Dr. Greta Pope: Performance Anxiety

Stage fright/anxiety is common for many people in a variety of professions. Many people ask how to overcome stage fright and become more confident. This week on the podcast, Dr. Greta Pope shares her knowledge on the topic and how to best overcome stage anxieties for future performances.

Learn more about Performance Anxiety and how to overcome in by enrolling in Dr. Greta Pope’s Music Business Secrets courses.

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Meet Yvonne Gage

This week we sit down with singer Yvonne Gage from Chicago, Illinois. Active since the late 1970s, she has done background vocals for artists prior to and after her own solo success. As a session musician, she has provided vocals for many well known artists.

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Meet Mark Sorlie

This week Greta Pope sits down with Mark Sorlie. Mark is a professional bassist and singer, he has played in all genres of live and recorded music with a degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of North Dakota and additional schooling at Berklee in Boston. After years of making a living playing music, he developed the interest in the instruments that he plays into the repair of them.

He has trained in the repair of brass, stringed instruments, and percussion with a minor in woodwinds. Having specifically honed his trombone manipulation skills over the years, he still keeps the trombones in top shape for many of the professional trombone players in the Chicago area and beyond in his home shop. He is a long time member of NAPBIRT and he has taught NAPBIRT clinics at both Regional and the NAPBIRT Conferences.

He also played in many small group to big band ensembles over the years behind such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Claudio Roditi, Pete Christlieb, Pat LaBarbara, Gary Foster, Louie Bellson, Karyn Allison, Kevin Mahogany, and many others. And he has sung and played on jingles for Popeye’s Chicken (with Dr. John), Pioneer Corn, The Snuggery and Hires Root Beer and others.

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Meet Dr. Jeffrey Carter

Dr. Jeffrey Carter is a Professor & Director of Music Direction for Musical Theatre at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

He gained success with university ensembles, amateur choral groups, show choirs, volunteer church choirs, and festival choruses alike. His performance experience and training ranges through nearly 1000 years of the Western musical tradition, with performing and educational endeavors taking him to the continents of Asia, South America, and Europe, in addition to the continental United States.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas, and the Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Missouri.

Dr. Carter is especially proud that his students have held and continue to hold in prominent positions in such various places as the male ensemble Chanticleer, on Broadway and in national tours, and on various college and university faculties.

Learn more about Dr. Carter by visiting his  website. Check out his voice lessons page here. Follow him on Instagram. Learn more about NATS.

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57th NATS Conference Reflection

On This week’s episode Dr. Greta Pope shares her experience at the 57th NATS Conference held in Chicago, IL in July 2022. After two years in the pandemic, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.) finally brought back their live conference and it did not disappoint. Aside from talking all things singing, attendees participated in a Community Sing Session, over 65 breakout sessions, networking, expanded student workshops, much more!

Learn more about NATS by visiting their website. Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

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Meet Johnny Petillo

This week Greta Pope sits down with Johnny Petillo – the man who does it all!

With over 30 years of experience, his talents bring an incredible experience to fans young and old. Even with his Hall of Fame standing he remains a humble and humorous entertainer from Jersey.

Johnny has appeared on The Tonight Show and The Late Night with David Letterman as well as traveled the world performing for fans of all ages.

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Meet Scott Mason

We’re excited to welcome Scott Mason to The Business Savvy Singer Podcast this week. Scott is a Bass Player Extraordinaire and is the Head of Jazz and Contemporary Music Studies at Chicago’s Roosevelt University where he has held that role since 2012.

In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, he also maintains a bass studio of 3-5 students. His teaching emphasizes technical mastery of the instrument based on his classical studies, coupled with a thorough study of the role of the bass in the jazz and commercial repertoire.

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Meet Lizzy Nguyen

This week on The Business Savvy Singer Podcast Greta sits down with the talented Lizzy Nguyen – film, theatre, and voice actor. She just graduated with a BFA Acting major with minors in Strategic Communications and Film & Screenwriting from Ball State University.

During her time there, she was in the Department of Theatre and Dance productions such as The Giantmaker, This Girl Laughs…, The Children’s Hour, The Delays, and Everybody. Her career goal going into the industry is to uplift diverse and underrepresented stories whether that be on stage, on screen, or behind-the-scenes!

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Learn more about Lizzy by visiting her website, and following her on Facebook and Instagram

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Meet Dr. Susan Boldrey

This week Greta sits down with Dr. Susan Boldrey. Dr. Boldrey is a professor of English, French and Spanish. She also teaches English as a second language for business organizations. Dr. Boldrey offers interpreting and translating support, in addition to language and diction services.

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To connect with Dr. Susan Boldrey email sboldreyfr@gmail.com

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Meet Robyn Spangler

This week on the Business Savvy Singer Podcast Greta sits down with multiple award winner, Robyn Spangler. Robyn has wowed audiences around the world performing concert and convention dates, benefits, private events and clubs. Robyn’s music receives ranking on the jazz charts, has received airplay on Delta Airlines’ Hello Music Channel and on radio stations across the US.

Learn more about Robyn by visiting her website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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