Finding the gems in the songbook ... & YOU in the songs!
Some of you who have found me here know that one of my great passions is the songbook -- the jazz, pop & Broadway tunes that are one of America's most beautiful legacies. Over the course of my career, I've had the joy of putting together so many evenings of songs, I couldn't possibly count them all! I've honored Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, & Burton Lane at Lincoln Center. I've created & starred in the award-winning revues "OUR SINATRA", which ran four years Off-Broadway; and "SINGING ASTAIRE", which celebrated the great writers of the Golden Age of the songbook -- Porter, Gershwin, Berlin -- who composed for Fred Astaire. I also love musical sets that are a potpourri of songs, ranging from the classics to more contemporary material. I have an extensive collection of sheet music & I'm particularly fond of the offbeat tunes, those wonderful, quirky songs that haven't been sung to death!
In short, I love the music & love sharing this passion with students & performers of all levels.
My work as a teacher in New York and around the country includes private coaching, workshops and master classes in the art of performance and song interpretation. Together with Barbara Fasano, our workshop, SING THE TRUTH, has enriched the lives and music of hundreds of vocalists. We have an ongoing relationship with the Musical Theatre department at University of Michigan, conducting a master workshop with the seniors. We've also worked with the Michael Feinstein Songbook Initiative in Los Angeles, coaching and judging gifted high school students. In St. Louis, we joined forces with pianist/arranger Rick Jensen and Broadway star Jason Graae in teaching at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference. And we've also taught the American Songbook at Sanford Meisner's legendary acting conservatory The Neighborhood Playhouse.
Whatever your level, I'd love to share this passion with you & help you find the songs that speak to you! Let's share the music! Please be in touch HERE & I look forward to working together.
SOME OF OUR STUDENTS SPEAK ...
"Barbara & Eric are a great team, bringing the same passion, energy, professionalism, & commitment to teaching & coaching as they do to performing. They are coaches who are invested in their students' success. They take their students where they are -- beginners or experienced singers -- & move them forward." ~ Mimi, CT
"Barbara & Eric create a safe & supportive environment for you to explore your voice, musicianship, & artistry. I've evolved so much as a singer & an artist while working with them!" ~ Annabel, FINLAND
"After listening to Barbara & Eric at Birdland Jazz Club, I was lucky enough to have a private session, which helped me a lot with some tips on the repertoire & techniques to be more engaging & expressive. My experience was fantastic." ~ Corrado, ITALY
"Barbara & Eric are inspiring individually & together, helping songs come alive & go to new places. I had a magical, transformative experience." ~ Karen, CT
"They get to know you & what you need. You will learn not only how to sing better, but articulate better, phrase better, stand better, & understand the song better. Barbara & Eric are not only vocal coaches, they are 'everything a singer needs to know' coaches." ~ Victor, NYC