Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts is a community for singers, dancers, and actors who wish to develop, strengthen or simply polish their vocal skills.

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts is designed for singers, dancers, and actors who wish to develop, strengthen or simply polish their vocal skills. In addition to classical music study, we offer training in the vocal arts for both beginner and experienced singers and specialize in the areas of musical theatre, pop, and jazz. With a variety of classes and small class sizes, as well as larger workshops and private sessions, we are creating a strong, supportive environment to help you further your career, and provide a center for the singers' community and networking. Studying at SAVA gives students the opportunity to develop their vocal technique, hone musicianship through classroom training, and work out creative ideas in front of a live audience. The faculty at SAVA believes that each singer has a unique vocal personality and will encourage you to focus on your own creative path.

Mission: The mission of Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts (SAVA) is to provide a home for singers of all levels, beginner to professional, to develop their talents, skills, and experience in a safe, supportive, non-competitive environment. Each performer will learn to develop his or her individuality and discover their own unique voice in a setting that fosters a lasting sense of community and professionalism.

Congratulations to my wonderful SAVA Singers on your excellent performance last night.  A roomful of talent!
06/20/2019

Congratulations to my wonderful SAVA Singers on your excellent performance last night. A roomful of talent!

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts's cover photo
06/18/2019

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts's cover photo

Please join us! Tuesday, 6/18/19 at 8pm. The Theatre@244.244 W 54th St., 10th floor.  Suggested Donation $10.
06/18/2019

Please join us! Tuesday, 6/18/19 at 8pm. The [email protected].
244 W 54th St., 10th floor. Suggested Donation $10.

SAVA Singers one week from tonight!! 🎶🎶
06/12/2019

SAVA Singers one week from tonight!! 🎶🎶

02/18/2019

New session of Vocal Technique class starting on Saturday, 2/23. Lots of individual attention in these small groups! Let me know if you're interested.

So honored to host thereminist Carolina Eyck at the studio today. She offered the BEST theremin workshops and lessons.
01/06/2019

So honored to host thereminist Carolina Eyck at the studio today. She offered the BEST theremin workshops and lessons.

Holiday Showcase with eight wonderful singers!
12/21/2018

Holiday Showcase with eight wonderful singers!

12/21/2018

Make your singing plans for the New Year, and join the SAVA Singers for our annual workshop and Carnegie Hall performance! Rehearsals begin January 12 and the concert date is April 1. Yay!!! Let me know if you're in. You'll need to schedule an audition if I don't already know your ensemble voice. :)

Spring Courses:
SAVA Singers at Carnegie Hall
11-Week Ensemble Workshop + Final Performance April 1, 2019 $400
Teacher: Bettina Sheppard
SAVA Singers is a choral workshop and a chance to study ensemble singing. Many singing jobs require you to sing parts in harmony and to know how to read and study music. These classes are partially designed to teach the invaluable skill of reading music and interpreting a score intelligently, but the main focus is on how to sing in harmony and hold your vocal part. It's always a fun class!
This session has a more professional focus and also has a big resumé payoff - Carnegie Hall! Classes will be conducted as rehearsals, but with warmup exercises, training in score reading, harmony, and plenty of feedback. The performance piece this year, Missa Eclectica, a fun combination of famous pieces conceived and directed by the wonderful Tim Sharp.
SAVA Singers will join other choruses for a concert in Carnegie Hall on April 1, 2019. The class will meet bi-weekly at SAVA studio, with additional dates for the Carnegie Hall rehearsals in conjunction with other choruses from across the country.
Rehearsal/Class Dates: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 and Saturdays, 1:30-3:30. beginning January 12. Please attend at least one rehearsal per week, but you're welcome / encouraged to attend both.
Mandatory Rehearsal Dates:
Saturday, March 30, 9:00am-1:00 pm
Sunday, March 31, 1:30-5:30 pm
Concert Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

Your workshop fee includes all rehearsals, all fees paid for concert production company, and all music scores. This workshop sells out fast, so please sign up soon!
To sign up for courses or get more information, contact: [email protected]
Audition required, or permission of instructor.

Note: More Spring course listings coming soon!!!

