Studio Bleu is excited to introduce our new vocal coach, Ms. Tina Smothers. Ms. Smothers is a sought after soloist and vocal coach. She has been teaching voice for over 15 years and has taken lessons and training for over 18 years. She herself has won numerous awards and competitions including being a finalist in NATS and a Top Michigan Vocalist. Tina has been a sought after vocalist for many charity events and also major and minor league baseball games. She has an A.A. in Music and has studied voice beyond her degree and is trained to the level of someone with a Master’s in Music. Ms. Smothers has been sought after to do workshops for churches, schools, show choirs, and more. Her students have gone on to win many local competitions, have made it to the Hollywood Rounds of American Idol, and have been seen on shows like Rising Star and MTV’s Copycat. She is a songwriter who has helped write and co-produce numerous songs for other singers and her students. Ms. Smothers is excited to join the Studio Bleu family. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studio Bleu is proud to be the home of DC’s premier audition only vocal groups. These groups perform throughout our community and beyond. You can find them performing places such as: One Loudoun, National Christmas Tree, National Zoo, Curefest, Kids Helping Kids, Empire State Building, Intrepid Air Museum in NYC and more!Showstoppers Vocal Group – Grades K through 5th grade
This vocal group is for our youngest singers. This group will be made up of 25 kids from grades K through 5th and will perform throughout the community. They will have roughly 2 rehearsals or performances each month with some months being more. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.Clefhangers Vocal Group – Grades 5th through 8th grade
This vocal group is the next step from our Showstoppers. This group will be made up of 16 kids. There will be harder choreography and we will begin to learn harmony. This group will also have roughly 2 rehearsals or performances each month with some months being more (in the fall especially). Rehearsals will be held in conjunction with our TrebleMakers group and will be from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Sundays.TrebleMakers Vocal Group – Grades 5th through 8th grade
This vocal group is considered a pre-professional group. This group will be made up of 16 kids. There will be a stricter attendance policy and members will be expected to come to all events unless cleared with Director. They will meet in conjunction with our Clefhangers but will also have additional practices during some weeks where they will learn additional songs. They will also perform some with Clefhangers and do some performances on their own. They will be expected to also rehearse on their own. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm and special rehearsals will be based around group availability.Vocal Explosion Vocal Group –Grades 7th through 12th grade
This vocal group will sing both a cappella music as well as music with accompaniment. Singers will learn how to be performers without having choreography and will sing harmony on all songs. This group will have 18 teens and will have roughly 2 rehearsals or performances each month with some months being more. Rehearsal will be held on Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.Treble in Paradise Vocal Group – Grades 7th through 12th grade
This vocal group is considered a pre-professional group. Members are also required to be a part of Vocal Explosion. This group will be made up of 8 kids. There will be a stricter attendance policy and members will be expected to come to all events unless cleared with Director. There may be additional rehearsals during the week before performances but will work with all members schedules when scheduling. Members will be expected to rehearse on their own. Rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 pm on Sundays.Tuition is paid year round and is due at the first of each month:Auditions are held yearly in May/June. Please check our Facebook page for our upcoming audition date!What to expect on Audition Day:
Auditioning girls/boys will check in at the registration table, get their numbers, say their final goodbyes to Mom and Dad, and line up to enter the Auditions with their assigned group. Current group members will be assigned to each group to help others learn choreography and to get to know them and support them in their audition. Our goal is that every child feels comfortable and leaves feeling that they had fun and did their very best!Warm Ups and Get to Know You:
Once inside rehearsal all kids will be guided through some vocal warm ups and stretching exercises for singing. We will also take time to allow the kids time to get to know each other, introduce themselves, and ask any questions that they may have about the audition process.Vocal Audition:
Each participant will be required to sing a portion of a song for our judge’s panel. Groups of 5 kids will go at a time until all kids have completed the vocal audition portion. Our current group members will be there to help support the other kids auditioning and will give each child auditioning a round of applause. No feedback or critiques are given during this time. Your child should prepare a verse and a chorus of a well-known song to sing a cappella for our judges.Choreography Audition:
All participants will be taught choreography from one of our current songs and will again go in front of the judges in groups of 5 to do the choreography they learned from our current members. During this process one of our current members will also the choreography with them. Again no feedback or critiques will be given by our judges at this time.Do I need prior experience to Audition?
The answer is NO! Many of our best group members have auditioned with little or no song or dance training. We are looking for natural talent and much of our judging criteria is designed to spot natural ability and not just a polished performance.