You hand the accompanist a 16 or 32 bar cut that is clearly marked and set your tempo. You take your space, cue the pianist and sing. The song showcases the very best in your voice, complements your character type, is meaningful to you personally, and is just right for the project or program. You sound great, your acting choices are clear, you own the room. See More…
A smile from Casting or Admissions, then “good job” or “great song choice!” or “Can we hear something else?” You offer a contrasting song that showcases another dimension of your talent. You are ready for anything, because your book is loaded with well-chosen songs from every area of contemporary, traditional and pop music for today’s diverse theater scene.You are a professional who knows and loves your craft…and it shows!
And if it’s a digital submission, you’ve got a great self-tape to send. You’re ready for your callback, you’re ready to book the job!
Whether you’re a highly trained performer looking to book feature roles or less experienced in singing hoping to join an ensemble, you will be prepared and ready to make bold choices in the room and on the stage. We work on technique, repertoire, audition prep, performance, organization and career trajectory. For performing arts program auditions (high school, college, youth theatre) we will develop other necessary skills, such as sight singing, ear and rhythm training, which are specific to the program’s requirements. Bring your book, recording device, headshot & resume and a sense of adventure!
Record here in my studio with live accompaniment and have a polished piece to submit.
1-6pm Mon-Fri. Early or late “emergency” audition prep lessons upon request.
Lessons start on the hour, and end 10 minutes before the next hour. Contact Tracey to schedule a lesson.
Please be on time. Do not come up early, as you may interrupt someone else’s lesson. Be respectful of my time, your fellow students and your own career development in scheduling lessons and keeping your commitment!
48 hours’ (2 business days) notice required for cancellation or 50% lesson cost. Canceling with less than 24 hours’ notice (1 business day) requires payment in full. Every effort is made to reschedule. Exceptions are made (once per student) for sudden contagious illness or callbacks.
The life of an actor is complicated in this stressful city! Cancellation policy is not meant to penalize, but to encourage students commit to their studies, make progress, and respect the instructor’s time. Let me know immediately if there is any potential conflict or you are not feeling well. If you are contagious, we’ll reschedule. If you are not contagious but your voice is less than 100%, come to your lesson. You’ll develop strategies for off days, as you will have to perform under similar conditions when committed to performing in a show.
Students who attend weekly lessons and don’t let anything distract them from their progress vastly improve their chances of booking professional work.
Tracey Grimaldi is a lifelong musician and theatre lover who accompanied and coached singers for years before officially launching her professional vocal teaching studio in 2001. She has a dynamic, industry-centric, results-oriented approach to teaching to develop all aspects of a performer, incorporating book building, presentation skills, breath support and vocal technique for theatrical auditions and performing arts program admissions, while maintaining the passion of storytelling through song. In addition to focusing on live audition preparation, Tracey’s background in TV/film production has proved invaluable in helping students produce audition videos for digital submissions.
Tracey’s students have appeared in Broadway, National and Regional productions, including: The Book Of Mormon, Matilda, Cats, An American In Paris, Jersey Boys, Wicked, RENT, How 2 Succeed, The Lion King, Shuffle Along, The Prom, Mary Poppins, Hair, In The Heights, West Side Story, Chicago, Get On Your Feet, Legally Blonde, 9 to 5, The Witches of Eastwick, Beauty and the Beast, The Merry Widow, Superfly, Smash, We Will Rock You, Evita, Leap of Faith, A Chorus Line, 13, The Capeman, The Civil War, and Pal Joey. Her younger students have gained admission to LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, PPAS, Special Music School, university performing arts programs, and have earned leads in competitive youth and regional theatre companies and summer programs, including Stagedoor Manor and French Woods.
Many of Tracey’s students are referred by the agents and managers she maintains productive relationships with due to her high casting rate. She brings equal enthusiasm to working with singers, actors and dancers. Tracey believes in the importance of tapping into each artist’s area of strength and that all disciplines of the performing arts should be connected. She works privately with adults, teens, tweens, and children from her Upper West Side studio, and teaches group workshops at outside studios and performing arts programs.Tracey holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College with a minor in Communications. She attends professional development courses held by NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers’ Association), of which she is a proud member.
Tracey is also the founder, owner, and operator of Bleecker Prompting, Inc., a premier TelePrompTer company. She has worked with hundreds of celebrities, politicians, newscasters, industrial actors, and corporate executives, as a prompter operator, speechwriter, and public speaking coach for television, film, and video shoots and live events.