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Intro to Musical Improv w/ MacKenzie Reed | Sund

Organizer

The Bird Comedy Theater Training Center

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-bird-comedy-theater-training-center-38066703623
Venue

The Bird Comedy Theater

103 West 19 Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Kansas City, MO, US, 64108

This beginner-friendly class is an introduction to the thrilling world of musical improv! Love signing this class is for you!

This beginner-friendly class is an introduction to the thrilling world of musical improv! Starting with foundational singing technique, students will explore basic song structure and game-based musical expression. Topics include effective breathing for singing, finding and utilizing your natural voice type, listening, and play. Completion of Foundations or instructor permission required. Beginner singers are most welcome!

Classes take place Sundays from 1pm-3pm, August 11 – September 29th, 2024, with a class performance Thursday, October 3rdth, 2024 at 7:30pm. All at The Bird Comedy Theater in The Crossroads Arts District!

NOTE: Warm-up performance Sept. 19th

*Basic Improv experiance required

MacKenzie Reed is a classically trained musician, improviser, writer, and teacher. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M., Piano and Organ Performance, summa cum laude) and the California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A., Performer-Composer). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Kansas.

A former concert pianist and organist, MacKenzie was a featured soloist at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute Keyboard Festival Concert, the National Choral Directors Association National Convention, The American Church in London, and National Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. She concertized in the United States, Germany, Iceland, and Japan as a soloist and collaborator, most notably with Moondrop Circus, Opera Animata, and Stephen Schwartz and the Santa Clarita Master Chorale.

While residing in Los Angeles, MacKenzie developed a strong following as an accompanist and vocal coach for actors. After relocating to Kansas City, she began her study of comedic improvisation at ComedyCity and KCIC and also started applying her skills as a pianist and vocal coach, eventually becoming the music director of the musical improv duo RadioOctave. She is currently Founder and Artistic Director of Cacaf┼Źnius, an active musical improv and sketch comedy group.

A sought-after voice teacher, MacKenzie helps her students build a foundation of good technique and also better understand their own natural strengths as singers. She firmly believes that anyone can sing, and sing joyfully.