Otto Performance Studio, LLC

Otto Performance Studio, LLC Otto Perf. Studio strives to educate growing musicians musical skills to become self reliant, critical, and motivated musicians and empathetic thinkers.
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A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, baritone Luke Otto is versed in the Operatic repertory and classical art song tradition, and performs in and music directs musicals. Originally from the Village of Rosholt, Wisconsin, Luke is also a member of the National Music Teacher’s Association, Wisconsin Music Teacher’s Association and the Chippewa Valley Music Teacher’s Association. This fall, Luke will begin the process of becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. Luke’s students have found success in popular music competitions, the theatre stage, and in front of the karaoke machine. Luke teaches classes on performing, pedagogy and auditioning with the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild and he is a certified Adjudicator with the Wisconsin School Music Association, an organization that has also recognized him as an exemplary artist. Luke has travelled with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir regionally and internationally to Greece. Luke was also a Wisconsin Ambassador of Music to England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg. Luke has performed solos with the UWEC Symphonic Choir, and as a member of the Opera Program during his collegiate career. His performance credits include, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Second Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, among others. In addition, Luke has premiered works by contemporary composers such as Karl Lepp and Phillip Reilly. Moreover, Luke was a member of the Young Artist Immersion program to New York, New York as a student at UWEC, performing in Master classes with Claudia Catania, David Sytkowski, Mark Moliterno, and performing for students at the Brooklyn School of the Arts. Luke’s conducting credits include, Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep and Rossini’s La Cenerentola, along with assistant music directing Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and music directing Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Mission: Luke Otto and Otto Performance Studio strive to educate growing musicians, vocalists and pianists of varying musical backgrounds the necessary musical and technical skills and resources to be become self-critical, reliant, motivated and aware musical performers through weekly lessons, goal setting and regularly performing and networking with peers. By becoming self-critical, self-reliant, motivated, aware and effective musical performers, students also garner and cultivate interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate effectively, and most importantly the ability to listen, empathize, and think independently, while fostering a life-long love, support and involvement in music.

05/08/2020

Stand by for Otto Performance Studio's first ever 'Virtual Showcase'!

In lieu of the Spring Recital, students have been submitting recordings of their performances which I will share on this page and on Instagram.

Videos will be viewable starting Monday May 11! Check back Sunday for more information. Have a great weekend!

05/08/2020

Reason number 5 to give online lessons a try;

Learning a character and learning a song takes thought and knowledge. Expand your critical thinking and analytical skills to grow as a performer. Send Luke and Susie a message today and improve your acting and singing!

05/07/2020

Reason number 4 to sign up for acting and singing lessons today;

Mistakes happen, plans fail, but the show must go on! Learn how to cope in the moment and think on your feet on stage and in front of an audience.

05/06/2020

Reason number 3 to take online acting and voice lessons;

Everyone will encounter rejection at some point. Lessons and experienced teachers will help you deal with rejection and discover the tenacity to try and try again.

05/05/2020

Awesome work, Susie! Check out this testimonial!

"Our 15 year old daughter has been involved in local theater for 5 years and during the extended school closures, we were fortunate to have her begin private acting lessons with Susie through virtual sessions. It is amazing to see the change after just a few lessons with Susie. Before, she would go through the mechanics of memorizing lines and learning blocking. Now, she is learning that there is so much more to developing a character and other details in the "big picture." These coaching sessions have transformed how she will approach a role in the future. Susie puts so much experience and personality into being a great mentor and role model."

If you've ever been curious about acting lessons, get in touch today to set up your first lesson!

05/05/2020

Reason number 2 to take online acting lessons and/or voice lessons;

An actor and singer's instrument is their body. Your physical awareness will greatly improve. It's also important to learn about movement, potentially stage combat and stunts which will help improve your body!

05/04/2020

Mother's Day is Sunday. Are you looking to give Mom an experience? Consider a gift certificate for Acting or Voice lessons at Otto Performance Studio! Email [email protected] for more info.

05/04/2020

Reason number 1 to take online Acting Lessons with Susie and/or Voice Lessons with Luke.

If you want to become a professional actor and/or singer, you need to learn how to do it and professional teachers can help you learn and improve!

