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A master class for singers, by a masterful Shari Lynn

October 23rd, 2015

Entertainer Shari Lynn, who recently concluded a triumphant performance in “Side by Side by Sondheim” at Paliku Theatre, has had a multi-tiered career as a singer, actor and educator.

While she continues to perform — in gigs large and small — she is ramping up her teaching, not for youths as she has been doing daytime nearly two decades at Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, but as a master class professional eager to share her experience and savvy in prepping for an audition to land a role. The wider community reach is an expansion of her private voice lessons she’s been giving for two decades. Besides, it’s never out of fashion to learn more and improve.

linnAt last year’s Maui Jazz Festival with Tommy James on piano, she presented a vocal class for part-time singers and pros who wanted to acquire a few more skills to polish their talent.

This time, she’s bringing that concept for her Honolulu colleagues, with a master class — on Halloween day — from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Manoa School of Art and Music at Manoa Marketplace’s Toby Hall.

“The technique I use is based on the same one used by Neva (Rego) and Betty (Grierson)

at the Bel Canto School of Singing,” said Shari. “I still study with Neva and I have attended many workshops for jazz and cabaret performers, teachers of musical theater and acting singers. I believe we should never stop learning and improving.”

With five decades of experience as a performer, she dubs herself as a “performance” coach, having gigged in every conceivable situation.

“So many singers don’t know their keys, or how to amass a repertoire or how to work with musicians, or how to phrase or gesture or ‘take the stage’ or even dress properly.”

She’s got answers and techniques to share, even tips on how to properly use a microphone or where to look when singing a love song.

“On the Mainland, ‘chick singers’ had a bad name among jazz musicians,” she said. “Women would call themselves ‘singers’ without knowing anything about music theory or the business. I would like female singers to earn the same respect as instrumentalists. And you earn it with the knowledge that experience and education bring to your performance.”

The class is open to any singer 10 or older, with a limit of 10 for the class.

Prospective students should  come prepared to sing a Great American Songbook  standard (the likes of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Hart, etc.) and bring a lead piano sheet in his or her key for accompanist Jim Howard. Carolyn Stanton, owner of Manoa School of Art and Music, will handle registration and inform applicants how to contact Shari for preparation instructions.

Once chosen, singers will perform and the instructor will critique; the performers and the discussions will be open to the entire class, so other participants learn from

everyone’s performances.

“It just feels good to help people succeed,” said Shari.


Shari Lynn’s Master Class

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31

Where: Manoa Schoolf Art & Music at Manoa Marketplace, Toby’s Hall, 2754 Woodlawn Drive, #7-103

Who: Open to singers 10 and older; auditors may attend, at reduced fee (no critique or performance)

Cost: $75 per person

Information: Call or text 779-5363 to register, or visit and leave message and email



Two upcoming Shari Lynn performances


What: Jazz Peace Concert, with Alika Lyman on bass, Joshua Kaye on piano

When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 24)

Where: Valley of the Temples, Kahaluu


What: Shari Lynn Trio, with pianist Jim Howard and bassist John Kolivas

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30

Where: Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace

Cost: $20 cover

Information: 779-5363


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