Special guest, Tony Deaton, will share selections from his recently-released book of vocal techniques “Stop! Look! Listen!”
According to Dr. Jim Burns, director of the choir, the book has been received well by professionals and beginners alike.
According to Charles Hurley, choir president, the public is invited to attend the 6 p.m. session in the church choral room. The session will conclude with an opportunity to get acquainted with Deaton over coffee and a book-signing.
The book is available at https://www.createspace.com/4106410.
Deaton’s book addresses the challenges of vocal technique and performance with simple instruction. He said the goal is to paint the picture of song through familiar quotations. This book is recommended for all levels of vocal development, from beginner to professional.
“I’ve always been fascinated with vocal instruction, but sometimes there is just too much confusion and jargon involved,” said Deaton. “I wanted to make the material easier to read and comprehend while maintaining the respect vocal instruction deserves.”
Deaton joined the faculty of Lee’s School of Music in 1996. He received his master of music degree in vocal performance from The University of Tennessee where he studied with the renowned Edward Zambara, and his bachelor of arts degree in music from lee college as a voice student of Jim Burns.
Mr. Deaton has worked with an impressive list of artists such as Gian Carlo Menotti, Carlisle Floyd, Robert Ward, Bodo Igesz, and Marni Nixon, among others, and has performed numerous times on public and commercial radio and television.
Mr. Deaton also conducts master-classes, serves as a voice adjudicator, and continues an active performance schedule.
He is married to Suzy Venable Deaton and is the proud grandfather of two grandsons, Spencer and Andy.