Subject: SoulSinging Spring Performance Saturday, May 30 FREE!

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*SoulSinging Spring Performance, Saturday, May 30 FREE!
*A Fly on the Wall: A Sneak Peak Inside a Lesson with Daniel Buchanan
*Exciting Class Offerings
*ROAR! Summer Songwriting Camp for Young Women
*Upcoming Song Studio Classes
*Resound NW Events Calendar
*Gift Certificates
*Find a Lesson Time
Resound NW presents:
SoulSinging Spring Performance

Saturday, May 30, 6:00pm FREE!
(Reception to follow)

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Choir Room
147 NW 19th Ave., Portland, OR 97209

Enter through the courtyard on NW 19th and proceed to the second floor.

Singing inspiring and heartfelt music from around the world, this concert is the culmination of 4 months of rehearsal from 15 dedicated singers. Join us as we celebrate! These dedicated and focused singers will be performing music from many different styles and genres, including jazz, indie pop, classical choral, country, rock, musical theater, African, folk, and more.

This performance is sure to be an inspiring evening, and it is completely free! We hope to see you to share in our musical joy!

SoulSinging is a singing class at Resound NW focused on group and solo singing utilizing inspiring music from around the world. SoulSinging is taught by Daniel Buchanan assisted by Erica Melton on the piano. For more info, go to, or check out our Facebook event.

Christina Amri
Sophie Ballo
Cathy Bledsoe
Tony Burba
Jim Burkhart
Naomi Hunsaker
Feroshia Knight
Bonnie Messinger
Sara McWilliams
Kelly Nardo
Liam Purkey
Helen Richardson
Elizabeth Scott
Jason Thomas
Erin Walker
Kim Wilson

Daniel Buchanan, instructor
Erica Melton, pianist
A Fly on the Wall: A Sneak Peak Inside a Lesson with Daniel Buchanan

When I arrive for my voice lesson with Daniel Buchanan, I am prepared. Although I’m more excited than nervous, it’s been over three years since my last lesson, also with him. Daniel’s teaching methods haven’t changed, essentially. He is still kind, compassionate, encouraging and spot-on when it comes to his observations. When you have a formula for success and a proven track record, why mess with it?

We start out by chatting a little bit about what I’ve been up to musically over the past few years, and then we dive right into vocal exercises. I am amazed at how out-of-shape my voice sounds to me, but Daniel gives me tips on where to place the sound and how to breathe most effectively. He gently pushes me to go further, beyond where I believe my threshold lies. It’s funny how someone else can know your voice better than you do.

After brief stretching and several warm-ups, I am finally ready to sing the song I’ve prepared. I’ve brought the sheet music, and fortunately, Daniel happens to have another copy, so he plays along on piano while I sing. I manage to get through the song a number of times, even though we stop to go over a few ro
ugh spots. Again, Daniel gives me tips to allow more volume and power to flow from my voice, especially on the more challenging notes. I tell him that I seem to have a mechanism in my voice that hushes me when I try to belt out. I tell him, “I have no idea why this is. I have only ever received encouragement and praise for my voice.” He asks me if I’ve ever felt hushed in other ways, if I’ve ever felt I was being discouraged from speaking up. Of course! He’s hit the nail on the head.

At one point in the lesson, I’ll admit, I randomly, suddenly, break into tears. I’m not sure why. I think it’s because I happened to have chosen a song with deep, personal meaning to me. I can’t recall this ever having happened to me in a lesson before. Although I am slightly embarrassed, I am thankful that I am comfortable enough around Daniel to allow this to happen. He says supportively, “Music can evoke very powerful emotions.”

After taking a few sips of the tea Dan always has on hand, I quickly pull myself together, and we dive back in. Before I know it, the hour has passed. I leave with one clear, definitive thought: I want to start singing regularly again. It’s not only a dream of mine, it’s crucial for
my well-being and sense of self. I am grateful to have a friend whose job (literally) it is to remind me. Thank you, Daniel!

Karin Cravotta
Studio Administrator
Resound NW

Free and Joyful Playing for Guitar and Ukulele Players NEXT FRIDAY (with Maria Olaya)

Do you want to explore your guitar or ukulele skills in a relaxed and joyful environment? Would you like your music to resound with true ease and freedom? Please join Maria Olaya, world-class performer, teacher, composer and arranger, for this exciting opportunity. Read more -->

Upcoming 2015 Dates
Friday, May 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Friday, June 26, 7:00-9:00pm

Musical Playground for Songwriters (with Nicole Berke)

This workshop series with Nicole Berke will provide a space for music-loving, creative individuals of all levels to come together and work on their craft. Each month will introduce a different theme. April’s focus will be song arrangement, or how to make a cover sound original. Coming up in May, we’ll tackle the art of writing lyrics, and in June, we’ll dive into musical theory and composition for songwriting. In an exciting and supportive way, you’ll improve upon your skills, get inspired with new ideas, and engage with other like-minded people in the Resound NW musical community! Read more -->

Upcoming 2015 Dates
Thursday, June 18, 7:00-9:00pm: Create Your Chords
Vocal Improvisation: Breaking Free (with Maddy Ross

Ever wanted to learn to scat like Ella? Or just let go and create some new music? Here's your chance! Get ready to explore improvised music in all forms and styles, with special emphasis on allowing our creative brains to be set free! Jazz, Blues, R&B, Classical, Pop, you-name-it, we'll improvise it!

Upcoming 2015 Dates
June 28, 7:00-9:00pm
NOW ENROLLING: ROAR! Summer Songwriting Camp For Young Women

Are you a young, female, aspiring singer/songwriter wishing to develop your talents? Come join us in June for this exciting opportunity to hone your songwriting craft. Read more -->

PLUS: Participate in composing a group song to be choreographed and performed by Portland Youth Ballet!
Upcoming 2015 Dates
June 22 - June 26, 2015
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
End-of-Camp Performance
Friday, June 26 at 3:00 pm
PYB Performance
Saturday, August 22, 2015
(*Attendance not mandatory.)

Photograph by Jesse Hudson:
Song Studio Classes

"Song Studio" is a performance class where Resound NW students perform a song they have prepared and receive valuable coaching on their performance. The class includes a mini-lesson for each student plus a professional pianist to accompany him or her.  

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

The class is FREE to observe!  Read more -->

Song Studio 

Friday, May 22 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 5 7:30 - 9:30 pm

at Resound NW, 1836 NW Overton St.  Portland, OR

Instructor: Daniel Buchanan
Resound NW Events Calendar

Friday, May 22 AND Friday, June 5, 7:30 - 9:30 pm SONG STUDIO 

Friday, May 29, 7:00 - 9:00pm


Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26 10:00 am - 3:00 pm ROAR! SONGWRITING CAMP FOR YOUNG WOMEN
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Would you like to book a lesson with one of our instructors? We offer private lessons in voice, piano, guitar and ukulele. To view our instructors' availability, please check our appointment calendar below. 

Resound NW Instructors

Voice and Piano Teacher

Voice and Piano Teacher
Song Studio and SoulSinging

Guitar and Ukulele Teacher

Voice and Piano Teacher

, 1532 SW Jefferson St., Portland, OR 97201, United States
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