Starlite Room Return

Its Summer in Florida! Its 100% humidity and the ocean is as warm as the air.

I am looking forward to sharing an evening of music with you at the Starlite Room. I am performing a musical theater review with baritone, Clayton Brown. I’m taking a small palette cleanser from the classical repertoire- for one evening. Come join us next Friday, July 15th (four days before my birthday) – we’ve got great music on deck and a fabulous pianist to accompany.

Doors at 7:30, Concert at 8pm – Call the starlite room to reserve your spot today! 941.928.3624

 

Neil Semer Voice Institute, Summer 2017

I had the privilege of singing in Quebec this summer. I accompanied my voice teacher, Neil Semer, to the small town of Rivere Baudette in Quebec. It was a week of intense vocal technique work, coachings, and recitals.

In the last year, I have grown as an artist and singer. The bulk of that growth has happened since I changed voice teachers almost 7 months ago. I am excited to share my growth with audiences in the coming months. I hope my work with such an esteemed and brilliant educator will continue to flourish and I will stay open to the work that needs to be done.

 

Opera Lounge at the Starlite Room 2017

A big THANK YOU to those of you who came out to support the arts on Friday, February 10th, 2017.  What a fabulous audience you were.  It was truly a blessing to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones. It was incredible to feel the music come alive and to share my hard work with such appreciative and responsive audience.  

I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did.  I cannot wait to come back down to sing for you again.  

A word from Clayton:
Performing for the community of Sarasota was such a delight.  I was overwhelmed with love and kindness from all of Erica’s family and friends during my stay.  Thank you for bringing the masses to see Erica and I perform.  We are looking forward to performing at The Starlite Room again soon — perhaps mid July.  I will be performing The Baker in Into The Woods with St Petersburg Opera in late June and early July.  It would be lovely to see you all there.  Thank you again, and I look forward to performing in Sarasota with Erica again soon. 

And a few words from the both of us:

As artists we are constantly reminded that being in the arts only works when there’s a strong inclusiveness.  An inclusiveness of everyone from all walks of life, faith, race and gender — so that we may pull together to communicate the human experience.  It takes a village to get things done, no one can do it alone.  We want to thank you for being here today and being part in our journey.  Without the support of our our audience, none of this would be possible.  So thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the rest of our show.

As always, if you are interested in donating or sponsoring private lessons, coachings, audition expenses, and anything else we singers need to get by; there a direct donation link in my website. 

Love to you all,

Erica and Clayton

Set list of songs performed at the Starlite room February 10, 2017
“Willkommen”  from Cabaret (Erica and clayton)
“Quando men vo” – from La Boheme, Puccini (Erica)
“O mio babbino” – from Gianni Schicchi, Puccini (Erica)
Paul Bowles Set (Text by Tenessee Williams) (Clayton)
1.Heavenly Grass
2.Lonesome Man
3.Cabin
4.Sugar in the Cane
“Meine Lippen sie küssen so Heiss” from Guidetta, Lehar (Erica)
“Deh viene alla finestra” from Don Giovanni, Mozart (Clayton)
“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni, Mozart (Duet)

Intermission

“Pronta io son” from Don Pasquale, Donizetti (duet)
“Steps of the palace” from Into the Woods, Sondheim (Erica)
“Good Thing Going” from Follies, Sondheim (Clayton)
“Buddy’s blues” Sondheim (Clayton)
“Oh quante volte” from Capuletti e i Montechhi, Bellini (Erica)
“O! du mein holder Abendstern” from Tanhauser, Wagner (clayton)
“No one is alone” from Into the Woods, Sondheim (Duet)

 

 

Starlite Redux//Masterclass

We had another lovely concert this past friday at the Starlite room.  A very intimate room full of completely new faces! Its always wonderful to meet and sing for new people. Most everyone there left me their email addresses so I can begin to form a mailing list! I really should have been collecting those things ages ago, but what can you do. If you are reading this and would like to give me your email address, please click the contact tab on the front page of my website. This will bring you to a page prompting you to leave your contact information.  If you would also please leave me a message (so i know you’re not a robot) i will get you added to the list!

I hope to begin sending out regular emails starting in the fall/winter.  Until then, please continue to check this blog for updates on my move, auditions, and general shenanigans in NYC.

There is another opportunity to watch me perform! I am currently in a show at the Players Theater of SarasotaI. The play is called Masterclass, by Terrance McNally.  Based on a masterclass given by Maria Callas at Julliard in the seventies.  It is about the love of our art, the passion we feel, and what we must sacrifice to achieve our dreams.  The play runs Thursday-Sunday August 6-16th.  Tickets are on sale at the Players Theater box office, or by the link below.  It is $18 for a single ticket.  Unfortunately, it is not suitable for children.  Click the link below to buy tickets!

