SANDI WRIGHT

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by Sandi Wright
4548 Westminster Place
St. Louis, MO 63108 USA
Cell: 314-303-0877

wright@primary.net

CLASS MENU

NEW CLASS
Conquering the Aging Voice ~ 60 Minutes: 
They tell us to use it or lose it, and that is true...well it doesn't get any easier, does it?  This class was developed because I am the epitome of an aging voice, but at 67 years old I was still in a top ten quartet.  I'll give you the physiological reasons why our voices aren't what they used to be, and I'll also give some advice that works for me.  If you are singing along and notice that annoying little wobble, or if you go for a note and it doesn't land in the spot you're aiming for, this class is for you.  This class is created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.

NEW CLASS
The Differences (and Similarities) Between The Four- and The Three-Category Systems ~ 60 minutes
Whether you are a member of Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmony Incorporated, Sweet Adelines International, or members of the worldwide barbershop community there are subtle differences in the competition game. The Four Category System (Sound, Music, Expression and Showmanship) is used by Sweet Adelines International and the Three Category System (Singing, Music and Performance) is used by Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmony Incorporated, BinG!, BABS, LABS, SNOBS, and most everyone else.  There are MANY similarities.  There are some significant differences.  This class is on PowerPoint so an LCD projector and speaker system is required.

NEW CLASS
Performance Packaging ~ 60 minutes
Sweet Adelines International now awards 100 points for the Top Ten 15-Minute Performance Package at the international level and a letter grade for the 10-minute Open Division Performance at the regional level.  So just what are the judges wanting to see anyway?  One competition song and a package requires musicality, unity, theme/script/emcee/mic technique, creativity and communication.  So what does all this mean?  This class is on PowerPoint so an LCD projector and speaker system is required.

NEW CLASS
Quartet Fixes When There's No Coach in Sight ~ 60 minutes
Okay, so you're in a quartet and something is wrong.  How do you fix problems right there at rehearsal?  From tuning issues to note problems...whether it's out of balance or out of synch, these and many more issues are discussed with real-world fixes.  High priced coaches are nice, but sometime a DIY approach is best.  Learn to be a better quartet with this handy class for all levels.  This class is on PowerPoint so an LCD projector and speaker system is required.

The Art of Woodshedding ~ 60 Minutes:
An introduction to ear singing. Lots of participation from the entire group. Good ice breaker or Friday night prelude. No audio visual or handouts necessary. Just bring your ears!

Physical & Vocal Warm-ups ~ 20 Minutes:
Physical and Vocal warm-ups are done to music, stressing the importance of vocal stretches.  Male and Female version available.  PowerPoint Presentation - needs LCD projector and speakers for sound.

Making an Exciting First Impression ~ 60 Minutes:
What do the superstars do? How do they manage to grab an audience and have it captivated throughout a whole show. There are theatrical tricks that are common between the megastars. This class teaches performers how to be memorable from the start. Male and Female Class available.  This class is created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.

Showmanship Category Overview ~ 60 Minutes:
An in-depth explanation of Sweet Adelines International's Showmanship Category from preparation to performance.  What is important and what isn't?  What makes a performance score well?  This class has audience participation.  PowerPoint Presentation - requires an LCD projector and speakers.

Performance Category Overview ~ 60 minutes:
An in-depth explanation of the new Performance Category, from walk-on to walk off...from pushing the fourth wall to adding vocal color.  What is important and what isn't?  What makes a performance a believable and compelling experience for your audience.  Male and Female version available.  This class is on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speaker system are required.

Creating an Effective Visual Plan ~ 60 Minutes: 
How to tell your story visually.  Go from Singer to Actor to Character through planned and unplanned movement.  From knowing your strengths to understanding your emotional and/or physical limitations.  This class is created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.

Let's Have a Show! ~ 60 Minutes: 
Designed for Show Chairs, Chorus Directors or Chorus Leaders, this class goes through the different types of concert productions that work, the organization and committee requirements, how to sell tickets, market to the community, and what grants could cover it.  THEN we discuss the actual production:  From theme to script to the production itself.  How much rehearsal time will be needed, and how many production numbers will keep the audience interested to the end.  This class is created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.

Leadership "Why Me, Lord!" ~ 60 Minutes:
Whether you're an administrative leader or a musical leader (or both), this class will identify what qualities define leadership.  It's an empowering and motivational look at the "X-factor."  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.  Handouts are available.

Subtexting and Drama for Singers ~ 60 Minutes:
A look at character development and crawling inside your character. How to create on-stage illusions and explore the craft of acting. This class works best when used with a pre-selected piece of music to be performed by the whole group, because we're going to break the song down line by line.  Male and Female versions available.  This class is created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.

Putting The Motion In Emotion ~ 60-120 Minutes:
When we're sad, afraid, in love, angry, etc., we exhibit non-verbal body language that says more than words could ever say. In this class, participants will learn - and see - what various feelings look like, and how this non-verbal communication can enhance the music we sing. Male and Female class available.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers for sound are required.  Handouts and class participation.

The Many Textures of the Voice ~ 60 Minutes:
Adding depth or lightness to the voice can create the many moods a singer needs to effectively see and feel the music. This class uses recorded demonstrations of different familiar singers and where each places her voice to be most effective. Lots of singing and class participation. This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers for sound are required.  Handout available.  There are several versions of this class - Male and Female - Barbershop Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines International and Harmony Incorporated.   There is slightly different terminology in each version.

