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Voice, instrument lessons at The Prizery
SoVaNow.com / August 23, 2012The Prizery arts center in South Boston is offering arts education classes for students of all ages in multiple arts disciplines. Lessons in traditional musical instruments; banjo, fiddle, guitar will be taught by Mark Weems. Kevin and Bryan Matheson will teach violin and viola, and Emily Byrne will offer voice training. All lessons will begin in September.
Voice Training with Emily Byrne
The Prizery welcomes its newest teacher, Emily Byrne, to its arts faculty. Emily is a vocalist with a diverse range of performance credits. Recently, Byrne has been seen as Teresa in “La Sonnambula” with Delaware Valley Opera Company, and as The Mother in Long Leaf Opera’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (in North Carolina) where she was hailed as “…the show’s unifying force in the vocal department.” She has also performed leading roles with the College Light Opera Company (Massachusetts) in “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Mikado” “My Fair Lady” and others.
In addition to her performance credits, Byrne is an active private voice teacher comfortable instructing students of all backgrounds and abilities in a variety of musical genres. She is passionate about helping students find their own unique voice through a personalized understanding of vocal technique.
Byrne will be one of the featured performers in The Prizery’s upcoming production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
Banjo, fiddle and guitar lessons with Mark Weems
Mark Weems returns to The Prizery as a teacher of traditional music instruments. Mark and his wife Julee have performed at The Prizery many times and have been featured guests on North Carolina Public Radio’s Back Porch Music and Fiona Ritchies’ The Thistle & Shamrock. The duo also performs around the country with Little Windows, a mix Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally-based originals, with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They also explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound. will be teaching banjo, fiddle and guitar to students of all ages. Weems will be teaching banjo, fiddle and guitar on Mondays during the afternoon and evening.
Violin and Viola lessons with Kevin and Bryan Matheson
Kevin and Brian Matheson have been teaching strings at The Prizery for the last three years. Most recently the brothers provided the string music for Summer Theatre’s “Cinderella.” They will perform at The Prizery in January with their Night at the Movies concert.