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Emily Romney is a professional singer with over thirty years successful experience as a studio voice teacher of professional and amateur adult singers. Ms. Romney has a background in choral conducting and choral singing, and extensive professional experience as a soloist and vocal chamber music performer. While on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College, she taught studio voice and developed an undergraduate and master’s degree curriculum for conservatory students, put together a music program for high school singers, initiated and created the conservatory level vocal pedagogy course "The Living Instrument and How It Works", and coordinated a vocal chamber music program.

She currently maintains a private voice studio in Cambridge, MA. and is on the faculty of the New School of Music in Cambridge MA.

“The voice studio should be a comfortable place where enthusiasm and ongoing good work can mix with risk-taking, humor, and musical exploration.  I encourage my students to develop a musical life beyond the studio and to pursue performance opportunities.”


Congratulations!

to everyone who takes lessons, practices, sings solos, gives concerts, and performs in choirs, ensembles, opera, musical theatre productions, shows, concerts and recitals.

Huzzah!
to Melody Chapin for her continued graduate studies of Brazilian classical artsong at Tufts University and her upcoming recital on October 16th: Art Songs of the Americas at Tufts. (See Upcoming Events for more info about the recital). You can watch Melody in concert on Youtube at the Barcelona International Festival of Song in the summer of 2014; and to Naomi Levine who attended the Language of Lieder International Workshop, sponsored by Westminster Choir College in Vienna , Austria in June, 2015.

Brava!  to former Harvard voice student Katharine Dain, whose burgeoning opera and recital career in Europe now includes singing in the vocal quartet Damask Ensemble. You can find more at: katharinedain.com & Damask Ensemble.com

Brava!  to former student Jenni Grout who won third place in "Arabs got Talent”. First western performer to enter the competition. (You can see and hear Jenni on Facebook.)

 

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Melody Chapin

  • Recital: "Art Songs of the Americas"
    with pianist, Hongling Liang.
    7:00 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015,
    Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center of Tufts University,
    20 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA.
    Admission free.

Evensong Services, Christ Church, Cambridge

  • First Sundays at 4:00 pm:
    October 4, November 1, December 6, February 2, March 6, May 1
  • Special Services:
    Sunday, December 13: Lessons & Carols at 5:00 pm
    Sunday March 27,: Easter: 9:00 am & 11:00 am

Back Bay Chorale

  • Concert Season 2015-2016 (info and tickets available here)
    Saturday, November 2: All Brahms program including Liebeslieder Walzer, op 52
    Sunday, December 20: Music celebrating Christmas
    Saturday, March 5: works by Verdi, Mozart & Poulenc
    Saturday May 14 & Sunday May 15: Beethoven 9th Symphony & Bernstein: Chichester Psalms.

Studio Recital — May, 2016 (date TBA)

Summer 2013 – Winter 2014 Highlights

  • Christ Church, Cambridge     
    Evensong First Sunday Choir Services: October, November, and December 2014

  • Back Bay Chorale, Boston     
    July 2014: Carmina Burana with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra

  • International Congress of Voice Teachers, Brisbane, Australia, July, 2013. Power Point Presentation: "The Dynamics of Vocal Chamber Music";
  • Back Bay Chorale, Boston:
    May: Orff: Carmina Burana
    July: Freedom Concert with Landmark Orchestra.
    November: Wagner & Verdi: "Sunday at the Opera";
  • Christ Church, Cambridge: Evensong Choir
    Oct. Nov. Dec. First Sundays sung services
    Dec: Festive Service of Lessons & Carols;
  • Mid-Winter Opera & Musical Theatre Workshop in NYC: Jan. 2014.
  • PDF iconVocal Chamber Music Course (fourth year): June-July, 2013 (See notice below of VCM summer, 2014 at New School of Music) ;
    Click here for a PDF version of the Presentation (8MB file size)


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Studio Recitals & Summer Course, update: 2015

Two Studio Recitals
May 10 & May 17th, 2015
Students performed songs for enthusiastic audiences of friends and other music lovers.

Vocal Chamber Music Course & Concert (Sixth Season)
Emily Romney, Instructor
This month-long summer course offered singers an opportunity to expand their performing experience and repertoire with Vocal Chamber Music. The course was designed for Solo Singers who enjoy a chamber music experience and Choral Singers who like the challenge of singing one on a part. The Music came from 18th through 20th century Vocal Chamber Music repertoire for various combinations of voices, unaccompanied, and with piano. Emphasis was on interpretation and ensemble skills while bringing music to performance level. The singers presented a Concert at the conclusion of the course at the New School of Music in Cambridge on July 2nd.

