This past Saturday the 6 singers in our Summer Performance Academy hit the stage of The Newtown Theatre to perform in their Final Showcase! Each singer performed 2 songs for our small audience of 25 (due to Covid restrictions) and Zoomed out to the world!
I couldn't be prouder of their resilience, poise and grace. This year has been heartbreaking for so many people. Just getting through each day during this pandemic can seem like a chore. These singers were so consistent in their lessons, practice sessions, and masterclasses that they were incredibly well prepared for our live show! I prepared them all to have a Zoom recital from the beginning, but when I found an opportunity for us to perform live I jumped on it! You CAN perform safely at a time like this, it just looks different! The entire audience was masked (and at least 30 feet away from the singer). Check out this fun photo of us below!
Clips from the Final Showcase will be uploaded to our YouTube channel as soon as possible! We can't wait for you to hear these singers! I was so proud of them I got choked up during my closing speech. My heart is bursting with love and pride!
Thank you, singers, for a wildly successful performance. I will never forget it.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be having a LIVE performance for our Summer Performance Academy singers! Of course, we will follow all guidelines, but it will be live with a majorly physically distanced (and masked) audience of just their parents and siblings. For those who want to view from home, we will be posting a link to a live stream!
It took many hours of researching places that might accommodate a small, physically distanced gathering of people, but the Newtown Theatre in Newtown, PA really came through for us! Until now, they've been renting family movie nights in the theatre for no more than 25 people. They agreed to let us rent the space to perform on Saturday, August 29th at 2 pm! The singers and I couldn't be happier with this plan. After many months of no performances, we will finally be performing in an actual theater!
Summer Performance Academy is a program for high school aged singers who are serious about a career in the performing arts. Each summer, they receive weekly lessons, and group coaching in a masterclass style format. 10 weeks of hard work culminates in a final performance for an invited audience! Last year (our first year) was a smashing success and we can't wait to see this year's group shine!
Maria Palombo is a Voice Instructor and Singer living in Central NJ. She is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio in Mercer County, NJ.