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Master Class Series with Thomas Pandolfi Part 1
Master Class Series with Thomas Pandolfi Part 1
$18.00 / 2 days

An exclusive masterclass series with world-renowned concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi.


The M Institute for the Arts is so pleased to be able to present access to star faculty, pianist Thomas Pandolfi, in this special masterclass setting. Advanced & pre-professional students perform and receive in-the-moment feedback and coaching from one of the world's most expressive concert pianists.

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Master Class Series with Thomas Pandolfi Part 1

An exclusive masterclass series with world-renowned concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi.


The M Institute for the Arts is so pleased to be able to present access to star faculty, pianist Thomas Pandolfi, in this special masterclass setting. Advanced & pre-professional students perform and receive in-the-moment feedback and coaching from one of the world's most expressive concert pianists.

Masterclass With Angel Blue

M4Arts is so proud to present this exclusive online masterclass with bonafide opera star Angel Blue. A Q&A session centered on creative courage will be led by M4Arts Director of Programming, Tracy Cox. In concert, Blue has sung with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia, and the London, Munich and Israeli Philharmonic orchestras. She has sung at international festivals and in 2017 opened the Summer Recital Series in New York’s Central Park. Her concert repertory includes Beethoven’s Symphony no.9, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony no.2, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder, Honegger’s King David and Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony. Blue is the CEO of the non-profit organization Sylvia’s Kids, a foundation dedicated to helping American teenagers continue their studies once they have completed high school.


Recorded on 7/25/20 via Zoom

Piano Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi (Part 1, Chopin Concerto, 1st mvt)

Part 2 of Mo's Piano Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi on Chopin Concerto No. 1

Piano Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi (Part 1, Chopin Concerto, 1st mvt)

Part 1 of Mo's Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi on Chopin Concerto No. 1

Thomas Pandolfi Perform Chopin Etudes

October 6th, 2019 in the Steinway Room at M Institute

Iter Trio perform Bach's Goldberg Variations

October 6th, 2019 in the Steinway Room at M Institute

Masterclass with Italian Soprano Capucine Chiaudani

M4Arts is so pleased to bring back Italian dramatic soprano Capucine Chiaudani for a special masterclass on Italianate singing.


Originally aired 7/18/20

Lose The Filter — Social Media Strategies

With over 13,000 followers on Instagram, Tracy Cox aka @sparklejams has leaned into using the egalitarian nature of social media platforms to build a fan base and broaden her artistic network. Learn the basics of the ever-changing algorithm, how to tangibly grow your following — and how authenticity will beat an over-filtered, over-crafted message every time.

Body Justice Training

The duo behind the popular web series, “Angry Fat People”, Matthew Anchel & Tracy Cox present this exclusive workshop designed for all opera industry professionals — singers, voice teachers, opera administrators and casting professionals. Learn the foundational principles of Body Justice and how as singers we can and should set boundaries around our bodies when working in the arts. Designed to also demonstrate how inclusivity can actually help us at the box office and improve power dynamics within the industry. An educational and entertaining class you won’t want to miss.

Masterclass with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell: Preparing For the New Reality

An exclusive masterclass with one of the most in-demand voice teachers in the world, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. This class is centered on navigating the new world of professional singing and teaching — circumstances which demand a commitment to innovation, creativity, and flexibility.

Masterclass with James Valenti: Life on the Road and Things We Weren't Told In School

From La Scala and the Sydney Opera House — to the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Met — tenor James Valenti has sung leading roles all over the world and experienced all the ups and downs of realities as a world-renowned tenor. In this special masterclass entitled, “Life on the Road and Things We Weren’t Taught in School”, Mr. Valenti will offer insight about what it actually takes survive on the road and the vital components of life as a working singer.

The Opera Frontier — Starting a New Artistic Life (Part 2)

After working at major houses for 25+ years, Dramatic Soprano Miriam Gordon Stewart began to hunger for more agency in her creative journey. So she moved to a small Southern town, and with two other co-founders — set to work building one of America’s most innovative, singer-centered chamber opera companies. Learn how to think outside of current institutions and start your own arts organization.

