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Tucson Singers Resource
A Short Playbook for Anyone Interested in Singing in the Old Pueblo
"I'm pleased with my life, with the journey." — Tina Turner
My daughter has started singing in public again, and she couldn't be happier. So I surfed the Net, finding vocal resources for Kaity, my musical co-ed. She is a digital native so it seemed natural to share these links with her on the Web while also paying it forward. As a result, this is my first musical Squidoo lens. — Kim
This page is a primer for being a singer in Tucson, Arizona.
You've always loved singing. You've been performing in public since you were 3 years old. You were most active in high school and summer musicals, stretching your musical wings in choirs and as a soloist. You knocked the National Anthem out of the ballpark at local events. Then you took a break from singing regularly when you entered college. After a few years studying technical theatre and working backstage, you returned to your roots and started to sing again.
Originally, I created this page for you, but feel free to share it with your friends. I hope it helps you enjoy your return to the joy and journey of being a singer, and perhaps, helps you rediscover your dreams.
- Wikipedia: Music of Tucson, Arizona — Overview of musical styles, artists and venues in the Old Pueblo
- Career and Education Opportunities for Singers in Tucson, Arizona — Career Information, Education, Descriptions
Six Step Singer Development Plan:
✔ Attend music performances.
✔ Hang out with singers.
✔ Practice, practice, practice.
✔ Audition for everything.
✔ Sing in public often.
✔ Promote yourself.
Attend Music Performances - Learn from the pros
"For those of you in the cheap seats I'd like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry!" — John LennonThe easiest way to learn how the pros sing is to watch them sing.
♬ Observe professional singers on stage and take copious mental notes about vocal technique and stage presence. Budget to attend an in-person concert once a month. Too expensive? Okay, there are also dozens of free shows around the city, too.
Concert and Event Calendars
- Live ShowUp.com | Tucson.showup.com | Music, Concerts & Events
Rock concerts, jazz, blues, country, classical, Motown, alternative, R&B, reggae and more.
- Entertainment Magazine Tucson Music Calendar
Popular Tucson, Arizona nightclubs with live and recorded music events.
- TucsonNightOut | Tucson Live Music
Live music Tucson
- Music Venues | Metromix Tucson
Tucson music from Metromix, listing concerts, CD reviews, interviews.
- Tucson Weekly: Tucson Music, Tucson Concerts, Tucson Nightlife
Tucson Weekly's coverage of music in Tucson, including reviews, concert previews, profiles, and nightlife listings.
- Tucson - What's On - Concerts
Real-time buzz for upcoming concerts in Tucson: find out what locals are saying right now about concerts in Tucson...
How To Get Around Tucson - Minimal Help For The Geographically-Challenged
This is as good a Tucson location as any to navigate around.
Hang Out with Singers
Join "Birds of a Feather"You need honest feedback and role models more than you need fans.
♬ Your family and friends will love you even when you sound like a squealing tire on the highway or two cats fighting. Well, maybe not all of your "friends"...but you know what I mean... You need the truth and you need to be ready to hear it.
It's up to you to seek out helpful insights from other Tucsonans who share your same passion for singing and who you can trust to be honest with you.
Local Music Organizations - Societies, Clubs and Associations
♬ Here are some opportunities to build relationships in the local music scene and find the right people to help you get where you want to go. These organizations coordinate events to either hang out with other singers, volunteer to promote other singers, or both.
"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away." — Elvis Presley
- Tucson Musician Club
Not-for-profit Social Club for local musicians, vocalists, songwriters, and sound engineers representing all skill & experience levels. Facebook page Monthly meeting Membership and activities
- Tucson > Meetup > Singer-Songwriters > Songwriters-in-the-round
Eric Schaffer has offered his living room for this meetup. Location is the far Northwest side, 3 miles north of Cortaro off of Camino de Oeste. (Roughly 20 minutes from downtown Tucson if you take I-1
- Tucson Kitchen Musicians Assoc
Enhance cultural awareness of the folk arts in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Ongoing Music Events Annual Tucson Folk Festival
- Southwest Acoustic Music Assoc
SAM, Southwest Acoustic Music, began in 1988 with a three act concert at the Paradise Valley Community Center.
- Western Music Association - Arizona Chapter
Encourage the performance, composition and appreciation of Western music. Facebook page Events
- Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation Tucson, AZ
Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying the Blues!Â Events Blues & Heritage Festival - Sunday, October 16, 2011
- Tucson Musicians Museum
Recognize accomplished Tucson musicians, maintain a mentorship program for young Tucson musicians, and establish an emergency fund for local musicians in need.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Become a vocal athlete
♬ Honey, you know I majored in music education in college. I performed in public, too. So here's what I can tell you, based on past experience. You've got to be ready.
