University of Mobile to hold Vocal Music Workshop on Power Belting Safely on April 22-23

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The University of Mobile will hold a Command Performance Workshop on power belting safely, a vocal technique for singing, on April 22-23. The workshop designed for singers, actors, choral directors, teachers and students will teach belting style technique in a musical theatre and commercial voice environment.

Internationally known singer, teacher and coach Dr. Maryann Kyle will focus on healthy belting technique and dramatic interpretation in workshops and a master class.

Clinicians include Dr. Bruce Earnest, associate dean of The Roger Breland School of Music and the School of Worship Leadership at the University of Mobile, and Dr. Patrick Jacobs, director of opera, voice faculty chair and associate professor of music at the University of Mobile.

The workshop will be held on the University of Mobile campus Friday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is $75. To register, call the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts at (251) 442-2383 or register online at

“Belting is a technique based on classical bel canto vocal style that is necessary for singing musical theatre, commercial music and worship music styles,” Earnest said. He and Kyle collaborate each summer at the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany, an international training ground for vocalists.

Dr. Maryann Kyle is professor of voice at The University of Southern Mississippi where she is director of the Southern Opera and Music Theatre Company’s outreach and workshop program. She has served as director of the Apprentice Artist program with Mississippi Opera, and vocal coach with Festival South. Kyle also serves on the faculty of the International Performing Arts Institute, Germany, Operafestival di Roma, Italy and was a featured clinician at the Festival Musica nas Montanhas, Brazil. In 2014, Kyle assumed leadership of the International Belt Voice Symposium in Kiefersfelden, Germany as a part of IPAI.

Specializing in belt and legit style Broadway technique, Kyle has had tremendous success in training singers in the best and healthiest use of their voice, and in integrating the function of singing with their character and physical acting process. She has worked with the NYU-Tisch, Playrights Horizons Studio, and the musical theatre apprentice program as a part of the International Performing Arts Institute, Germany experience. Her students include famed New York dancer Jared Grimes, Emily Hindrichs (English National Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Tanglewood, Seattle Opera), Olivia Diane Joseph (off-Broadway production of The Wiz, Suzi Bass Award Winner), and Alaman Diadhiou (title role in Twist, America’s Child Tap Dance Prodigy, Oman…O Man!, Jerry Lewis telethon).

As a singer-actor, Dr. Bruce Earnest has performed in over 60 operatic and musical theatre roles in Europe and the United States. He has produced or directed more than 70 musicals and operas and has conducted master classes and workshops on singing and acting interpretation in the U.S. and Europe. He has students working in major opera and musical theatre productions in the UK, Europe, on Broadway and in National tours throughout the United States.

Earnest has served as casting/musical consultant for Stage Entertainment International and past European productions of AIDA by Elton John, Mama Mia, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera. He is producing artistic director of the International Performing Arts Institute with programs in Kiefersfelden, Germany, Vienna, Austria and New York City.

Born in Louisiana, Dr. Patrick Jacobs attended Loyola University in New Orleans and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music before he finished his education in New York at SUNY Stony Brook. He is a two-time Metropolitan Opera regional finalist and winner of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. Regarded for his “strong, bright voice”, Jacobs has performed principal roles with opera companies throughout the U.S. He made his debut as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in a program of sacred music in 2009, and has performed as a soloist in concerts with companies including: the Berkshire Choral Festival, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony Chorus, Choral Society of Pensacola and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.

For information about the University of Mobile, visit or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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