Show time!! Tonight 8pm! 🎤
12/14/2018

Show time!! Tonight 8pm! 🎤

Holiday Showcase!!  Come join SAVA Singers sing some of their favorite songs of the season. Please be our guest at Michi...
12/05/2018

Holiday Showcase!! Come join SAVA Singers sing some of their favorite songs of the season. Please be our guest at Michiko Studios, 149 West 46th St. on December 14th at 8:00pm. 🎶🎶🎶

Dear friends, please join us for a memorial to honor our beloved Misa Ogasawara. We will sing her music and honor her wi...
09/10/2018

Dear friends, please join us for a memorial to honor our beloved Misa Ogasawara. We will sing her music and honor her with beautiful memories. Sunday, September 23, 7:30pm at Ballet Arts. City Center, 6th floor, 130 W 56th St.

09/02/2018
ABC Classic

ABC Classic

What happens to your brain when you sing? Professor Sarah Wilson from The University of Melbourne explains. #howmusicworks #scienceweek #scienceweek2018

So proud of Joey Lohr. He's worked hard and is ready for any lucky college who accepts him (should be all of them!) Here...
08/19/2018

So proud of Joey Lohr. He's worked hard and is ready for any lucky college who accepts him (should be all of them!) Here we are filming his video submissions at SAVA studio. He was a total professional. Thanks to Lindsey L Miller for the perfect video session. And thanks to the most amazing parents a young performer could ask for - Angela Lohr and Richard Lohr.

Go see Bettina and Mario's C4 concert!!C4 means?? The Choral / Compose/ Conductor Collective.Next performance is this Sa...
11/10/2017

Go see Bettina and Mario's C4 concert!!

C4 means?? The Choral / Compose/ Conductor Collective.

Next performance is this Saturday Nov 11th at 8pm.

Where : Our lady of Mercy Church 70-01 Kessel street. Forest hills
Ticket : $25

Tips for SAVA!
Early bird rush ticket: 10 people who arrive early!! Tickets will be only $4 at the door ( first come 10 people) It is not written in the website!! Secret Tips!! 👀🎶😏

SAVA winter concert rehearsal.
11/04/2017

SAVA winter concert rehearsal.

Christmas caroling rehearsal🎶
11/04/2017

Christmas caroling rehearsal🎶

09/25/2017
www.sheppardacademy.com

Singers! Check out the new fall schedule of classes.


******Fall Courses******

SAVA Singers (2-Month Workshop + Final Performance) $300
Rehearsal/Class Dates: Saturdays, 12:30-2:30. beginning September 30

SAVA Singers is a choral workshop and a chance to study ensemble singing. Many singing jobs require you to sing parts in harmony and to know how to read and study music. These classes are partially designed to teach the invaluable skill of reading music and interpreting a score intelligently, but the main focus is on how to sing in harmony and hold your vocal part. It’s always a fun class!
This session will end in a final holiday performance, always good for the resumé! We'll be working on group ensemble pieces as well as offering opportunities for solo performance.
Concert Date: December 2017 TBA
This workshop sells out fast, so please sign up soon.

Vocal Technique Workshop (6 weeks) $180
Saturdays, 2:45-4:00. beginning September 30

Learn the methods of legit technique as well as a healthy belt and mix voice. A fun, smaller class to learn more singer skills.
All artists need a solid foundation of vocal technique, even if blessed with natural talent. Your voice is an instrument that CAN be learned with the right training. You will feel truly supported with individual attention, a focus on solid, proven technique and vocal health. You will learn an overview of performance requirements and develop your musical expression. Bettina’s vocal technique is a synthesis of over twenty years of study, investigation, and trial and error of the many confusing, and often conflicting, methods of teaching. Music will be provided and many singing styles will be covered including theater (with an emphasis on appropriate audition material), jazz, rock, pop, classical.

Musicianship Workshop (4 weeks) $100
Fridays, 2:00-3:00. beginning September 29

Do you want to be able to learn new music on your own? Understand what’s happening in a music rehearsal? Many singing jobs require that you read and study music on your own to keep up. Decipher music as a language! Includes ear training, basic music theory, sight singing, interpreting a score. All music and materials will be provided.

To sign up or get more information, contact [email protected]
Or check out www.sheppardacademy.com

Hello NYC Singers!  I'm so excited to be the NYC director of The Christmas Carolers. I'm hiring 40 singers to take part ...
08/25/2017

Hello NYC Singers! I'm so excited to be the NYC director of The Christmas Carolers. I'm hiring 40 singers to take part in a PAID gig, running through December. Please let me know if you're interested or can pass along to appropriate singers with harmony and sight reading skills. If interested, send me a message with your email and I'll give you more details. Super fun job!

