Student Blog: The Art of the Crossover

The life of loving Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance.

By: Mar. 04, 2024
Student Blog: The Art of the Crossover
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I entered OCU as a student with a passion for musical theater and classical. Some days feel like you have a foot in two different worlds. My journey at school has been unique since one day I rehearse my belt in Right Hand Man and then rigorously practice for Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria. Yet, I have found my work in both disciplines is incredibly fulfilling as I gain experience and perspective.

I have been consistently challenged with the demand that each vocal technique requires. Within classical training there is a demand for vocal control and musicality. I recently performed a series of art songs that required a need for precision of line. Musical theater is much more flexible in its technique. I’m allowed to riff, mix styles, and flip ranges. Musical theater helps me develop my storytelling to create a character. I am able to become a more well rounded artist by embracing both disciplines.

Another great aspect of both is the people I get to meet within both avenues. I am so grateful to my voice teachers that help develop my classical technique. From them I have learned solo, duet, and ensemble singing. My ability to blend in ensembles is stronger than ever. I know I will have a career of healthy singing no matter where in my career. Musical theater training is equally as important as I foster a diverse network of people. My artistic journey has been enhanced as I’ve participated in a variety of projects across disciplines.

I love the way both styles have expanded my taste in music. The basis of most music is poetry. Now whenever I listen to a new song I am intrigued by the lyrics. In classical music I often sing in different languages like Italian, French, or German. There is a multilayered process to unraveling the music. I have started to apply that to my musical theater singing as well. There is a way to break down music to see it in a more poetic, deep way. It makes the all around experience of music more joyful. 

I have loved every moment of becoming the artist I am today. I started classically training because my first teacher thought it would be the best way to begin vocal technique.I never thought of the places it would take me to. In May, I will graduate with a double major in Music Theater and Vocal Performance. It’s so interesting to see how two different worlds can influence each other. Both make me a better, stronger performer. It’s always worth it to try something new.

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