The Opera Frontier — Starting A New Artistic Life (Part 1)
After working at major houses for 25+ years, Dramatic Soprano Miriam Gordon Stewart began to hunger for more agency in her creative journey. So she moved to a small Southern town, and with two other co-founders — set to work building one of America’s most innovative, singer-centered chamber opera companies. Learn how to think outside the limits of existing institutions and start your own arts organization.
Artistic Identity & the Rehearsal Room
You spend time and money to prepare, audition, secure the work. Once hired, you spend money to coach your role, prepare as a musician and actor, read source material and....on day one--it suddenly becomes clear the rehearsal room isn't going to be what you imagined. What next? How do singers deal with problematic directors and still preserve artistic integrity, ensure awesome directors are obsessed with your art, and holistically utilize personal creative passions, intelligence and gifts without sacrificing one's own ideas and self worth? A serious seminar for the serious vocalist less interested in being an influencer and more curious and dedicated to a productive, engaging and ultimately rewarding creative process in the new reality of opera in 2020. Designed to build simmering, idea-ready artists eager to unleash new potential all while navigating the rehearsal room, auditions, and months of work before the first day as well as an exploration of progressive ideas and structures about how to best prepare. This discussion and media course is designed to openly and boldly explore and discuss the intricacies of Director + Singer relationships, broaden one's own personal artistic awareness and brand that can translate into actual projects for the future, facilitate important discussions about how to approach and dismantle auditions and rehearsal room ""norms"", work well with colleagues and give a glimpse into the processes and thoughts behind this director's own process and response to the shifting landscape of the opera field.
The F Word — Feedback (Part 3)

Musicians — particularly singers, are always on the receiving end of feedback.  We spend much of our time leaning on the ears and expertise of others - voice teachers, coaches, conductors, etc.  Constructive criticism is a useful and a necessary tool to pursue excellence in our craft — but interpreting this information is a skill.  From auditions, to coachings, to rehearsals, to reviews — how do we survive this intense scrutiny?  In this 3-part series, we will create a process for disseminating feedback in the most useful and beneficial way. The goal is to help create independent thinking, self-awareness, and not be derailed by negativity.

The F Word — Feedback (Part 2)
Musicians — particularly singers, are always on the receiving end of feedback. We spend much of our time leaning on the ears and expertise of others - voice teachers, coaches, conductors, etc. Constructive criticism is a useful and a necessary tool to pursue excellence in our craft — but interpreting this information is a skill. From auditions, to coachings, to rehearsals, to reviews — how do we survive this intense scrutiny? In this 3-part series, we will create a process for disseminating feedback in the most useful and beneficial way. The goal is to help create independent thinking, self-awareness, and not be derailed by negativity.
The F Word — Feedback (Part 1)

Musicians — particularly singers, are always on the receiving end of feedback.  We spend much of our time leaning on the ears and expertise of others - voice teachers, coaches, conductors, etc.  Constructive criticism is a useful and a necessary tool to pursue excellence in our craft — but interpreting this information is a skill.  From auditions, to coachings, to rehearsals, to reviews — how do we survive this intense scrutiny?  In this 3-part series, we will create a process for disseminating feedback in the most useful and beneficial way. The goal is to help create independent thinking, self-awareness, and not be derailed by negativity

Piano Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi (Part 3, Chopin Concerto, 1st mvt)

Part 2 of Mo's Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi on Chopin Concerto No. 1

The Music of Language: Part 1

The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Kathleen Kelly joins M4Arts for one of our most special and exclusive webinars yet. In this three part series, participants will learn how to enter a piece from the language itself. This course is geared towards professional and pre-professional vocalists, but all levels are welcome and encouraged.


Session one: we jump into the music of words. We tend to attach words to melodies, starting back in our voice-building days when we learned tuned on vowels and added text later. In this session, we explore turning that process upside down, and beginning with the inherent rhythm, pitch, and sound quality of the words that inspired composers to attach music to them.

The Music of Language: Part 2

The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Kathleen Kelly joins M4Arts for one of our most special and exclusive webinars yet. In this three part series, participants will learn how to enter a piece from the language itself. This course is geared towards professional and pre-professional vocalists, but all levels are welcome and encouraged.


