Calling Choral, Solo and Small Ensemble Singers – Open to the Public
Valley of the Sun NATS is pleased to present award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and conductor Mark Hayes in masterclass in conjunction with the Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival
To register to sing for masterclass, follow this link for instructions (remember to first register for the event)
Mark Hayes Solo and Ensemble Masterclass Overview
Mr. Hayes will offer individual and group instruction focused on communication with the audience through body language, diction and stylistic interpretation as they work in tandem with vocal technique. He will touch on some technical aspects as they relate to versatility for the trained singer, outlining style points appropriate to differing genres that work with proper tone/technique, performance practice, and stage presence. He believes that sound vocal technique facilitates the versatility of a single voice to execute multiple genres.
Mr. Hayes will coach solo and small ensemble singers in gospel, jazz, pop, folk, classical and musical theater genres. He will address specifics of engaging the audience and how to lead an accompanist. He will also discuss his experiences as a record producer, coaching professional singers in the studio and the commercial music industry as time permits. Singer Participants may present performance ready pieces or very well-prepared works in progress. Singers are also strongly encouraged to bring a smartphone or other digital recording device to the session.
Composer Mark Hayes’ music is found in the music libraries of churches and universities around the world. His compositions and arrangements are known for their unique American sound, drawing from such diverse musical styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk and classical. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, piano, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. He is honored to have his music regularly featured at ACDA, MENC and Chorus America conventions. Hayes is regularly commissioned by churches, universities, children’s choruses, and community choruses to write original choral works. The GRAMMY Award winning Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy, has recorded Hayes’ large works for chorus and orchestra.
He has served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. The Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. He arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” (2010) at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit (2011), and the world premiere of his Requiem (2013) both at Lincoln Center. In October 2014 Hayes conducted the European premiere of his Requiem in St. Ignatius Basilica in Rome as part of The Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra. In April 2016, Mark visited Campina Grande, Brazil to teach composition at Universidade Federal de Campina Grande. On November 19, 2017, Hayes will conduct the premiere of his International Carol Suites at Carnegie Hall and a reprise of his Requiem on May 26, 2018.
Mr. Hayes is also an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. He arranged and produced the album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus (1986) which received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year. His CD of original songs, All Is Well (2010) features Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle. Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at home, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”