But when the email comes, and you start flipping through your book, it hits you--you’re sick of your audition repertoire. You’ve outgrown this song, that song never felt right to start with, and you’ve sung that other one at your last three auditions, and casting is as tired of it as you are. You want to choose pieces that make you shine...but you’re not sure where to start or what’s the right fit...so you just go back to your faithful old standards and hope for the best.
We can get ahead of those dreaded feelings by exploring new repertoire and polishing your audition material together. Let’s find the songs that you can’t stop singing, with the stories you can’t wait to tell. Let’s create the cuts and develop the characters that will have the creative team thinking about you long after the last audition of the day. Let’s build a customized audition book full of the songs that make you SHINE so that the next time that email comes, you can just grab your character shoes and GO.
“MJ is not only so wonderful to work with on a personal level, but she is also incredibly knowledgeable and skilled as a voice instructor and coach. Her studio is so well organized and provides so many opportunities for performers. I always appreciate the wide variety of technical exercises she uses and how she approaches the work we do together. She is so supportive and has helped me not only improve my range, abilities and repertoire but also my confidence as a singer and actor. Highly recommend booking in with MJ!”
(CHARLOTTETOWN, THEATRE CALGARY, 1000 ISLANDS PLAYHOUSE)
“M.J. is amazing! I was classically trained through my teenage and early adult years, and always considered a strong first soprano in Western classical music. I thought I couldn't sing anything else but have just recently discovered that it was just that I didn't know how. M.J. can listen to me sing something once and then provide specific advice on techniques to try out to produce a sound more appropriate for the style - and we've tried multiple different styles! She explains new techniques in a way thats easy to understand and is always cautious to make sure whatever you are doing is comfortable and healthy for your voice. She manages to provide this feedback in a way that still builds up your confidence and makes you feel in a safe space to explore new sounds. I have found that I can go into a session with M.J., and genuinely feel that my sound has been transformed by the time I walk out. Working with M.J. has been a fantastic opportunity, she is the best!”
(KW GLEE POP THERAPY)
“I have been coaching with M.J. for several years now and I always leave our sessions feeling confident and prepared. Her knowledge of Musical Theatre and voice is a rare asset in coaches; this has helped me a great deal in preparing for auditions. As a performer who works consistently in the industry my time spent coaching with M.J. has been incredibly valuable.”
(Mirvish, Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Ent.)
“It's a gift to have M.J. as an accompanist for my music theatre performance class. Actually, 'accompanist' doesn't quite encompass all that M.J. brings to the room. It's vital to me to create a safe environment in class, so that the students feel free to take risks. M.J. not only brings an acute musical sensitivity and tremendous skill to her playing, but also an open heart and mind which is invaluable in helping the students develop and trust their own musicality and instincts. She makes them better musicians by the virtue of her own musicianship.”
(Broadway, Stratford, Shaw)
“I just wanted to thank you again for working with Ella on such short notice. I must say that I was very impressed with the progress you made with her in one hour. She is way more confident now in what they asked her to do. Thanks again so very much for all your help!”
Eva Ballentine, mother of Ella
("Anne" in TV movie adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, Mirvish)
“You're the best there is.
Can you please always play in every audition? You're the best.”
(Charlottetown Festival, Soulpepper, Drayton Ent.)