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My high school is putting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this year and I would like to audition for the narrator.  I am 15 years old and have sang alto for years, but my new voice teacher is training me to use the soprano end of my voice.  The directors of this show still think of me as an alto, so I need an audition song that shows off my upper range.  Also, I'd like to show them the rockish belt sound that the narrator uses for the big "letting out a mighty roar, Potiphar burst through the door."  I currently have "Defying Gravity" on the plate, but it is very overdone.  The song does fit my voice well though.  Thanks!
-Nicole

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Hi, Nicole --

Thank you for the question. My apologies for not answering sooner -- I had an impromptu vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since the role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is not a “character” -- your audition panel will be looking for someone with a strong and very persuasive personality. Her range extends from B3 to G5 and, yes, it does require a Pop voice. Don’t worry about finding a song with a High G. It can always be an optional note that you add within a phrase.

If you are required to sing something from a musical, then consider the following two songs which were appropriated into the “Juke Box” musical, BEEHIVE. Click on the link for each. It will take you to MusicNotes.com which allows you to transpose the song into a key that will better reflect the range of the Narrator and where you can throw in an optional G or F.

DOWNTOWN: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0042704&
Consider transposing up to Bb Major. The high note becomes an F5 in the phrases, “Downtown, things will be great when you’re downtown...”, etc. Listen to the original recording by Petula Clark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_m4Qb0iW-o

RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0092761_U4
This shows the song in D Major. It’s range extends from D4 to F#5. Listen to the song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZnsWjMrnSk

Your job at this audition is to change what you may think the audition panel thinks about your vocal range. Who knows? The Narrator may have already been cast. Whatever you choose to sing, deliver it in the manner of a Lead Pop singer who could earn her living outside musical theatre.

I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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I am a professional vocal coach in San Francisco. I have published over 3300 responses related to vocal training - particularly as it relates to Musical Theatre, Pop/Standard, and Opera. I have 30 years of experience as a personal trainer to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sang professionally for 20 years and know what it means to live the life of a musician. I can determine your voice category, i.e., Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Alto Belter, etc., and how to broaden and strengthen your range. Need an audition song for a Broadway Musical? I can assist you with your song selections and help you build an audition portfolio that demonstrates your vocal category and meets the requirements specified in the audition notice. I have created a vocal methodology, "The Belter`s Method". It will enable those in Cabaret and Musical Theatre to practice more efficiently because it focuses on the vocal demands of professional performers and will keep you performance-ready. If what you want is a better voice and more control over your career moves and choices, contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com I am also a music and cultural critic for HuffingtonPost.com and Examiner.com. I interview internationally recognized musicians, singers, dancers, and recording artists -- particularly those who are now appearing or scheduled to perform in San Francisco.

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As a vocal coach, I work primarily with singers and actors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. My students range from absolute beginners to working professionals, from kids to senior citizens. The vast majority of my clients come to me through recommendation. I know how to identify any singer's vocal category, i.e., soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, etc. I know how to muscle-up every singer's vocal range and to expand it beyond conventional definitions. I have developed a vocal methodology for those who want to know how to belt, THE BELTER'S METHOD. There are a number of major components to my work as a vocal coach. The first is to identify the client's vocal category and to strengthen and maximize the vocal range accordingly. Then it's about teaching a reliable vocal workout that will enable the client to gain better control of their musicianship. That includes scale work to expand the vocal range and to improve placement, breath control, and diction. Then we work on material for the audition portfolio, the immediate job or assignment, a recording session, etc. My task to is to better equip singers and actors who are hoping to or relying upon their performance skills and vocal endurance to maintain a career in the Performing Arts. My clients regularly appear in cabarets and musical productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some have worked in New York and gone on National Tours. For more information, Contact me at: Broadwaybelters@yahoo.com

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HuffingtonPost.com Examiner.com FabulousFilmSongs.com SanFranciscoSentinel.com

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San Francisco State University – BA in Theatre Arts; graduate work in Theatre, Philosophy, and Comparative Reiligion. Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley – Graduate work in Ethics

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