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Linda Teaches at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

In November, 2016, Linda visited a unique community in Central Florida called The Villages where she performed for a sold out crowd, taught a master class, and got to see some sights! Read THE VOICE review of her show as well as perspective from the students in her master class, and watch an exclusive video from Linda!

For more than 10 years, Linda Eder had been hearing about a unique community in Central Florida called The Villages from the two “Eder-tors” of THE VOICE, Ellen Jacobs, a resident of The Villages, and Amanda Feliu, a visitor to The Villages on several occasions. From the way it was described to her, Linda formed a picture in her mind about what The Villages is like and what she would see and experience when she visited. She pictured some aspects of The Villages correctly and was surprised by other aspects she didn’t imagine, especially the size of this retirement community.

Linda was also very intrigued by its location so close to Ocala, a community of rolling hills and over 1,200 horse farms including 600 thoroughbred farms. These farms are very impressive, having produced 45 national champions and six Kentucky Derby winners. Being a horse person herself for her entire life, Linda knew all about Ocala and knew she would visit this community one day.

Linda had an open invitation to visit any time to experience The Villages and Ocala, but it was her appearance at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center on November 1st and her Master Class on November 2nd that provided her with the long awaited opportunity for her first visit. She took complete advantage of this opportunity by extending her visit for five days and making the most of every minute.

There is no better way to hear about her visit to The Villages than through the words of Linda herself, so we know you will enjoy this video she has prepared for you.

Sharon L. Morse PAC
Director of Education

Trevin Cooper

“At The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center it was our great honor to host Linda Eder both as a performer in a sold out concert and as instructor of our inaugural Master Class. It’s challenging to truly express the level of talent, professionalism and congeniality displayed during her two days with us. Her remarkable concert was followed by a 90 minute autograph session/photo op, in which she signed every autograph of every fan that wanted to meet her. The following day she instructed a Master Class to ten participants and nearly sixty spell-bound observers. The skill Ms. Eder demonstrates as a performer is matched only by her skill as instructor, helping other artists to hone their talent as singers. She even took time to sign autographs and take photos with members of our staff, including myself. Prior to Ms. Eder’s residency, I was an ardent fan. Post her residency, I can easily classify her as one of the most talented, gracious, professionals I have had the privilege of meeting and working with during my three decade career in the theatre. She is among the finest of what the performing arts has to offer.”

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Longtime fan, Erika Bankerd
professional entertainer + theatrical entrepreneur

Michael Mathews

I became an instant fan of Linda’s the moment I was introduced to JEKYLL & HYDE and her extraordinary talents later in my college years. At that time, I had never heard a voice that possessed so much in the powers of storytelling and audience connection, let alone sheer vocal power. To say that Linda was remarkably inspiring to me – a male, former college jock, and musical theatre newbie very much considered an outsider to his peers – would be quite the understatement.

Fast-forward 20 years after performing and touring professionally for the vast majority of that time – including two stints touring as Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde in JEKYLL – it was truly a dream come true for my wife and I to have the opportunity to participate in a Master Class with Linda. In the interest of full disclosure, I am sometimes wary of artists that give master classes as the “class” is often lacking on substance and ends up being more of a profitable fan meet-and-greet session. Linda’s Master Class was the exact opposite! Not only was Linda beyond gracious, down-to-earth, humble and very giving, but the value of her insight and hands-on work with each performer was extraordinary. She took her time with each artist and not only praised their strengths, but was also able to identify unique areas for improvement as well as deliver her constructive suggestions in a way that was both positive and immediately actionable. Linda also took great care to ensure that others in attendance were active participants so that when she gave a piece of performance advice or a technique suggestion, all could benefit.

Success leaves clues. As human beings, no matter our current skill level, we must continually surround ourselves with people who are better in a particular area than we are if we want to keep growing and truly become great at something. From beginning performers to seasoned pros and everywhere in between, Linda’s remarkable insight, genuine care and hands-on work elevated the “game” of everyone in the room that wonderful evening and we are all the better for it. Not only do I recommend that everyone who is genuinely serious about growing their craft seek out the opportunity to work with Linda, but any time that Linda is offering a Master Class in the future and my schedule allows, I will be there again. Thank you, Linda, for being extraordinary.

