Erin Mackey was born and raised in Fullerton, CA. Her Broadway credits include In Transit as Ali, Amazing Grace as Mary, Chaplin as Oona, Anything Goes as Hope, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked as Glinda. She performed the role of Glinda in the Chicago, Los Angeles and National Tour companies of Wicked. She played Johanna in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, which was also broadcast on PBS. Regionally, she has worked at the Guthrie Theater in South Pacific as Nellie and Sunday in the Park with George as Dot/Marie, Encores! In Lady Be Good as Shirley, South Coast Repertory in She Loves Me as Amalia and The Light in the Piazza as Clara, Bristol Riverside Theater in The Rivals as Lydia, Papermill Playhouse in South Pacific as Nellieand Annie as Grace, and Pittsburgh CLO in Phantom as Christine, among others. She can be heard on the original cast albums of In Transit, Amazing Grace, Chaplin, Sondheim on Sondheim and Lady Be Good. Film and TV credits include The Intern, Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl and The Parent Trap.
Interviewer: Amanda Lenze
April 30 is the last day to submit your video for the "Stay Safe, Stay Home, Stay Singing!" virtual concerts. Registration is available to the following:
- Choirs who had their District Festivals cancelled and recorded their performance before the shutdown
- Soloists planning on participating in State S&E
- All-State Choir Participants
- Singers that were part of the MYAF Musical Theatre Ensemble
District Choirs and State S&E Participants will have the option to have their videos adjudicated by an MSVMA adjudicator and receive a rating that will qualify them for medals, plaques, etc.
If you are the director of a student participating in State S&E, All-State, or MYAF, please help to make them aware of this opportunity.
For detailed instructions and registration, please click the link below:
Jordan Dobson made his Broadway debut as "Tony" in the most recent revival of West Side Story directed by Ivo Van Hove. He is currently the standby for "Tony" after taking over the role for several weeks. Some of his favorite regional credits are playing "Charles Bingley" in Austen's Pride at ACT of Connecticut, playing "Adam" in The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon, playing "Victor" in Cabaret at the Arden Theatre, and playing "Paul" in Kiss Me Kate at Act II Playhouse. Jordan graduated from Temple University's musical theatre program in 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. He performed at many professional Philadelphia theaters before pursuing a career in New York. In addition to being a performer on Broadway, Jordan is an instrumental musician, teaching artist, and writer.
Interviewer: Barbara Wiltsie
Manna Nichols is a New York City based actor, who grew up throughout the midwest. She has performed on Broadway in Allegiance, starring Lea Salonga and George Takei. She also toured the country in the First National Tour of Lincoln Center's The King & I in the role of Tuptim. Off-Broadway she appeared in and sang on the album of Tokio Confidential as Sachiko; and performed the role of Maria D'Avalos in Death for Five Voices. Other credits around the nation include My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle) at Arena Stage in Washington DC; The Music Man (Marian Paroo) at Arizona Theatre Company, Miss Saigon (Kim) in the Kansas City Starlight Tour, Walnut Street Theatre, and Fulton Theatre; Les Miserables (Eponine) at Pioneer Theatre, and Maine State Music Theatre; The King & I (Tuptim) at Walnut Street Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre; Austen's Pride (Jane Bennet) at The 5th Avenue in Seattle; Sense & Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill (Marianne Dashwood) at Virginia Stage; Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown) at Goodspeed Opera House; South Pacific (Liat) at The Guthrie; Annie (Grace Farrell) at North Carolina Theatre; Hair (Crissy) at Geva Theatre. She has performed in concert with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as various USO Show Troupe shows. Her film credits include Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson (role of Minya), and Disney's Live Action Beauty & the Beast (background vocals).
Interviewer: Matt Snell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k2Ny-7rXt0&feature=youtu.be
Dr. Amanda Quist, Summer Conference Headliner, has planned some interesting and engaging sessions for our event at the Bluewater Convention Center in Port Huron. Make plans to attend!
Building Sound, Building Spirit
July 29, 2020 4 - 5:30 p.m.
This session will address how our understanding of formant tuning, overtones and resonance can aid us in making helpful choices for those singing in a group setting. We will use software that is accessible to all participants, large and small group singing, and discuss warm-ups that aid in building the voice in a choral or solo setting
Seating the Choir
July 30, 2020 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Focusing on strategies for voice placement in choral settings, we will discuss placement based on vocal color, intonation, natural tempo response and more. This session will incorporate rehearsal and group singing.
Authentic Leadership - Becoming Your Best Self on the Podium
July 30, 2020 1:30 – 3 p.m.
This session will focus on discovering and celebrating personal strengths and address effective conducting gesture for all involved.
Are you the next Leep Scholar?
MSVMA awards scholarships to members pursuing an advanced degree or who wish to enroll in a non-degree choral music institute or workshop. Potential areas of study include choral conducting, composition with emphasis on choral/vocal music, vocal music education and church music with vocal/choral emphasis.
Applicants must have at least three years teaching experience in Michigan and be able to return to MSVMA activities after using the scholarship.
Applications are reviewed by the Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship Committee which is chaired by the past president. Have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
Scholarship must be used by April 15, 2022.
The Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship was established in 1988 in honor of Carolyn and her service to the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. As head of the Malecki Music Inc. Choral/Vocal Department, Carolyn worked tirelessly for 20 years to provide MSVMA members with materials to support their efforts as music educators.
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