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Grace United Methodist Church offers voice lessons

<p>Randy Buescher</p>

Randy Buescher

If you go

What: Cross Training for Singers with Randy Buescher

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon May 17

Where: Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville.

Cost: $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Registration: www.peopleofgrace.org/concerts. To sing with Randy, click on the designated link.

Web: For additional information, visit www.peopleofgrace.org. For information about Randy Buescher, visit www.youttruevoicestudio.com

He’s coached Grammy, Tony and Dove winners, American Idol finalists and Broadway stars. Next weekend, Randy Buescher, a voice teacher with studios in Chicago and Naperville, will work with vocalists from Grace United Methodist Church, too.

The renowned teacher will hold the Cross Training for Singers Workshop for those who want to learn more about singing contemporary Christian and gospel music.

“I have a huge debt of gratitude to Napervillians,” Buescher said. “They helped my career, and a lot of my students have gone on to recording contracts, Broadway, large touring companies and more.”

Dan Wagner, minister of music at Grace, invited Buescher to run the event. Wagner is a former student and long-time fan.

“We’ve been friends over the years, and we converse about singing and other things,” Wagner said. “I have great admiration for his work. We put this idea together.”

Wagner said that many of the choral members at Grace are highly trained and even professional singers.

“This is a great opportunity for our singers to hear ideas about how to use their voices for contemporary and gospel singing,” he said. “We do contemporary services at Grace, and even some of our classical singers are curious about how singers work in different ways.”

Although Buescher’s teaching specialty encompasses all genres of non-classical music, he said that he has “a deep passion for teaching those committed to Christ, who want to sing the worship music in a contemporary style.”

Buescher explained his outlook on the clinic.

“Church music programs are so diversified now,” he said. “My goal is to get in front of the attendees and explain and demonstrate techniques that can serve all of their vocal musical demands, because you need to be versatile today.”

Wagner said that the workshop will serve as a great outreach initiative for Grace.

“We’re here to serve the community and help make the community a better place,” he said. “If we can help singers from the community to learn how to use their voices better, that’s a worthy goal, too.”

Singers can get involved in the workshop in two ways.

“People can come and observe, and that’s what most of the attendees will do,” Wagner said. “There’s also an opportunity to sign up to sing with Randy there in the public forum, and work with him one-on-one for a few minutes.”

There is no additional fee for singing, but pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be served.

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