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Susan Anders Brizick

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Recent Student Successes CONGRATULATIONS ALL !!

KUDOS and keep up the good work- I am so proud of you!

Kelly Mulhern cast as Fantine in Les Miserables

Melissa Stern as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

Danielle Kucera cast as Mayzie in Seussical, the Musical

Odessa A. as Rizzo and Liddy as Featured Dancer in Grease

Maura McGraw cast as Molly , Priscilla cast as July in Annie (and Danielle K, student director)

Rebecca Stern cast as Tillie in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-the-Moon Marigolds

Ellie cast as the Wicked Witch and Annalise cast as Storyteller and Duloc Performer in Shrek Jr.

Liz McKenzie and Elaine Ficarra participants in District Chorus

11 Students participants in All Catholic Chorus

Maura McGraw cast as the Wicked Witch and Ellie B. as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz

Kudos to Veronica Harrer as Reno and Rachel G and Grace M. for a great performance in Anything Goes at Bishop Shanahan

Archive

Congrats to Liz M for being cast as Sarah in Guys and Dolls at Malvern Prep, Sami U. cast as Flounder in The Little Mermaid at DEHS, Melissa S. as understudy to Catherine, Leading Player Solos, and Featured Dancer in Pippin at GVHS.

KUDOS also to District Chorus Participants, Anna D., Kyle L, and Ryan M. Have fun!

KUDOS to Melissa Stern for winning 3rd Place in her division at GP NATS Auditions. Congratulations on being the ending soloist of "What I Did for Love" in the Broadway Cabaret at GVHS.

Congratulations on a beautiful performance to Becca Stern on her performance in the professional cast of Seussical at Limelight Performing Arts.

Congrats and 'Break a Leg' to:

MaryKate (Judy in Bishop Shahahan's White Christmas ) and Veronica (understudy to Judy and dance captain) as well as other students in the production.

Kelly M. and Liz M. in It's a Wonderful Life at Malvern Prep!

KUDOS to Danielle K. for being cast as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz at DMS.

Congrats to all of my students who auditioned and will be singing in the All Catholic Chorus this winter! So proud of you all!

Juliana B. (VMA)
Victoria G. (VMA)
Rachel G. (BSHS)
Grace H. (VMA)
Veronica H. (BSHS)
Grace M. (BSHS)
Liz M. (VMA)
Caroline M. (VMA)
Kelly M. (VMA)
Anna O (VMA)
Jessica P. (VMA)
MaryKate S. (VMA)

Keep up the good work all!!

Sign up now for the Musical Theater Audition Workshops to advance your chances for the next lead in a show. Come work on specific aspects of singing and acting your audition pieces. See the downloadable PDF attached for information.

Recent Roles Cast by participants in this workshop:

Danielle K. and Emma H. as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz Downingtown MS

Ashley C. as Belle in Beauty in the Beast at Lionville MS

Liddy G. as Maria in The Sound of Music at Fuggett MS

Elaine F. as Sour Kangaroo in Suessical at St. Phillip and James

Sign up for the Summer Musical Theater Series to reserve your space for concentrated voice study, work on acting a song, and a new dance worskhop! Add to your summer fun! See the downloadable PDF attached for detailed information and dates to be released soon.

Important Dates and Future Notes

Masterclass (Sick Make-up) December 12 10:30am-12:30pm

Informal Studio Voice Recital January 9, 2016 at 4pm

Voice Studio Recital May 21 2016 at 4pm

Summer Musical Theater Series Dates TBD

Summer MT Recital TBD

Archive of Information

Past Student Successes

Olivia, Jessica, Victoria, Grace, and more as Papal Choir Participants

Congratulations to Rebecca Stern for her singing in Sesame Street: Nine Martian Beauty PBS Video!

PBS Kids

Kelly M. as Marty in Grease at Malvern Prep

Liz M. as Jan in Grease at Malvern Prep

Ashley C. as Belle in Beauty in the Beast at Lionville MS

Liddy G. as Maria in The Sound of Music at Fuggett MS

Melissa S. as Elle (understudy), Greek, Featured Dancer at Great Valley High School

Elaine F. as Sour Kangaroo in Suessical at St. Phillip and James

Happy Fall and Welcome Holiday Season! All students have working hard and are leads in area Fall Drama Productions and Musical Theater Productions, while others made it into All Catholic Choir! District Choir Auditions and Spring Musical Theater Auditions are on tap next! I will post results soon!

Recent Student Successes CONGRATULATIONS ALL !!

Lead roles in Annie (Rebecca S.- Title Role), Cinderella (Julia H.), Oliver (Kaitlyn Z), The Laramie Project (Kelly M.), A Piece of My Heart (Melissa S)

All Catholic Choir

Liz Callahan, Julia Harrar, Grace Hoehl, Liz McKenzie, Kelly Mulhern, Anna O'Brien, Jessica Perry


We had a great Summer Musical Theater Series Show in August! Much fun was had by all and we had a few group Frozen selections presented!

Spring Successes
Shannon Maguire - First Place winner in Chester County Choral Arts Society Competition. May 2 performance with the choir was wonderful!

