Friday, May 22, 2009

Songalive! OC workshop May 31


Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live followed by a guest speaker/ industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network.


WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2009

TIME: Starts 7:00 pm SHARP. Ends at 10 pm. Please be on time.

WHERE: Spires Resturant (in the meeting room)
13030 Goldenwest Ave.
(corner of Garden Grove Ave)
Westminster, CA 92683

Directions: Southwest corner of Goldenwest Avenue and Garden Grove Boulevard. Exit the Garden Grove (22) Freeway at "Knott Avenue". There's plenty of free parking.

Phone for directions only: 714-636-0442. (Songsalive! contactbelow)

(Please consider ordering dinner before or after the workshop! It helps to make our hosts happy if each person orders about $8.00 worth of food for the night. They’re paying for the lights and air conditioning!)

COST: $5 for nonmembers, free to Songsalive! members.

You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at

REGISTER: Pre-registrations helpful but not necessary. Register your attendance through our Meetup group at

Elisabeth Howard holds a B.S. and M.S. in voice from the Juilliard School and a Graduate Assistantship from Indiana University. Elisabeth has been called a “vocal chameleon.” Her expertise and ability to sing in styles from blues, R&B and country western, to jazz, music theater and opera has taken her to 23 cities in ten countries presenting Vocal Power workshops at national and international voice teachers conferences. Ms. Howard was on the voice faculty of Pepperdine University for seven years and has been on the faculties of Hunter College and a guest faculty member at the University of Southern California.

Elisabeth is founder of the Vocal Power Academy in Los Angeles and in 2006 established a branch in Las Vegas. Vocal Power Instructors are in Italy, Germany and Brazil. Her students have been on American Idol, Star Search, Broadway and National tours. As singer/song-writer in New York, Elisabeth had a contract with MCA Music. Ms. Howard has had lead roles in over 25 musicals and operas. Elisabeth is the author of the new SING! book and CDs and ABCs of Vocal Harmony book and CDs and co-author of the Born to Sing DVD exclusively distributed by Alfred Publishing Co.


1. Must be on time - 15 minutes after the start time is too late to be considered for a song critique.

2. Current financial members get priority. Non-members can present once all members who want to present have been accounted for.

3. First timers can sit and watch, but not present a song.

4. Non-members pay only $5 to come; free to members (keep your membership current by logging into your profile at

5. We are no longer doing first come first serve, but rather pulling numbers out of a hat. This will keep it fair. However, you need to arrive early/on time to even be considered to present a song.

6. Read the workshop rules at and download a PDF flyer on how to give and receive critique.

7. Come prepared! 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard for an unplugged performance) and up to 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed.

8. Come with writing paper and a pen.

Rod O'Riley is the writing and performing name of Rodney Dean Stansfield. RDS is a guitar salesperson by day, songwriter by night, and many other things in the hours in between. A native of Los Angeles, raised in his parents' native Vancouver, BC, and schooled all over the West Coast. Currently learning the fine art of bass playing, producing, and letting the computer take care of the hard parts.

Active as an organizer in science fiction fandom, he also keeps himself busy as an activist for animal rights, gay/lesbian/bi rights, and anarchism. And, of course, for the continued viability of live music and the venues that support it. Rodney has been involved with Songsalive! since 2002. In 2007, he was honored to assist with the creation of the new Songsalive! chapter in Orange County, California.

All Songsalive! speakers biographies can be read

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