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Upcoming Workshop & Summer Course

The Living Instrument and How It Works
Emily Romney, Workshop Instructor
3 Sundays from 2:00-3:30pm | Feb 16, March 16, & April 27, 2014 | Tuition: $125
This series of three Sunday afternoon vocal workshops is designed to help singers develop greater sensitivity to and confidence in their breathing, body alignment, and tone quality. Each session includes singing activities, useful information and sharing ideas.

To register, or for more information, contact the New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA  02138, 617.492.8105  info@newschoolofmusic.org

Vocal Chamber Music Course & Concert
Emily Romney, Instructor
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 –7:00pm | June 10, 2014 – July 3, 2014 | Tuition: $415
This course offers singers an opportunity to expand their performing experience and repertoire with Vocal Chamber Music. The course is designed for Solo Singers who would enjoy a chamber music experience and Choral Singers who like the challenge of singing one on a part. The Music will come from 18th through 20th century Vocal Chamber Music repertoire for various combinations of voices, unaccompanied, and with piano. Emphasis will be on interpretation and ensemble skills while bringing music to performance level. The singers will present a concert at the conclusion of the course.  Prerequisite: Singers must have basic music reading skills and the ability to learn their music and to sing in tune, one voice on a part.

To register, or for more information, contact the New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA  02138, 617.492.8105   info@newschoolofmusic.org

 

10-member chamber music group.


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Biography

B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A.T., Harvard University; Soloist Diploma, Longy School of Music of Bard College; M.M., New England Conservatory. Performances with Boston Lyric Opera, Cantata Singers, Castle Hill Festival; concerts at the Gardner Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Cathedral. Created role of Martha Corey in Judgement at Salem; premieres of works by New England composers. Founding member: The Cambridge Quartet, Victoriania. Performances: England, France, WGBH, NPR, Voice of America. Vocal masterclasses at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London), Trinity College of Music (London), masterclass series in Paris: 2001-2004, and workshops and masterclasses in England, Iceland, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, Japan, and the U. S. Presentations at ICVT III, ICVT V and ICVT VIII. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Longy School in 2004. Current position and faculty: New School of Music, Cambridge, MA., and the Powers Music School in Belmont, MA

With over thirty years of experience teaching singing to students of all levels, Emily Romney's wide ranging interests and expertise involve working with conservatory vocal performance majors, adult avocational singers at all levels, and young solo singers of high school age. She also brings to her studio teaching a keen interest and broad experience in Vocal Chamber Music literature and performance, and expertise in Vocal Pedagogy. Ms. Romney has presented masterclasses and lectures in the USA, Europe and the Far East. She has performed recitals, chamber music, and opera throughout the eastern United States, England, and France. Her interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of songs, song cycles, and opera.  A founding member of the Cambridge Quartet and vocalist with Victoriana, Ms. Romney has been heard on Boston's WGBH, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. Ms. Romney is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has served as a frequent adjudicator for NATS song festivals and vocal competitions.

She currently maintains a private voice studio in Cambridge, MA. and is on the faculty of the New School of Music in Cambridge MA, and the Powers Music School in Belmont, MA

Click here to see my Musical Vita.


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Studio Voice Teaching

Lessons & Coaching in:

  • Technical & Musical Development
  • Performance Preparation
  • Musicianship for Singers

Voice Studio at 15 Howland Street, Cambridge, Mass.
Contact me at emilyromney1@verizon.net

A Greeting to Prospective Students

  • Whatever your particular goals and your level of experience, voice lessons should help you as a singer to develop your vocal and musical potential.
  • By learning a healthy vocal technique, I want you to experience greater vocal freedom and control, and realize more of your voice's expressive potential.
  • I am also interested to help you to enjoy whatever singing you do and to develop a sense of yourself as a singer and performer.
  • In my teaching, I use a variety of specific vocal exercises, movements to release tension, basic explanations of how the voice works as an instrument, and a wide range of song, musical theatre and operatic repertoire.
  • Technically we will work along good functional principles to develop a free and poised body alignment, energized balanced breathing, resonant production of sound throughout the whole range, and clear unforced singer's diction.
  • Musicianship training and artistry come into play at all levels of skill and experience.
  • I enjoy teaching people who have some previous musical background but who as singers, may be at very different levels of technical skill and experience - from beginners to professionals.
  • In over thirty years of teaching adult, college age and high school singers, many of my students have won contests, auditions and competitions, have gone on to further advanced professional training, and careers in the wider musical world. Many others have studied primarily for their own pleasure and enrichment. It's an adventure either way!