Rebecca Stern- Cast as a recording singer for Sesame Street
Platinum Award Winner and 2nd Place in Access Broadway

Melissa Stern- Platinum Award Winner and 2nd Place in Access Broadway

Veronica Harrer - Fiona in Shrek

Mary Kate Shields - Donkey in Shrek

Hannah Cohen - Marian the Librarian in The Music Man

Masterclass May 3, 2014 was a success!

Students and I did a Yoga workshop and worked on individual pieces. Students had a great time learning yoga and how it impacts their singing first hand while learning from not only their own teaching time, but watching others being taught. Students polled said their favorite parts were:
The Yoga and
Learning from others
They also learned:
That performing isn't so scary
Expressing the true meaning of the words of a piece makes a big difference.

What a wonderful winter of successes! Many shows and many leads, you make me proud!

Great Successes this fall! Congrats all!

The Summer Musical Theater Series drew to a close August 3! The 2 Masterclass on Movement and Acting were a blast! Visit my You Tube Channel
Brizick Voice Studio, for clips of the workshops and upcoming clips of the recital or my Facebook Page.

Melissa Stern won First Place and Platinum in the DIVA Division for her performance of "On My Own"

Rebecca Stern won Platinum in her division (the youngest placing participant)for her performance of "Sing Your Own Song"

The Studio Voice Recital June 8, 2013 was also a success.

While in the throws of Musical Theater Productions after successful auditions. Keep listening to your body and treat your voice well during the hectic rehearsal schedules. As with preparing for auditions, the best things you can do are:
- Drink lots of water and eat well
- Get lots of sleep
- Exercise moderately
- Wash your hands frequently
- Pay attention to your body's signals. If it doesn't feel good to your voice, don't do it and bring the repertoire to you next lesson.

Your body is your instrument. Treat it well!

Happy New Year 2013! We just started off the year with a fun Informal Recital! Thank you to all who participated. All singers had a chance to sing for other singers in a relaxed atmosphere. What a way to help overcome any performance anxiety or glitches. Visit my YouTube Channel,
Brizick Voice Studio, for samples of the recital! I hope you all had as much fun as I did!


Recent Studio Successes

Jamie C. - Sarah in Guys and Dolls

Taylor C. - Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls

Samantha - Lady Lucille in Once Upon a Mattress

Shannon M. - 3rd Chair All Catholic Choir Alto 1
14th Chair District 12 Choir Alto 2
Mother in Footloose

Julia H. - 7th Chair All Catholic Choir Soprano 2

Melissa S. - Lead Lollipop Kid in The Wizard of Oz

Hannah B. - Apple Seller in Annie

Emma B. - Annie in Thoroughly Modern Millie

What a great fall! Many of you are preparing for auditons of all kinds. In preparation remember to practice regularly (your assigned warm-ups followed by the specific things we identify in your lesson), connect with the meaning of the piece , and take care of your body!

I look forward to posting your successes soon! Keep up the good work!

What a wonderful Summer Musical Theater Recital we had in August 2012! It is so rewarding to hear your beautiful singing and watch how you support one another in the performances! Visit my YouTube Channel,
Brizick Voice Studio, for samples of the recital!

Congratulations to Melissa for her DelCo Idol Junior journey. She made it all the way to the Fifth and final round with honors! Kudos to her and let it be encouragement to all of you that you can do anything you put your mind to and dedicate yourself to!
Melissa at Idol

Kudos also to Katelyn for her successes playing in Maryland. Dub Glenn says,

Katie is 15 years old and has a voice like an angel. She WOWed the crowd with a few tunes. Before she was half way through her first song, people were running up to me asking who she was. Katie has also written a few originals that are very good. So this is one to watch folks..... I'm sure you will be hearing more from her.

Stay tuned for more updates on success stories of other students in the studio.

Congratulations again to all who participated in my 2 Masterclass/Workshops on Pilates, Yoga, and Acting and their Effects on Singing. What an amazing time! All of the students had fun exploring how freeing up space in your body can affect the singing voice. They also had a chance to work with an acting coach on individual songs that they are singing both as a monologue and in song. It was great for all to see how truly connecting to the character of the song can change how it is sung. We also explored how establishing purpose to our movements we can free our sound even further.

Why Pilates? Pilates focuses on good posture, freeing the head and neck, free flowing breath and core strength which are all essential to singing well.

Why Yoga? Yoga also focuses on free flowing breath, good posture and core strength. It also adds the concept of relaxation and focus of the mind. The mind and body communicate to create an empowered state of strength and focus/stress relief. This is an excellent way to combat performance anxiety.

The combination of the two helps you become connected with body and mind so you react faster and work better as a unit to create free, relaxed and beautiful singing.

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My blog on the July 2012 Masterclass"

- “The yoga poses really had an impact on my singing. All of the sudden my body and my voice were open and it was easy to sing.” Current Student

The Yoga and Pilates poses which we did in the Masterclass can be found in " Yoga Sequence for Singers "

Acting and Singing
The second part of the Masterclass included acting games and work on expression in a song each student is learning. What a difference connecting to the character and emotion of the piece can have when you sing! Compound that with allowing yourself to move and elongate your motions just how we stretch the length of our breath support for a phrase and wow did the singing change.

“Acting out the song makes you try something new and look at things from a different perspective.” Current Student

A great time was had by all! I am so proud of all of my participating students!
 
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