Sharon Brown, Associate Professor
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"I teach private lessons, classical elements of vocal technique, reading labs, the musical theatre workshop, and vocal pedagogy for advanced voice majors who think they might teach voice someday. The musical theatre workshop is both an ensemble and a lab. Students sign up for both together; it's by audition. We do a program of scenes from a variety of musicals at the end of the semester. We have a good time—we work on stagecraft, acting skills, and working through a song."
"Someone once told me that I had a reputation for being a hard teacher. I said, 'Good! I’m going to do all I can to keep it that way!' (Laughs.) There's a discipline that's required here; I ask students to be as disciplined as possible with their practicing. It's important that they know that the study of voice is a lifelong commitment. On the other hand, I want them to have fun with it, and not get bogged down by the small stuff."
"I just love the 'light bulb' moments. For instance, yesterday someone was having a hard time belting in a particularly difficult place in a piece. We talked about some options—just worked our way through it—and it worked. It's little moments like those that are just great."
"I want students to be as free, as open, and as honest as possible so that I can see their true performance rather than something they're putting on. But finding your individual style is a natural part of growth. Our job is to wean students away from the radio in their head and foster their own talent. But I think it's a process, rather than simply saying, 'Don't try to sound so much like so-and-so.'"
- B.S., Salem State College
- B.M., M.M., Boston Conservatory of Music
- Performances with Boston Lyric Opera, Longwood Opera, Associate Artists, and Boston Academy of Music
- Music director for Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church in Natick