Plainsong Studios to close

Dear students and families of Plainsong,

I have decided to close Plainsong Studios, in order to follow my heart on other career options. We have had a great run of more than 10 years as a successful small business, but I’ve decided it’s time for a change. I’ve loved teaching all my students and I will think of you all with great fondness. I have some wonderful memories from my wonderful students, and there have been some great successes too! A special mention goes to Charlie, who at 18 years old and 10 years of singing lessons is my longest running student. She’s off to Marymount College in NYC this September to follow her dream of studying musical theatre in the most famous city in the world. Congratulations Charlie, but to all my other students, thank you for your patronage, care and love. I’m sure I’ll see you all again at some stage!

I’ll still follow all your Insta pages and Facebook posts (when and if I rejoin social media), but for now it’s adios, amigos!

With love and best wishes,

Jessica

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I’m back!

Hi folks,

I’m back in sunny and very hot Brisbane and I have some good time slots available for singing lessons, commencing Feb 12. Check out the timetable page for information about lesson times and give me a call to place your request. I’ll respond within 48 hours.

I have several things to do this year including writing 2 books and a cabaret, so I’m doing stuff I love but which doesn’t pay a jot! I wrote about my new year’s resolutions on my @brisvegashome insta page, and amongst other things I’m going to get fit and active again, as I was a few years ago. I had an incredibly sedentary year in 2018, so I’m resolved to get back into my fitness groove!

I look forward to hearing from you all soon, and in the meantime, have a great February.

Cheers

Jessica

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So far in Paris…

Folks, I’m having a wonderful time overseas with my husband and his adult children. I’ve bought winter clothes (to be put away until May), some delicate porcelain for my mother, and we’ve walked at least 150000 steps since we arrived in New York on the 2nd January. We’ve visited New York, London and Paris, and will be heading to Hong Kong for a few days on Friday.

Just a quick note about lessons: if you want to book a spot just let me know the day and time and you will have that time allotted to you, with your name next to the day and time selected. Remember, lessons recommence on February 12.

In the meantime, keep having wonderful holidays!

Au revoir,

Jessica

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End of Year activities

Hi Folks,

It’s nearly the end of the year, and what a year it has been! We are gearing up for the final set of auditions for WAAPA and VCA and Elder Con (a new course in Musical Theatre). This year’s auditions have proved very hard to crack – the standard keeps rising and the intake is dropping. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed that there are more opportunities for success for our students for 2019.

After discussion with students and families, I’ve decided not to hold an end-of-year concert this year as there was not enough uptake of the opportunity. Sad face. But 2019 looks brighter!

In other news I am performing in my first ever cabaret next Tuesday night – November 20, at the Doo Bop Jazz Bar in Edward St, City, from 8pm. Showtunes Tuesday, hosted by my good friend Trevor Jones, is showcasing several performers each month, and he asked me ‘specially if I would create a short 20 minute show. So I have. Called Failure to Thrive, I sing songs about not doing very well in life. I invite you all to attend! Entrance is free.

I am now opening up places for 2019. Again, as in previous years, my times and days are Tuesdays – Thursdays from 3pm-7pm. Get in quick with your preferred time and day!

Happy Christmas Greetings to you all and have a fabulous summer break. I know I will – I’m heading to New York in January for more shows, and a conference on Musical Theatre, and then I’m off with the family to London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Fabulous.

Don’t forget about the many summer schools popping up around the place in Musical Theatre – the Qld Con, Underground Broadway, plus many others, are now taking enrolments for their annual summer school. If you want to have the most amazing time, learning new performing skills and meeting new friends, check out their web pages for more details.

Cheers

Jessica

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Term 4 already flying by!

Hi Folks,

The West Wing is now nearly complete (bar the woodwork and trim painting), and I am super thrilled by the results. As of next week the toilet facilities are once again available, and I’ll be proud to show off my brand new bathroom!

We have closed off the kitchen area so that there is only one entrance now, which means only 1 child door for the doggies. Who we are renaming Eeyore and Tigger (guess who each is?!)