05/01/2020

Otto Performance Studio has successfully and exclusively been online for an entire month! Now is the time to sharpen those skills or gain some knowledge while you're at home. Inquire about Voice, Piano and Acting Lessons today! Look back Monday for reasons to take Lessons online.

03/29/2020

During the Safer at Home Mandate, all lessons will be held online. Please reach out to Luke for more details. Thank you, stay healthy, and happy practicing!

03/13/2020

Reminder, Luke is on Spring Break March 22-27, there will be no voice or piano lessons that week.

There are no changes to the lesson schedule besides. Please continue attending all lessons. Luke has hand sanitizer and will be wiping down the piano and other traffic heavy areas to prevent the spread of germs.

As always, refer to your lesson policy for information on rescheduling/cancelling lessons. Instead of cancelling, consider an online lesson from your own home!

03/13/2020

Check out this review for Acting Lessons with Susie!

“I recently auditioned for the theatre program of my dream college. On the day of, I walked into the audition feeling prepared and confident in my abilities, ready to give it my all. The reason I felt this way is because of the coaching I received from Susie Draeger.

During my lessons, Susie was able to give insightful, easy-to-understand instruction and pushed me to perform to my fullest potential. Susie is an attentive, knowledgeable teacher and works with her students to make them the best that they can be!

Whether you want to work on getting better at cold reading, perfecting a monologue, physicality, vocal delivery, character work, memorization, or any and all of the above, Susie knows how to help and gives you the tools to do so. If you’re thinking about taking lessons: do it!! You won’t regret it.”

Still interested? Set up a time with Susie to brush up your auditioning and acting chops!
03/05/2020

Still interested? Set up a time with Susie to brush up your auditioning and acting chops!

Auditions are coming up for the fun musical, Legally Blonde, on Monday and Tuesday at 7pm at The Grand. There are great parts for both women and men!

Acting Essentials Inaugural Class.
02/29/2020

Acting Essentials Inaugural Class.

Interested in auditioning?? Reach out to us and take an acting lesson with Susie Draeger to have a killer audition! See ...
02/28/2020

Interested in auditioning?? Reach out to us and take an acting lesson with Susie Draeger to have a killer audition! See what a recent student had to say about their last audition after working with Susie:

"I’ve been apart of theatre since I was 3 from seeing my grandparents, and parents involvement behind and on stage, to doing shows from age 9-now...
And 🥰NEVER HAVE I EVER🥰 at an audition been asked to read for FOUR DIFFERENT ROLES 🤩😱!

I attribute that victory to Kaysee and Susie’s suggestions and keen insights in class!

I’m beyond grateful to them for creating such a foundation that launched me successfully into this audition experience!

I felt so happy and satisfied with the efforts I put forth for the director and Assistant Director, that hasn’t happened really ever before either!

Having peace in the grueling 3 day waiting timeframe before the list was supposed to be posted has been definitely been more tolerable as well!"

Auditions for Legally Blonde are scheduled for 7pm, March 9 and 10. If you cannot make one of those dates, we are having an early audition on Sunday night (March 1) at 6:30pm at The Grand!

02/28/2020

Check out this testimonial from a recent Acting student of Susie's:

“I recently started taking one on one classes with Susie. My goals are to stretch my acting abilities, gain insight on how to best prepare for auditions, and feel more comfortable in my movement and physical being on stage.

Susie has been marvelously fun at showing me how to create an even more memorable character. She is truly wonderful at breaking down dialogue and line delivery.

This really helped me gain a understanding of how I can most effectively communicate operative words and vocal dynamics.

I feel Susie is very well versed in all aspects of theatre. She has the experience, perspective, and versatility to coach a variety of Community and Professional actors at all stages in their theatrical journey.

If you have the desire and/or passion to expand, learn, and enjoy theatre on a whole new level-
I HIGHLY recommend scheduling time with Susie
soon!”

Get in touch today to start Acting Lessons with Susie!

CVTG - Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
02/27/2020

CVTG - Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild is proud to give out scholarships to graduating high schoolers and college students pursuing theatre and/or music in the fall. For a scholarship application go to cvtg.org or call 715-832-7529 or email us at [email protected]. The deadline for receiving application materials is April 17, 2020. Good luck!

