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    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 so that they can achieve their wildest dreams performing on stage.

     

    We offer consulting, coaching, and opportunities to sing connect, and grow as artists in our weekly masterclasses.

     

    We advise singers in their career options, so that they can find security and stability.

     

    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

     

     

    "We are unique, each human voice, not because we are completely self-generated, but because of who we choose to assemble the countless factors that made us." ~ Renee Fleming
     

    CRESCENDO CREW!!

     

    Become a Member of our Crescendo Crew:

    Subscribe to become a Member!

    $40 a month/ 35 Euros

     

    Our Membership includes:

    • 2 Quick-Start Career Consultations!
    • 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 Summer Masterclass Series.

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    SEMINARS!!

    Next Seminar TBA

    "How to Fest"

    Over 8 weeks

    8 Group Sessions, Subject Videos, Handbook, and one on one Strategy Sessions!

    Get everything you need to know to hit the ground running, auditioning and working in a Fest Contract in Europe.

    (Contact us for more information!)

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    GROUP WORKSHOPS!!

     

    Check out our small Groups (Leveling Up and Life in the Fest Lane) for Emerging and Established Singers. These six week, Exclusive Workshops will jump-start your Career with more Clarity, Visibility, and amazing new Connections!

     

    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 workshop.

     

    Contact us for more information on our membership, 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

  • Leveling Up!

     
     
     
     
    Where Established Singers Learn How To Distinguish Themselves and Market Their Special Brand!
     
    Great Opportunities to Consult with Casting Directors and Agents.
     

    1:1 Sessions over a Six week period

    Individually Tailored for your goals

     

  • SPRING WEEKLY MASTERCLASS SERIES!!!!

    Masterclasses for Crescendo Crew Members and Guests

    The Body/Voice Connection

    with Maya Barsacq

    March 27th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    Spring Masterclasses!!!

    Opera Acting on Screen

    with Neil Barry Moss

    Assistant Director at Deutsche Oper Berlin

    April 10th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    Mock Auditions

    Sing one aria with Feedback from our panel.

    April 17th and 18th at 19:00 CET

    Singing in Sublime Synchronicity

    with Karen Kamensek

    Metropolitan Opera Conductor

    April 24th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    HOT TOPIC

    TBA

    May 1st 19:00 CET

    Singing in "English"

    with Cameron Burns

    May 8th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    Singing in 360°

    with Rebecca Davis

    One year anniversary celebration!!!!!

    May 22nd at 19:00 CET

    Technique class (Singer Participation)

    Mastering Puccini

    with Rolando Garza Rodriguez

    May 29th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    "Backstage" the Auditioning Experience

    with Boris Ignatov

    Casting Director at Staatsoper Stuttgart

    June 5th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation- Wait list available)

    SONGFEST!!!

    Lieder/ Song/ Chanson worked with our Coaches

    June 12th and 13th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    The Baroque Body

    Stage Movement Class

    with Sigrid T'Hooft

    June 19th at 19:00 CET

    Mastering Mozart

    with Maya Barsacq

    June 26th at 19:00 CET

    (Singer Participation)

    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 free consult!

  • "How to Fest" Group Workshop

    In session! Video Course coming soon!

     

    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 in-depth Group Workshop features the A to Z's of Festing

    8- Weekly Group Meetings

    One on One Strategy Sessions

    Consultations with people in the Fest system

    Supplementary Videos by Subject

    How to Fest Workbook

     

  • Zenith Opera Competition

    Finals from May 23, 2021

    Congratulations to the Winners:

    Kathryn Henry, 1st place

    Alexandra Razskazoff, 2nd place

    Key'mon Murrah, 3rd place

     

    Finalists:

    Maureen Brabec

    Mary McCabe

    Ian Burns

    Niamh O'Sullivan

    Alex DeSocio

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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 and Vocal Coach from London. He made his conducting debut in 2012 with LSO Discovery and from 2015 until 2020 he was a Repetiteur and later Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hannover, where he conducted almost 150 performances of a varied repertoire , ranging from Handel to world premieres. A Pianist and Organist by training, he started accompanying Singers and Choirs at the age of 9, which set off his love for the voice.

     

    After holding both an Organ and academic scholarship at New College, Oxford, he subsequently trained with Mirella Freni at her academy (CUBEC) in Italy, Dennis O'Neill in Cardiff (WIAV), the National Opera Studio in London, and was heavily involved with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Snape.

     

    Prior to his time in Germany, he freelanced as a Repetiteur, Chorus Master, and Assistant Conductor, working regularly for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, ENO, WNO, Reisopera Nederland, Zomeropera Belgium and Grange Park Opera. Sir Jeffrey Tate was his mentor for three years, and he still uses the batons which Jeffrey gave him before his death in 2017.

     

    Aside from music, Cameron has an ongoing love-affair with Italy and Italian art history. He has eaten a mainly plant-based diet for almost four years and is an avid reader.

     

    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.
     

    Mary Rice

    Membership Coordinator

    Mary Rice is a mezzo-soprano and voice teacher living in New York City. She received her B.M., M.M., and post-graduate certification in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University, where she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Program Director for five years and founded the NYU Classical Voice Collective. She has also provided administrative support to the Moab Music Festival and NYC Opera Collective.

     

    Her performance credits include engagements with City Lyric Opera, Symphony Space, NYUO2, The Indemini Festival, Trentino Music Festival, Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society, and The Puffin Foundation. She was the 2020 Lyra NY Mozart Competition runner-up, a 2019 Saltworks Opera Finalist, and is a finalist in the 2020 Mary Trueman Art Song Preservation Society competition (finals to be held in spring 2021). When not singing or teaching, she can be found moonlighting as a digital artist, unicycling, climbing mountains, or training for her next ultramarathon.

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