an ongoing, drop-in recital series designed to foster confidence and enjoyment in performing
In this virtual drop-in recital series, young musicians practice performing in a nurturing environment with an appreciative audience.
We believe performance and mindset are inextricably linked. Upon registration we send a Performance Strategy video for students to practice in preparation for the recital, in order to build stage confidence and foster a positive mindset. Examples of topics we will cover include mindfulness techniques, goal setting, visualization, and how to foster positive self-talk.
The Green Room, a 30 minute group class, takes place immediately before each Recital to discuss and practice the Performance Strategy and also serves as a chance for the musicians to get to know each other.
Recital Club aims to create a supportive community and a lighthearted atmosphere in which to cultivate joy in sharing music.
All levels and instruments are welcome | Ages 7-18
In spite of the remote nature of the concert, Erin and Nate established a warm and engaging atmosphere. A particular highlight of the experience for my son was taking part in the "Green Room" meeting prior to the performance. This afforded him the opportunity to meet the other performers, and learn from the professionals a variety of tools for managing stage fright and pre-performance jitters. The Club was educational, enjoyable and great fun and we look forward to taking part again.
- Dayna Kurtz
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Meet the Team
With performance experience ranging from big band, salsa, classical, and Broadway and spanning live stages, orchestra pits, jazz clubs, and live TV, Nate's study of the trombone began under the guidance of trombone legend Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Equally at home playing lead with The Birdland Big Band, The Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, or a chamber orchestra such as The Knights Orchestra or The International Contemporary Ensemble he is comfortable playing and teaching a wildly diverse number of musical styles. He has appeared in the orchestras of fifty Broadway shows, countless big bands, recorded with Hugh Jackman, Kelli O’Hara, Harry Connick, Jr., Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Lang Lang, Josh Groban, and dozens of jingles for television. He has shared the stage with stadium favorites Pete Townsend, Billy Idol, Busta Rhymes, and Erykah Badu, as well as intimate settings in New York’s Lower East Side with a jazz trio of just trombone, voice and guitar.
Rachel Turner Houk
Rachel Turner Houk is a seasoned performer and music educator. She holds her teaching certification for Michigan and California, is Orff Schulwerk certified, and for 14 years taught general music in PreK-8th Grade public and private school settings. She currently teaches courses to the next generation of music educators at Wayne State University in Detroit. As the founder of the Inspired Strings Approach, Rachel is passionate about developing engaging strings curriculum that is full of creating opportunities for students.
Erin Benim Mayland
With decades of performance experience including over 1,500 shows at Hamilton on Broadway, film sessions at Skywalker Ranch, performances at Carnegie Hall, more than 20 years of private teaching experience, and graduate studies in psychology, Erin has spent her career working to understand the dynamics and challenges of performing. In addition to studying the psychology of performance, her years of studies with an elite audition coach taught her specific preparation techniques that help tame the nerves that arise in situations such as performance, sports, and interviews. Erin has made the journey from shy kid to being comfortable in front of an audience, and hopes to help others overcome their jitters and discover the joy in performing.