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Fan Trevin Cooper and Linda ... "stuck" together!
longtime fan

Erika Bankerd

The first time I heard the “Jekyll & Hyde” musical soundtrack, I was in awe of Linda Eder. What an incredible talent and she has been someone I’ve looked up to vocally for quite some time. When I found out she was coming to Florida for a concert and master class, I was overjoyed and knew I had to get a seat in her class. The morning to register as a student I had my alarm set to call the box office to try and ensure my spot. In one hand I was on hold with the box office and in the other I was trying to register online. Once my participant ticket was secured, I was overjoyed.

The day of the class I was a nervous wreck. After seeing her concert the night before the master class, this was all becoming more real. Not only do I get to meet Linda, I have the opportunity to sing and work with her! Once at the class I felt a little more at ease because it took place on the stage with a more informal setup for the eighty observers and the curtain was closed.

Showtime! Lucky me… I was the first one up! I sang “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” from “The Phantom of the Opera.” I thought it went very well and was a great way to start the night. Linda stated that I had a beautiful voice. She worked with me on some of my phrasing, how to find my voice and put “Erika” in there. I wish I would’ve had more time to work with her, but I am grateful for what I got. I was also able to learn a few techniques and tricks from watching the other participants as well.

What an amazing experience and a memory I will always cherish.

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Linda and Michael Mathews
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"Back in the day" (top); Happy memories of grandpa (middle); Fan Lauren Meehan-Machos and Linda today (bottom)
Professional Vocalist

Lauren Meehan-Machos

MY STORY

First, I’d like to thank you, Ms. Eder, and the staff of the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center for coordinating and executing a most informative Master Class. As I flew in from North Carolina, the class met all my expectations, and I have great notes and techniques to apply to my own performing with my current big swing band here in Raleigh. I, like most of Ms. Eder’s followers and fans, are moved by her talent, her voice and her performance of music. I feel honored and privileged to have been able to participate in her class, but also to share the remarkable way she shaped my life almost 17 years ago.

I first met Ms. Eder 16 years ago at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. It was as this meeting that I asked her permission to sing her title track of “It’s Time” at Miss America. I was Miss New Hampshire 2000 and, like many contestants, felt her music was a great show-piece on the National stage in Atlantic City. Moreover, I was one of the first contestants to ever perform a Linda Eder vocal in competition. I was extremely honored to have the US Air Force band write an arrangement to be performed live for performances throughout that year. The last night of competition, I closed the show in Atlantic City with thousands in the audience to “It’s Time.”

That meeting 16 years ago forever changed my life, not just my performance career, but my family. I had introduced Ms. Eder’s music to my family, and especially to my grandfather. From that moment on, he never missed a performance of hers in the Boston Metropolitan area. He had tickets for every North Shore venue, for her performances with the Boston Symphony as well as the Boston Pops. (As I mentioned to Ms. Eder after the class, we have a mutual friend with conductor Keith Lockhart). My grandfather simply couldn’t get enough of her music and her talent and her heart. Sadly, he passed away a year ago this past August, but I have the greatest photo memory of him, his wife and Linda at her show in Boston a few months before his passing. I know how overjoyed he would be to know I full-filled a dream opportunity to study under THE Linda Eder.

I know you didn’t request this back-story, but it was important to me to share why I chose to fly from North Carolina to Florida last week; Ms. Eder’s Master Class was a way for me to not only improve my singing and performing, but a way to feel my grandfather smile one more time. He would have been proud. So thank you… and thank you to Ms. Eder for sharing her time and talents with the group; it meant everything to me.

MASTER CLASS

As the feature vocalist with the NC Reveler’s Orchestra, a big Swing Band in North Carolina, it is important for me to continually improve the quality of my singing and performing. To do this requires an understanding of voice fundamentals and vocal techniques which aide in improving resonance and tone. Equally as important is learning HOW to apply these concepts, modify previously learned vocal patterns and enhance vocal quality and sound. Couple these points with how to connect with an audience, and you have the perfect makings of a Master Class with Linda Eder.

