Local Singing Opportunities
We live in a wonderful community with lots of opportunities to sing. Here are a few below, and as my student, you'll always have the monthly "performance practice" as an additional option.
If you are a student in school, join your school choir and/or participate in the school musical. For kids who are in home school, there are vocal opportunities with The West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts organization.
Early Music Michigan (vocal ensemble)
Opportunities for both:
The Kalamazoo Civic Theater (musical theater)
College & Conservatory Programs
Many of my students are young people who are passionate about a singing career. For many of us, this involves an undergraduate education and possibly a masters degree as well. However, if you want to sing professionally in a contemporary music genre, it will serve you better to attend a program that focuses on pop music or jazz, instead of classical. There are three types of programs to consider: jazz, vocal artist development, and songwriting. My colleague has made a wonderful list here to begin your search for the two latter. If you're interested in jazz, I recommend checking out the Downbeat "Where to study jazz" publication to help you start looking.
New York Voices Summer Camp (Ages 14 - Adult)
Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp (Teens and possibly older)
University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop (Ages 14 - Adult)
Broadway Triple Threat (Ages 12 - Adult)
New York Film Academy Summer Musical Theater (For teens)
Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Intensives (Ages 10 - 21)
Many times I have students who have been self-taught for a long time and who might have some problems going on in their throat. I am happy to help direct you in the way back to vocal health - either by retraining your voice, or by sending you to a Speech Language Pathologist who can verify what type of vocal pathology/problem you have, or a combination of these two approaches. Your throat should never squeeze, tighten, feel tired or choked up when you sing, no matter what you're singing!