September 2013

The Zen of Singing: An interview with Wendy P.

This week we're featuring Wendy P., a voice teacher and singer in the Chicago area. Originally from Atchison Kansas, Wendy began performing early in life and eventually went on to earn her bachelor's degree in music from University of Kansas, and later earned a master's at Columbia College in Chicago. Though classically trained, Wendy as an eclectic interest in various styles of singing including rock, jazz, and musical theater. An accomplished performer, she was a founding member of The Red Apples, who she performed with for 10 years.

Falling in Love with Music: An Interview with Julia B.

Our featured student of the week is the talented Julia B., a young lady we had the privilege of hearing sing at this year's NYC Recital. Julia comes from a family of musicians and music lovers who have supported her talents, and as you will see in the following interview, she is wise beyond her years.

In November Julia will be releasing a Christmas album, and you can hear her beautiful, jazzy rendition of "Winter Wonderland" below.

Tracing the Threads with Alastair O.

This week we will feature the multi-talented instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, bandleader, and teacher, Alastair O. Alastair was kind enough to chat with us a bit about his career, his thoughts on music, and his approach to teaching. Alastair holds a bachelor's degree in music from the prestigious North Texas University, and currently resides in Brooklyn New York, where he continues to perform, compose, and produce. He also gives lessons on sax, guitar, piano, singing, and theory.

Interview with Student of the Week, Justin S.

This week we are featuring a young pianist and composer named Justin S., who we had the pleasure of watching perform a piano piece at this year’s Recital in New York City. Justin kindly took some time to answer a few questions about his music, his plans for the future, and his experience with Encore Music Lessons.

Encore: Tell us a little about yourself.

Justin S.: Hi - my name is Justin Steinman, and I live in New York City. I will be 10 years old in December and am starting 5th grade this year.