Thanks to my friend Todd for sharing this with me.

An important read

This article popped up in my feed this week —


Friends, this is an important read!

I have had discussions about vocal health with several students recently, one of whom practically blew out the voice at a football game recently, and spent a week getting the range back into shape.  Another is showing signs of singing poorly over the summer, and I’m concerned enough to recommend professional assessment of possible vocal events that may have occurred.

The voice is just cartilage and muscle (and air pressure), and is a delicate mechanism made to withstand all the vagaries of daily life, until we start taxing it, or pushing it beyond its possible endurance.

Please be healthy?

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Boys’ changing voices

I seem to have been gifted a few new students who are beginning or in the midst of a voice changes.  And thus I must seek out some Songs with limited range (an octave or so).

Here’s a list of some possibilities:

Johnny One Note (in C or even B-flat), Rodgers and hart

Bye, bye love, by the Everly Brothers

Let’s go fly a kite, Mary Poppins

If the rain’s gotta fall, Half a Sixpence (original score)

It just wasn’t meant to happen, Calvin Berger

Love thy neighbor (chorus 16 bars), The Prom

Candle on the water, Pete’s Dragon

By my side, Godspell

Talk to the animals, Doctor Doolittle

Edelweiss, The Sound of Music

Give my regards to Broadway, Cohan

Accident waiting to happen (Robert’s 16 bars), Drowsy Chaperone

And see also

36 Solos for Young Singers (Joan Frey Boytim, ed.), published by Hal Leonard

The Boy’s Changing Voice (Richard Walters, ed.), published by Hal Leonard

See also a posting I wrote 18 months ago about Broadway songs for 12-15 year-old boys.

International Thespian Festival – day four audition songs

Over four days, we heard 556 rising seniors audition for college reps in 90-second blocks.  Thursday alone included five flights of students, at about 35 kids each flight.

This is a mostly complete list of songs that were performed at the auditions:

  • I can do that, Chorus Line
  • Waiting for life to begin, Once On This Island*
  • Losing my mind, Follies
  • You gotta die sometime, Falsettos
  • Pulled, Addams Family*
  • Lyin’ there, Edges
  • I miss the mountains, Next to Normal*
  • Breathe, In the Heights*
  • Proud of your boy, Aladdin
  • Kindergarten boyfriend, Heathers
  • How ’bout a dance, Bonnie & Clyde
  • With you, Ghost*
  • Me, Beauty and the Beast
  • Raining, Rocky
  • Times like this, Lucky Stiff
  • A part of that, Last Five Years
  • Seeing you there, Ordinary Days
  • And they’re off, New Brain
  • When I look at you, Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Freeze your brain, Heathers*
  • Love never dies, Love Never Dies
  • Disneyland, Smile
  • King Herod’s Song, Superstar
  • Corner of the sky, Pippin*
  • In my dreams, Anastasia
  • Out there, Hunchback*
  • When the music played, Dr. Zhivago
  • I believe, Mormon*
  • She used to be mine, Waitress*
  • Lost in the wilderness, Children of Eden
  • World burner, Mean Girls
  • Blue hair, by Joe Iconis
  • It all fades away, Bridges of Madison County
  • Don’t let me go, Shrek
  • Where am I now, Lysistrata Jones
  • Larger than life, My Favorite Year
  • Live out loud, Little Princess
  • Me and the sky, Come From Away
  • How it ends, Big Fish
  • The kite, Charlie Brown
  • On the street where you live, My Fair Lady
  • I can cook too, On the town*
  • All grown up, Bare,
  • I am what I am, La Cage
  • One perfect moment, Bring It On
  • Fly fly away, Catch Me If You Can
  • Michael in the bathroom, Big Chill
  • Unusual Way, Nine
  • Someday, Hunchback*
  • Stranger to the rain, Children of Eden
  • This is not over yet, Parade
  • So much better, Legally Blonde
  • She loves me, She Loves Me
  • You gotta die sometimes, Falsettos
  • Johnny one note, Rodgers & Hart
  • I Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha
  • Aldonza, Man of La Mancha
  • I’ve never been in love before, Guys and Dolls
  • Purpose, Avenue Q
  • What you gonna do when it all falls down
  • The life I never led, Sister Act*
  • Grow for me, Little Shop
  • I didn’t plan it, Waitress
  • Diva’s Lament, Spamalot*
  • Sadder but wiser girl, Music Man
  • Somewhere that’s green, Little Shop
  • I want to go to Hollywood, Grand Hotel
  • I know the truth, Aida
  • I feel pretty, West Side Story
  • Don’t wanna be here, Ordinary Days*
  • I hope you can see this, Meet John Doe
  • I could have danced all night, My Fair Lady
  • Someone like you, Jekyll & Hyde
  • My new philosophy, Charlie Brown
  • Anthem, Chess
  • Words fail, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Somewhere, West Side Story
  • History of wrong guys, Kinky Boots*
  • You’ll be back, Hamilton
  • Dust and ashes, Great Comet
  • What more can I say, Falsettos
  • How could I ever know, Secret Garden
  • Colored women, Memphis
  • My big French boyfriend, Toxic Avenger
  • Journey from the past, Anastasia*
  • Adelaide’s lament, Guys and Dolls
  • In love with you, First Date*
  • Together again, Young Frankenstien
  • I cain’t say no, Oklahoma!
  • My lord and master, King and I
  • Vanilla ice cream, She Loves Me*
  • When words fail, Shrek
  • Dyin’ ain’t so bad, Bonnie & Clyde
  • Part of your world, Little Mermaid
  • Man up, Mormon
  • Somebody gotta love you, Color Purple
  • Some enchanted evening, South Pacific
  • What do I need with love, Thoroughly Modern Mille
  • Santa Fe, Newsies
  • Letter from the refuge, Newsies
  • Pretty funny, Dogfight
  • Maria, West Side Story