Last weekend I attended a fantastic singing conference, and I relearned lots of excellent information (always important to keep up the professional learning), and every day I teach I try to put into practice the things I have learned. While there is not much I don’t already know about singing teaching and learning, it’s great to hear an old concept in a new and interesting way, which helps me to understand it better. I have discovered a great new website for new musical theatre, called Contemporary Musical Theatre, which has a lot of beautiful new writing for the MT voice. Run by eminent New York-based singing teacher David Sisco and friends, it showcases the best in new music for theatre. I love what I have heard so far! You can access the website here.

November is only 2 weeks away and December is calling fast. Hands up who’d like to sing in an end of year concert? It will be a short show, only an hour long, but I’d love to see you all perform.

Have a great term everyone!

Cheers,

Jessica

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What, September already?

Hi Folks,

Wow, time flies when you’re renovating a house! We are still a few weeks away from finishing the renovations, and you may or may not have seen paint on my hands as I’m the designated painter for this renovation. Given that I was quoted $8000 for 3 rooms, I said nah-uh. Nope. And I’ve been doing the rooms myself. Mind you, at the end of the painting I’m usually grumpy as a bear, so bear with me (!) while I learn to get over the dust and grime of the work, not to mention the nerve pain from holding a paintbrush for days. We are probably only 2 weeks away from finishing the rooms now, as the tilers are coming in this week.

Folks, just a reminder that holidays are just around the corner, and the last day for singing lessons will be Thursday 20 September. It’s the last day to enter AMEB exams, so please let me know if you’re intending to sit an exam in the November bracket, otherwise all bets are off and next year in March is the next available exam period. I also have a number of students preparing for their auditions to the Qld Con, WAAPA, VCA, QUT, UQ and other places, so I’m keen to see you work hard on your performance practice. If you need a rehearsal during the holiday period, particularly in the first week of the hols, let me know and I’ll arrange an afternoon rehearsal. In the second week of hols I will be away, attending a singing conference, and I’m really looking forward to updating my skills!

Did you know I’ve been having singing lessons myself? It’s great to get back into practice. And I learn so many awesome things from my singing teacher, it’s fun to teach some techniques to you too. It has been a long time since I took singing lessons and I’m reminded of the importance of maintaining my singing skills so as to better serve you, my students.

In other news, I’ve not been able to locate a decent performance space this year for our Brisbane’s Broadway Babies series, but I WILL be organising an end-of-year concert, so look out for details of that.

Best wishes for all exam takers and auditionees!

Jessica xx

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The builders are here!

Hiya folks,

Next week Term 3 commences and we’re back in the studio from Tuesday. In the meantime, though, how’s about this? The builders are here!

We’re finally doing the last piece of the renovation puzzle – fixing the West Wing. Once finished, the West Wing will house a new family bathroom, upstairs laundry, and new small bedroom. In the meantime, though, there’s lots of bangings and crashings, and no toilet access for a couple of months (sorry!). Luckily the lads leave before 2.30pm (starting at 6.30am OMG can you believe it?!), so there should be no other inconvenience to singing lessons.

On the other hand, we’re also planning to renovate the front yard, entrance and driveway, so there could be some inconvenience while we get that done!

In other news, the dogs don’t get to be with the hoomans anymore. They have been corralled out the back by 2 child-proof gates, because there has been too much building work going on in the rest of the house, and I was worried about them getting out the front door and running onto the road. I like that the doggies can’t get through, so I’m keeping the gates there for the time being, or until I can’t stand it any more.

We’re also doing some light landscaping in the rear yard, but that won’t affect lessons at all.

I’ve also started making inquiries about performance opportunities for our Brisbane Broadway Babies series. Theatre hire is SUPER expensive, but I’ve some ideas up my sleeve. I want these showcases to be as much about atmosphere as they will be about opportunity. In other words, making the experience as professional and funky as possible. Stay tuned for more.

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Holidays are here again!

Hi Folks,

Next week is the last for Term 2 lessons, finishing on Thursday June 28. If you are planning on being away before then, please let me know, as otherwise I will mark you as absent without notice!

It has been, in many ways, an exciting term. All my students are showing good consolidation of their vocal technique, and some are really soaring! I am thrilled by everyone’s commitment and work ethic, and it’s great to work with you all.