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Coaching for Choirs

To Choral Directors

Singers with a basic understanding of body alignment and a healthy approach to breathing, resonance, and diction are stronger singers and contribute more positively to the overall sound and performance of their singing groups. Yet the demands of learning music and preparing for performance deadlines often leave far too little time in chorus and choir rehearsals for the basics of good vocal production.

The more freely and efficiently your individual singers sing, the more beautiful and expressive your chorus will sound. Yet singers in many choruses differ widely in their basic understanding of the voice and their approach to using their voice as an instrument. Some sing freely. Others sing despite their tense, inefficient, and effortful vocal production.

How Coaching for Choirs Works

Your chorus or choir is unique in its configuration, its size, and its musical aspirations. You as the musical director know best what aspects of singing need strengthening: e.g., a basic knowledge of the voice, or balance issues, diction in a particular piece of repertoire, etc.

We work together to identify your particular objectives for Coaching for Choirs sessions, and develop a format for coaching sessions based on your goals and the configuration of your singing organization: group size and voicing, and the general profile of group members: age range & musical background: numbers taking voice lessons, etc.

Possible Formats:

  • A session or series of sessions before your regular rehearsal combining basic/relevant information about how the voice works as an instrument ,combined with singing activities (vocalizing and warm ups) and a question/answer period;
  • A similar session or sessions at a separate time from your regular rehearsal;
  • A series of workshops throughout the season.

*While it is possible to arrange for a single session, at least one additional follow up session is strongly recommended to review and reinforce the information and vocal experience.

  • “Emily Romney's vocal coaching of Cantilena was extremely helpful.
    Her manner was precise and focused, yet relaxing, allowing the chorus to open up and experiment vocally in a non-stressful environment.
  • “Many chorus members mentioned how helpful she was with numerous topics ranging from posture to tongue position to jaw tension , , , .a lot of enthusiastic feedback from the chorus about how she helped improve their technique.
  • “As a conductor, I was particularly happy that our diction was much cleaner in our difficult spring concert than it might otherwise have been."
    Allegra Martin, Music Director, Cantilena

Contact me to learn how Coaching for Choirs might benefit your singers, and for scheduling information.

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Vocal Chamber Music

To Chamber Ensemble Singers

Vocal Chamber Music offers solo singers one of the most musically challenging and delightful of all performance experiences: the opportunity to sing in small ensembles with other solo voices, one on a part. Early in her career as a performer, Emily Romney was a founding member of The Cambridge Quartet, a mixed vocal quartet that sang at the National Museum of Art in Washington, DC, premiered Judgement in Salem at the historic Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and performed at many college campuses, museums and on concert series.

Emily Romney is an experienced vocal chamber music coach. As a teacher, she has championed this wonderful music by singing with her students, coaching them and organizing vocal chamber music courses and performances. A  month long summer Vocal Chamber Music course which she organized in July 2010, completed its fourth season in July, 2013.  Click here for information about the Vocal Chamber Music course coming up in the summer of 2014.

Singers at Longy concert in July 2010 Singers at Longy concert in July 2010 Singers at Longy concert in July 2010 Click here to see the July 2013 concert program.

Click here for sample programs from two other concerts.


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Repertoire

Orchestral Repertoire

Composer

Work/s

J. S. Bach

St. John Passion

St. Matthew Passion

Magnificat

Mass in b minor

Beethoven

Ninth Symphony

Britten

Rejoice in the Lamb

Handel

Messiah

Samson

Haydn

St Nicholas Mass

Salve Regina

Mozart

Requiem in d minor

Poulenc

Gloria

Schubert

Mass in A flat

Mass in E flat

Stravinsky

Oedipus Rex

Operatic Repertoire

Composer

Work/s

Aldridge

Elmer Gantry (Mrs. Keely)

Arne

Thomas & Sally (Dorcas)