*heard two or more times on the same day

International Thespian Festival – day three audition songs

A mostly-complete list of songs performed in college auditions at the International Thespian Festival (Lincoln, Nebraska) on day three . . . .

  • When he sees me, Waitress
  • If I loved you, Carousel
  • Nothing, Chorus Line
  • Killer instinct, Bring It On*
  • Boy with dreams, Edges
  • I can cook too, On the Town
  • The next time it happens, State Fair
  • Take me or leave me, Rent
  • Why God why, Miss Saigon
  • Sister’s pickle, Amélie
  • Your daddy’s son, Ragtime
  • Letter from the refuge, Newsies
  • Corner of the sky, Pippin*
  • Harry, Harry the Musical
  • Home, Beauty and the Beast
  • Princess, A Man of No Importance
  • Gorgeous, The Apple Tree
  • Santa Fe, Newsies
  • So big so small, Dear Evan Hansen*
  • She loves me, She Loves Me
  • All falls down, Chaplin
  • Light in the piazza, Light in the Piazza
  • Only us, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Wheels of a dream, Ragtime
  • Gimme gimme, Thoroughly Modern Millie*
  • The color of your eyes, Daddy Long Legs
  • Whatever happened to my song, Spamalot*
  • Love’s a gun, Love’s Labours Lost
  • Run away with me, Unauthorized Biography etc.
  • Think of me, Phantom of the Opera
  • Right-hand man, Something Rotten
  • Safer, First Date
  • Made of stone, Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Somewhere that’s green, Little Shop
  • I’m lost, Anna Karenina
  • If ever I would leave you, Camelot
  • No one else, Great Comet
  • Halloween, Rent
  • It’s hard to speak my heart, Parade
  • Always starting over, If/Then
  • Just not now, I Love You Because
  • Screw loose, Cry Baby
  • Till I hear you sing, Love Never Dies*
  • Forever, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Maybe we just made love, I Love You Because
  • Freddie my love, Grease
  • Sadder but wiser girl, Music Man
  • Anyway, Tales of the Bad Years
  • Live out loud, Little Princess
  • Everything I know, In the Heights
  • I enjoy being a girl, Flower Drum Song
  • I don’t remember you, Happy Time
  • I think I like her, Summer of ’42
  • Being alive, Company
  • Tonight at eight, She Loves me
  • Shy, Once Upon a Mattress
  • Mad Hatter, Wonderland
  • Maybe this time, Now. Here. This.
  • Carrie, Carrie
  • I’m here, Color Purple
  • Mr. Cellophane, Chicago

*heard more than once

International Thespian Festival – day two songs

A mostly-complete list of songs performed in rising-senior auditions at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, on day two of auditions:

  • I love play rehearsal, Be More Chill
  • Here I am, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Marry me a little, Company
  • Before the summer ends, Dracula
  • Out there, Hunchback
  • Ireland, Legally Blonde
  • Bill, Showboat
  • Times are hard for dreamers, Amélie
  • Mad Hatter, Wonderland*
  • Forever, Shrek
  • It takes two, Into the Woods
  • Stranger, Big Fish
  • Mr. Snow, Carousel
  • I can’t do it alone, Chicago
  • Right hand man, Something Rotten*
  • Daddy’s girl, Grey Gardens
  • Come back, Dogfight
  • Everything else, Next to Normal
  • Kindergarten boyfriend, Heathers*
  • You don’t know the man, Parade
  • Lost in the brass, Band Geeks
  • When the music plays, Dr. Zhivago
  • I don’t care much, Cabaret*
  • Journey to the past, Anastasia
  • Take a chance on me, Little Women
  • I know where I’ve been, Hairspray
  • Pulled, Addams Family*
  • Gorgeous, Apple Tree
  • Mr. Cellophane, Chicago
  • Vanilla ice cream, She Loves Me
  • Home, Beauty and the Beast
  • I’ll be here, Wild Party
  • I need more, Fly By Night
  • Being alive, Company
  • Somewhere that’s green, Little Shop
  • Willing to ride, Steel Pier
  • In short, Edges
  • Always true to you, Kiss Me Kate
  • Crossing a bridge, Anastasia
  • Man, Full Monty
  • A quiet thing, Flora the Red Menace
  • Corner of the sky, Pippin
  • History of wrong guys, Kinky Boots
  • Simple joys of maidenhood, Camelot*
  • Magic to do, Pippin
  • I don’t want to be here, Ordinary Days
  • Show me, My Fair Lady
  • Aldolpho, Drowsy Chaperone
  • Someday, Wedding Singer
  • The label on the bottle, Gay Life
  • Superboy and the invisible girl, Next to Normal
  • It’s a perfect relationship, Bells are Ringing
  • In short, Edges
  • Princess, A Man of No Importance
  • Something’s coming, West Side Story
  • I love Betsy, Honeymoon in Vegas
  • A girl before, American Psycho

*songs heard more than once

We have now heard six of fourteen flights of students, currently totaling over 600 singers when we finish on Thursday.

International Thespian Festival – day one songs

A pretty complete list of song choices from the first day of auditions at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln . . . .

  • I don’t need a roof, Big Fish
  • What a waste, Wonderful Town
  • I don’t know how to love him, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • I dreamed a dream, Les Miz*
  • Wherever he ain’t, Mack & Mabel
  • Honeybun, South Pacific
  • You learn to live without, If/Then
  • Salt Lake-a City, Mormon
  • The Kite, Charlie Brown
  • Lesson #8, Sunday in the Park
  • I turned the corner, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Far from the home I love, Fiddler
  • Freeze your brain, Heathers
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, She Loves Me*
  • Soliloquy, Carousel
  • My grand plan, Lightning Thief
  • I’ll know, Guys and Dolls
  • Get out and stay out, 9 to 5
  • Awaiting you, Myths and Hymns
  • Right hand man, Something Rotten
  • On the other side of the tracks, Little me
  • Breathe, In the Heights
  • Build a wall, Shrek
  • Alone in the universe, Seussical
  • If I loved you, Carousel
  • Extraordinary, Pippin
  • Enjoy the trip, Bring It On
  • Try me, She Loves Me
  • Dancing through life, Wicked
  • Changing my major, Fun Home
  • When I climb to the top of Mt. Rock, School of Rock
  • See I’m smiling, Last Five Years
  • I stole a bus, Bubble Boy
  • You’ve got possibilities, It’s a Bird/Plane/Superman
  • Screw loose, Cry Baby*
  • Kindergarten boyfriend, Heathers
  • All that matters, Finding Neverland
  • Footprint, Theory of Relativity
  • All grown up, Bare
  • This nearly was mine, South Pacific
  • The beast in you, Goldilocks
  • Come to the party, Dogfight
  • Almost like being in love, Brigadoon
  • Avalanche, Tales from the Bad Years
  • I love play rehearsal, Be More Chill
  • Words fail, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Fight the dragons, Big Fish
  • Tonight at eight, She Loves Me
  • I’m gone, Hands on a Hardbody
  • Good girl Winnie Foster, Tuck Everlasting
  • That’s rich, Newsies
  • Even though, I Love You Because
  • Pretty funny, Dogfight
  • Run away with me, Unauthorized Biography/Samantha Brown*
  • Role of a lifetime, Bare
  • Some things are meant to be, Little Women
  • Sonya alone, Great Comet
  • I can cook too, On the Town
  • Someone like me, Jekyll & Hyde
  • Together forever, Shrek
  • I’m not that smart, Spelling Bee
  • What baking can do, Waitress
  • Dyin’ ain’t so bad, Bonnie & Clyde
  • Lifeboat, Heathers
  • Time Stops, Big Fish
  • I’m breaking down, Falsettos

*heard two or more times

A Friday surprise

Some days one opens Facebook to find nothing but happiness.

That was today.

Brian Parrish is choral director at Parkway West High School in Saint Louis County.  I teach three of his choral students in my private studio.  Two of these sing in the select jazz choir, which dropped a YouTube video this week.

I’m so glad to see them singing, and to know that our work together has been part of their progress, and to know that Mr. Parrish is pleased with the work too!

But to ice the cake: the chart they are singing is arranged by Kerry Marsh.  Kerry and I sang together at the University of Kansas when I was working on my doctorate and he was doing his undergraduate degree.  I’ve marveled at his strength-to-strength career.  He’s now one of the top vocal jazz arrangers in the country.  And to think that I drank beer with him in a British pub back in 1997.  He was a sweet guy then, and I’m betting he’s still a truly nice man!