Subject: The Practice of Singing

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In this newsletter:
1. A message from Daniel Buchanan
2. Full Studio Gathering April 26
3. Free event April 18 (Song Studio)
4. Teachers in performance around the world
5. News from our Facebook page
Perform?!?  No Way!

I'd like to take a moment to address a common myth about singing.  It goes something like this:

"Either you can sing or you can't.  Some people have the gift, and others don't."  

Argh!  I don't even know where to begin to address this!  Day after day, week after week, I see that this is completely untrue. Everyone can sing.  Everyone has the ability to sing, and personally, I think everyone needs to sing.

Here is the problem: somehow as a culture, we got our wires crossed about WHY we sing.  There seems to a prevalent assumption that singing is about performing.  The problem with this view is that it completely ignores the process of singing.

In some other cultures, there isn't a distinction between "singers" and "non-singers." Everyone is a singer!

Here at Resound NW, we think of singing as a meditative practice, similar to a yoga practice, the practice of exercising, or a spiritual practice such as prayer, meditation, or dance.  Take exercise, for example - not everyone is going to run a marathon, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't exercise!  Similarly, not everyone will spend lots of time on stage performing, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't sing!

What is performance, then?  Performance is simply the act of sharing your meditative practice with others!  This sharing experience comes in many forms, many styles, and many flavors. We believe that performing as a singer is an act of community - an opportunity to share what you feel and what you have accomplished, in whatever stage of the process you are.  

Now, what are you waiting for?  Start your meditative practice of singing today!   

Happy Singing!

Daniel Buchanan
Founder, Resound NW


P.S. We are going to be gathering as a full studio this month to engage in the act of performing!  On April 26, we will have a Resound NW Studio Gathering. If you are interested in finding your meditative practice of singing, this event is a great opportunity to watch others perform, get to know the students and teachers of the studio, and sing together.  We would love to have you there!  Details below.
Resound NW 
Studio Gathering
April 26, 5:00-8:00pm
at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 
Choir Room

A Studio Gathering is the ultimate singing party!  Students and teachers will perform for one another, we will sing together, we share a potluck - it's a fun way to get singing and meet the other students at Resound NW.  

This event is fun, free, and open to all!
Free event April 18!

"Song Studio" is a performance class where Resound NW students perform a song they have prepared and received valuable coaching on their performance.  

This class is fun, low-key, and an exciting way to learn about the craft of singing!  

The class is FREE to observe!  Come join us!  Read more -->

Song Studio 
Friday, April 18, 7:00-9:00pm
at Resound NW, 1836 NW Overton St.  Portland, OR

Instructor: Daniel Buchanan
Pianist: Erica Melton 
Upcoming At Resound NW

April 18: Song Studio


May 16: Song Studio


May 28: Song Studio

July 8-11: Summer Intensive
Singing Camp for High School Students
Resound NW Teachers in Performance


Jennifer Davies will be performing the role of "Nolie" in Show Boat at Lakewood Theater in Lake Oswego.  
Performances are May 2 - June 8.  



Lori Lewis will be performing in Mons, Belgium with the rock band Therion on April 20.  The performance is part of the PPM Fest.  


Daniel Buchanan will be performing with Playback Theater on Saturday, May 3 in Portland.  


Daniel Buchanan will also be performing in Giasone and the Argonauts at the Hollywood Theater with Opera Theater Oregon. Performances are May 30 - June 7.



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