• Full Service Career Development for Classical Singers

  • SoftlyLoud Artist Consulting

    Bridging the Gap between Singers and a Singing Career

     

    We help all levels of singers develop a life-changing game plan with easy systems to reach their performance and career goals.

     

    WHAT WE OFFER:

    Private Consulting

    Repertoire Coaching

    Networking Sessions with Industry Professionals

    Weekly Masterclasses

    Career Advisement

    Message from Founder and CEO, Rebecca Davis:

     
     

    "Looking back at the way my career twisted and turned, I know I could have used more career advice. When I was establishing myself as a professional, there could have been a straighter path to finding the financial security that I craved. There were several forks in the road and I picked a direction, just using my intuition. I wish I could have really talked through my options and known more about the specific workings of the industry. For a long time, I was really just flying blind from one Young Artist program to the next, without knowing when to break out of the cycle. I had a wonderful freelance career, but still wanted something more, Stability. I wanted to have a family. I wanted to have it all.

     

    When I landed a coveted Fest position in Germany, many personal and professional opportunities opened up for me. Then I found my real voice. My colleagues were reaching out to me for advice. I loved hearing about their journeys and brainstorming ways they could take their next steps.

     

    I created SoftlyLoud to give singers more opportunities. To connect them to great industry leaders. To help them collect feedback and information for them to make well-informed decisions in their careers. To help look within themselves, Softly, to know who they are and then to Loudly proclaim it in everything they do.

     

    I am so excited that our amazing team and industry experts will be helping singers to guide them toward more successes in their careers.

     

    I look forward to hearing your stories and helping you find a more direct path. We have a lot of exciting things in store for you!"

     

    Sincerely, Rebecca

    Our First Anniversary Celebration!!!!!

    See what our Crescendo Crew members had to share!

    CRESCENDO CREW!!

     

    Become a Member of our Crescendo Crew:

    Set up a free consult to become a Member!

     

    Crescendo Crew Full Membership

    $40 a month- option available in Euros 

     

    Our Membership includes:

    • 2 Quick-Start Career Consultations! 
    • Quarterly Check in Consults
    • Weekly Masterclasses with leading industry coaches and conductors on varied Repertoire, Business of singing, and Mind/Body/Soul health. Opportunities to Sing for Leaders in the Classical Music Industry. (Currently on Zoom; Replay available)
    • Information on Opportunities available to singers
    • Tools to Achieve Professional Looking Materials (CV and Video)
    • Interviews with our Resident Coaches and VIP Industry Experts focused on singer-related topics.
    • Community for Singers to connect in our Facebook group
    • Free Entrance and Discounts on Upcoming Special Events and Masterclasses, including Agents and Casting Directors
    • Links to helpful Singer Resources
    • Mock Auditions- Try your audition arias out on our coaches and get honest feedback that will help you make informed choices on how and with what you present yourself in real auditions.
    • All the previous recorded sessions from our Masterclass Series. 

     

    New Membership Levels!

    Forte Club

    $60 a month

    (ONLINE AUDITION or VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIRED)

    Meets the First Sunday of each month (Business of Singing topics)

    • Monthly Feedback Sessions with Casting Directors, General Directors, and Agents
    • Private Strategy Sessions before scheduled Feedback Sessions
    • Includes Crescendo Crew membership perks

     

     

    Crescendo Crew Auditor Membership

    $20 a month

    Twice a year Career Consults

    Be a part of the Crescendo Crew Community and Resources

    Audit all masterclasses

     

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    SEMINARS!! 

    "How to Fest" -ONLINE COURSE TBA

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    COURSES!!

     

    "Leveling Up your Career" 1:1 Sessions 

     

    6 week Course

    (1x a week & includes 6mth Crescendo Crew membership)

    Would you like to get an Agent's or Casting Director's feedback without leaving your living room?

     

    Once you're ready to present your refined websites and materials, I arrange consults to make dynamic connections.

     

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    ONE ON ONE CONSULTATION!!

     

    Are you interested in developing your career working in a One on One environment? We offer fast-tracking for those who are ready to get started today! 

     

    We customize VIP experiences: including Audio- Visual recording, Website building, Photography and fast-tracking our signature Leveling Up course.

     

    Contact us for more information on our memberships, small groups, or to book your personal VIP Experience!

