Trinity Choir DARE to DREAM!

March 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1st gear=chest voice, 2nd=passaggio, 4th=head voice(The car is here to get your attention – I owned it for over 47 years!)

MARCH 2021 READY  FIRE  AIM  – GO FOR IT – BE CURIOUS   – LET NOTHING STOP YOU!

TOMORROW is the  FIRST DAY of the REST of your LIFE!!

TK -my dream was to sing professionally. I want you to BEGIN to dream, to “CONTINUE” TO DREAM, DARE TO DREAM, CREATE YOUR PLAN FOR 5 YEARS, 10 YEARS, etc.

MY JOURNEY to achieve my DREAM.

Vicki & I met here, got degrees, married -short honeymoon . During 10 years in Atlanta. I sang in 10 different opera in small “pick-up companies” (Vicki played most of them). NO PAY, LOTS OF FUN. During the day, I was directing/conducting 7 musical and 2 plays for my HS kids – watching them dream and succeed!   1973 BIG HONEYMOON TO EUROPE. That Trip opened my eyes, gave me a small seed to PLANT.       I’M LUCKY

1978 we both studied for 6 weeks at the Mozarteum in SALZBURG,  I was in various opera scenes with many singers from Europe. I REALLY got the dream.  OPERA!   An agent was interested in me, BUT I MUST live IN GERMANY to audition for the operas!

1980 sold house, bought ONE WAY tickets to Europe.  AIMS taught me the conventions: arias, correct musical style (German), clothes, agent conversations, speak GERMAN, speak GERMAN, speak GERMAN. Both of us got jobs immediately & my DREAM was realized AND EXPANDING!! at least in GERMANY/AUSTRIA!!! In 5 years in Germany I sang over 400 performances. I take care of my voice, singing the right REP for ME! & right size orchestra! I cancelled for sickness once in 5 years. I’M LUCKY!! Meanwhile, in my 31 summers in Austria teaching for AIMS, & ultimately becoming the Artistic Director –overseeing about 250 people total – 90 participants, orchestra of 75, faculty, staff- I have helped/taught/counseled over 2000 singers and pianists, at AIMS.  

THEY fulfilled THEIR DREAMS.  ARE YOU DREAMING YET?? I was put on this earth to help others!  I know correct arias for each voice type (Fach), GERMAN resume, organize audition notebook for meeting an UNKNOWN accompanist in a German opera house!,  how to dress for auditions, what to say, what NOT to say,  how to navigate the train system, where to stay, which agents to sing for, common mistakes,  in short EVERYTHING ONE NEEDS TO KNOW TO DREAM SUCCESSFULLY. 

ARE YOU  DREAMING YET?  YOU SHOULD BE!!!!!!

STATING /NOT BRAGGING – so YOU will begin to formulate YOUR DREAM.

In my 50 years of professional singing, I have sung over 50 roles in opera, operetta and musicals,  I have been the tenor soloist in 28 oratorios, I have sung recitals in over 20 states, I have premiered many works, I have had 3 operas written especially for me, VICKI has had 5 different songs commissioned for me – one for my 65th birthday AND a song cycle for my 75th birthday AND I’m working on 3 ONE ACT operas right now! 

                  I’M LUCKY!

Since moving to Bloomington, I have continued to offer advice to singers/pianists- and I have helped send 9 people to “fulfill their dreams!” 5 from  DePauw, &  4 from Jacobs- Edward Atkinson, Edward’s WIFE,  Reuben Walker, Caroline Craig.  I found out later Quinn also went!   AIMS helps singers, orchestral players, pianists who want to be conductors, even established voice teachers, & choral conductors   

       NOW YOU DREAM!!!  Tell me your dream & maybe I can help.

Various TK Performances 1969-2020

March 9, 2021 at 8:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There have been over 27,000 visits to my web site.

My various roles over the years I most CERTAINLY have had fun

Anguished Witch, Hansel & Gretel, Roxy 2009

 

Witch Atlanta 1978


Kismet, summer stock in 1969

KISMET, summer stock St. Louis, 1969


King Kaspar Atlanta 1978


Old Deuteronomy CATS Roxy 2009

Old Deuteronomy CATS Roxy 2009


The Conferencier in CABARET - Germany 1984

The Conferencier in CABARET – Germany 1984


1969 Handsome Prince in Snow White, Muny


Wenzel – Bartered Bride – Atlanta 1985


Fridolin – Rose von Stambul – Germany 1983


Eisenstein – Fledermaus – Atlanta 1979


Tannhäuser – Tannhäuser Spoof – Germany 1985


Tannhäuser


Magic Flute Santa Fe 1968 Slave


Conferencier in Cabaret 1984 Germany


w/ Gateway Chamber Orchestra

w/ Gateway Chamber Orchestra 2012


Witch Hansel and Gretel, Roxy 1998


Longfellow 2013


Polenblut Operetta Germany 1984


Old Arithmetic Man 2014 Ravel

Old Arithmetic Man 2014 Ravel “L’enfant et les sortilèges”


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Lion 2019  “Mooch the Magnificent” by Lauren Bernofsky

Prince 2019 R&J by Don Freund
Grandits 2020
Lüneburg Germany 1983

Thomas King taught a “group” voice lesson.

