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A Master Class for Singers with Melissa Cross
When people ask me what style of singing I teach,
I say, “Anything passionate.” — Melissa Cross
April 3, 2012 6:00 PM
Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Registration required. [Register here]
$10 per person at the door
Melissa Cross is a voice teacher from New York City. She was a student for many years at Interlochen Arts Academy and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. Though her background lies in theater and traditional opera, she is the creator of The Zen of Screaming Instructional DVD, a DVD that teaches the art of singing referred to as ‘screaming’. The DVDs are distributed world wide by Alfred Music and also at the website http://www.melissacross.com. Over 50.000 copies have been sold to date.
Although Cross has instructed all genres for over 20 years, she is best known for her training with extreme phonation and working with vocalists including Randy Blythe and Corey Taylor. She has garnered national media attention as an expert in helping vocalists minimize and avoid damage to their vocal cords. She is internationally featured in several countries where seminars were conducted. At the 2009 Voice Foundation Annual Symposium she presented to classical voice teachers and international voice physicians and therapists her method to enable awareness of contemporary stylings. She continues to present workshops there annually as well as seminars for teachers and artists.
Melissa Cross’ first DVD was called The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed. Her second DVD was titled The Zen of Screaming 2 and expanded on the instruction found in the first DVD. A new DVD called ZOS3 – See the Sound, which incorporates a brand new method of teaching vocal use of all types and genres through the use of visual imaging will be released in late 2011.
Famous for her DVD series, The Zen of Screaming (over 50,000 copies sold), Melissa Cross is a world famous voice teacher from New York who has worked with such artists as: Maroon 5, Slayer, Slipknot, Disturbed, Andrew W.K., etc. Her international reputation has had her featured on NPR, Conan O’Brien, The Discovery Channel, MTV, VH1 and MSNBC.
Cross was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.In 2011 Machine Head frontman Robert Flynn studied with Melissa Cross in preparation for the upcoming album Unto The Locust. Flynn said it was an intense session of unlearning seventeen years of bad habits.