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First Name

Susan Millard

Last Name

Schwarz

Professional Name

Susan Millard Schwarz

Street Address 1

1340 Inglis Ave

City

Grandview Heights

State

Ohio

Zip Code

43212-3556

Phone Number 1

614.499.4132

Email Address 1

susanmillardschwarz@gmail.com

Email Address 2

anahtatamusicproject@gmail.com

Level of Professionalism

Professional

Academic Degree/s

Masters

Biographical Information

A.B. – Asbury University (music/theatre)

M.M. – The Ohio State University (Voice Performance)

Singer

Mezzo Soprano/Alto

Style of Music

Broadway, Classical, Religious Worship – Christian Science, Religious Worship – Jewish, Religious Worship – Protestant

Teacher

Artistic Method or Workshop Teacher

Teaching Settings

K-12 Public/Private School, College/University, Community Settings

Artistic Methods Taught

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process

Artistic Statement

My greatest concern as a performer is that I communicate something meaningful, through the text, through the music, or both.  I am most satisfied when there is much to communicate through both.  I tend to watch and listen to performances with an eye toward gauging whether there is convincing intent in the acting and singing of the text and music.  The best feedback for me is to hear that, not only did I sing well, but that I successfully communicated something poignant or multi-faceted in the drama of the piece.  For sample recordings, visit:  http://susanmillardschwarz.net/recordings.

I also greatly enjoy working with others onstage.  It’s wonderful to be a solo artist.  But there is nothing like having the experience of developing a rapport with other performers, and having each other’s backs during a live production.  It’s my kind of “community”!

Teaching, Mentoring or Workshop Facilitating Philosophy

I serve as a Facilitator of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP), which was developed by dancer/choreographer, Liz Lerman, to support her dancers at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as they choreographed their own dance works. It grew out of a need for artists to feel safe and comfortable in the giving and receiving of artistic feedback. Up until then, feedback was given with very little thought, sometimes with negative undertones, and sometimes completely unrelated to what the artists themselves were questioning about their work. CRP is a ground-breaking method that nurtures the artists as they share their art through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between the artist, peers, and/or audience. In this structure, feedback is given to the artist in an ordered, non-threatening and caring environment. In use for more than 20 years, the Process is embraced by artists, educators, and administrators.

I have facilitated CRP workshops for dancers, choreographers, song-writers, writers and poets, singers, composers, and visual artists.  I have a specific interest in helping classical singers develop the vocabulary for providing better feedback to their peers, so that better information is delivered and received after performances.

The CRP deepens dialogue between artists and audiences, enhances learning between teachers and students, and affirms all participants in their search for artistic meaning. For further reading, the Dance Exchange offers the publication: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process: A method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert, by Liz Lerman and John Borstel.