"Opportunity comes regularly in life, but you have to be ready." — Lisa KudrowYour voice is your future. Protect it.It's always better to sing a little each day rather than "get 'er done." If you can only spare 15 minutes a day, then make it so and refuse to beat yourself up about the limited time. Practice should never be a mini-marathon; you can't make up for lost days and you may damage your voice with cram sessions.Water lubricates your vocal chords and detoxes your body at the same time. Sip fluids throughout the day, but don't overdo it; you don't want to deplete your body's natural minerals.Avoid screeching and yelling whenever possible. Some people are just outgoing and expressive by nature, but too often, enthusiasm or emotion takes a toll on vocal health. Rather than raise your voice, take a deep, cleansing breath then smile inside and out. This, by itself, is a great stress reducer, too.Invest in your career. Spend your time, your money, or both. Take lessons from someone experienced and reputable. Believe it or not, anyone can hang out a shingle that says "voice teacher," but they may do more harm than good. Never hire a vocal coach based solely on marketing savvy, area of town or hourly rate. Call the University of Arizona or Pima Community College music department, or contact the Tucson Music Teachers Association (TMTA). Ask them to recommend a couple of Tucson area voice teachers for someone with your vocal style and/or experience.No money yet? Join a choral group and get the best in a professional group situation. Check out the Choirs and Choral Groups in Tucson module on this page.Living with a goofy work schedule? There are always online videos. Come on! I know you spend hours on YouTube laughing over cat videos. A few singing tech videos are in order. Again, tread carefully. Anyone can post a YouTube video.
Check out these top notch YouTube videos!
Free Voice Lessons - Tips on singing technique
No matter what kind of training you have, there's no substitute for actual experience.
Source: Background Vocals - Tips For Getting Session Singing Work, uSing.com
Audition for Everything
99% of the time, you won't make it, so take it with a grain of salt.Judges are judgmental
♬ The journey of becoming a singer includes learning to survive through roller-coaster experiences and the arrogant personalities that drive them.
Little accepted fact: judges judge. Duh! And often, it makes no sense why someone with a "so-so" singing voice is chosen over someone who has innate talent.
You may have perfect pitch and a cute personality, but "it don't matter." Judges and audition situations are not perfect, and the entertainment industry does not play fair. Do not take it personally.
Recite this sentence three times: "Every audition is just another step closer to my ongoing goal of becoming a better singer."
Accept that there will be lots of rejection and dozens of almost-made-it situations. Think of them as opportunities to grow, even if you don't always agree with the results. Learn, move on and get ready for your next shot. It's all good.
Singing Contests and Competitions - Give it a shot
"I need drama in my life to keep making music." — Eminem
- Tucson > Singing Auditions > Tucson Stage on Yahoo! Groups
These notices include auditions, openings and other announcements of interest to actors, directors, techies and theatre lovers in our community.
- Tucson > tucson music gigs classifieds - craigslist
tucson music gigs classifieds - craigslist
- Tucson > Lucky Break > Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment
KiiM-FM 99.5 is proud to present the Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment Lucky Break Season 3 - a singing competition and TV show.
- Arizona > KiiM-FM Freedom Festival > Sing Your Way On Stage
Sing Your Way On Stage is a talent contest where we search for the best local singers in the area, to perform between the main acts. About the KiiM-FM Freedom Festival
- National > The Voice
Online Auditions - NBC Official Site Tucson Auditions for The Voice - Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol Resort Hotel
- National > American Idol - Audition Information
American Idol Season 11 auditions to be held in St. Louis, Portland, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Charleston and Houston.
- National > America's Got Talent - NBC Site
We have not yet announced all the cities we will be holding open calls in for Season 7. Currently we have only confirmed New York City and Austin. Fill out this form if you want to be kept up-to-date with the latest audition news.
- National > Karaoke Battle USA
Karaoke Battle USA, a contest for the best karaoke singer in America (TV Show with Joey Fatone).
- National > The X Factor USA - Simon Cowell, Singing Competition, FOX
Have You Got It? The X Factor is Simon Cowell's brand new singing competition.
♬ Some of the best singers started out by singing the anthem at local events. Some of the best singers still sing the anthem at national events: think Super Bowl.
By the way, some people think the anthem is a difficult song to sing. If you can master it, it's well worth the self-satisfaction.How to Sing the National Anthem
- Arizona > Diamondbacks > National Anthem Auditions
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be holding open auditions for a chance to sing the national anthem at a D-backs home game during the 2011 season. National anthem auditions will be held at Chase Field on Saturday, March 19.
Sing in Public Often - If a tree falls in the forest...
