Press Release

Disney’s The Lion King

Jan 31st – Feb 11, 2018

Times-Union Center – Moran Theater

300 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

As kids we all remember Timon and Pumba singing to Simba “Hakuna Matata” which means, no worries for the rest our days. However it was allowing him to feel the need to express himself freely throughout the Serengeti in hopes of following his dads legacy which was left behind. Here we have Giraffes strutting. Birds swooping. Gazelles leaping. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award -winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award -winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award -winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.


Isabella Sanchez: Career Essay #2 (Overdue)

Position: Voice Actress (My #2 career choice)

Position Description: Voice actors are individuals that use their voices and acting skills in order to be used for work such as animations, cartoons, commercials, radio dramas, video games, etc. Voice acting is essentially, “The art of doing voiceovers.” 

Salary Range: The salary can range depending on how much experience you have as a voice actor. But the average voice actor has a salary of $31,400 a year. If you’re an entry level voice actor, you can expect to earn $18, 390 a year. An experienced voice actor has an average annual salary of $90,000 a year.

Education and training: A college education isn’t really necessary, but voice and acting training is definitely required. Having a voice-over coach is important and recommended because they can help train how to find your true voice, and they can teach you how to use your voice healthily. They can help you develop strong technique and control with your voice. Taking acting classes is important too because voice-acting is a form of acting, and it’s important to know how to use your voice in acting without relying on the physical movements of your body.

Experience/Skills/Personality Traits: It’s important to have experience in reading new text aloud, improvisation, and acting because all of these elements will be used in this career. In regards to skills, acting skills, technology skills, and business skills are essential in this career. The acting skill speaks for itself, but the technology skill is essential because an individual must be comfortable with technology and using it in order to record their voices and create a demo reel (which is a recording showcasing the person’s voice-acting talents). Business skills are essential too because one must take charge in running their own business and marketing themselves to be hired. Similar to a singer/songwriter, a voice actor must have a persevering kind of attitude because things won’t fall into place so easily and quickly. A voice actor must be hard-working too and stay optimistic in spite of rejection. It’s expected for a voice actor to face some rejection when they attend a lot of auditions, thus they must stay positive despite those obstacles. 

Professional Associations or Unions: The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA); Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA); EQUITY, Audio Publishers Association, The International Animated Film Society, etc.

Websites: ~~~This website provided a step by step guide on becoming a voice actor and also described the necessary skills one must have to become successful. ~~~This website also provided a step by step guide in becoming a voice actor and offered helpful tips. ~~~This website provided a career description of voice acting. ~~~This website gave information about the average salary. ~~~This website provided general tips/steps in becoming a voice actor. ~~~This website provided professional associations and unions for voice actors.

*Although I reached out to certain voice acting agencies, I was unable to get an interview with anyone*

I have chosen this career because I’ve always had a fascination with the voices behind well-known characters, such as Spongebob. I find it cool that a person is able to use just their voices to portray a character’s personality. In addition, some voice actors actually sing in their career too, so I’d still be able to pursue my passion and love for singing. I feel that I would be good at this position because this career requires voice technique and control, which I feel that I have gained through my practice with singing. I have also had experience in acting, so with more practice, I feel like I’d be able to use my voice to portray the personality of a character. I also enjoy and am good at reading, so that’s another advantage.

Isabella Sanchez: Career Essay #1 (Overdue)

Position: Singer/Songwriter (My #1 career choice)

Position Description: Singer songwriters are musicians who write and perform original songs. Depending on the circumstances, the individual can either perform the songs by himself/herself or have a band accompany him/her. Often, the singer will play instruments too such as the guitar or piano, which are used in their performances. In addition, they tour to promote their music and can schedule gigs from place to place. 

Salary Range: The salary can range depending on the singer’s experience and music quality ($15,287- 100,067). The average salary though is $39, 899 per year.

Education and Training: Music education, composition classes for songwriting, and voice lessons definitely help in practicing and improving the voice. While in college, pursuing degrees like a BM will allow you to take classes, such as music theory, which can help you understand music on a deeper level. Learning about the theory of music allows you to become a better songwriter, and helps you to make deeper connections with your music, which in turn the audience can connect to.