    "One is just given a talent, and it's one's duty to make the most of it." ~ Joan Sutherland

  • Fall Masterclasses

    Masterclasses for Crescendo Crew Members and Guests

    Mozart with Maya

     with Maya Barsacq

    Saturday, October 15th at 18:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    Hot Topic Discussion: Competitions

    led by Rebecca Davis-Wendorf

    Saturday, October 22 at 19:00 CET

     

    The Craft of Acting

    with Detlef Soelter, Director

    Sunday, October 30th at 18:00 CET

     (Singer Participation)

    Bel Canto Repertoire

    with Rolando Garza Rodriguez

    Sunday, November 13th at 18:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    Wagner/Strauss Repertoire

    with Cameron Burns

    Saturday, November 19th at 18:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    De-swell your Cords

     with Andrew Byrne, author of The Singing Athlete

    Saturday, November 26th at 18:00 CET

    (Lecture)

    Human Design Workshop

    led by Rebecca Davis-Wendorf

    Saturday, December 10 at 19:00 CET

    (Interactive Workshop)

    Using Human Design as a tool to undersand ourselves and others better and how it affects our careers.

    Contemporary Repertoire & Performance Practice

    with David Wishart, pianist, composer, &conductor

    Saturday, December 17th at 18:00CET

     

    If you are interested in singing on the masterclasses, please fill out our contact form. Membership into Crescendo Crew is required to join the Masterclass Series. Contact us for a consult!

  • Intro to "How to Fest" Seminar

    Two date options: July 31st and August 8th.

     

    Do you want to find out about a Full-time career

    in the Fest system as a Young Artist or Professional Singer in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland's numerous historic Opera Houses?

    This short three hour seminar takes you through the basics of Festing to educate on career possibilities in an exciting opera market. This short class will give you insights into the process and whether Festing might be a good fit for you.

     

  • In Person Masterclasses!!!!

     


    Berlin Masterclass and Concert

    September 21-25

     
  • Supplemental Courses

    Leveling Up!

    Identify and Market Your Unique Brand

    Ideal for established singers

    Great Opportunities to Consult with Casting Directors and Agents.

    Six weeks of 1:1 sessions

    Intro to 'How to Fest'

    The basics of auditioning and working "Fest" Contracts in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

    Two dates available: Sunday, July 31st or Monday, August 8th at 19:00 CET/13:00 EDT

  • Recommended Resources

  • Zenith Opera Competition

    Finals from May 22, 2022

    Congratulations to the Winners:

    Veronique Filloux 1st place

    Blake Denson, 2nd place

    Fernando Cisneros, 3rd place

     

    Finalists:

    Alice Rossi

    Eunsoo Lee

    Deirdre Aratoon

    Tasha Koontz

    Edith Grossman

  • Media/Testimonials

    "The course (Leveling Up) has connected me to myself, my goals, to the singing community, to the professionals in the industry, and through examination, has bonded me more deeply to music as a whole....Thank you, Rebecca, for everything. You have initiated a truly radical 180° change in my focus and trajectory and optimism, and it is already leading to great things."
    -Anna-Louise Costello, Mezzo Soprano

    I feel 'recharged' and ready for any auditions that come along.
    -Helen Tintes, Mezzo-Soprano

    Facebook Post after Yvonne Prentki's audition for Casting Director, David Lomeli.

  • SoftlyLoud Blog

    I am a singer. I grew up in a singing family. I sang in church choir and school musicals. I participated in our family's hokey holiday skits. I studied. I embraced singing as a career. I auditioned. I performed. I triumphed. I faltered. I learned. I created. I am a singer, because I am. The...
    Welcome to Part Two of my 'Get a Job' Blog post! Let's dive right back in. Really after this week, I want to wax poetic, but will save that for the end. I enjoyed a lot of great benefits in my new "Job", singing full-time in Germany. I sang roles more than just twice in a production and really...
    December 27, 2020 · 2
    Raise your hand. How many of you have heard this notorious phrase come from your most beloved relatives and friends.... or even from yourself. "GET A JOB." What exactly is a "Job" for classical singers? Do they mean a "Job" that isn't singing? I tried that and it didn't feel like me. For...
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  • Our Resident Coaches

    Rebecca Davis

    Founder and CEO, Soprano

     

    Rebecca Davis is an American Soprano working in Germany. She was Fest at the Hannover State Opera for six seasons. Currently she is working freelance and enjoying working on passion projects and helping to coach and cultivate singer's careers.