Session two: we’ll talk about how our American English is physically and expressively hard-wired, and the ways in which that hampers or helps us when we dig into other languages. Learn about our biggest blind spots, from pronunciation to emotional expression.

The Connection Between Classical & Jazz Music with Alon Yavnai

Grammy Award Winning pianist/composer/arranger Alon Yavnai on the inherent connection between Jazz and Classical Music.

 

Alon Yavnai has performed with his New York based big band at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, and Scullers Jazz Club, alongside recording and touring worldwide with renowned artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Regina Carter, Louis Hayes, and the New York Voices, among others.

Stage Fright: Building the Tools to Move Through Performance Anxiety - Part 1

Soprano Maria Elena Altany has a wide breadth of professional performance experience, from session recordings to backup singing — to avant-garde opera performance with The Industry and the LA Philharmonic.


In this 3-part webinar Ms. Altany will break down the different ways performance anxiety manifests itself and can impact the personal and professional lives of musicians — and how to strategically combat it, both mentally and physically. Through a nuanced combination of performance experience and sports psychology, Ms. Altany will provide participants with a tool box to continue making music through and beyond what can often be a paralyzing experience for artists.


Musicians and performance artists of all levels are welcome and encouraged — as well as anyone struggling with public speaking or performance-related anxiety issues.

Stage Fright: Building the Tools to Move Through Performance Anxiety - Part 2

Soprano Maria Elena Altany has a wide breadth of professional performance experience, from session recordings to backup singing — to avant-garde opera performance with The Industry and the LA Philharmonic.


In this 3-part webinar Ms. Altany will break down the different ways performance anxiety manifests itself and can impact the personal and professional lives of musicians — and how to strategically combat it, both mentally and physically. Through a nuanced combination of performance experience and sports psychology, Ms. Altany will provide participants with a tool box to continue making music through and beyond what can often be a paralyzing experience for artists.


Musicians and performance artists of all levels are welcome and encouraged — as well as anyone struggling with public speaking or performance-related anxiety issues.

Stage Fright: Building the Tools to Move Through Performance Anxiety - Part 3

Soprano Maria Elena Altany has a wide breadth of professional performance experience, from session recordings to backup singing — to avant-garde opera performance with The Industry and the LA Philharmonic.


In this 3-part webinar Ms. Altany will break down the different ways performance anxiety manifests itself and can impact the personal and professional lives of musicians — and how to strategically combat it, both mentally and physically. Through a nuanced combination of performance experience and sports psychology, Ms. Altany will provide participants with a tool box to continue making music through and beyond what can often be a paralyzing experience for artists.


Musicians and performance artists of all levels are welcome and encouraged — as well as anyone struggling with public speaking or performance-related anxiety issues.

Piano Pedaling Techniques with Thomas Pandolfi: Part 1

World-renowned concert pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, presents a webinar on pedaling techniques for the piano. This webinar may prove most beneficial to intermediate to advanced students, however, beginners are welcome to attend.

Piano Pedaling Techniques with Thomas Pandolfi: Part 2

World-renowned concert pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, presents a webinar on pedaling techniques for the piano. This webinar may prove most beneficial to intermediate to advanced students, however, beginners are welcome to attend.

Piano Pedaling Techniques with Thomas Pandolfi: Part 3

World-renowned concert pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, presents a webinar on pedaling techniques for the piano. This webinar may prove most beneficial to intermediate to advanced students, however, beginners are welcome to attend.

Piano Masterclass

An exclusive masterclass with world-renowned concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi.


The M Institute for the Arts is so pleased to be able to present access to star faculty, pianist Thomas Pandolfi, in this special masterclass setting. Advanced & pre-professional students perform and receive in-the-moment feedback and coaching from one of the world's most expressive concert pianists.

Intro to Music History 1: Middle Ages and Renaissance Era

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

Intro to Music History 2: Baroque Era

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

Intro to Music History 3: Classical Era

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

Intro to Music History 4: Romantic Era

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

Intro to Music History 5: 20th/21st Century Music

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

Intro to Music History 6: Living Composers

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

Inside a Voice Lesson

International Bass Matthew Anchel has worked at places like The Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Glyndebourne, Staatsoper Stuttgart, and Carnegie Hall — but he is also a gifted voice teacher with a large voice studio in New York City. He teaches across genre and style — from classical to musical theater to drag performance — and has many opera singers with international careers, as well as actors on Broadway and TV who look to him for their technical foundations and solutions. Matthew has an LGBTQ+ inclusive studio.