Experience/Skills/Personality Traits: It’s important to have experience in performing, especially in front of an audience. The more experience you have in performing in front of a crowd, the less likely you’ll experience stage fright. You can gain performance experience by signing up to sing at local mic nights, contests, and even posting videos on youtube. In terms of skills, besides having the skill of performing and writing your own songs, it’s good to have strong marketing skills and be familiar with technology. The reason for this is because it’s important to know how to publicize yourself and catch the attention of people, so they can listen to your performances. In regards to personality traits, when pursuing this career, it’s important to be persistent and hard-working because things won’t fall into place so easily and quickly. It’ll take a lot of time to build up your career and get more recognition.

Professional Associations or Unions: American Federation of Musicians (AFM); American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); The American Society of Composers, authors, and publishers (ASCAP), etc.

Websites: ~~~This website essentially provided insight for all of the questions, like career description, salary, experience and skills needed, etc. It was the most useful website for me. ~~~This website provided the salary information. ~~~Provided the steps an individual needs to take in order to become a successful singer/songwriter. ~~~Provided insight of the lifestyle of an actual singer/songwriter named Gavin Davenport. ~~~Provided information about professional associations and unions.

In addition, I was able to interview Judi Jackson who is a growing musician that writes and performs her own songs. In fact, she recently released her new EP called “Blame It On My Youth” and was able to share her experiences to me.

1.) What are the benefits and rewards of being a singer/songwriter?

“I find great benefit and reward as a performer/singer/songwriter in hearing feedback from lovely humans like yourself, who write to me or come up to me in person after shows and state that they have been deeply moved or changed through my music. I strive to evoke thought and emotion, to create work that others feel they relate to, and connect with so this serves as a significant reward in that regard.”

2.) What are the challenges?

“One must be disciplined in this craft period. If you naturally are gifted with being a disciplined human being, congratulations…if you have more wild, sporadic tendencies, you may find longevity or quality of the work and growth within said work challenging. However, with this being said, discipline by definition is ‘the practice of training’ so anyone who is willing to seek out disciplinary behaviors can do so if they truly wish. I have had periods of extreme discipline and periods of extreme chaos and sporadic behavior…with time and growth, the artist must learn balance for true success, longevity, and happiness.”

3.) What aspects of formal training or work experience are most important in the success of being a singer/songwriter?

“I believe that technique and practice are vital aspects of formal training. Once you graduate school and are performing on a regular basis, touring, traveling, etc. is very tiring and very trying on your mind, body, soul, and spirit, so proper technique has saved my life many times, and is essential in longevity and quality within the work. At the end of the day, there is no better teacher than just getting out there and doing it – whether it be writing, performing, etc… you just have to do it.”

4.) What are the most important personal qualifications for the position?

“Hmmm, well seeing you asked about personal qualifications…that lends itself to the answer being specific, personally, to each individual, based on what he or she is trying to achieve.”

5.) What are the position’s employment and advancement prospects?

“You are your own boss who gives yourself your own advances through patience, knowledge, growth, and discipline.”

I have chosen this career because it’s been my dream and passion ever since I was young. I’ve always had a desire to pursue singing, and I’ve actually been performing ever since I was three years old. As I’ve grown older I’ve continued to carry that passion and let it grow, and I’ve gained performance experience. I feel that I would be good at this position because I have practiced singing for more than ten years, and I have gained valuable experience from performing at events like singing contests and school performances. 

Isabella Sanchez: Press Release (Overdue)

*For immediate release*

Contact Information: 

Name: Isabella Sanchez


First Fall Recital of the Year for Michelle Brock-Kemp’s Voice Studio!

Jacksonville, FL – Performing live at Sam Mark’s chapel located in Jacksonville University, the voice students of Michelle Brock-Kemp will be performing their first fall recital of the year! It will take place on December 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm and all are welcome to come! Consisting of about 10 singers, each individual will perform a number of unique and well-known pieces, such as, “Sound of Music” from the musical Sound of Music and, “My True Love” from Phantom. The music ranges from classical to musical theatre repertoire. 

All of these female singers first learn their pieces at the beginning of the fall semester, and through this recital they are able to showcase their musical skills and talents. You don’t want to miss these powerful performances, so come on out and enjoy the show! Admission is free. 

Erin Seaton Press Release

Aida Shines and Captivates Audiences”


December 8, 2017 — Jacksonville, FL — The Tony Award-winning musical Aida, with music and lyrics composed by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice, will be taking the stage at Jacksonville University on February 15, 17, 23, and 25, 2018.