06/22/2017

SAVA Showcase tomorrow night at 8:00. A Fun evening of music - and even games!! :) Join us Thursday, 6/22, 8:00 at 939 8th Ave., Studio 4A.

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts's cover photo
04/26/2017

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts's cover photo

Practicing all the time for Carnegie Hall.  Concert is soon - April 24!
04/13/2017

Practicing all the time for Carnegie Hall. Concert is soon - April 24!

03/04/2017
TED-Ed

You KNOW this is true!!! I'm preaching to the choir, so to speak, because I see my students working really hard! Love it!

How to practice effectively ... for just about anything:

02/01/2017

Hello All, I just want to send out a reminder, especially if you didn't receive the email newsletter, that classes are starting up again next week. Includes SAVA Singers (ensemble training with final concert in Carnegie Hall), Vocal Technique, Solo Performance and Audition, and Musicianship/Sight Singing. More descriptions in email, so let me know if you need to see details. :)

A big thank you to the audiences of the SAVA holiday concert for your contributions.  A donation has been made in the na...
12/19/2016
ACLU

A big thank you to the audiences of the SAVA holiday concert for your contributions. A donation has been made in the name of SAVA. :)

The ACLU works tirelessly in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the Constitution’s promise of liberty for everyone in our country.

Thank you to our SAVA concert audience for your contributions.  A donation has been made in the name of SAVA. :)
12/19/2016
Donate to Planned Parenthood

Thank you to our SAVA concert audience for your contributions. A donation has been made in the name of SAVA. :)

We all deserve the right to make our own health care choices. That's why I just joined Planned Parenthood in the fight to make sure everyone can access the care they need, no matter where they live, no matter what. Stand with us.

Thanks to Jessica Huckabey
10/09/2016

Thanks to Jessica Huckabey

Know your intervals.

(there will be a test later...)

09/28/2016

AND MORE!

Gayann Cotner Scholarship

Announcing the 2016 Gayann Cotner Scholarship.
This is a wonderful opportunity for some fortunate and talented singer to pursue studies at SAVA. The deadline is fast approaching, so be sure to send in your application soon.Details: This award may be used for any combination of workshops and private voice classes, to be determined by Award Winner and Bettina Sheppard, adding to a total value of $1500.00. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of six judges, with final decision made by Gayann Cotner. Scholarship fund must be used within six months of award date. Deadline for Application: October 15, 2016. Please submit all application materials to: [email protected]
To apply, please submit the following:1. Photo and resume2. Vocal audition with YouTube link3. Statement of intent, including your career aspirations, discussion of your present strengths and weaknesses as a singer and performer, and goals of study4. Statement of financial need
Previous scholarship winners include Joey Lohr, Ashley Miller, Emily Claman, Emilie Roberts, and Kalina Kirkbride.

09/28/2016

NEW FALL WORKSHOPS!!
If you haven't seen the newsletter, here are the latest workshops. And do comment or message me if you want to receive the SAVA newsletter! :)
SEE BELOW for classes in Audition Technique/Solo Performance; SAVA Singers in concert; Hamilton and Aida Scores for learning to read music; Demo Recording.

SAVA Singers: 2-Month Workshop and Final Concert $300 (includes score fees)
SAVA Singers is a choral workshop and a chance to study ensemble singing. Many singing jobs require you to sing parts in harmony and to know how to read and study music. These classes are partially designed to teach the invaluable skill of reading music and interpreting a score intelligently, but the main focus is on how to sing in harmony and hold your vocal part. It’s always a fun class!This session will end in a final holiday performance, always good for the resumé! We'll be working on group ensemble pieces as well as offering opportunities for solo performance. This year's highlight is the Fred Waring arrangement of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas but you'll also have plenty of pieces with fun choreography, such as Jingle Bell Rock, Get Happy, Winter Wonderland, and much more.Concert Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016Rehearsal/Class Dates: Saturdays, 1:30-3:30. beginning October 1. This workshop sells out fast, so please sign up soon

