Carolina Voices presents a

Find Your Voice Vocal Workshop

Saturday, April 14, 2018

 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mint Museum RANDOLPH
2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Registration Price includes lunch
 EARLY BIRD before March 27th, $45 per person
REGULAR PRICE after March 27th, $60
GROUPS 10+ - $45 EA.

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Join us to celebrate World Voice Day as we present a workshop for singers interested in learning more about the art of singing in many popular styles. Learn how to unlock your voice to overcome technical barriers and focus on telling a story and communicating the human experience through song. Together we will look at the mechanics of your body and your voice, explore singer-songwriter styles, and apply tools and processes to help create your own unique style of singing. The Voice and Swallowing Center of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates will hit you with scientific knowledge about your voice, including a live visual scoping of a singer. Master class opportunities will allow audience members to work with all our clinicians, and there will be a Q&A at the end.

Let Carolina Voices help you FIND YOUR VOICE!


9:00-10:15                                   How Your Voice Works                                                       Matthew Edwards
The session will present an introduction to the basics of vocal anatomy and how to apply this knowledge to your singing. The presentation involves animations, videos, and real-time MRI recordings to help you gain a better understanding of vocal

10:15-11:30                               Uncover and Unleash Your Unique Voice *                         Julie Dean
Most of us think of folk music and country music as different genres. There are schools of thought on “folk” music being the first country music, music of the people, of Appalachia, roots music. “Country” music today has much more variety and can be diverse, like Pop Country and Country Rock. Then, there is “folk” music – writing songs for change, or reporting on society/life – Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mary Gauthier, Peter Mulvey. These are songwriters, writing about their lives, the world. They use their voice to give voices to thousands more who think as they do. There is a kinship between folk music, country music, songwriter music – stories of everyday life, of feelings. These days, everyone is looking to find their voice, make a song their own and let their interpretation stand out. It starts with one simple thing – what does the song make you feel? We will tackle common obstacles and go back to singing your feelings and making others feel something too!

11:30-12:45                                 The Quicker Fixer Upper *                                        Dr. Brad Fugate
“I have this problem when I sing. What’s up, Doc?” Voice teachers, choral instructors, voice students, and even professional singers all need "tried and true" ways to fix common vocal faults when they occur. Two important determinants for success in this endeavor are (1) correct diagnosis (hearing the vocal fault correctly and identifying its cause) and (2) effective
prescription (applying the proper solution). In this workshop, Dr. Brad Fugate will work with several singers in order to explain the process of diagnosis and prescription that leads to effective quick fixes.

12:45-1:15                                     Live Vocal Scoping                                                        CEENTA
Watch as specialists from the Voice and Swallowing Center scope a singer live as she performs! See how the different parts of your anatomy work together to produce a variety of sounds and styles.

1:15-2:00                                                 Lunch                                         Provided by Carolina Voices
Lunch is included with the cost of registration.

2:00-3:15      New Music for the Soul: Classical to Jazz with a Gospel Foundation *       Shänka Pettis
How are classical, jazz, and gospel music connected? We will explore the idea of incorporating both classical and jazz styles into the gospel genre, and then learn how to create signature riffs and sounds using those influences.

3:30-5:00                                            Vocal Styling 101 *                                           Matthew Edwards
There are performers who wish to imitate and others who seek to share their own unique take on a song. Both groups can benefit by learning to think about the basics of vocal and musical expression. By learning about onsets, releases, vocal effects, rhythmic and melodic variations, participants will gain a better grasp of options available to them when interpreting a song. Af

ter exploring examples from pop, rock, and musical theatre, two participants will work in a masterclass setting to
demonstrate how these tools can be used to create a more expressive performance.

5:00-5:30                                          Q & A with the Experts                                             All Clinicians
Participants will have the chance to discuss specific questions and details with our panel of experts.

 * These sessions will include master classes with our presenters. To participate in a master class, please bring sheet music in the key you will be singing, with a piano part clearly written. An accompanist will be provided.
Singers should not sing a cappella.

MATTHEW EDWARDS: A Van Lawrence Fellowship recipient and NATS master teacher, Matthew Edwards is one of the leading voice instructors for commercial and musical theatre styles in the United States. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Musical Theatre at Shenandoah University, and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Former and current students have performed on American Idol, Broadway, off-Broadway, national and international tours, and in bands touring throughout the United States. He has written numerous articles and book chapters including “So You Want to Sing Rock ‘N’ Roll?,” which was called “an authoritative text on rock ‘n’ roll singing” by Classical Singer magazine. He has presented at numerous conferences and universities, and is a regular guest clinician for NATS chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Online at,,, and

JULIE DEAN: Julie is a singer-songwriter and has been a voice trainer for over 15 years. She owns a private voice studio that reflects her belief in creating a space where singers can explore and find their voice in the most authentic way that suits the music of their heart. She also works as part of a voice health care team with a laryngologist and speech language pathologists at the Charlotte Eye Ear, Nose and Throat Associates (CEENTA). Julie is in demand for musical events around Charlotte, a member of the folk country trio Sweetgrass Serenade, gigs with blues guitarist and songwriter Keith Serpa, and enjoys covering favorite tunes as well as sharing her own songs.

DR. BRAD FUGATE: Holding a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2006) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology from Boston University (2016), Brad currently teaches singing at Davidson College, musicology and academic writing online through Boston University, as well as singing/piano at his private studio in Charlotte, NC. He has taught voice and musicology at Brown University and in Tokyo, Japan. As a voice instructor, Brad specializes in vocal technique and interpretation/delivery (any genre); as a musicologist, his research focuses on the theoretical relationship of the singing voice to cultural constructs of gender and sexuality.

SHÄNKA LA-VERNE PETTIS: A national recording classical recitalist, vocal coach and vocal producer, Shänka is a native of Gastonia who began studying music with the late Frances Shafter of Charlotte when she was seventeen. She continued her studies, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and furthered her education with a Master of Performing Arts. Shänka performs a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, soul, gospel, and Broadway. She is also the author of Beautifully Redeemed, a book that chronicles a journey through the many stages of love – from the infancy of infatuation and butterflies to the ugliness of contempt, jealously, pride, and selfishness; and finally to restoration through prayer, forgiveness, humility, and selflessness to display the perfect power of unconditional love.

CHARLOTTE EYE EAR NOSE & THROAT ASSOCIATES, P.A: The state-of-the-art Voice and Swallowing Center provides patients with a single place to go for the evaluation, treatment and prevention of voice and swallowing disorders. By offering total voice care — including preventive, diagnostic and a full range of treatment for pediatric and adult patients —CEENTA provides a level of care unmatched in the region. The Center’s unique, multidisciplinary team of otolaryngologists, laryngologists and speech-language pathologists attracts patients from around our region, including many professional singers, actors, teachers and other voice professionals. To ensure each patient receives the most comprehensive care possible, they also work closely with other specialists, including gastroenterologists, pulmonologists and neurologists.