If you just want to sing in the shower or in the car, then browse to another page.
♬ If you have regular dreams of performing in public — and I know you do — you have to pay your dues. Here's how to get the time and do the time...on stage.
- Rock Star Fantasy Karaoke
The Jim Howell Band! Karaoke with a live band.
- Metromix Tucson
Tucson bars and clubs from Metromix, with Karaoke listings.
Karaoke Page on DoTucson.com
- Ynot Entertainment
Karaoke calendar around Tucson Open Mic Nights
- Sky Bar - Tucson, AZ
Open Mic Night - all songs and styles welcome
- Glass Onion CafÃ© > Music Calendar > Open Mic Nights
Cafe, Live Music, Catering, Beatles, coffee shop, Free Wi-Fi, vegan,vegetarian, gluten free
- Events - Tammies: Tucson's Music Site
All Events | Tammies.com is the Tucson Weekly's site devoted to local musicians and the local music scene.
- Open Mic Arizona
Open Mic Arizona listings by city Local Bands and Gigs
- Tucson Musician Wanted Classifieds Arizona | Bandmix.com
Find Local Band Gigs and Musicians in Tucson, AZ Fairs and Festivals
- Tucson Folk Festival
The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association presents the Annual Tucson Folk Festival
- Tucson Meet Yourself
Traditional arts of the folk and ethnic communities of the multi-national Arizona-Sonora region.
- Southern Arizona Blues and Heritage Festival
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the Festival planning or the actual event, please let us know.
- Tucson Festivals
Tucson Festivals in 2011 - Music festivals, film festivals, art festivals, fairs & parades taking place around Tucson, AZ - August 2011.
- Arizona > Pima County Fair > Entertainment Application
Please do not send promo at this time, however you may include one page with your application of recent press or band references/recommendations.
- Arizona > State Fair > Community Stage Application
In 2010, we saw over 200 community acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, theatre productions and marching bands. Frequently Asked Community Stage Questions
Join the Crowd
Can't afford a private voice coach? Lessons in technique are the byproduct of singing in a good choir.
Choirs and Choral Groups in Tucson
"Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that." — Aretha Franklin
- Adult > Female > Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus
Women interested can join the chorus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.
- Adult > Female > Tucson Women's Chorus
The Tucson Women's Chorus is an a cappella singing group which sings chants, rounds and songs from cultures and traditions from around the world.
- Adult > Male and Female > Catalinas Community Chorus
90-member adult chorus. No auditions required.
- Adult > Male and Female > Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuing professional performing arts organization in the state of Arizona.
- Adult > Male and Female > University Community Chorus, University of Arizona
Membership which is open to community members as well as students, faculty and staff
- Child > Female > Tucson Girls Chorus
Official website of the Tucson Girls Chorus, serving the community of Tucson, Arizona.
- Child > Male > Tucson Boys Chorus
The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the community an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music.
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Promote Yourself - People can only hire you if they've heard of you
"We covered 'Hey, Jude.' My father panicked, misunderstanding the lyrics and thinking our lead singer was belting out 'Hey, Jew' to a roomful of Holocaust survivors." — Ben Stiller
When you're ready, let's make a plan for online promotion.
♬ Just so you know, there's never a reason to pay for directory listings as a singer, because there are plenty of free ways to promote yourself.
- ReverbNation - Artist - Features Overview
The best tools for musicians and the best music for everyone else. Artist Sign-Up How much does it cost to join ReverbNation?
- How to Make a Singer Website
Read how to customize a free Flash template and transform it into a unique and personal Flash delight
- Self Promote Your Music - How to Promote Your Music
The ability to self promote your music can make the difference between playing to a packed house and a lifetime of musical obscurity. Find out how to make sure your music is getting heard by being your own best promoter.
- How to Market & Promote Your Music & Yourself As a Singer | eHow.com
Musicians in today's economy market themselves through a variety of media sources. Musicians can utilize social media and the Internet to promote their music.
- Create a MySpace Music Page - How to Sign Up for MySpace Music
Many bands find that MySpace Music is the place to be for them. Find out how to cash in on the free MySpace buzz and create your own MySpace music page.
- indiespace - indie arts and entertainment online since 1994
indiespace.com social network for independent game developers, animators, artists, musicians, authors, filmmakers, and performers
- DemoSinger | Studio Singer Directory
Basic singer accounts are free. Premium singer accounts have access to job postings, unlimited song uploads, profile pics and they appear before free singers in the search results.
- Tucson Musicians Classifieds Singer
Find local bands that have posted a singers wanted ad.
In order to have a chance to connect with your audience, you're going to have to connect with the song itself. So be sure to select something that you can sing genuinely from the heart.
Source: Singing Tips Blog
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