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WMA

Virtual Workshops

Join us for a series of special workshops tailored to the needs of advanced and advanced-intermediate singers. These special events led by expert teacher Stefanie Watson are designed to give you a boost forward in your musical experience!

The fee for each workshop is $20.

Solo Audition Preparation 

Grades 7-12
Saturday, October 3, 11:00am-1:00pm

Whether you’re preparing for college auditions as a prospective music student or getting ready to try out for your school’s musical, sign up for this workshop to get tips on how to ace the audition.  Ms. Watson has played for and observed hundreds of college and musical theatre auditions (and has auditioned plenty herself!). You’ll have an opportunity to get feedback on your prepared song as well as helpful hints for ways to feel and become more confident as you walk into the (virtual or live) room! Previous private voice instruction may be helpful but is not required. Singers should prepare one solo piece with piano accompaniment of their choosing (musical theatre participants may provide a 32-bar cut if the song is longer than 2-3 minutes). 

Sprechen Vous il Canto? Basic Diction Overview of Romance Languages

Grades 8-12
Saturday, October 24, 11:00am-1:00pm

Your choir teacher or voice instructor has assigned you a piece in German, French, or Italian, and that’s not a language you speak – now what?! This workshop will introduce you and your articulators to some of the common sounds in German, Italian, French, and Latin and will provide some helpful tips on how to make sense of what you’re singing about. Previous private voice study may be helpful but is not required. Materials and examples will be provided, no prepared repertoire necessary; however, if you have questions about a piece you’re working on, bring them!

Meet the Teacher

Stefanie Watson enjoys being active in a variety of musical facets. She has performed in and organized recitals in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and her home state of Maryland. Stefanie served as staff pianist for Lied Austria International, a month-long summer program near Graz, Austria focused on intense study of German art song and poetry. During the academic year, Stefanie can be found at The College of New Jersey performing as a staff pianist, working as a musical director for the Lyric Theatre program, and teaching group keyboard classes to non-music majors.

An in-demand choral pianist, Stefanie performs with state and regional honor choruses in New Jersey, school choirs of every age, and with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, in addition to her work with Princeton Girlchoir and WMA. She has served as rehearsal pianist for the Princeton Festival’s opera productions and for a Carnegie Hall performance of Robert Schumann’s Requiem, Op. 148. Stefanie also has been a keyboardist in instrumental ensembles, including the Garden State Philharmonic, Adelphi Orchestra, and the Eastern Wind Symphony. She is on the administrative staff and participates in the Chamber Music Conference, among other chamber music collaborations. 

Stefanie has taught piano privately in NJ for nearly 15 years and is music director at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Brunswick, where she directs a three-octave handbell and handchime choir. She holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a minor in Spanish. When she is home, Stefanie can be found catering to her cats Kalahari and Cinnamon.

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