Auditions Announced for the Cabaret Conference at Yale

Dear Washington DC area Yalies and Friends of the Conference,

Hope all is well. I can’t believe that it is that time of the year again – time for The International Cabaret Conference at Yale University Auditions 2010. We are looking forward to as many high quality auditionees this year, as we have in the past. I would greatly appreciate your help in locating candidates. Please forward this year’s information to anyone that you think should or might be interested in attending the Conference in the summer of 2010, not just performers that you know locally but nationally and internationally. Please include a short note about your experience at the Conference. I know that some of you have expressed interest in returning to the Conference as well. I also hope to see some of you at the auditions when I am in your area. Thank you in advance. All the best!

Love, Erv



JULY 23 – AUGUST 1, 2010

Erv Raible, Executive Director/Artistic Director, takes great pride in announcing the Eighth Annual International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. The International Cabaret Conference at Yale University is being developed in conjunction with the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater. Several conference sessions will be held in the facilities of the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater, including the recently opened New Theater.

Alexander C. Kafka of Washington DC’s national publication The Chronicle of Higher Education quotes Dean James Bundy of the Yale School of Drama, proclaiming the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University to be “consonant with our core work.”

The Eighth Annual International Cabaret Conference At Yale University will be held July 23 – August 1, 2010, and is an internationally focused, nine-day teaching program that offers an intensive look at the art of cabaret performance technique, and trains professionals for the live entertainment industry. The Great American Songbook will be addressed and promoted in its entirety, from its origins in the late 19th century through the classic pop standards of the 1930s and 40s to today’s international contemporary cabaret, musical theater, jazz, pop and classical music.

All classes are conducted in English. Our students have come from across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Our prestigious 2010 faculty currently includes: Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Graae, Carol Hall, George Hall, Laurel Massé, Sally Mayes, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McNight, Erv Raible, and Julie Wilson; piano faculty includes Ron Abel, Tex Arnold, Michael Orland, Alex Rybeck and Paul Trueblood.

The conference consultants/lecturers include: Fred Voelpel (image consultant), Tex Arnold (part singing, harmonies and back-up vocals), Matt Berman (light and sound technician), George Hall (English Music Hall), David Finkle (reviewer for Back Stage, trade publication), Michael Kerker (ASCAP, Director of Musical Theater and Cabaret), Carol Hall (songs) and Pam Tate (History of Cabaret).

 The award-winning faculty, and renowned consultants, will guide thirty-six students in a collaborative process of critical refining and honing. The conference will feature classes and lectures covering cabaret performance technique, acting for singers, lyric interpretation, focus and concentration, act structure, act writing, material research, and comedic development, to musical director and director relations, arranging, orchestration, composer/lyricist relations, and image consultation. Examine the final stages of act presentation through club relations, marketing, press and public relations, to the technical language of light and sound, representation, booking, management and personal networking; with an emphasis on integration into the international live entertainment community.

Public performances allow the students to observe first-hand the performance techniques of professionals in the industry, while continuing to study those of their peers on a daily performance basis. At the Cabaret Conference Curtain Call the students will perform, demonstrating what they have accomplished in their nine days at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University.

The Cabaret Conference is held on the historic Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut USA, renowned as one of the world’s finest educational facilities, and for its spectacular architecture, world-class museums and libraries.

Housing for the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University is in Yale’s new Swing Dormitory, and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken in the baronial Tudor Dining Hall of Saybrook College or the Eero Sarrinen designed Morse College dining hall.

Auditions will be held in: New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis – St. Paul, New Orleans, Seattle, Washington DC, Toronto, Canada, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Jerusalem, Israel. Audition cities subject to change. See attached.

To schedule an audition or for additional information contact Erv Raible, Executive Director/Artistic Director or Pam Tate, Associate Director at 212-629-2000 or visit our website:


One Response to Auditions Announced for the Cabaret Conference at Yale

  1. Joe says:

    This program is great!! If anyone is serious about improving their performance skills – choosing songs, special material, acting songs, phrasing, performance attire, writing patter, using humor, etc. – this program will give you so much on so many levels. Well worth it!

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