Click for the Players website

I have also attached the paypal link below.  I will continue to post this on my blog entries for anyone who would like to further donate to my endeavors, career opportunities, and help me get closer to my goals.


SarasotaDay

This is a lovely feature piece the SarasotaDay did on me.  Thank you to Ashley Murphy for taking the time to interview me.  I always love an excuse to talk about myself 😉

Click for Article

I am doing another show at the Starlite room TONIGHT at 8pm. Should be a lovely evening of beautiful music.

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Donate!

Admittedly, asking for donations has never been my favorite part of this “singer/patron exchange”.  Which is why I usually leave it in the very capable hands of my father (he is shameless).  I am officially a big girl now, and have taken it upon myself to once and for all get over being bashful.  I recognize that my achievements have been made possible by donations and scholarship.  If i had never simply asked for help – where would i be now? Asking cannot hurt you, it can only help.SO- if you would like to help me in NYC, please click the button below.  I promise to keep you very regularly updated on my whereabouts, adventures, failures, and successes.  Thusly, ensuring that your donations are being well spent.  I feel like i do not have enough thank yous in my body for all of the help i have received in my career.  But i find more, time and time again.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.





The Starlite Room

Hello All!

We had a wonderfully successful concert at the Starlite Room in Sarasota this past Saturday.  It was an astounding turnout.  It was also my birthday celebration – i turned 25 on July 19th.  I could not imagine ringing in a quarter of a century any differently – sharing my voice, laughter, and artistry with you.  Thank you so much for those of you who came out and supported me, and the arts in Sarasota.  Your contributions really made an enormous difference.  I will be able to move to New York city with a little more wiggle room in my savings account.  This will allow me to take lessons, begin my audition applications, and settle into my new home with much more ease and comfort.  I hope that I gave you something rewarding in return.

I have truly come a long way in my technique and performance practice.  It was a tough road, and I came close to giving up many many times.  To be honest, if it wasn’t for my community, and family support, I may not have continued.  Today, I have harnessed enough confidence to begin putting myself out there again and presenting myself to the world.  As a singer, you open yourself up to be judged by others.  This is not always a positive thing, and you are not always liked or appreciated.  It is really a treasure to be able to receive so much warmth from those involved in my career.  Not everyone in this business has a safety net like I do.

As audition season heats up, and New York becomes a reality, I will make sure to keep this blog updated and share my journey with anyone who would like to come along.

Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart –

-Erica

Below is a link to the article in the ticket, and a clip of me singing from Saturday evening!

http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/07/15/erica-reynolds/

“Vieni t’affretta” – Verdi – Macbeth

 

Graduation!

 

I am so pleased to announce my graduation and to update you on life after the Boston Conservatory. I will be in Sarasota, Florida in May before heading to Vermont for the summer. When I return I will begin my applications for graduate programs while I continue voice studies with a professor at Florida State University. My number one priority is to maintain my instrument during this time off because graduate school is just around the corner!

My last year in Boston was filled with many great opportunities including a role in the main stage production of Ravel’s “L’enfant et le sortileges”. I have also participated in the fall and spring opera scenes, playing roles in Debussy’s “Dialogue of the Carmelites” and Puccinis “La Boheme”. I finished off the year sharing my senior recital with family and friends at the Boston Conservatory on March 20. I have acquired so much here and have had a chance to work with amazing teachers, accompanists, and directors.

I cannot wait to explore the next step in my career and I hope that you continue to explore with me. Keep an eye out for further details on my upcoming Sarasota recitals. I will be putting together a voice studio beginning for students of all ages and levels. Contact me via the website if you or anyone else you know is interested.

All the best, Erica.

Some press…

Erica is featured in the Boston Conservatory newsletter, Stages –
here is a link to that

Soprano to pay for college by singing 
Vocalist Erica Reynolds must raise $48,000 to pay for her freshman year at The Boston Conservatory.
THE SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE Date: Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Edition: SARASOTA |Source: By GRIER FERGUSON

Reynolds is no stranger to the concept of raising money. In February 2007, she raised $8,000 in her concert debut to pay for a summer intensive program at Carnegie Mellon University. So far, Reynolds has raised about $24,000 toward her college education through financial aid, loans, grants, money provided by her father and money collected at additional concerts. “Last year people were a little more able to give money,” Reynolds said. “This year, the state of the economy is a factor that has affected fundraising.” In May, Reynolds performed in two more concerts in hopes of recreating the success of her previous concert. She raised about $3,500 at each concert. “Erica sets an intention, and once it is set, her whole being works toward it,” said Dorothy Ann Jackson, Reynolds’ grandmother.