     

    Rebecca worked freelance in the US for many years after doing several young artist programs, including San Francisco Opera's Merola Program. Some of Rebecca's career highlights included singing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, Opera San Jose's momentous production of Idomeneo, and singing CioCio San and Rusalka at the Hannover Staatsoper.

     

    Rebecca has a background in Business Administration. Working 10 years for several finance companies,while studying music at Illinois Wesleyan University, Northwestern University, and as a Young Artist.

     

    Rebecca is a wife and mother and has loved finding her balance between work, family, and financial security.

     

    www.rebeccadavis.org

     

    Cameron Burns

    Conductor, Vocal Coach, and Pianist

    Cameron Burns is a conductor, vocal coach, and pianist, raised in Manchester and London, but with strong Scottish heritage. He graduated with a starred-first in piano performance from New College, University of Oxford where he was an academic scholar, and he subsequently studied with Mirella Freni at CUBEC in Italy, with Dennis O'Neill at WIAV and at the National Opera Studio, London. He is also an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the Solti-Perretti Accademia. Cameron started his career working freelance for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mariinsky theatre, aEnglish National Opera, Welsch National Opera, Reisopera, The Netherlands and the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra. He was a conducting scholar with the London Symphony Chorus, Chorus Master of Grange Park Opera for three seasons, Assistant Chorus Master of ENO and a guest Chorus Master for Reisopera. The Netherlands. He has accompanied masterclasses with many of the world's greates singers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (at the Metropolitan Opera, New York), Dame Felicity Lott, Sir John Tomlinson, and Sherrill Milnes, and he has prepared singers for role debuts at most of the major international opera houses.

    Cameron made his conducting debut in 2012 with the LSO "Take a bow project" and he develped a close relationship with Sir Jeffrey Tate, who mentored Cameron for the final three years of his life. From 2015-2020 he was Kapellmeister of the Staatsoper Hannover, where he conducted over 150 performances of opera and ballet. During this time, he made his Concertgebouw debut in Amsterdam and he conducted operas for Chelsea Opera
    Group, Zomer Opera, Belgium and Opera Triofon, Amsterdam. Cameron is fluent in English and German, and conversant in Italian and Portuguese. He is co-founder of Lisbon Lyric Studio.

    www.camconductor.com

    Rolando Garza Rodriguez

    Conductor, Vocal Coach, and Pianist

    Rolando is originally from Mexico and has a Bachelors Degree in Piano from The University of Texas and a Masters degree, in Piano, from The Manhattan School of Music. During his years in New York City, he accompanied lessons for the voice studio of the world famous Mezzo Soprano, Mignon Dunn and became one of the most sought after Opera Coaches in the city.

     

    In 2006, he joined the Opéra National du Rhin as Assistant Music Director of “Les jeunes voix du Rhin” and played for several productions for ONR. In 2008, he took the position of Music Director of Opera Avenir, the Young Aritist Program at Theater Basel, Switzerland, as well as Korrepetitor and Conductor. In 2014, he took the position of Studienleiter and Conductor at Theater Bremen, Germany. He has since worked as Studienleiter at Luzerner Theater in Switzerland and Theater für Niedersachsen in Germany.

     

    He is an Italian repertoire specialist and has collaborated with artists of international acclaim; such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Sherrill Milnes, and Anna Moffo. He has been on the coaching staff of many international summer opera programs. Rolando’s expertise in casting has been greatly appreciated in the many opera houses where he has worked. In his free-time, Rolando is also a very accomplished painter.

     

     

    Maya Barsacq

    Conductor, Vocal Coach, Singer, and Creative Entrepreneur

     
    Maya Barsacq is a French/American Conductor, Composer and former Opera Singer. Barsacq is the Founder and Conductor of Cadenza and Nu. A passionate and dynamic artist, she is a dedicated advocate of Classical Music and especially Contemporary Classical Music. Conducting and Assisting Conducting engagements have included Midsummer Mozart Festival, New Frequencies Festival, Opera Idaho, West Bay Opera, Distinguished Artist Series, Classical Revolution Orchestra, and Lamplighter Theater.
     
    Barsacq loves the theatricality of life and performance. She has recently worked closely with Carlus Padrissa of La Fura dels Baus, an inspiring creator for her. She will continue to collaborate with Padrissa on various upcoming projects.
     
    Barsacq is a strong advocate of Music Education. She frequently is invited to teach masterclass workshops in Vocal technique, Conducting, Opera auditions, Opera business and coaching at conservatories and universities worldwide.
     
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