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Angelic Cherubs?: On training boys to sing beautifully

November 29th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on August 5, 2011)

Vienna isn’t the only place where boys sing like angels. The Bay Area and other parts of this country boast some formidable choruses made up of talented young male singers. Kevin Fox, the founding artistic director of the Pacific Boychoir Academy based in Oakland joins VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a chat about the defining characteristics of boys’ voices and the ins and outs of training them en masse.

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One Night Stand: The art of presenting classical music recitals

November 22nd, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on July 15, 2011)

The process of bringing a star recitalist to town for a concert is as thrilling as it is complex. Ruth Felt, the founder and president of the presenting organization San Francisco Performances joins VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for an exploration of what it takes to keep audiences – and divas – happy.

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We Are Family: Families that sing together

November 15th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on July 8, 2011)

Music history and culture is full of famous singing families, from the von Trapps to The Jackson Five. Join singing siblings Jennifer and Laurie Hall of the band Ruby Howl and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a discussion about the power of sharing the mike with the people you grew up with.

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School’s Out, Choir’s In: Two High School Choral Teachers Discuss their Calling

November 8th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on June 24, 2011)

High school choruses are the place where many kids get their musical education. And with TV shows like “Glee” whipping up enthusiasm for group singing among teens, high school choir is finally becoming hip. VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman chats with Steven Hankle, chorus teacher at San Francisco’s Mission High School; and Todd Wedge, chorus teacher at San Francisco's School Of The Arts; about the ins and outs of their jobs.

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Hawaii Song-O: On the Art of Hula Singing

November 1st, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on July 1, 2011)
In Hawaiian Hula, singing and dancing going hand in hand. Join Patrick Makuakane, director of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, a hula a hula school and performance company based in San Francisco, and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman, for a journey into this ancient artistic tradition.

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Women Singing Low: On female tenors and basses

October 25th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on May 27, 2011)
Shakespeare praised women with low voices for good reason. Join the deep-souled songstress Melanie DeMore and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a celebration of some of the world’s most wonderful women vocalists who make the space below the alto line firmly their own.

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Songsmiths from Across the Border: The Bay Area Latino singer-songwriter scene

October 18th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on May 20, 2011)
The Bay Area boasts performances by a wealth of brilliant singer-songwriters from central and southern America. Join Carlos Disdier and Nairem Morales, the forces behind La Bohemia Productions, a promotion and booking company for Latin vocal talent, and VoiceBox host, Chloe Veltman, for a look at the fizzing local Latino songsmith scene.

Vocal Instrumentalists: On the art of combining instrumental and vocal chamber music

October 11th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on May 6, 2011)
Composers are increasingly asking vocal groups to accompany themselves on a variety of instruments. David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion is a case in point. What about the other way around? Join the members of The Real Vocal Ensemble, a string quartet that specializes in singing while playing, and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for an exploration of how to combine these two distinct skills to make beautiful music.

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Lorraine Forever: On the peerless voice of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

October 4th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on April 22, 2011)
The magnificent American mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who had strong ties to the Bay Area, and died at a young age in 2006, is beloved by classical music industry insiders, but isn’t as well known to the broad public as she ought to be. Hard on the heels of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s CD release of Hunt Lieberson’s interpretations of Handel arias and Les Nuits D’ete by Berlioz recorded in the 1990s, Philharmonia Baroque’s music director, Nicholas McGegan, joins VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a profile of this unforgettable vocalist.

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Forever Young: A Guide to long-term vocal health for singing children

September 27th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on August 19, 2011)
Children love to sing. But sometimes they can fall into bad habits if they don’t have parents or teachers to help them figure out how to look after their voices from a young age. Voice experts and American Speech Language Hearing Association members Sarah Schneider and Katherine Verdolini Abbott join VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a look at how kids’ voices work and what keeps them safe when they sing.

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Second Coming: The Success of show tunes in the pop music world

September 13th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on January 7, 2011)
Many songs from the world of musical theatre go on to enjoy successful second lives on the pop charts. Theatre journalist Chad Jones joins VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for an exploration of some of the most memorable show tune crossovers in musical theatre history and what it takes for a song to leap beyond the footlights.

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Stage Scribe: On composing songs for musical plays

August 30th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on April 8, 2011)
The sign of a great musical play is humming a song you heard at the theatre three days previously. Join theatre composer Dave Malloy and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a look at the nuts and bolts of writing a memorable show tune.

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Lieder Alive! Workshopping the German art song

August 23rd, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on February 25, 2011)
Alongside arias from operas, lieder, a type of art song developed in Germany in the 19th century, are a beloved staple of a classically-trained singer’s repertoire. VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman is joined in the studio by Maxine Bernstein, founder of Lieder Alive!, a Bay Area-based music series dedicated to furthering the art of lieder, and Kindra Scharich, a recitalist and opera singer who loves to perform lieder, for an exploration of this lyrical art form.

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The Multitasking Vocalist: Singers who accompany themselves on the piano

August 16th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on February 11, 2010)
Learning to play the piano while singing isn’t easy. It requires years of practice and the ability to multitask, rather like playing a drum-kit. Join Bay Area chanteuse and pianist Jill Tracy and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a conversation about how to combine these two distinct skills to make beautiful music.

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Wired For Sound: Danny Lannon & Rob Pera of the Frail on Electropop Vocals

August 9th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on January 28, 2011)
Singing electronic rock and dance music requires particular skills from a vocalist. Vocalist Danny Lannon and guitarist Rob Pera, of the San Francisco-based electropop band, The Frail, join VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a discussion about how working with synthesizers and other electronic instruments affects vocal production and repertoire.

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Wild Women of Song: The great female composers of the jazz era

August 2nd, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on March 11, 2011)
Many of the pop cannon’s most treasured vocal music standards were penned by women composers in the first half of the last century. Vocalist and songwriter Pamela Rose joins Chloe Veltman in the studio for a discussion about Peggy Lee, Alberta Hunter and some of the other “wild women of song” whose work has endured over the decades.

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Siberian Express: The art of Tuvan throat singing

July 26th, 2013

(Re-run: This program originally aired on September 2, 2011)
If you missed last week's show, it is available on demand via kalw's online music player throughout this week. Click here and scroll down to the VoiceBox link to access the latest broadcast.

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Trains, Planes and Automobiles: The art of staying healthy on the road as a touring vocalist

July 5th, 2013

(Re-run: program initially aired on April 1, 2011)
Traveling is part of everyday life for professional singers. But touring can be challenging to vocalists from a health perspective. VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman invites voice therapists and American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) members Sarah Schneider and Joanna Cazden for a conversation about how vocalists can cope with such hazards as cramped tour buses and airless planes to stay healthy on the road.

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Drinking/Songs II

June 7th, 2013

VoiceBox and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery join forces for another unforgettable interactive journey into the rich global link between drinking ale and singing songs. Featuring The Fill A Steins men’s vocal ensemble, certified beer cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman. Recorded live before a studio audience at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco on May 29, 2013.

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Slave To Song

May 29th, 2013

Vocalist Linda Tillery, artistic director of the Cultural Heritage Choir, and Sam Edwards and Lyvonne Chrisman, founders of Friends of Negro Spirituals, discuss the African roots of the word "spiritual" and the vocal music traditions that led to -- and came out of -- the development of this quintessentially American vocal art form.

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