A closer look into the Vocal Apprenticeship will kick off our brand new series of blogs, where we will be highlighting one of Elevate’s classes each week.
Levi Bretz (17) has been taking Elevate classes for a year. He has been singing since he was four years old, and loves music. Along with Levi’s hopes of attaining an increased range and even more knowledge about singing in this class, his favorite part is “the way it all sounds when [everyone’s voice] comes together with the harmonies and unity”.
The mastermind behind the whole class, teacher Doreen Garris, has been singing since as long as she can remember. “[I was] always going around the house singing and recording songs on a tape player and bugging my family all the time.” She was involved in choir throughout her middle and high school years, and music theater in college. This is her third year of teaching choir at Elevate. Doreen gave us a more in depth description of her class. “Basically, [it’s] a small vocal ensemble where we work on improving our voice by doing vocal warm-ups and vocal exercises and then working on different group performances, learning parts and harmonies. It’s also an opportunity to do some solo work. Most of the students will get a chance to do a solo act as well. We also try to really focus on not just learning the parts and singing the notes, but really performing and getting the message across. I hope [the students] continue to gain confidence in themselves, as a performer, and becoming more comfortable on stage. My thing is that when I’m singing, I try to mean what I’m singing, and make sure that I’m connecting with the words and communicating that well to the audience… So I guess that’s my bottom line in what I want my students to be able to do. Be able to connect and communicate what they’re singing.”