Ms. Eder provided specific examples as to how to begin to improve vocal sound to the class with the following:

  • Choose a natural and impactful voice
  • Be emotional and connect
  • Sing the way you speak- use a natural pronunciation
    • This point was specific to pronunciation of words and lyrics
  • Lift the Mask Up
    • Referring to frontal facial muscles to get a clean “Ah” sound because rich tones come from vowels
    • Strengthen facial muscles
  • Make the “I” in the lyrics the most beautiful thing we sing
  • Remember singing is an Athletic Sport
    • A reminder to focus on breathing and improving lung and ribcage muscle expansion and capacity for air;
  • And finally the “Secret to Belting”- sing like you are yelling with intent

Ms. Eder provided these and many more examples of how to improve the quality of the voice as we sing and application of these concepts. Additionally, I was impressed with her knowledge as to how sound is formed, her understanding of vocal resonance and where to place the sound as we sing; the goal being to sing songs in the “middle” of the head, not too forward to the mask and not too far toward the back. She provided great examples to “fatten” the sound of the voice by opening the palette—all of this to add coloring and arc to the sound quality.

For any and all students studying the styles of Broadway, Classical, Jazz, and others, if you have the opportunity to enroll in a Master Class with Linda Eder, you will learn how to improve the fullness, color, warmth, brightness, power and strength of your singing.  You will have the opportunity to learn from arguably the best vocalist in the business, to learn from her experiences and what she believe works well for vocalists.  You will be taught by an accomplished professional, a warm-hearted and down-to-earth teacher; a singer who loves her career and loves her family and wants to make YOU the student, truly a better singer.

Thank you to Ms. Eder for this opportunity. I will be forever grateful.

Longtime Fan

Kathleen Kane

Linda made such an impact on me, not only working with me personally, but also watching her with the other participants. She was able to “read” each person and hear and see perfectly what they needed to work on to better their performance and sound, taking both to a new level! She is very down to earth and even though we were nervous, somehow she made us feel at ease.

I have already felt more confident in expressing the different “colors” of my singing voice as well as the high belt that I am known for… making it clearer and more my “own voice.” I am in the process of returning to my roots, which would be the big beautiful ballads, jazz, and Broadway. The song that we worked on, “Maybe This Time,” I will be performing in my show on December 14th at the Savannah Center. I have already felt stronger about both my higher and lower notes… and really telling the story. Last night, I had a rehearsal for “Guys and Dolls” as I am playing the lead Adelaide also at the Savannah Center; several of the people in the cast were observers Wednesday night and they too, were exploding with excitement and awesome comments about Linda’s teaching style, her instinctive knowing about each singer, and also calling her a “real person!” I have even taken some of Linda’s wisdom to my character of Adelaide and added “colors” to the way my character would say her lines. I also found some guidelines for voicing commercials and talking on air… all about “The Voice!!”

It was great to visit briefly with Linda after the class and we had a chance to talk about horses… dogs and horses, my favorite topics! Linda is just so cool and I am very grateful to have had the chance to take the class and meet her in person!!

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Fan Kathleen Kane and Linda
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Linda and Jessica Mathews
Professional Musical Theatre Performer + Voice Teacher

Jessica Mathews

Having the opportunity to work with Linda Eder was a dream come true. I first fell in love with her “Broadway My Way” album and sang several of her signature songs for various performances. In fact, it was her song, “Gold,” that earned me the talent award and 1st runner up at the Miss New Hampshire pageant.

Beyond that, Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde is a dream role of mine. As you can imagine, having the chance to work one-on-one with such a legend was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

As a professional performer and voice teacher, I am always looking for ways to hone my skills. Linda’s Master Class reiterated several invaluable points, and the way she brilliantly explained certain concepts to other students gave me new ways to explain difficult concepts to my own students as well.

As a singer, Linda helped me pinpoint several specific areas to direct my work on my own voice as well. She is so down to earth and easy going, immediately putting her students at ease, making the transition from singing for a star to star-pupil work comfortable, effortless, and fun.

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