Aida depicts the story of a forbidden romance between Nubian princess Aida and Radames, successor to the Egyptian throne. Entwined with pop-rock ballads such as “Written in the Stars” and “The Gods Love Nubia” and characterized with eye-catching dance numbers, audiences of all ages will be enamored with the tragic tale of Aida.


The show will be directed by Professor Kimberly Beasley, soprano. With other spectacular performances such as Children of Eden, Spring Awakening, and The Light in the Piazza under her belt, Beasley is not unaccustomed to thrilling audiences by showcasing the talents of the performing arts students at Jacksonville University. Esther Olivo and Sade Crosby share the title role of Aida, with other supporting roles split between two casts.


Tickets can be purchased on JU students receive free admission upon presenting their JU student ID, and general admission is $10. You won’t want to miss this amazing performance!

Erin Seaton Career Essay 2

Erin Seaton

Potential Career in Journalism

Position Title: Journalist


Although music and acting are my main interests, another interest I would pursue if the others did not work out would be journalism. My other major here at school is communications, and I have been involved with journalism since middle school. I have worked on yearbook staffs and am currently the staff designer for Jacksonville University’s newspaper The Navigator. My favorite part of journalism is the ability to tell stories from so many different perspectives – writing done properly can truly work the imagination of a reader.


The median salary for a journalist is roughly $39,338. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage is $18.18. Education is required for this career; usually a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a similar field. Certain jobs may even require previous experience or an entry-level internship.


Depending on what field of journalism someone chooses to pursue, their everyday life can become very hectic. A journalist must be ready at any moment to report on a developing story, especially if it is a breaking news story. Another important part of being a journalist is the ability to remain unbiased about whatever they are reporting on. It can be very tempting to take a side in a story but when delivering the news, it is imperative to deliver the truth and tell the story as it is, free from embellishments or opinions.


Another thing I love the most about journalism is the fact that you get to learn so many things. By reporting on different things going on in the world, you become more culturally aware and gain the ability to view the world from the eyes of different people. If my career in music does not work out, I would be just as happy working as a journalist.




A Day in the Life of a Journalist:


Erin Seaton Career Essay 1

Erin Seaton

Future Career in Music

Position Title: Performer


Ever since I was young, it has been my dream to act. Growing up all I could think about was being in a movie and starring on the big screen with other famous actors. I had no other career choices in mind; acting was the only option for me. But when I was in the third grade, I discovered singing. I joined my elementary school’s choir and from there I fell in love with a different aspect of performing. Singing and acting were the perfect ways to express yourself with music and through the form of a character, respectively.


The median salary per year for an actor is roughly $49,363. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly pay was $18.70. There are no education requirements for becoming an actor, but it could be highly beneficial to an actor’s career if they step out onto the scene with previous acting experience or education under their belt. And there is no guarantee that an actor will get a “big break” after one or two auditions; in fact, it could take years of performing in smaller roles before an actor lands a big role that could define the rest of their career.


The median salary per year for a singer is roughly $39,899. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly pay was $25.14. There aren’t necessarily educational requirements to become a singer, but most performers usually hold a bachelor’s degree and will branch into other aspects of music careers, such as music teachers/professors, record label managers, etc.


My goal is to move to Los Angeles and break into the entertainment industry there. The cons of living in LA, however, are the extremely high prices for things such as apartment rent (approximately $1,949 for a one bedroom apartment) and the infamously crazy transportation. But despite the negatives, I won’t give up on pursuing something I’ve dreamt of for so long.





Actor or Actress Salary:


Musician or Singer Salary:


Cost of Living in Los Angeles:



Daniel Hubert – Careers in the Music Industry

Careers in the Music Industry

By Daniel Hubert


The music industry is evolving faster than ever before. Many services which could once be provided only by a record company, now can be handled by almost anyone in their own home. Faster, cheaper methods have replaced traditional, more costly recording practices. This has caused many occupations to merge together. When starting out in the music industry, it is best to be proficient in several areas. It is nearly impossible to tell where one’s next opportunity may come from. Take every job possible, you may be chosen simply because you are available. Once a certain level of professionalism is reached, however, focusing in on one area and becoming recognized as the best in that field is key to sustaining a career.

