Learning to sing freely with strength, ease and confidence is our goal. Jon’s workshop gently guides us to finding our voices as we open our mouths and make sounds in a safe, supportive environment. We sing group songs together; we improvise and experiment; we laugh a lot. Since we all learn from each other, the workshop benefits experienced singers and beginners alike. When we begin to quiet the thoughts of self-doubt and criticism that hold us back and learn to sing joyously from the heart, miracles happen. Shower-singers and Only-when-in-the-car-alone singers are most welcome!
“Let’s face it, singing can be an incredibly scary experience - it’s so fraught with opportunities to make a ‘fool’ of oneself! As children, most of us sang with joyous abandon, but somewhere along the line we became less spontaneous and more self-conscious. Now, when we even think about singing in front of other people, most of us begin to hear little voices of self-doubt and fear whispering in our ears: ‘you’re not good enough, you’re not good enough.’ There are few other life experiences that make us feel so vulnerable. And yet, I’ve discovered that most people really want to be able to sing, and that virtually everyone has a beautiful voice inside somewhere waiting to be released. So, while my workshops don’t create the world’s best singers overnight, they do give people a foundation on which to build. And in the process, we have a wonderful time together.” - Jon Arterton
Jon Arterton brings a varied singing background in classical music, a cappella ensembles and musical theater to his mission of helping everyone learn to sing. He began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington's National Cathedral. He holds a BA from UNC Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and a Master's Degree in voice and choral conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music. He was twice a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow at the Berkshire Music Festival, and was the founder and vocal arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella group seen on HBO and in the film Philadelphia. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Acting from Smith College and has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway and regional theater productions including The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall on Broadway. In 2002 he founded The Outer Cape Chorale, a classically-oriented community chorus based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. By the time he moved to Florida in 2016 the chorus had grown to 150 voices. In 2016 he founded the 140-voice One City Chorus of St. Petersburg, Florida which specializes in singing songs of social justice, civil rights, peace and equality.
“Working with Jon is more than just singing - it is a journey into the joy of making music. He walks you through your fears with compassion, humor and grace. Permission is given to sing on whatever level you bring to the workshop and you are encouraged, even escorted, towards improvement. In the course of his vocal workshops, you watch yourself and others confront fears and move through them, all the while receiving gentle support. Not a soul walks away unchanged.” - Jane Lea
“Jon Arterton’s singing workshop was a remarkable experience. My wife and I arrived a little timid, hardly having sung aloud since grade school, except with each other or around the house. And suddenly we were singing in front of a group of people. It was sort of like diving into the pool. But the clarity of Jon’s patient and passionate instruction and the exercises we did as a group prepared us and when we 'dove in' with solo vocals, it felt remarkably natural.” - Steve Rathe
“Jon shows respect to each individual, whatever their level of ability. That attitude is contagious. There are many "A Ha" moments - times when participants break through to new awareness. When one person suddenly finds where their voice blooms, we all feel it. It's exciting, and liberating.” - Dianne Kopser
“When I was a kid I was often the soloist in my church, but one Christmas Eve many years ago everything changed. I sang like I was asked to, croaking my way through “Ave Maria”, and it was the last time I sang in public again for almost 40 years. The embarrassment of that night clung to me until I took Jon's class. His ability to help me find my "new" voice was a blessing I will always hold dear.” - Bill Docker
“My voice was rusty after years without singing and there were others in the workshop with spectacular voices. Jon's attitude and encouragement quickly did away with any self-consciousness or nervousness. Every day his workshop was so much fun. Jon possesses a rare spirit and a tremendous knowledge of music, which he generously offers up to us lucky souls.”
- Shoshana Silberman
“Jon is a born teacher. He has the ability, will, and desire to affirm and gently guide all members of the workshop as they discover their "inner Caruso" and explore their natural singing talent, individually and in a group. No embarrassment, no pressure; just a really good time learning about oneself in a very supportive context.” - John B. Hall
“For men and women alike, Jon brings out your inner Diva. He is a gentle mentor, who often wants you to succeed even more than you want for yourself. It was once said that you may have to squeak before you can sing.... working with Jon you will snort, squeak, groan and squawk, but in the end you will SING!” - Barbara Curry
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