2020 Summer Masterclass Series

Andrew Byrne - Intro to The Singing Athlete: Vocal Cross-Training
SATURDAY, June 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM MT - CORRECTION!!

**Andrew will work with 1-2 singers during this workshop.  Studio singers will get priority!  Please email mushallmusic@yahoo.com to request to be a Masterclass Performer.

Andrew Byrne is the founder of The Singing Athlete  TM            , a training program that brings sports performance and neuroscience into the voice studio. He is based in New York City, and his students have appeared in leading roles in over seventy-five Broadway shows. In 2016, Andrew was the first arts envoy appointed by the U.S. State Department to the nation of Belarus, where he was the vocal coach on a Russian-language production of Next to Normal

Guest Faculty in Musical Theatre: The University of Michigan, The Banff Centre, Shanghai Theatre Academy, The Danish Musical Theater Academy, The Danish Actors Association, American Musical Theatre Live! Paris, Collectif Sondheim (Lausanne, Switzerland) and four residencies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. 

Regional Theatre: Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse.  Television: Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, America’s Got Talent. Film: Waiting in the Wings: The Movie Musical.

Learn more at andrewbyrne.com

Jimmy Ludwig - The Musical Actor

SATURDAY, July 18, 2020 @ 11:00 AM MT


Born in the Philippines, James grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and started his Acting career while training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has a Masters in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle and started his professional career in New York City, where he has lived since 1993.

Michael Hanko - Alexander Technique
SATURDAY, August 1, 2020 @ 11:00 AM MT

Michael Hanko, master voice teacher and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, founded FreeBody FreeVoice in 2003.  His teaching cultivates integrated mind-body coordination, allowing singers to experience unprecedented skill and ease in their technique and performance.

Michael trains singers across all musical genres, including classical, musical theater, pop, and rock. His students have appeared on and off-Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and at NYC cabaret venues such as 54 Below. He has taught and lectured at Juilliard, the William Esper Studio, and the American Center for the Alexander Technique and is the head of the Vocal Technique Department for Total Vocal Freedom, a professional development program for singers and singing teachers. With a kind and gentle demeanor, Michael has a gift for cutting through the complexity of vocal pedagogy to make singing enjoyable and effortless.

After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Music, he turned his attention to developing his voice and studied for more than ten years under eminent singing teacher Cornelius Reid. Michael’s dual passions for music and science led him to the Alexander Technique, which so impressed him with its effectiveness in relieving longstanding chronic pain and vocal tension that he certified to become an Alexander teacher himself in 2002. Also skilled in various forms of osteopathic bodywork, Michael combines a high level of anatomical expertise with a lifetime of musicality to offer students an integrated and empowering approach to singing. Michael is currently exploring how the human mind functions in the realm of the Inside-Out Understanding (also known as the 3 Principles) under the mentorship of transformational coaches including Michael Neill and Peter Jacobson.

A prolific writer, Michael has contributed to Classical Singer magazine, produced several written works for the stage, and posts regularly on the FreeBody FreeVoice blog. As a performer, he has played principle roles in Sweeney Todd, La Cage Aux Folles, Godspell and other musicals and appeared as baritone soloist in numerous classical works, including Bach’s B-minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, and the requiems of Fauré and Brahms.

Michael lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City with his husband, custom clothing designer Peter Lappin, and their dogs.

2020 Summer Masterclass Series:  $25 for all Each Separate Session! 

Andrew Byrne - June 13 - $25 (Available on Replay)

Register for Jimmy Ludwig - The Musical Actor - July 18 - $25

Register for Michael Hanko - Alexander Technique - Aug. 2 - $25