In this special class exclusive to M4Arts, Matthew gives an overview of his approach to singing, and demonstrate his technique by working with multiple singers from his studio during the zoom conference. All levels are welcome. This class will focus on technique for musical theater singing.

Audition Skills

Award-winning soprano Tracy Cox will cover the basics of how to prepare for an opera or musical theater audition — whether at the university, young artist, or professional level. What to bring, what to sing, how to dress, and what to expect. 

Courses

All the new era voice festival masterclasses and webinars in one package, on-demand!

12 Videos
Rent for $144.00 / 14 days

Join us for a journey through music history starting from the Middle Ages all the way to the music of today. Classes will cover important composers, performers and stylistic elements that are reflective of each era with visual and audio examples.


This class is designed to be accessible to those who have not intimately studied music — but even the most seasoned musician would enjoy the dynamic refresher from these engaging instructors.


We recommend the series be taken in its entirety, but classes may be purchased a la carte.


Instructors Emma Hays Johnson and Celaya Kirchner are professional string players, and the founders of the concert series, Empath Concerts. Their teaching and performance experience — and frequent collaborative work together will make this series a special and dynamic experience you won't want to miss.

6 Videos
Rent for $60.00 / 12 days

The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Kathleen Kelly joins M4Arts for one of our most special and exclusive webinars yet. In this three part series, participants will learn how to enter a piece from the language itself. This course is geared towards professional and pre-professional vocalists, but all levels are welcome and encouraged.


Session one: we jump into the music of words. We tend to attach words to melodies, starting back in our voice-building days when we learned tuned on vowels and added text later. In this session, we explore turning that process upside down, and beginning with the inherent rhythm, pitch, and sound quality of the words that inspired composers to attach music to them.


Session two: we’ll talk about how our American English is physically and expressively hard-wired, and the ways in which that hampers or helps us when we dig into other languages. Learn about our biggest blind spots, from pronunciation to emotional expression.

2 Videos
Rent for $25.00 / 7 days

Soprano Maria Elena Altany has a wide breadth of professional performance experience, from session recordings to backup singing — to avant-garde opera performance with The Industry and the LA Philharmonic.


In this 3-part webinar Ms. Altany will break down the different ways performance anxiety manifests itself and can impact the personal and professional lives of musicians — and how to strategically combat it, both mentally and physically. Through a nuanced combination of performance experience and sports psychology, Ms. Altany will provide participants with a tool box to continue making music through and beyond what can often be a paralyzing experience for artists.


Musicians and performance artists of all levels are welcome and encouraged — as well as anyone struggling with public speaking or performance-related anxiety issues.

3 Videos
Rent for $30.00 / 10 days

World-renowned concert pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, presents a webinar on pedaling techniques for the piano. This webinar may prove most beneficial to intermediate to advanced students, however, beginners are welcome to attend.

3 Videos
Rent for $35.00 / 10 days

Musicians — particularly singers, are always on the receiving end of feedback.  We spend much of our time leaning on the ears and expertise of others - voice teachers, coaches, conductors, etc.  Constructive criticism is a useful and a necessary tool to pursue excellence in our craft — but interpreting this information is a skill.  From auditions, to coachings, to rehearsals, to reviews — how do we survive this intense scrutiny?  In this 3-part series, we will create a process for disseminating feedback in the most useful and beneficial way. The goal is to help create independent thinking, self-awareness, and not be derailed by negativity. Rent all three classes in the course at a substantial discount.

3 Videos
Rent for $30.00 / 14 days

After working at major houses for 25+ years, Dramatic Soprano Miriam Gordon Stewart began to hunger for more agency in her creative journey. So she moved to a small Southern town, and with two other co-founders — set to work building one of America’s most innovative, singer-centered chamber opera companies. Learn how to think outside of existing institutions, and even start your own artistic organization!

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Rent for $20.00 / 10 days