The program, which will run from April to September 2021 is offered free of charge to Copper Country students. The series will consist of six performances between April and September at RPM's Keweenaw Storytelling Center in downtown Calumet. Voice Box Sessions include a 45-minute set and a Q&A with a professional singer-songwriter followed by student performances. Guest artists along with local mentors will provide guidance to students throughout the program. 2021 mentors are Mike Irish, Jerry Younce, Jana Nyberg and Dave Crowley.
“This is an incredible opportunity for youth in our area to be mentored by accomplished professionals and gain valuable performance experience,” remarked Rebecca Glotfelty, Executive Director of Real People Media, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, “Past participants have enjoyed the performance atmosphere of the Voice Box Sessions and have found the experience to be beneficial toward their professional growth.”
Students with an interest in singing, storytelling, music and theater are invited to participate. The sessions are open to all skill levels, however participation is limited to 18 students. There is also an opportunity for students interested in audio production and stage lighting and design. Throughout the program students will participate in weekly rehearsals with mentors to practice their pieces, which may be a song, comedic sketch, poetry or personal story. Students will explore topics such as: enunciation, microphone techniques, stage presence, developing rapport with the audience, lighting, etc. Piano and guitar accompaniment will be available to those who need it.
The Voice Box Sessions is made possible with a grant from the Copper Country Community Arts Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Real People Media, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to help people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. The organization operates the Keweenaw Storytelling Center located at 215 5th street in downtown Calumet. For more information and to apply, visit our program page.