The Broadway Belt Workshop

Date:  Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Who:  Musical Theatre Singers, age 14 and up
Location: Spotlight Performing Arts Center
(County Line Road between Quebec and Holly)
Workshop Faculty: Mary Ann Kehler

A career in professional musical theatre requires an incredibly strong voice that can be used for every style of Broadway show. Does your voice have the stamina to sing eight full-length shows a week?  If your voice cracks or breaks between chest voice and head voice, is breathy on higher notes, or you can only belt in chest voice, the number of roles you can perform is very limited.

Students are constantly amazed by the amount of progress they make in BTI’s Broadway Belt Workshop. The goal of the workshop is to start you on your way to being able to sing multiple shows in a week, without vocal fatigue.  That’s a survival skill for all musical theatre singers and we’re here to help!

In the workshop, you will learn the basics of producing a healthy belt, starting with the ability to mix in your middle register. You will listen to and analyze some of the best belters on Broadway, to gain understanding of what a healthy belt sounds like. You will find the exercises that are the most effective for your voice type and how to apply the technique from those exercises to songs. You will learn how to how to spot the strongest audition cuts and will be coached on a 16-bar cut that you bring to the workshop.

This workshop is for those who have some experience performing in musicals, who are competent singers, and who are ready to take it to the next level.  If you aren’t quite there, please ask us about private lessons by e-mailing


Mary Ann Kehler: The BTI Broadway Belt WorkshopBTI Vocal Director: Mary Ann Kehler Mary Ann Kehler successfully trains singers ranging from working professionals to those other teachers have labeled “tone deaf.” She trains singers of all styles and her students include musical theatre professionals, pop recording artists, lead singers for rock and R&B bands, classical choral soloists,voice teachers, music educators, worship leaders and singer/songwriters. She is a college audition coach and has students in top colleges and conservatories all over the country. She is co-author of a book on auditioning for college programs which will be published later this year. Mary Ann is a musical theatre director with over 65 shows to her credit. Companies under her direction have appeared with the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing…, been televised live in Europe, twice appeared in the opening number of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, entertained on the White House Ellipse and at Lincoln Center, in addition to dozens of high-profile events in the Rocky Mountain region.  Mary Ann is the Executive Producer of Broadway Training Intensive.  She is on the founding board of International Voice Teachers of Mix and is a mentor for other teachers in that organization. She has been a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor for the past ten years.  Her studio is in the Denver Technological Center; she teaches regularly around the country, and worldwide on Skype.

Workshop Fee: $68*
*There is no registration fee for this program.

Questions: e-mail

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