** Registration ended September 15, 2023 at 11:55pm
Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) was a renowned composer and lyricist for many well-known musical theater works of the 20th century. Commonly referred to as "the Shakespeare of musical theater," his works are recognized for their thematic complexity both compositionally and lyrically. In this class, students will become familiar with Sondheim, his style, and his legacy. They will also dive into the themes and composition of his most popular works. Most importantly, students will be vocally pushed by the challenging nature of his songs, growing in the skills of rhythm, diction, and expression.
Joanna Nagle has had a deep love and sense of belonging in music since she played the flute for the first time in fourth grade. Beyond grade school and junior high band, she involved herself heavily in the choir program at her alma mater Saint Viator High School, achieving the Senior Award for Excellent Achievement in Concert Choir as well as in the Chamber Singers ensemble. After that, she took some music and education classes at North Central College, participating in their choral program as well as taking lessons and performing as a classical soloist. She currently runs a private voice studio where she coaches individual students to grow in their singing and assists them with auditions, callbacks, recitals, and other material. She has taught for CYT since 2020 in counties NW Cook, Kane, and Lake. She has been the vocal director for Kane/McHenry's Tarzan, Godspell, Into the Woods Junior, and Newsies and Kenosha/Lake's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is also the Project Voice Coach for the Kane branch. Joanna, though never herself taking classes or partaking in shows with CYT, knows CYT's commitment to excellence in theatrical/musical skill as well as their dedication to glorifying the Lord through these gifts. She absolutely loves working with all of her students and is thrilled to share her passion for music and teaching at CYT!