Susie Draeger is coaching Emily Ruth for her upcoming auditions! Interested in Acting Lessons? Send us a message!
02/10/2020

Susie Draeger is coaching Emily Ruth for her upcoming auditions! Interested in Acting Lessons? Send us a message!

The adults in Acting Essentials “Acting”. Great first class! So glad everyone was able to come. Susie Draeger Kaysee Ann...
02/08/2020

The adults in Acting Essentials “Acting”. Great first class! So glad everyone was able to come. Susie Draeger Kaysee Ann Laura Peter Sadie Patko Jessica Johnson-Behrens

Getting ready for college auditions is electrifying! Just ask Brooke or Susie Draeger!  Interested in taking private act...
02/08/2020

Getting ready for college auditions is electrifying! Just ask Brooke or Susie Draeger!

Interested in taking private acting lessons, get in touch with Luke at Otto Performance Studio this weekend before the clock strikes midnight on Sunday and receive a new student discount!

02/03/2020

Susie survived her first week of Acting Lessons with flying colors! Students came back for more this week! If you or someone you know is interested in individual acting lessons, please reach out!

01/21/2020

Otto Performance Studio is pleased to announce that in addition to Voice and Piano Lessons, we are now offering Acting Lessons!

Joining the team to teach Acting Lessons is professional Director and Actor, Susie Draeger. Susie is also co-teaching Acting Essentials in February. To read more about Susie, go to OttoPerformanceStudio.com and click Team.

To sign up for Acting Lessons or get more info, email Luke at [email protected]. Hope to hear from you soon!

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01/21/2020

Otto Performance Studio is expanding! Like this post to see what's coming soon.

11/09/2019

Wonderful job students past and present in musicals this weekend at Memorial High School and Fall Creek High School! Including Brooke Wallo, Ryan Dettbarn, Devon Schroeder, Michaela Haig, Brian Salinas, and Hamilton Williams!!! Keep up the great performances.

So proud of my students Chelsea Schaf, Reagan Conklin, David Martin, Julianna Poulda for their participation and growth ...
11/09/2019

So proud of my students Chelsea Schaf, Reagan Conklin, David Martin, Julianna Poulda for their participation and growth at the NATS student auditions, as well as Emily Ruth for making her way to the semi-finals and Jeffrey Peterson for earning 2nd place in his division today! Well done all!

CVTG - Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
08/07/2019

CVTG - Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild

Singing opportunity for ages 15 and up: Vocalists from across the Chippewa Valley are invited to audition with an a capella song on August 15th for a spot on the Boys and Girls Club's First Annual Voice of the Future Event. This event will imitate the Award Winning television show, "The Voice." The top 8 contestants will move on to perform live on Saturday, September 14th! Auditions will take place at the Boys & Girls Club - Lee & Mary Markquart Center at 1005 Oxford Avenue on Thursday, August 15th from 3:00-7:00PM. Call 715-726-2065 to sign up.

Eau Claire YMCA
05/24/2019

Eau Claire YMCA

Have you ever wanted to change the outcome of a fairy tale? This summer, join us as we write our own "fractured" versions of popular children's stories and then preform them onstage. There are no auditions for this play, as the cast will write and create all of the characters as they go!

Chippewa Valley Music Camps
05/15/2019

Chippewa Valley Music Camps

05/14/2019
Chorale à Nouveau

Chorale à Nouveau

Singers in the Eau Claire area! Would you like to spend one night a week singing a wide variety of challenging, fun, and spiritually fulfilling choral music? Chorale à NouvEAU is what you’ve been looking for!

Chorale à NouvEAU ("choir anew") is an auditioned adult community choir of mixed voices dedicated to enriching, serving, and connecting our community through song. The choir offers the opportunity to learn a diverse range of choral repertoire in an inclusive and collaborative setting.

Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning September 10, 2019. Auditions begin June 3! Please contact director Kate Larson at [email protected] to set up an audition date and time. Come be a part of this fresh new voice in the Eau Claire area!

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421 S Farwell St
Eau Claire, WI
54701

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