WRITING FOR THE VOICE: an online workshop for song writers

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WRITING FOR THE VOICE: an online workshop for song writers

WRITING FOR THE VOICE: an online workshop for song writers (composers and lyricists) presented by music director and composer Sheela Ramesh.

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Let’s say you want to write a song. You sit at the piano, come up with a great melody, write it down, paste the words you want under it, and hand it to your fantastic singer. But when they sing it, it doesn’t sound like it did in your head. The intervals don’t move smoothly, the words are hard to understand, the singer has difficulty finding the pitches you intended and needs a breath in the middle of the phrase, and the big pinnacle note at the end lacks the power you were going for.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to write vocal music idiomatically—harnessing the strengths and idiosyncrasies of the human voice to create music and lyrics that feel good to sing and effectively communicates your ideas.


Sheela Ramesh is a music director and composer. Recent work has included Broadway (SIX, Moulin Rouge, Almost Famous,), Off-Broadway (Merrily We Roll Along, New York Theatre Workshop), TV (Annie Live!, NBC), concert (Jessica Vosk, My Golden Age, Carnegie Hall), developmental workshops (A Transparent Musical (Center Theatre Group), The Lunchbox (Lincoln Center Theater), Diamond Alice (Fiasco Theater), The Karate Kid, Bliss, Jeannette) and more.

As a composer/songwriter, Sheela’s music has been performed in cabaret (54 Below, New York Theatre Barn), by opera companies (White Snakes Projects, Resonance Works), and on recordings. Her song cycle We Are Not Afraid of the Dark (co-written with Alison Luterman) was a finalist for the Berkeley Rep Ground Floor residency before cancelation due to Covid-19, and was performed at the East Broadway Theatre Project; its song Running was a Write Out Loud songwriting contest finalist. Sheela is an upcoming member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Sheela received undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University and the Royal College of Music. She also holds degrees in psychology/cognitive science (Carnegie Mellon; University College London) and law (Yale Law School). sheelarameshmusic.com


Suggested donation of $15-$25. Registrants will be sent an email with Zoom instructions from programs@playcafe.org. *Please "whitelist" this email address. You might have to check your spam mail.

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