Acting in Plays, Singing/Vocal range

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Hi! I'm Kristine. What is my vocal range? my lowest is G3 and my highest is B5. Thank you.

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Hi, Kristine --

Thank you for the question.

Your vocal range is G3 to B5. What you want me to determine is your vocal category.

There are many things to consider in order to correctly identify a singer's true vocal category. First and foremost, it must happen in person. I need to hear you demonstrate this range between G3 and B5.

In the meantime, consider the following. If we come up a step from your lowest note, G3, and down a step from your highest note, B5 -- thus, A3 to A5 -- that is the range of a standard mezzo-soprano. But there are a number of varieties of mezzo-sopranos. Some of them practice up to C6, some go down to F3.

With more exploration, it's very possible you might have a bit of a larger range in either direction. It all depends on how your voice sounds as I listen to you sing through a variety of scales, etc. You might prove to be a contralto, perhaps a dramatic soprano. But if we both come to the conclusion that you can successfully demonstrate a series of 8-tone scales between A3 and A5, without a microphone, in front of any professional music director, in a standard-size concert hall -- then you are probably a mezzo-soprano who can compete for a job as a mezzo-soprano.

I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area. When you want to make an appointment, contact me at:  BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com. We can also do a lesson on Skype.

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A Conversation with Mario Frangoulis – International Tenor Debuts in San Francisco, April 4th
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Ricardo Bustamante – Profile of A Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet
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A Conversation with Pianist Roman Rabinovich
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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

Education/Credentials
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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