BRANFORD: Manhattan Transfer Founding Member Laurel Massé to teach Words & Music: A Master Class for Singers - Laurel Massé, founding member of Manhattan Transfer, will join forces with sought-after New York City vocalist and artist consultant Wendy Lane Bailey to teach Words & Music: A Master Class for Singers on Saturday, February 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Branford, Conn. The class is designed for singers of all genres and will cover song performance and interpretation; communicating with an audience; sequencing a set; working with accompanists, arrangers, and sidemen; and dealing with the unexpected on stage. In addition to onstage skills, the class will also deal with issues such as creating a visual image, setting goals, networking skills, and basic marketing ideas. Class size will be limited to allow ample personal attention for each participant. Massé & Bailey are interested in gathering a group of students from a broad spectrum of styles. “What we are teaching can be applied to any genre of music from opera to rock. Between the two of us there is a hardly a style of music that isn’t represented, and we believe that versatility is one of the keys to career longevity. What doesn’t change is how we approach the process of putting a set together,” says Massé. They are committed to seeing each of their students succeed both within the classroom and beyond; with that in mind, they work with each student to help them set and meet individual goals geared towards their level of experience and stated desires. The class takes place Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Branford. Tuition is $165. Students wishing to reserve space in the class or receive further information should contact Lane Middleton at Park Road Management at (646) 831-0359 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Laurel Massé and Wendy Lane Bailey visit their joint blog http://www.twowellread.blogspot.com/, or their websites http://www.laurelmasse.com/ and http://www.wendylanebailey.com/.