Introducing Ensign-Darling New Voices
The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship Program
presents Ensign-Darling New Voices!
A young artist program for curious, open-minded, highly motivated and talented singers with strong points of view and stories to tell! EDNV meets performers “where they are” in their journey and encourages each individual to connect more deeply to the ways they self-identify in order to access their most expressive and authentic voices. The experiences of each artist will be unique and built to help them get the most out of the program.
In this inclusive and supportive environment built for exploration and growth, EDNV will guide a select group of young artists as they learn about their voices. The program includes complimentary:
- private instruction, including vocal coaching and voice lessons
- monthly masterclasses
- collaborative work with other young artists
- mentorship opportunities with industry professionals
- an end of year concert performance in the Spring of 2022 at The Bushnell.
The Ensign-Darling New Voices program will strive to provide a platform for innovative, transformative, and unique storytelling for creative vocalists interested in Musical Theatre, Classical/Opera, Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop/Rap, Jazz/R&B, Country, Gospel, Folk, Latin/International Music, Original Works and more!
MEET THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Newly appointed Artistic Director, Ariana Valdes, is an alumna of the very first EDVF class. Ms. Valdes, a performer with more than 15 years of professional experience, returns to The Bushnell after performing both nationally and internationally in touring Broadway and regional productions.
"As we work to shape the program to meet the needs of young artists in an ever-evolving industry, I look forward to continuing to build a creative, collaborative, and inclusive environment for exploration of artistry, storytelling, and music." - Ariana Valdes, Artistic Director, Ensign Darling New Voices
Become an Ensign-Darling New Voices Fellow
EDNV 2021-2022 Video Audition Requirements
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We want to get to know YOU! The Bushnell strongly encourages BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and performers of all ethnicities and gender identities, as well as those with disabilities, to submit for Ensign-Darling New Voices. OPEN TO AGES 15 – 19 (As of October 1, 2021)
All musical genres are encouraged, but not limited to: MUSICAL THEATRE, CLASSICAL/OPERA, POP/ROCK, HIP-HOP/RAP, JAZZ/R&B, CABARET, COUNTRY, GOSPEL, LATIN/INTERNATIONAL, TECHNO/ELECTRONIC, FOLK/INDIE, ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS, AND BEYOND!
Email your responses to the application questions below along with links to your video submission by September 17 at 5:00PM. Virtual auditions may be requested, please mention this is your preference in your email application.
Walk-ins will be accepted September 18 & 19 from 1-5 pm at The Bushnell (166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT). All walk-ins must be prepared to audition when they arrive with two songs and their music book. A printed copy of your application is recommended. One parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany each applicant. Anyone entering The Bushnell must be prepared to show proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test. Review The Bushnell's safety and health guidelines.
Invited callbacks will be scheduled as needed on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19.
TIPS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
► Please memorize and perform TWO CONTRASTING SONGS, which showcase range, musicality, personality, and the type of performer and storyteller you are! At least one piece should be in English.
► You may sing full songs, your own arrangement/work, or audition cuts, however your selections, should NOT exceed a total of 6 minutes.
► You may use pre-recorded piano/instrumental backing track, karaoke tracks or live accompaniment when possible. If singing an A Capella selection, your second piece must use accompaniment. Singer/Songwriters are encouraged to sing original work and/or accompany themselves as appropriate.
► We are interested in seeing innovative and unique ways of expressing yourself in your audition! You are encouraged to share additional talents in your video which elevate your storytelling (i.e. dance, gymnastics, playing instruments, spoken word, ASL, poetry, monologues, stand-up comedy, original work and compositions, puppetry, visual arts, media arts, and/or any other imaginative ideas you may have). Your video editing itself can be a way of showcasing your talent if that is your expertise!
► Showcase yourself using a solid/plain background, great lighting, and the best quality audio available to you, so we can see and hear you at your best! The camera angle should be shot HOROZONTALLY from the waist or knees up. Check your video BEFORE sending to ensure your audio and video are functioning properly.
► If you would like to share any additional video footage/clips which highlight other relevant creativity and performance experience, please do so by sharing separate links which are labeled with your full name and video title. Include these links separately from your primary video audition.
► Please copy and paste a link to your video that is viewable without downloading. You may upload and share your video to YOUTUBE (unlisted/not public), GOOGLE DRIVE, VIMEO, or DROPBOX. NOTE: Please make sure the link you provide is shareable.
► We understand everyone’s access to technology varies. If you have any concerns about filming the requested video materials due to access issues, please email Ariana Valdes at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further options for consideration.
► While we encourage high quality, well thought out videos, please keep in mind, you are not expected to rent a special studio space or use state of the art equipment to create your video. Just do your best to have fun, get creative, and SHARE YOUR VOICE!
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: September 17 at 11:59pm ET.
Include all the information below, along with a headshot and resume, in an email to Ariana Valdes at email@example.com.
VOICE TEACHER (if applicable):
ADDITIONAL PRIVATE TEACHERS (if applicable):
INDICATE MUSIC READING SKILL LEVEL (choose one): Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced - Expert
VIDEO SUBMISSION LINK (YOUTUBE (unlisted), GOOGLE DRIVE, VIMEO, or DROPBOX):
NOTE: Please make sure provided links are shareable/permission granted.
ADDITIONAL VIDEO LINKS:
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS (YouTube, Vimeo, IG, TikTok, FB, Twitter, etc):
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF (some suggestions):
- What does being an artist/performer/singer/storyteller mean to you?
- What other skills do you have which may elevate your art?
- Explain why you are you interested in EDNV.
- What are some of your other interests?
- Do you have any hidden talents?
- Do you play any instruments?
- What are your goals?
Questions? Please contact Ariana Valdes at firstname.lastname@example.org.