"As a musician and artist, I consider myself a life-long learner. New singing and teaching styles are always being developed. As new styles emerge, it is important for singers to have a well-rounded knowledge past, current, and future styles. Classical training creates a strong foundation for students and allows them to safely and holistically explore their voice. 'Cross-Training' is a popular technique that I have adopted to create successful artists and singers, no matter what style of music they decide to pursue. This idea is rooted in finding and strengthening the student's natural voice, then developing the appropriate style of singing for each genre." - Austin Allen Perkins
FUN FACT: As a young artist or musician, many may hear the terms classical, opera, or "legit" used interchangeably. This is not uncommon and are terms used often as synonyms for one another.
Classical Policy – All students are required to train and sing classically when studying under Mr. Perkins.. Students take what they have learned classically and apply it in to so many other styles and genres of music. Students will sing in other languages including Italian, German, and French, as well as in English Operetta and American Opera styles.
Classical Credits –
University of Mobile - Night of Classical Masters - 2018 - Tenor Solo - Beethoven Choral Fantasia
University of Mobile - Christmas Spectacular - Shofar 2017, 2018, 2019 - Featured Men's Ensemble
CROSS-TRAINING IN THE VOCAL STUDIO
As vocal performance demands continue to change, singers must adapt in order to stay competitive in the job market. These authors address this challenge and provide a practical, technical approach to developing the most flexible and resilient singing voices, the essence of their philosophy of bel canto can belto, and embracing classical and vernacular styles.
- SPIVEY AND BARTON
Austin singing with classical style, mens's ensemble "Shofar" at the University of Mobile's "Christmas Spectacular" at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in 2019. Arrangement by Greg Wiggins