5 Tips for Singers

1. Research 5 open mic. venues

2. Go and watch

3. Prepare one song which works for you and you can sing a week

4. Arrange a Rep session or singing lesson to go through your new songs

5. Schedule one weekly open mic night visit for the next 5 weeks

Some Open Mic venues (to get you started):

  • The Phoenix Artists Club Soho
  • The Spice of Life Covent Garden
  • The Crazy Coqs Piccadilly Circus
  • Through the Looking Glass Bar Hackney Rd
  • Above the Distillers Pub in Fulham Palace Rd Hammersmith
  • The New Wimbledon Theatre Musical Theatre open mic twice a month

Musical Theatre Tips

1. There is fantastic NEW music out there, and it has never been easier to find.  Your Rep Folder will always be more interesting with a couple of fantastic songs written in the last 10 years.

2. The website www.newmusicaltheatre.com is an absolutely fantastic resource, putting new composers and their work at your fingertips.

3. Find the albums released by current, younger generation musical theatre artists;  six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald’s first album ‘Back to Paradise’ was dedicated entirely to new writers. Other artists currently working are making a point of performing and recording the work of new writers alongside that of more established composers. Check out albums by Anika Larsen (‘Sing you to Sleep’), John Barr (‘Different Corner’),  Gemma Atkins (‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’) and Lauren Kennedy (‘Here and Now’) for a start….

Opera Tips

1. The website www.operabase.com is an astonishing resource; make use of it.

2. If your voice is still developing and you’re unsure of what fach to be looking at, Operabase can help you find out who is singing what repertoire and which roles are being cast with which voices.

3. When looking for representation Operabase can tell you which artists are managed by which agencies; very helpful for getting a sense of how agents and managers work with regards to territory and what level they’re working at.

4. Operabase also tells you what repertoire a house or company is planning.  If you see on their schedule that a particular company, over a two year period, has staged zero baroque opera, then you will know not to go to that house with baroque repertoire if auditioning for them.

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.