July 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
College professor visits Seymour High School choral department

“Random acts of kindness,” “Move, soar, sail,” “Just do it,” “No one can make you feel inferior without consent,” “How you do anything is how you do everything” “and “Positive attitude, charge ahead, enjoy yourself.”

Remember these sayings!  especially “How you do anything is how you do everything!”

These were among the thoughts Thomas King, assistant professor of music at DePauw University in Greencastle, shared while talking about vocal technique with three different choirs.
King’s hope is that the students apply those thoughts to music and life.
“It’s so that they realize that each one of them is an individual and needs to start at this point and go somewhere with it,” he said. “And if it’s not in music, that’s OK, too. It’s just in life.”
King has an extensive background in music education and performing. He has given voice lessons since 1970, and he taught high school choirs for 11 years. He’s now in his 28th year of teaching at the collegiate level. Also on his résumé are several operas and musicals.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Tribune and online at tribtown.com.

TK VK Faculty Recital

January 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

tkvk-recitalAttend our faculty recital  MONDAY, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 p. m. at DePauw University, Thompson Recital Hall.

We will offer: Art songs by Purcell, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Fauré and John Duke —Broadway show tunes by Kurt Weill and Frederick Loewe —Arias by Johann Strauss, Douglas Moore, Bedrich Smetana, George Gershwin
We promise a “fun” time will be had by all. I sang many funny roles on stage over my 45 year career and will offer some selections from those roles.
tkvk-good To those add the beautiful, lyrical melodies of Fauré, the stately songs of Purcell and the deeply moving songs of Franz Schubert, Clara and Robert Schumann.
DePauw is celebrating Kurt Weill this season with “Street Scene,” in February and I will add to that celebration with “September Song,” reminding myself of the long years I have lived.
 

DePauw Syllabi SP 2016

January 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vocal Lit II and French Diction for Singers are both available under DePauw.

Guest Faculty Recital DePauw University

January 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Drs. Vicki and Thomas King performed at DePauw University School of Music on February 1, 2016. Thomas has been teaching there since Fall of 2015 and will continue this spring and the entire school year of 2016-2017.  The Kings have been performing together since they met in graduate school at Indiana University in 1968.
Among the repertoire for the recital are songs by Indiana composers, Ned Rorem and David Baker. Also included are three DePauw premiers, songs by Al Benner and a song by Libby Larsen, commissioned by Dr. Vicki King for her husband on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

TK University Teaching 2015-2018

December 17, 2015 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was engaged to teach voice at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington, for the SPRING semester of 2015 and I continued for FALL 2015, SPR 2016, SPR 2017, SPR and FALL 2018.  I was Visiting Professor of Voice, substituting for three different voice professors on sabbatical and on performance leaves. To be teaching at my own alma mater (from 1968-70) was thrilling indeed.

FALL of 2015 I taught Vocal Literature and German Diction for Singers at DePauw University School of Music and in SPR 2016, I taught Vocal Literature and French Diction.  In FALL 2016 and SPR 2017, I taught the same courses AND a few private voice students as well. FALL of 2017 and SPR 2018 I taught German Diction, then French Diction, all at DePauw University.

Tenors Again starring Vicki King, Randall Black, Jeremy Easley & Thomas King

Tenors Again starring Vicki King, Randall Black, Jeremy Easley & Thomas King

TK and Vicki King perform Barber Songs

September 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sure on This Shining Night

The Crucifixion

Rain has Fallen

These three Barber Songs are among our favorites, performed in Kentucky in 2013

See Libby Larsen web site

August 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

<Libbylarsen.com>  web site features Thomas and Vicki King, “I Cried unto God.”

See and hear us listed under VOICE choices. Vicki commissioned this song in 2010 for my 65th birthday.

Dr. Brian Horne Studio Master Class, October 8, 2014 IU

October 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr. Thomas King, guest presenter  <thomasroyking@gmail.com>

Vocal Technique Tips

[basic ideas]
KEEP THE STERNUM HIGH

EXPAND THE RIB ACCORDION
TOOTHPASTE TUBE
RESIST THE COLLAPSE

KEEP THE TONE SPINNING

RESONANCE SPACE – VOWEL SIZES
(CHURCH, NOT CHURCH BASEMENT – BELL OF THE HORN)

THE SINGING TONE

ELEGANCE

ENJOY – SEND A MESSAGE
[advanced, artistic, sophisticated ideas]
STRIVE FOR PERFECTION
NO ONE EVER ACHIEVES IT, BUT IT SURE IS FUN TO TRY.

“WORK” LONG NOTES, KEEP THEM ALIVE < >

NEVER BE SATISFIED

HAVE THE JOY OF MUSIC ON YOUR FACE AT ALL TIMES

SEND A MESSAGE IN EVERY SONG

SHOW YOUR LOVE OF MUSIC

THINK LIKE A SINGER — SING LIKE A THINKER

*INFUSE INTO YOUR ARIA ALL OF THE EMOTIONS OF YOUR CHARACTER FROM THE ENTIRE OPERA

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