July 7, 2005

Vocalist workshop encourages singers

The “Empowering Singers” workshop at Sacramento State this summer won’t be anything like an episode of “American Idol.” Instead of berating its singers, this vocal seminar is designed to support and encourage their talents. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 12 and continues 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 in Capistrano Hall.

The workshop will train participants in a variety of vocal disciplines including voice, Alexander Technique, speech and acting. Working in small groups, students will rotate among staff members who specialize in different areas throughout the day. There will also be full-group exercises, performances, and discussions throughout the weekend.

“Empowering Singers” is the creation of Sacramento State music professor and renowned soprano Robin Fisher. Fisher has recruited teams of specialists in disciplines that help singers with body tension, performance anxiety and freedom of expression. “I’m excited to be providing the community with an opportunity to discover new ways to realize more of their singing potential,” she says.

Although the workshop is designed for amateur singers seeking vocal advancement, Fisher states that novice singers are definitely welcome. “Even if you’re just a shower singer, we can help,” she says. “Empowering Singers” is made possible through the support of the Sacramento State School of Arts and its faculty.

The cost is $300 per participant and there will be free parking for participants in the parking structure adjacent from Capistrano Hall. For further information, contact Fisher at (916) 213-0418 or email her at rfisher@csus.edu. For media assistance contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278- 6156.

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