Anabel Graetz

Anabel Graetz
Lexington, MA
Acting, Choral/Vocal Music, Storytelling
English
Adult Day Care, After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Hospice, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Rehabilitation Center, Senior Center
A centered voice, a strong sound, an increased range, improved vocal stamina and excellent intonation are the goals in Anabel’s innovative approach that combines the best of traditional Bel Canto and 21st century holistic methods. In a safe, fun and open environment, Anabel leads students through a series of exercises that open up the voice to whatever style the singer prefers, be it traditional folk, musical theatre, rock or opera. Classes offered include: The Pub(lic) Sing Workshop; The Strong Sound Workshop; The Centered Breath; Song for Non-Singers; Folk vocal styles; Ensemble Techniques and Harmony Improvisation. Anabel currently teaches in Lexington and at the Lau Lapides Company in Wellesley, MA. She has given workshops throughout the United States and Canada including The School at the Music Emporium, Cambridge, MA; New England Conservatory of Music; Goddard College; The University of Wisconsin; McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA.; the Vancouver Folk Festival; The Eisteddfod and the Flower Carol Dulcimer Festival. She created, and taught, the perennially popular class Song for Non-Singers at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, for more than 25 years.
Since teaching in the community education program in Concord, MA several years ago, and working in libraries across the country with The Proper Ladies, I have found that these settings offer unique opportunities. Often one reaches people who would not otherwise take a singing class. And when an older person learns that they can change and learn new skills, things they once thought impossible, the rewards are incalculable. There is also gratification in knowing the health benefits of learning good vocal technique and applying it; in this work people may actually be improving their health and their prospects for a longer, healthier life. But, most of all, there is the joy as people discover that well, “I can sing!” and that singing is fun! Spreading the Joy of Song is one of the joys of my life.