Julie Forester - Singing Coach
Letter to Students
I have been working in the Music & Performing industry professionally for 14 years and have studied voice across the country and in Europe for 15 years. I have toured Europe, been in the original cast of an Olivier award winning show on London’s West End stage, played countless roles in the theatre, sung in clubs and night clubs all over the world and in recording studios in New York, London and Nashville and on and on… but that alone doesn’t really mean I can help you become a better singer and that I know what I am talking about…it is only by experience that we know and can do anything. My life and success in the industry has brought me accolades and failures, disappointment and regret; as well as victory and praise, but what really counts is growth. We are all works in progress…I believe that whole-heartedly and that life is our journey through that process. I know that I will be a different person next year and next month…it is how we embrace the lessons and our experiences that really matter.
As you study with me I will be a part of that journey with you. Singing and performing is an art form and I believe that we are the music and we are the relief for the world today. Our music is a gift and it is needed now more than ever. I was in New York City during 9/11 and I will never forget feeling worthless because I couldn’t go down to Ground Zero and rescue people or heal them like a doctor or a nurse could, I felt useless. So much so that I seriously considered quitting continuing my masters at NYU and going into a more “useful” profession. Then one day (true story) at my voice lesson my teacher told me that firefighters were requesting for singers to go down and sing to them at Ground Zero while they dug for bodies in the rubble. I instantly got chills and tears welled up in my eyes because they needed me…not necessarily the people who were sick, or dead or dying, but the heroes needed inspiration to go on. I never forgot that story and I use it as a reminder when I wonder where I fit in to the grand scheme of things. ”…we are the music makers and we are the dreamers…”-Arthur O'Shaughnessy
I will help you embrace who you are, in order to become a better artist, vocalist and performer. Most of our technique will eventually become second nature…like breathing. It is the heartbeat of what we learn…the meat… that you will continue to carry with you. The teachers who affected me most throughout my studies, were the one’s who tapped into what made me tick. This business is a funny thing…it can beat you, get you down and can trick you in many ways…you have to have something inside of you to hold on to because without that you can’t survive. I realize I am going a bit far with all this, but I feel it is important. Even if all you want to do is be a better performer in night clubs or if you just want to sing in tune in the church choir; why not be the best "you" possible? I promise you that I will meet you where you are and we will grow and work on what YOU need together. I will work with you at your own pace, but I will push you for your own betterment. I genuinely care and will take my role in your development seriously.
I look forward to helping you in your continued life and artistic process.