How about that Audition Workshop?!

Hi folks,

I just finished an immensely rewarding but exhausting week being course leader of the Queensland Conservatorium Winter Audition Workshops. Wow, what a week!

65 eager young things all wanting to know more about Musical Theatre auditions trooped in on Monday morning to be educated in all things Musical Theatre. We sang, we acted and we danced. 65 eager young things left at the end of the week knowing that they either wanted to do this gig for a living or that they were a bit lacking in a few core skills and needed to develop further.

Some of the Plainsong cohort went along and I’m told they found it immensely rewarding. It’s a great experience for people who might be terrified about auditions, to see that we’re not as scary as you might think!

It was a wonderful week, but truly exhausting. And, of course, I was unable to study for the whole week as I knew I would be too tired. So tomorrow I head off to Noosa for a five-day writing retreat to continue the last bits of my PhD. I am contactable by phone, though.

Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of workshops I’ll be running for performance development in Terms 3 and 4. These are designed to give students the best possible start to their performance career and develop those elusive performance skills in acting and singing that often elude us when we get up on stage. One workshop will be geared to students up to age 13. The other workshop will be for students looking to hone auditioning skills, age 14 to adult. Dates and times are to follow.

PLUS A reminder that the studio will be closed on August 11, 12 and 13 as I will be in Maryborough adjudicating at their annual Eisteddfod.

I’m missing all my wonderful students very much and looking forward to getting back into my teaching! Have a great few weeks everyone and see you in July.

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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