Flight Performing Arts brings master teachers to the community

ITHACA, NY - Adult learners will have a rare opportunity to ignite their creative spark in a Master Class with New York Voices (NYV) founding member Kim Nazarian on Nov 3rd, at Flight Performing Arts in downtown Ithaca. The class, “Circle Song of Blues Heads” will teach essential skills for singing in the jazz style as well as improvisational scat singing. Singers of all levels of ability are welcome and the class is open to adults and youth ages 12 plus. The fee is on a sliding scale and scholarships are available for those in need.

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An internationally acclaimed artist, Nazarian was recognized in 2012 as one of the top 50 most influential Armenian artists. She is collaborating with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald.

As lead vocalist for the Latin influenced band El Eco, led by Argentinian drummer, Guillermo Nohejowitz, Nazarian sang on their latest CD, "Puerto de Buenos Aires" which earned "Album of the Year" by JAZZIZ's Mark Holston. Nazarian’s 2015 solo CD, "Some Morning," was hailed by critics, who called it the best jazz vocal of the year; Chris Spector said it “”sets the gold standard for Jazz vocalists."

On Oct. 27, Flight will host another master class, this one for the “casual” classical singer, with master teacher Meaghan Boeing. “Acting for Classical Singers” is also open to the entire Ithaca community.

Flight’s Master Class series seeks to bring professional working actors, singers, and dancers from around the world to offer the community unique opportunities to learn and expand their knowledge base.

“Our community is rich with adults who love to sing, act, and dance, but don’t do it professionally. We are providing an outlet for them to engage with master teachers in the way that college students have the opportunity to,” said Sharon Costianes, director of Flight Performing Arts.

The master classes also offer an opportunity for middle and high school students to engage in learning alongside adults in their community. “I think we need more spaces where we interact in multi-generational ways. The whole community will benefit from more connection with one another,” said Costianes.

All classes are held at Flight Performing Arts, 123 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca. For more information visit:www.flightarts.com or email info@flightvoicestudio.com.

Sharon Costianes