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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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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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AYA 020 There is always more where that came from with Jillian Speece

Jillian Speece - singer-songwriter and activist in the Brooklyn-based band The Bergamot
Jillian Speece and her husband Nathaniel are from my hometown of South Bend, Indiana and have been making music together since they met in high school. When they first started playing music they would approach local restaurants and talk them into letting them play in a spare room with the promise of bringing in a lot of people who would come and buy food. They have come a long way from those days but the entrepreneurial spirit is still alive in everything they do. Jillian and I speak at length on how she and her husband started her band, how they run the business of their band, and crowdfund their big ideas. Jillian and I had the most South Bend conversation I have ever had outside of Indiana that didn’t involve Notre Dame Football. Enjoy.

Meet Jillian:
Jillian Speece is a singer-songwriter and activist in the Brooklyn-based band The Bergamot. This past year she toured to all 50 States spreading music and a message of unity-radical inclusivity for all people on The Unity Collective USA tour. She is a food enthusiast and is devoted to sharing simple, vibrant, plant-based recipes on her blog TheDistractedBeet.com. Her catchphrase is Shine ON as the reminder to all that they are made of light and love.

Get Tickets To The South Bend Concert of The Bergamot:

OCTOBER 22ND 2016

The Bergamot Unity Collective Grand Finale + Benefit Concert for Memorial Children’s Hospital

Contact:
The Bergamot

FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW

BONUS:
If you see Jillian please ask her to sing “El Shaddai” by Amy Grant

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