SINGER / SONGWRITER SUMMER WORKSHOP
Develop creative songwriting techniques and skills to add to your musical toolbox. Begin writing your own songs or learn to arrange and refine your existing works. Receive valuable performance tips and vocal training insights from experienced teaching artists. Students will present a coffeehouse-style performance of group and solo pieces at the end of the week!
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Ages: 13 – 18 years
Dates: July 24 – 28, 2017
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Location: Mason Potomac Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Singer / songwriter students may also be interested in our Music Recording Camp, July 31 – Aug 4, 2017!
Songwriting/ Musicianship Instructor: Thomas Routon
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Thom Routon is a professional musician, songwriter, and audio engineer based in Northern Virginia. Graduating with honors from George Mason University, Thom received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, with Double Minors in Business and Ethnomusicology. He has been involved in music from a very young age, with over ten years of classical training in violin, as well as several years of proficiency in mandolin and acoustic guitar. Thom began writing original songs in college, which would become a significant facet of his professional career. Under the name Brother Kestrel, Thom released his debut EP “In the Earth” in February 2016 utilizing his skills to write, record, and produce his first published release of original music. Since then, he has continued to work on new songs and perform live shows throughout the Northern Virginia area. Thom has gained additional teaching experience with the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra through coaching summer chamber music ensembles. He enjoys collaborating with young artists and finding new ways to learn about music!
Vocal/ Presentation Instructor: Emi Eiting
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For the last 7 years Emi Eiting has been a high school choral director in Fairfax County, Virginia. She led 4 choirs, taught Music History and directed the school musical each year. Before her career in education, she had many years of fun in the theatre. She worked consistently as an actor, music director, pianist, and stage manager at a number of regional theatres around the country, spent some time singing on a cruise ship, and toured the country with a familiar children’s show before moving to Boston. In Boston she found a theatrical home with Speakeasy Stage Company with whom she worked on a number of shows including Songs for a New World, The Wild Party (LaChiusa), and Saturday Night. Emi has performed her solo cabaret show- ‘Standing in the Middle of the Road’ with Speakeasy Stage (Boston) and at Danny’s Skylight Room (New York). She has worked in New York with composers Jason Robert Brown, Lance Horne, Brian Lowdermilk and Scott Evan Davis. In November 2016 Emi performed as a solo artist at the Kennedy Center on a concert featuring the music of Scott Evan Davis. She left public education in 2016 to be a stay at home mother, but remains active as a freelance pianist, adjudicator, conductor, vocal coach and director. Emi holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from George Mason University. She has additional training in Musical Theatre from Interlochen Arts Program in Traverse City, MI.
Guest Composer/ Speaker: Jesse Guessford
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Dr. Jesse Guessford received a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University, a M.M. in Music Composition from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Guessford has studied composition with Andrew Simpson, Zack Browning, Sever Tipei, Warren Burt, Vinko Globokar, and Lucas Foss. His music has been heard throughout North America including performances during the SEAMUS Nation Conference, in Europe at the Etchings Festival in Auvilar, France, and in Africa on South African Radio. Dr. Guessford has received numerous awards including the Subito Grant for Emerging Composers awarded by the American Composer’s Forum. As an Associate Professor in the School of Music at George Mason University, Dr. Guessford has focused on the scholarship of teaching with and about technology and the music of John Cage. Dr. Guessford is also co-founding director of MMT (Music, Motion, Technology), a dance and music collective based in Northern Virginia creating new evening length works involving dancers, musicians, and interactive audio and visual technologies.
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- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
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