times these classes are presented in conjunction with her multi-media show.
Nixon's master classes
are a revelation! They are fun and informative, not only for the student (for
whom it is designed), but for the auditors besides. She works, hands-on, with
each individual singer in whatever repertoire is determined and moves them to
a new place of expression, technique or awareness.
Usually, the current
subject of much interest in colleges and Universities and repertory theater companies
is the classically trained singer moving into Musical theater repertoire. The
differences in styles of singing and perception. The need for thorough, specific
and insightful acting. The role of the flexible and responsive body.
are always topics open for discussion...repertoire, style, the audition processes,
presentation, representation, etc. Each singer comes away with more insight and
awareness of himself and his particular talent and growth process. It can be considered
"a happening". All auditors participants and the audience at large comes
away invigorated and empowered.
Usually there is 15 or 20 minutes spent
on each student with a description before and after the class and room for questions
and answers of any sort. Sometimes we do class work on breathing, body, movement
and mechanical work...the craft of singing, diction, style and tone. Then there's
interpretive help and how to be involved in the text and make it come through
the most diffficult vocal number....Audition preparation and emeanor and appearance...clasical
and musical theater.
Miss Nixon works best with a one-on-one experiential
process while other participants and auditors are looking on. Then there is explanation
Nixon served as assistant to Martial Singher at the Music Academy of the West
in California, in the 70's and was the Head of the Voice Department
at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, from it's inception
in 1970 to 1972 until her move to sing with the Opera Company in Seattle, Washington, 1972.
the past few years, her master classes have taken place at Peabody Conservatory,
Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, School of Music; Puget Sound Community College
with St. Martin's College and Evergreen College in Tacoma Washington, Pacific
Lutheran College; Marymount College, Maryland; USC; California; Many NATS (National
Association of Singing) organizations and Conventions throughout the country and
Canada; UC Irvine; North Texas University, Lubbock, Texas; SMU, Dallas; Sigma
Alpha Iota, (honorary national Women's Music Fraternity) Seattle, Washington:
Black Box Opera, Seattle, Washington: Ohio State University, Columbus and also
Youngstown, Ohio: Duquesne University, Columbus, Ohio; Gloria Musicae Chorale,
Sarasota Florida; Brigham Young: Logen, Utah; Sembrich Museum, Lake George, NY;
Catholic University, Maryland; Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington,
Shenandoah in Virginia; Emerson College, Boston; Yale University, New Haven Ct.;
Boston Conservatory, Boston, Mass., Professional Women singers, Asso, Fullerton College, California; Metropolitan Opera Guild, and many others.
Longer Artistic Residencies have included University of Nevada
in Las Vegas (sponsored by the Drama Department AND the Music Department); Muhlenberg
College, Pennsylvania; Guest coach and acting teacher with the Harrower Opera
Workshop, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Miss Nixon will
be in residency at Jones Community Junior College, Ellisville, Mississippi in
March, 2007 coaching the musical Anything Goes.
Miss Nixon was
the dialect coach for the Grammy-Award winning recording on Virgin Records of
Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" with Sam Ramey, Cheryl Studer and Jerry
Hadley, Kent Nagano conducting the Opera Company of Lille, France.
Nixon received the coveted VERA award from the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia
for outstanding work in voice research and education. She was awarded the George T. Peabody Award for "Outstanding Contributions to American Music", 2012.
Miss Nixon is a resident of New York City. Please contact my concert management for prices and questions.