Kol Arts Special Events – July

Kol Arts Summer Program Special Events In July $15 per zoom. Included with any private lesson fee
Special Events need a minimum of 10 participantsto be offered


July 6th
Why I Chose The Broadway Life with Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

Over the last seventeen years cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf has held chairs in seventeen Broadway Musicals. But that wasn’t a life she could have imagined growing up in Scotland. Learn about her journey from an intense classical music training in the UK, to discovering her true passion as a pit musician, to the stresses and successes of a life on the Great White Way. 

July 13th
Session Stories with Randy Andos

Recording artist Randy Andos will give a behind-the-scenes account of recording with The O Jays, James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Panic at the Disco and more.  With a career that has spanned over thirty years, Randy will share the most memorable experiences of what was happening in the room when the most popular artists laid down their tracks. 

July 20th
My Life As A Broadway Performer with James T Lane

Five-time Broadway veteran, James T Lane, is known for his performances A Chorus Line, The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago: The Musical, King Kong and Kiss Me Kate.  From headlining at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops to performing on London’s West End, James will share his experiences as a musical theater ‘triple threat.’

July 27th
Why does everyone say that the French Horn is the “hardest instrument”? with Shelagh Abate 

In this presentation, Shelagh will explain why this is actually true. More importantly, it will be revealed exactly why the horn is 100% worth all the trouble. Many mysteries of the brass family of musical instruments will be discussed, listening examples provided that showcase the incredible depth that the brasses lend to the orchestral experience as both performer and audience member.


July 8th
Live Streaming In Today’s World with Alex Hopkins

You’ve enjoyed his incredible online performances, now see behind-the-scenes technology and techniques that make it happen. Alex will break down the basics of live streaming and offer helpful tips and advice to creating successful live performances online. 

July 15th
PETE SEEGER: The man, his music and his legacy with Matt Turk 

Pete is one of the most important people of the 20th Century. He was an environmental activist who created the Clean Air & Water Act with President Nixon, made essential contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, was a Zionist who exploded on the global stage with his version of “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena” with the Weavers and so much more. Matt Turk knew Pete personally for 25 years and will offer insight from personal experience as well as historical reference. 

July 22nd
Coaching the Cantors w/Lenora Eve

In this special event, Kol Ami’s own Lenora Eve will discuss her journey to becoming a preeminent vocal instructor of the great cantors leading services across the world, and her experiences coaching the most popular Hebrew contemporary singers of today. 

July 29th
The Creative Process of Improvising w/Marc Phaneuf

Using four different recordings of classic jazz performances, Marc will demonstrate his approach to improvising. Watch as he shows how he breaks down the harmonic structure and form in order to get inside the tune and find his inspiration. 


July 12th
MANDOLIN with Matt Turk

Learn about the Mandolin from its earliest days, peaks of universal popularity during the  Baroque era, Bill Monroe and today’s resurgence in Brooklyn, NY. Styles covered include Reels, Horn-Pipes, Tango, Waltz, Fiddle Tunes, Bluegrass, Blues, Appalachian, Pop and more

July 19th
Art Journaling with Heather Stoltz

For most of us, the last few months have been a roller coaster of emotions. In this one-hour session, we will use art to help us express some of those feelings and how they have been affecting us. No art experience or special materials required. Each of us will use the tools we have in our homes to create artwork that will help us sit with and process how we are feeling. 

July 26th
Rock ’n’ Roll w/Kevin Hupp

You know him from Friday Shabbat, but did you know your favorite Kol Ami drummer has toured with Iggy Pop and recorded with Van Halen? From recording in the studios of Manhattan and LA to life on the road for months on end, Kevin will give an in depth view of the Rock ’n’ Roll Life!  

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