Performance / Audition Workshop (5 weeks) $250
Dates: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm. beginning October 3.
From giving the tempo to your accompanist, to acting choices, to hitting those high notes, to a stand-out headshot/resume...this class will prepare you for any upcoming performance, recording, or audition. After decades of experience on both sides of the audition table, Bettina will give you insider tips, all based on your individual needs, vocal range, and type. This will make you more castable, and ultimately more hirable. Having an audience (your fellow peers) observing every week will also prove to be a valuable aspect to your process, as you have scene partners to work with and a fantastic support network. Here's your chance to work out all those audition jitters and discover how to present yourself at your best.You will also learn to develop the story in your song. Since this is a coaching class, each singer will have individualized needs and assignments. Some students will focus more on technique - it’s hard to lose yourself in the story if you’re always worried about your sound. Others are encouraged to work more deeply, concentrating on intention, context, and acting of the lyric. The goal is always a sincere and organic telling of the story through music.You will complete two songs in five weeks, both of your choosing and with Bettina’s suggestions. An accompanist will be provided, and you will need to bring your own music. Please discuss your song choices with me before the first class.

Hamilton & Aida: Vocal Technique and Musicianship Workshop (4 weeks) $100Saturdays: 3:30-4:45; beginning 10/1/16Study the scores of Hamilton and Aida! We'll use sections of the scores to learn music reading and theory. Then apply your new reading skills and reinforce proper vocal technique and placement for contemporary music. Learn the methods of healthy belt and mix voice. A fun way to learn more singer skills.

******NOW Available******Recording Your DemoBoth Audio and Video Sources depending on your needs

CONTACT: [email protected]
Or message here

07/20/2016

Vocal Technique Classes on Thursdays, 6-7:30. Starting this week through August, at the studio. 5 Classes for $150! Come sing, sing, sing! :)

07/07/2016
Mental Floss

Kindness and Music. Yes!

After weeks of heartbreaking headlines, we wanted to remember how good people can be to one another.

Yes, it happens!! :)
06/11/2016

Yes, it happens!! :)

Modern Teaching Problems 🙄

Come see SAVA Singers in concert.  Thursday, June 16, 8pm.A special dedication to Gayann Cotner!
06/08/2016

Come see SAVA Singers in concert. Thursday, June 16, 8pm.
A special dedication to Gayann Cotner!

Come join this fun and talented group of singers who just completed the SAVA audition/performance workshop.  Monday nigh...
05/15/2016

Come join this fun and talented group of singers who just completed the SAVA audition/performance workshop. Monday night at Pearl Studio. It's a good laugh at our crazy audition world.

05/07/2016
Guardian Science

Guardian Science

An MRI scan on Wednesday, produced by the Freiburg Institute for Musicians’ Medicine, shows opera singer Michael Volle performing a song from the German composer’s opera ‘Tannhäuser’ in real-time. The MRI was produced as a part of ENT (Ear Nose Throat) research project and is part of a study to see what happens inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts
03/27/2016
Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts

Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts

SAVA Singers will appear in Carnegie Hall!! Two months of rehearsal with a wonderful group. Join us this Monday

SAVA Singers will appear in Carnegie Hall!!  Two months of rehearsal with a wonderful group.  Join us this Monday
03/25/2016
Masterworks Festival ChorusNational Festival Chorus

SAVA Singers will appear in Carnegie Hall!! Two months of rehearsal with a wonderful group. Join us this Monday

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs and Z. Randall Stroope’s arrangement of American Rhapsody, both conducted by Stroope. The concert also features an array of choral works performed by the National Festival Chorus under the direction of guest conducto…

Rehearsal for our upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall!  Stay tuned for concert details.
03/21/2016

Rehearsal for our upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall! Stay tuned for concert details.

02/23/2016
Vox

Watch this for the vowel sounds! Thanks to Ms Val Ho. :)

Bernie Sanders has now spent most of his life in Vermont. But his voice tells a story of his past, and the history of New York City.

02/03/2016

Do you need to film your own audition demo video?
We offer this service directly from our studio with high quality lighting, camera and sound equipment.
Submit a quality demo and be sure to stand out to casting directors!
Contact: [email protected]
or message us here!

Do you want to stand out at your next audition? Check out this article for some tips and tricks!http://www.watchthisisar...
02/01/2016
5 Tips for Standing Out at an Audition: Lessons from the Other Side of the Table

Do you want to stand out at your next audition?
Check out this article for some tips and tricks!
http://www.watchthisisart.com/blog/2011/05/16/5-tips-for-standing-out-at-an-audition-lessons-from-the-other-side-of-the-table/

As most of our followers probably know, we recently held auditions for a few open roles in our webseries, This Is Art. This was not only an exciting milestone for our show, as we got to see our cha...

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