Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Masterclasses

Erin Guinup Voice Studio Summer Masterclasses

This summer, I will be offering weekly masterclasses/group lessons. in lieu of a week-long camp or private lessons.  These classes will be limited to 8 participants and will be co-taught with the incomparable Denes VanParys at the piano.  Like the camps, these masterclasses will be fun and offer the opportunity for huge vocal breakthroughs.  Each student will perform and receive instruction on a vocal solo during the 3-hour masterclass. You will learn from the time spent with you and can learn immensely by observing the growth in others. 

The dates and times are:
Monday, June 20th 5-8pm (Waiting List)
Wednesday, July 6th 9am-noon (Waiting List)
Monday, July 18th 9am-noon (1 spot left)
Monday, July 18th 5-8pm (Waiting List)
Monday, July 25th 9am-noon (Waiting List)
Monday, August 1st 5-8pm (Waiting list)
Monday, August 8th 9am-noon (Waiting List)
Monday, August 15th 5-8pm (Waiting List)
Monday, August 22nd 9am-noon (1 spot left)
Monday, August 29th 5-8pm (Waiting List)

You may attend one class or all ten classes.  Students are encouraged to take as many as their schedule allows.  Each class is $60 and payment is due one week prior to the class.  As the classes are limited to 8 participants, early signup is highly recommended as spots will likely fill quickly.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Summer Vocal Breakthrough

In its fourth year, this unique workshop taught by award-winning teacher Erin Guinup and coach/accompanist Denes VanParys, focuses on the solo singer and creates an environment for students to make dramatic breakthroughs in their singing technique and performance.  Each class is limited to ten students allowing for personalized instruction and a supportive environment where everyone finds the next level in their singing. Additional guest artist-teachers may include Tony Award nominee Patti Cohenour (Big River, Phantom of the Opera) and Kat Hennessey (Wicked, CoverGirls Live).

Each day includes a focus on technical aspects such as breathing, posture and song interpretation and daily master classes where each student will work on their individual songs.  Observing each other’s breakthroughs is gratifying, inspiring and fun.  Past workshop participants have said:

“I didn’t know I could learn so much in one week”
“the most fun I’ve had all summer” and 
“completely life-changing.”

Each workshop is 5 days and runs from 9am to noon each day with a culminating performance on Friday.  This year there are three dates in Tacoma to choose from:

June 29-July 3
August 10-14
Cost is $250 per session.  (10% off if registering for 2 or more sessions).  Please contact Erin at eringuinup @ or 253-777-8478 with questions and to register. 

Participating students will need to have two songs prepared to work on during the week.  Songs can be in any style, including classical, musical theatre or contemporary.  This workshop is most appropriate for students 15 and up and often includes high school and college students and adults.

About Us:

Erin’s students have been recognized with awards from the 5th Avenue Theatre, U.S. Presidential Scholar Awards, MTNA, and PAFE and received major music scholarships to universities around the country.  Her students regularly receive superior ratings at Solo/Ensemble contests, frequently winning at the State level and at NATS adjudications. Equally comfortable with teaching contemporary music, her students have appeared on Broadway and national musical tours, concert venues and television’s The Voice, American Idol.  Erin is an active performer with repertoire including opera, sacred music, musical theatre belt and folk rock.


Equally at home in Opera and Musical Theater, Denes Van Parys has led performances for Tri-Cities Opera (NY), Ithaca Opera, Delaware Valley Opera, Puget Sound Concert
Opera as well as the Hangar Theater of Ithaca, Repertory Theater of St. Louis and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. He has also widely toured across Europe, America and throughout Southeast Asia conducting the National Tours of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MY FAIR LADY, 42ND STREET, ANNIE, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, WEST SIDE STORY, EVITA and MAN OF LA MANCHA working with such stars as Ron Holgate, Jack Jones and Don Knotts.  Denes is currently the Staff Accompanist and Musical Director of Opera Productions at the University of Puget Sound and Assistant Conductor with Tacoma Opera.