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February/March 2019


Studio artist, Hannah Sapitan, with Morgan Mallory in the Stumptown Stages production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Studio artist, Hannah Sapitan, with Morgan Mallory in the Stumptown Stages production of Jesus Christ Superstar

WELCOME to the first Erin G. McCarthy Vocal Studio newsletter! I hope that this will serve as a tool to communicate about the many goings-on and happenings in our Studio, hopefully saving me from drowning you all in e-mails, and will help consolidate important dates, awesome successes, and other upcoming events in one place.

STATE OF THE STUDIO: The Erin G. McCarthy Vocal Studio is celebrating continued growth, for which we are very grateful! Welcome to the Studio: Lindsay B., Heather G., Katie G., Elijah O., Ana S., Lindsay W., and Mary W.!

THANK YOU for all the love and support that the McCarthy family has received throughout the month of January. Your flexibility, understanding, and incredible generosity and kindness was so appreciated during a very difficult time in our family life. You’ll all be happy to know that Mom is doing very well after her open-heart surgery and is resting comfortably at home.


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CONGRATULATONS to our winners at the January Classical NATS and Thespian Regional auditions! At NATS, Andy Bakun won 1st place in the Lower High School Men category and Anna Bakun won 2nd place in the Upper High School Women category. We had 16 singers performing, and everyone sang with skill and bravery. At Regionals, we had so very many Studio artists competing, and winners include Micah Schmidt, who is going to State in Pantomime, and finalists Anna Bakun and Hallie August for their musical duo, Freedom, Anna Bakun for her solo musical, Meadowlark, and Chris Peterson for her solo musical, Quiet. Brava!

DISTRICT SOLO/ENSEMBLE is coming up! District 14 is on February 23rd at Tualatin High School and District 15 is on March 2nd at Mountainside High School. State Solo/Ensemble is on April 27th at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Seventeen Studio artists are competing in Solo/Ensemble this year. In bocca al lupo!

Regional NATS deadline is approaching! Studio singers who have advanced to the Regional level of NATS competition are Hannah Sapitan, Anna Bakun, Andy Bakun, Laurel Gray, and Sophia Ekdahl. Good luck, folks! NATS Nationals is June 27-28 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.


Morgan Mallory in the Stumptown Stages production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Morgan Mallory in the Stumptown Stages production of Jesus Christ Superstar

MORGAN MALLORY MASTERCLASS! Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Morgan Mallory will be in the Studio on Monday, February 18th from 5-8 p.m. for a masterclass! Specializing on bringing songs to vibrant life, Morgan is an absolutely mindblowing artist and you will come away from a session with him energized and ready to take on your upcoming performances! Click here to learn more about Morgan. Most spots are filled, but we do have a couple left, so email me ASAP to grab one! $100

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HEADSHOT DAY! Mark your calendar! On Saturday, April 6 from noon to 3 p.m., Bulldog Design Studio will be here on the farm doing headshots! Melissa Bailey at BDS is a wonderful photographer, and she’s excited to bring her camera skills to our Studio for an afternoon of high-quality snaps. $50 gets you a 15-minute session with Melissa that includes as many looks as you wish, and 3 high-resolution and edited images! A professional hair and make-up artist will be available the day of the shoot to bring an extra level of fancy to your shots. To secure your spot on Melissa’s list - there are only 10 slots available - email me with the subject line “Headshots”.


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  • Stumptown Stages’ production of Jesus Christ Superstar features Hannah Sapitan as Mary. The show runs through March 3rd and tickets can be purchased here.

  • The Addams Family at the Gallery Theater in McMinnville opens on March 1st and runs through the 24th, featuring Linnaea Rusaw as Wednesday. Visit their Facebook page for ticket information here.

  • Mountainside High School’s production of Once Upon a Mattress runs March 1st through 9th, and features Anna Bakun as Princess Winnifred, Becca Wuehler as Lady Larken, Cooper Garrett as Sir Studley, Elijah O’Farrell as Sir Luce, Mary Weathers as Lady Lucille, and Sydney Montelongo as an ensemble member. Purchase tickets here.


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LESSON PACKAGES! Through the end of March, I’m offering a 20% discount on packages of 12 lessons and a 25% discount on packages of 24 lessons. Email me to grab a package today!

NO LESSONS MARCH 28-31! I will be attending the Contemporary Commercial Music symposium with Matt Edwards of Shenandoah University. This symposium will be absolutely AMAZING and I am so excited to bring a whole new set of tools back to the Studio on April 1st!