Reynolds is thankful for the support she has received toward reaching her goal. “She is appreciative of everything her parents, grandparents and the community have done for her,” said Karen Jackson, Reynolds’ mother. Reynolds will continue to raise funds throughout the summer. She will be performing at 7 p.m. July 10 at Esca Restaurant & Bar in downtown Sarasota. Tickets for the concert are $100 and include a meal. Later in the summer, Reynolds will perform in another concert in hopes of raising more money. “I am taking a lot of voice lessons and practicing a lot on my own time to get ready for the concerts,” Reynolds said. After her freshman year at The Boston Conservatory this fall, Reynolds hopes to earn scholarships from the school and from organizations in Boston for the remainder of her college education.

As a recent Booker High School graduate who was active in the school’s Visual Performing Arts program, Reynolds has been able to hone her performance skills through involvement in several productions. “Erica’s breakthrough moment was last spring when she performed in ‘Hello Dolly’ — people realized her stature, poise, command of the stage and her wonderful voice,” said Scott Keys, musical theater teacher for Booker VPA and Reynolds’ former teacher. Reynolds’ personal favorite Booker production was the Broadway hit “Guys and Dolls.” “‘Guys and Dolls’ was the last show of the season this year,” Reynolds said. “The people in it were a lot of fun and very high-spirited.”

Reynolds was awarded the Best Female Vocalist in VPA in 2008, the award that went to Booker alumna and “American Idol” finalist Syesha Mercado in 2005. “VPA has a banquet at the end of the year, and the Best Female Vocalist award is one of the big awards presented at the banquet,” Reynolds said. “Peers vote to decide who receives the award.”

In addition to her years of experience gained from involvement in Booker productions, Reynolds has trained privately with vocal coach Jeanette LaVoy for the past three-and-a-half years.

“Erica has a natural facility for foreign language and has a very clear and pure vocal sound,” LaVoy said. “She is an exceptional actress, and she can do vocal tricks that are amazing.”

Through her years in performing arts and voice, Reynolds was able to discover her interest and love of classical voice and opera. “She is always up for a challenge,” LaVoy said. “Opera is a combination of music, languages and acting.” Reynolds hopes that one day her years of experience and her dedication to all aspects of performance will allow her to reach her ultimate goal. “After college, my dream is to travel to Europe and sing for a company overseas,” Reynolds said.
INTERESTED? To listen to some of Erica Reynolds’ performances, go to http://ericareynolds.com. For more information about her fundraising efforts or to purchase tickets for the upcoming concert, call 928-3624 or 323-5122.

Caption: COURTESY PHOTOS
Erica Reynolds sings at a recital in May. Reynolds is raising money to help pay for her tuition at The Boston Conservatory.
Reynolds, a recent graduate of Booker High School, will be performing at Esca Restaurant & Bar in Sarasota at 7 p.m. July 10.

Thank you!

Note from Erica – August 2 , 2008Dear music lovers,I am very grateful for your support and appreciation. I will be attending the Boston Conservatory this fall, and I need your help to make my dreams a reality. I am now a graduate of the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Booker High School where I appeared in the musicals Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, The Secret Garden, and others. This year I won the award for Best Female Vocalist (Syesha Mercado, our Sarasota finalist on American Idol, took this award in 2005). I have been training privately in Sarasota for four years with Jeanette LaVoy, a wonderful mentor, trainer, and vocalist. Throughout this time, she has helped me discover my passion for opera and classical voice. I sing in Italian, French and German from an array of operas by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti and others.In February 2007, I performed a debut recital and raised the funds to attend a Summer Intensive at Carnegie Mellon University. For this, I am truly grateful to my community, family, friends and supporters. This year I will attend the Boston Conservatory and continue my studies in voice and opera. I have received grants, loans, and contributions from my family, covering half of the $48,000 tuition for this year. The rest is up to me. Every donation I receive goes directly to pay my tuition payments. If you would grant me this opportunity to sing for you, it would give me great pleasure. This event is free to all, and I encourage all opera and vocal music lovers to attend. The program will include arias and musical theatre pieces from Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Phantom of the Opera, Kismet and more!

Sincerely,

Erica Reynolds

Update on recitals: as of 9/2/08

We have raised about twenty thousand dollars through concerts and donations!

The total cost for the Boston Conservatory is $50,000.
I have received $10,231 in Financial Aid
I have raised about $20,000 at two recitals last month
My dad is contributing $1,000 a month for the duration…
I’m getting closer!