The Cone Shaped Sound ~ 60 Minutes:
An audio trip into the world of choral vs. vocal jazz vs. barbershop. Listening to the different styles of music and what makes each identifiable by the shape of its sound, balance, volume level and color of each part. The class will create the ring by the use of a volunteer chorus. Audience participation.  Male and Female version available.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.  Handouts are available.

Costumes, Shoes, Make-up and Other Tools ~ 60 Mintues 
What are the requirements of a competition costume?  Why do we dress alike? What can we do to please everyone?  And really, what about false eyelashes and all-in-ones?  The truth about costumes, make-up, hair, and grooming. We will need a size-10 "model".  
This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. 

Marketing to the Barbershop Singer of Today ~ 60 minutes:
Does your chorus attract singers under 30 years old?  Are you looking for new members in a new way?  A "get real" look at what attracts members, what pushes their buttons and what doesn't.  A good general membership class, with specific application for (but not limited to) marketing and membership coordinators.  Marketing techniques mixed with real data about the needs and satisfyers of barbershop singing in all age groups.  There is a male and female version of this class and a SAI and HI version.  Please let me know which audience this is. This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. Handout available.

You Be The Judge ~ 60 minutes
Using the Sweet Adeline International judge's level DVD, you will discuss each level from C- to A.  It is interesting to watch members begin to "get it" as they hear and see the differences as each chorus performs.  Handouts available.  
This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. 

Microphones Are Your Friends ~ 45 Minutes:
A class on how to play them, how to request them, how they work, what causes feedback and how a microphone can make or break a performance. Participants will learn about basic sound technology and what configurations work best for barbershop quartets and choruses. Overhead projector and (of course) a microphone are needed for this class.

Right Brain/Left Brain ~ 60 Minutes:
A real left brain look at how to get in touch with the right brain. Exercises in creative visualization and hints to help you live the music so that the audience gets the clear message of the songs. Male and Female version available.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.  Handout available.

The Risk of Taking a Risk ~ 60 minutes 
It's easy to say and hard to do.  Some of our singers are natural risk takers, others have a more difficult time.  This class helps you reach deep inside and learn to feel safe while exploring risk-taking behavior.  Audience participation.  Male and Female versions available.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. 

QUARTET WORKSHOPS
From Beginning to Winning...SHOW Business:
Product development. A full spectrum of performance techniques especially created for a quartet workshop. From entrance to exit. . . how to stand, take a pitch, MC or introduce your songs, and present the group for effective audience rapport. On stage persona development.This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. We will also need a mic on a pole.  Handouts available.

From Beginning to winning...Show BUSINESS:
How to organize. What to look for in a foursome. Planning, job delegation, the business side of quartetting and conflict management. How to create your image on paper . . . business cards, brochures, photographs and price structure. How to organize the jobs within the quartet. How to set up an accounting system to fit the individual needs of each member. Running your quartet like a business. This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. Handouts available.

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DIRECTOR and MUSIC TEAM TRAINING
Bring the FISH PHILOSOPHY into Your Weekly Rehearsal:
Using the FISH Philosophy of PLAY, BE THERE, MAKE THEIR DAY and CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE, directors learn how to put a few more tools in their weekly toolbox.  The object of this class is to empower directors and build a support group within the region of directors.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.  Handouts available.

The Leadership Style of SpongeBob Squarepants ~ 60 minutes
Ah yes, we can learn a lot from SpongeBob.  Getting along, staying positive, having persistence, knowing strengths and weaknesses, infusing creativity and more!  The best leaders are a lot like SpongeBob (although they have probably not made that comparison.  Now you can!  This class is on PowerPoint so an LCD projector and speaker system is required.

Creating a Chorus Experience ~ 60 Minutes
Experiential learning is a new trend in education.  Directors can keep the members they have on the risers (and attract new ones) if they understand the importance of creating an experience at each rehearsal.  Singers sometimes have difficulty expressing themselves in words, especially if they have been abused, lack confidence or have low self-esteem.   This can make traditional "lecture and drill" work difficult and boring.  Many adults find it easier to express themselves through experiential learning - which includes "doing" music and dance.  When directors get beyond making points, and start making experiences, scores improve and membership grows...and rehearsals become productive and fun.  Today's singers are not looking for a place to sing as much as they are looking for a weekly experience.  Stop talking and start doing!  I have a male and female version of this class.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.

The Director as Performer ~ 45 minutes
It is easier for some than for others, but when a director signs on, he/she becomes the first impression and the "lead performer" of the group.  It's more than conducting.  There is a skill to it, and a director can never inspire if they are not inspired.  Like all theatrical performances, there is a technique to it.  Whether the director chooses to dance with the front row, or just get out of the way, these choices are laid out honestly -- from one director to another.  Male and Female Class available.  This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required. 

GRANT WRITER TRAINING
Dues Free? Why Not! Grantwriting and Development ~ 60 minutes or a full day - how deep we go depends on time constraints:
Want to be a dues-free chorus? Want to stop paying for theater rentals, coaching, risers, rehearsal space and costumes? An inside look at foundations for the arts and opportunities available for those who want to sing instead of sell pizzas. This class was created on PowerPoint, so an LCD projector and speakers are required.  If it is possible to hook up to the web, it's even better.