There is no definite job description for a music producer. Their responsibilities may vary between recording, engineering, writing and arranging for artists, as well as coaching performers or even performing on an album themselves. While producers may choose to take on any or all of these tasks, their main objective is to bring to life the vision of a songwriter. For prospective producers, is a good idea to develop skills in, and gather knowledge of every stage of production. Stay up to date on the latest advancements in equipment, software and techniques. Be familiar with a variety of musical genres and styles to better assist in the songwriting phase. Know how to give constructive criticism in order to help an artist achieve their best performance in the studio. Be familiar with the instruments being recorded and the best ways to record them. An understanding of recording equipment, such as mixing consoles and microphones, and how they function, is vital. Proficiency in Digital Audio Workstation software is necessary to be as efficient as possible.

Due to the nature of this profession, there is a wide variance in how much one typically makes and how it is made. Producers are usually contracted by independent artists or record companies to work on specific projects. They are sometimes employed by a record company to work with artists in their catalogue. They can be paid per hour of their time, by the number of songs they produce, or by a single fee per project. A label may also pay the producer a percentage of money earned from record sales in addition to their fee. If they have assisted with the writing or arranging of one or more songs, the producer is entitled to mechanical royalties from the record company just as the artist is. A producer’s salary is often related to their notoriety. Top tier producers who work with big name artists can bring in six or seven figures annually, while those less reputable may make under $50,000. Many beginners will start off taking unpaid jobs to become established. If working for a record label, the size and reputation of the label will also influence one’s paycheck. Very few producers are salaried employees, therefore, they are almost always responsible for providing their own healthcare.

Music producers and live sound engineers have many things in common. Both deal with similar mediums and clientele. Unlike a producer, however, live sound engineers have a more straightforward job description. Their job is to facilitate the amplification of instruments and voices in a live performance or broadcast. They are responsible for setting up and operating sound equipment in live venues and creating a good live mix. Mixing consoles, microphones, musical instruments and other equipment, as well as performers are dealt with in both occupations. Some knowledge of electrical engineering is necessary to fully understand the function of sound equipment, should it be necessary to troubleshoot or repair equipment on the road. Being able to work with other professionals is essential to functioning efficiently. An understanding of acoustics may be beneficial especially when having to adapt to different venues and rooms. Live sound engineers often travel with large acts on tour, covering every performance. They can also be employed by venues as resident engineers. Job opportunities may also arise in other areas like radio or television broadcasting, theatre productions and sporting events. The pay structure of a live engineer is similar to that of a music producer in that they are often payed per hour of their time. Reputation of the engineer and of their employer also has influence over pay. Annual salary ranges from $40,000 to $120,000 or higher.



Delbert Bowers – Discussion



Angie Acedera – Press Release

Press Release

“Make We Joy: Songs of the Season”

December 9, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Terry Concert Hall, Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL 32211

The Jacksonville University Choirs and Brass Ensembles are proud to present the annual “Make We Joy: Songs of the Season” concert. This concert will showcase two new ensembles — Choral Union, and the River Tones. Choral Union is directed by Dr. Timothy Snyder, and is composed of not only students, but alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The River Tones is JU’s new show choir, under the direction of Professor Dinah Barone. JU’s new student-lead a cappella group, VOX, will also be debuted.

The concert will highlight marvelous works, such as Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Hassler’s Verbum Caro Factum Est, Taverner’s The Lamb, and Esenvalds’ Stars. Additionally, to keep with the Christmas holiday spirit, traditional carols will also be sung in conjunction with the audience.

Bring family and friends to this wonderful performance and experience the joyful time to reflect on the upcoming holiday season. It will be a performance for everyone to enjoy.

Daniel Hubert – Press Release




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Make we Joy! A Holiday Tradition Continues

 Come and join the Jacksonville University Choirs and Brass Quintet for an evening of spirited music from around the globe! This annual performance has become a highly anticipated holiday tradition in Jacksonville over the past decade and continues this year with all new additions. Attendees will get a sneak preview of the exiting new a cappella group; Vox, as they perform a brilliant, original arrangement of some holiday favorites. Show choir; The Rivertones will put an intriguing spin on the classics with modern arrangements and original choreography.  JU’s full choral ensemble will perform everything from energetic South African songs to the masterpieces of Mozart. Holiday spirit will fill the room during several traditional carols, which audience members will have the opportunity to participate in. The program will be performed twice; Saturday, December 9th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 10th at 6:00pm. Both concerts are free to attend and will be held at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall and All Saints Episcopal Church, respectively.


Contact Information:

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