I have had the opportunity to see some amazing theatre this year, starting with our trip to Broadway. While there we saw Carousel, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hamilton, Hello Dolly, and Waitress. I really loved most of these shows, but I was most impressed by old favourite Hello Dolly and not-so-new Waitress. The standard of performers was uniformly high – in fact, amazing, and I am still singing the tunes months later (also because I immediately downloaded them all onto my Apple Music app).

Since then I have been to about a dozen shows in South East Queensland. While you all know about the QLD Conservatorium Musical Theatre program, which recently performed Godspell and Carousel, did you also know the Con has an amazing opera program too? And the orchestra is SO good that a few weeks ago they performed Stravinsky’s Petrushka suite, impeccably.And the opera program will be performing a world premier performance of a new Australian work by Paul Dean, called Dry River Run. Wow.

I’ve seen other great shows as well. Beautiful; Oklahoma; Mamma Mia; Aladdin; A one-night-only performance of “Don’t Call me Ishmael”, a home grown musical theatre work still in development (but it was amazing); Bare the Musical with newly-minted Understudy Productions (beautifully performed and directed); Coupling, starring Trevor Jones and Camerata; plus some off-centre shows such as Tafelmusik at QPAC, Madeleine Peyroux, and the Firebird/Carmen with the Queensland Ballet. I feel incredibly fortunate to see all of these shows, and to gauge the talent in Queensland and beyond. This week I get to see Opera Queensland’s Merry Widow, and next week is the wonderful Patti LuPone in concert.

More importantly, though, is the effect this has on my teaching. I hope that I bring to you all kinds of new knowledge from the shows I’ve seen and the things I’ve learned, and incorporated it into my work with you all. Of course, there are the new music books I’ve bought (15 at last count), new books on Musical Theatre training, and all the new technologies I bring into the studio. I want you to be world class performers, with a world class sensibility and work ethic.

I hope to bring you some new performing opportunities towards the end of the year, and to develop my Brisbane’s Broadway Babies series, which will be for performers aged 12-18. In the meantime, though, I hope you’re going to the Musical Theatre audition workshops, and getting every performing opportunity you can to develop your artistry and skill in this challenging, rewarding art form. Some of my students are doing their Musical Theatre AMEB exams, and some more of you are about to embark on Eisteddfod season. I wish you all the very best for the holidays and beyond!

Jessica

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We’re back!

Hi folks!

We’re back from our time in NYC and Europe and are really happy to be getting back into the swing of the year. This is the last big break for me for the year, so with any luck the remainder of the year will be uninterrupted in terms of lessons. I am planning on attending the ANATS (singing teaching peak body) conference in October, but apart from that my other work keeps me at home until early 2019.

There have been a couple of timetable changes. Please check your day and times for those changes, and let me know if there are any issues for you.

I’ll post some pics of the trip as my phone uploads them to my cloud storage. In the meantime, I HAVE NEW MUSIC BOOKS! We’ll be going wild.

Cheers,

Jessica

 

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Up, up and away!

Qantas plane

I’m about to head OS and I’m travelling on this brand, if not the actual plane. Actually, I think my plane is a tired old 747. Sadly, the 747s are the old workhorses of the plane brigade, so I’ve checked out Seat Guru for more information, and it all looks rather cramped. I hope I get an empty seat next to me where I can at least stretch out a little bit! Otherwise I get to sit very closely next to my new best friend, whom I’ve never met. Love it.

The interviews are shaping up nicely, but the questions are still unwieldy! And it’s looking like a very busy three weeks. We have a lovely little Easter break planned in the Black Forest as we head home, but otherwise it’s go, go, go! There are 11 shows I want to see in New York, plus at least 8 interviews, and a birthday celebration, and then in The Hague I’m examining Masters student performances. It should be very interesting!

Don’t forget that there are a few spaces still available for next term on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but times are still very cramped. If you have trouble attending your lesson on your preferred day, you may not get an opportunity to attend on another!

Once July comes around I’ll be a bit more available again, and who knows, maybe I’ll open another afternoon if there’s interest.

In the meantime, its New York, New York! Ciao for now.

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