Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
This week I want to introduce you to an exciting new website I discovered at a conference in San Diego. Steven Gross is a music director with numerous Broadway, off-Broadway, and West End credits. Steven has created what I believe is probably the most useful musical theatre website to date for singers and teachers. Drawing on his years of experience behind the table and in the pit, Steven has culled together more than 9,000 songs from 150 years of musical theatre history. You can search the database using over twenty criteria including age range, voice type, style, time period, and other options.
You can also click on “Voice Range” and a keyboard will pop-up so you can select the exact pitch range you are looking for.
When you select a song you are interested in, you will find even more information including the year it was written, the original key, Wikipedia links for the show, composer, and lyricist and most importantly links for the sheet music and recordings. Best of all, there is a link to WorldCat that helps you find the music at a library near you or at an institution that participates in inter-library loan.
If you teach at an academic institution, there are special licenses available so that all of your students can get access through your library. I was so impressed with the site that I had our library set up an institutional account as soon as I returned from the conference.
Steven has generously offered to give my readers a special discount offer on a one-year subscription. Regularly $79, Steven is offering it to you for just $59 using discount code FBFRIEND.
I really believe this website is a game changer for those of us who teach musical theatre voice. Perhaps most importantly, it enables our students to take charge of their own repertoire research and find those hidden gems that we may not know about. Check out the website here, you will not be disappointed!
Thanks for reading!