The ladies of Broadway are required to sing in both Belt & Legit styles. For WOMEN ONLY (sorry guys, you don’t Belt), come hone your skills with master voice teacher Mary Setrakian. Singers, actors and dancers of ALL levels will benefit professionally.
Each woman is asked to bring 2 contrasting songs: one Belt (chest voice) & one Legit (soprano). Please bring several to choose from the first day. If you don’t know what to bring, Mary will have the materials.
The last day there will be an open Master Class and private performance for friends, colleagues and family to see the work and participate in open feedback. Susan Campanaro will emcee.
Mary Setrakian was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has been a resident of New York City for the past 33 years performing professionally, in conjunction with teaching master voice to a variety of artists in New York, Los Angeles and internationally in Italy, England, Portugal and Australia.
Mary has been seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing (cast recording), and toured the US and Europe with Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera (Madame Giry), Les Miserables, Hello, Dolly! (seen in several performances as Irene Molloy across from Carol Channing) and Evita (as Eva Peron in Duisberg, Germany). Mary was featured at Carnegie Hall in Jubilee directed by Herbert Ross.
Off-Broadway credits include the Duchess in Dorian Gray and featured roles in Jones & Schmidt’s Colette Collage (cast recording) and Bob Merrill’s Hannah ...1939 starring Julie Wilson (cast recording).
Regional credits include her award winning portrayals of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Trina in Falsettos, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and her critically acclaimed one-woman show, A New York Romance: The LA Times exclaimed "Mary Setrakian is dazzling!"
At the beginning of her career, Mary starred off-Broadway in over 20 productions with the Light Opera of Manhattan in title roles such as Naughty Marietta and The Merry Widow; and Gilbert & Sullivan classics like HMS Pinafore (Josephine) and Iolanthe (Phyllis). Most recently, Mary starred as The Beggar Woman in Scott Logsdon’s production of Sweeney Todd. Mary is also singing with orchestras in the US and internationally: from an evening with the SSO at her alma mater, Stanford University, to her solo concert debut in Milan, Italy with the Avant Orchestra, a concert of Big Band meets Broadway at the Teatro Delle Erbe, garnering rave reviews.
As a voice teacher, Mary prepared Nicole Kidman for her Golden Globe Award winning and Oscar nominated performance in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. She taught the stars of John Turturro's musical movie Romance & Cigarettes, including Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mandy Moore and Bobby Cannavale. Most recently Mary prepared Bella Thorne for her feature film singing debut in the soon to be released, Midnight Sun.
Mary is called upon by Disney to teach the leading players for the Broadway and touring companies of Elton John's Billy Elliot, Aida and The Lion King, Phil Collins' Tarzan, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams.
Other students include Mary J. Blige, Juliette Binoche, Milla Jovovich, Kerry Washington, Sierra Boggess, Debra Cox, Aida Turturro, Annabella Sciorra, Keri Russell, Tate Donovan, Micky Dolenz, Simone, Charles Osgood, and Italian stars Serena Autieri, FIlippo Timi, Gala, Andrea Osvart, Denny Mendez, Roberta Gambarini, Marco Ligabue, Violante Placido, i SeiOttavi, Baby K and singers on the Italian TV shows X Factor, Sanremo and The Voice.
Internationally, Mary is currently teaching her method, “The Revolutionary Send”, as a Guest Artist at the Rome Film Academy. She has taught many workshops at the Pop/Rock School of Italian guitar legend Franco Mussida in Milan, Italy, CPM (Centro Professione Musica) since 2009. She has been teaching a variety of intensives and master classes in Rome, Milan, Naples, Venice, Palermo, San Remo, Ravenna, Manchester, Lisbon, Moscow and Brisbane since 2005.
Mary is proud to be a frequent Guest Artist at The Susan Batson Studio, LLC in New York City since 2000. She has studied acting with her mentor, Susan Batson, for over 30 years.
Mary is currently writing a book teaching her method, “The Revolutionary Send”, connecting singing technique with the emotional life. In addition to being a guide, her book shares personal and breakthrough stories of her students. Stay tuned. (The title not released yet.)
Mary holds a Masters in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory with Distinction and is a graduate of Stanford University in Music/Voice with Honors. She studied at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Phyllis Curtain and was a voice student of Joan Heller, Mark Pearson, Marie Gibson and Corinne Swall.
© 2017 MARY SETRAKIAN