in Nashville as well. Inspired by artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, and Wynonna, Stefanie stated: “I love writing music that makes people want to jump up and dance and sing along”.

Her first single was co-written by herself and Erin Murphy-Dunn. “Long Gone” was produced by Paul Rippee who currently tours with Lee Brice. The song gained recognition from New England country radio and various internet radio stations. “Long Gone” is now available wherever you can buy or stream music.

Stefanie’s commanding stage presence, powerful vocals, and charisma both capture and entertain audiences.

The Stefanie Jasmine Band is a concoction of extremely talented individuals who have a passion for country music and put on a high energy, smokin’ show every time.

BOOKS:

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fearby Elizabeth Gilbert

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performersby Timothy Ferriss

EXTRAS:
https://getcoldturkey.com/

Kitchen Safe: Time Locking Container

http://ironstonepropertygroup.com/

CONTACT:
https://www.stefaniejasmine.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/Stefaniejasmineband/

https://www.instagram.com/stefaniejasmine/

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