Britten

Noye’s Fludde (Mrs. Noye)

 

The Beggar’s Opera (Polly Peachum)

Massenet

Werther (scenes) (Charlotte)

Menotti

The Medium (Mrs. Nolan)

The Old Maid & the Thief (scenes) (Miss Pinkerton)

Mozart

Le Nozze di Figaro/scenes (Marcellina)

Cosi fan tutte/scenes (Dorabella)

Sullivan

The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth)

The Gondoliers (Fiametta)

Van Slyck

Judgement in Salem (Martha Corey) (premiere)

Verdi

Otello (scenes) (Emilia)

Recital & Vocal Chamber Music Repertoire

Composer

Work/s

J. S. Bach

Vergnüte Ruh (solo cantata 140)

Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde (solo cantata 53)

Barber

Hermit Songs

Dover Beach

Beethoven

Elegischer Gesang

Schottische Lieder

Brahms

Zwei Gesänge für Alt, Viola und Klavier

Liebeslieder Walzer, opus 52

Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, opus 65

Britten

A Charm of Lullabies

Corigliano

The Cloisters

Copland

As it Fell upon a Day

Debussy

Trois Ballades de Francois Villon

Handel

Neun Deutsche Arien

Pastorella vagha bella

Haydn

Arianna a Naxos

Hoiby

Bermudas

Honegger

Trois Psaumes

Lang

Nonsense Rhymes of Edward Lear

Mahler

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Martin

Trois Chants de Noël

Monteverdi

Exulta Filia

Moussorgsky

Songs of the Nursery

Poulenc

Litanie á la Vierge Noire

Ravel

Five Greek Folksongs

Schumann

Liederkreis, opus 39

Stravinsky

Three Shakespeare Songs

Telemann

Hirt und Bishof

Ihr Volker, hört

Van Slyck

Elegies (premiere)


 

And numerous other solo works, songs, song cycles, duets, quartets and other vocal chamber music literature including pieces by Beach, Chanler, Chausson, Cherubini, Duke, Fauré, Ives, Mendelssohn, Purcell, Rorem, and Schubert.

 

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Teaching Reviews

  • “You have opened a whole new world to me".
  • — Accomplished pianist
    beginning voice lessons
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  • “On behalf of the Council and members of NEWSZATS I would like to express our sincere thanks for your impressive work for our Association during the 2007 International Voice Teacher Tour…
  • “Your ability to adjust your teaching language and level to suit each student was outstanding. All the masterclass students went away richer and knowing more about their vocal potential. Your empathy, warmth and humour in interacting with these students were greatly appreciated. We also noted your expert diagnostic ability and your art of making the vocal solution fit the person concerned. The tour was an unquestioned success.”
  • — Katharine Watts, President, NEWZATS
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  • “Thank you for all your amazing training. It has been wonderful!”
  • — high school senior off to
    college conservatory training
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  • “[You truly allowed me to have music back in my life again, and] I really feel like I have grown and accomplished more than I could have imagined. Thank you so much for your guidance and kindness.”
  • — singer returning to singing
    after long break
  • •  • •
  • “I want to thank you…for having been such a terrific teacher to me these past few years. I have noticed my singing improve by leaps and bounds, and so much of that progress is owing to you.”
  • — Harvard Senior,
    student for three years

Performance Reviews

  • Bach ‘Mass in b minor’
    “The florid intricacies of ‘Laudamus Te’ proved no problem for Emily Romney whose clear mellow mezzo was a delight.”
  • — Hamilton Wenham Chronicle
  • Boston premiere of Van Slyck's ‘Four Elegies’
    “The music is sumptuous and Miss Romney obviously was sympathetic and capable of doing them justice…possesses a very fine mezzo-soprano voice.”
  • — Northeastern News
  • ‘Victoriana, a Victorian Musical Entertainment’
    “…(a) thoroughly delightful concert…Emily Romney gave the audience a performance that held them, adults and children alike, in the palm of her hand.”
  • — Athol Daily News
  • Poulenc ‘Gloria’
    "Miss Romney was the solo soprano… She did a first-rate job.”
  • — Boston Globe
  • Menotti ‘The Medium’
    “…the best singing.”
  • — The Jewish Chronicle
  • Van Slyck ‘Judgment in Salem’
    “Mezzo-soprano Emily Romney sang and acted with extraordinary subtlety.”
  • — Washington Post

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