Song Interpretation Workshop Led by Broadway Legend Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley, Broadway, television, and film superstar led a Song Interpretation Workshop at College of the Desert. It was an intensive four-day experience in which Ms. Buckley shared her unique method of telling a story through song, creating an emotional connection to the lyrics, and making those words come alive for an audience.
Anyone who has ever heard Betty Buckley sing can attest to the fact that she possesses one of the finest—and perhaps most unique—instruments in musical theatre. She has a voice capable of piercing the soul both with its razor-edged belt and ethereal upper register.
The workshop included meditation, breathing exercises, and vocal practice. Six COD students and eight community participants joined Ms. Buckley and accompanist Scott Smith for the workshop, Dec. 3 through 6. This activity was made possible by the Carol Meier Memorial Visiting Artists Fund and the College of the Desert Foundation. For further information, contact the School of Arts & Sciences at College of the Desert, 760.773.2574.
Pictured left to right, front row: COD student M. Carrick O’Dowd, COD student Christian Quevedo, and Amy Turner.
Second row: Accompanist Scott Smith, COD student Ramon Martinez, Betty Buckley, COD student Rainbow Casey, COD student Sarah Hagar, Jeannie Reichert, and Karmen Kregroe.
Back row: Rocky Blumhagen, Mark Gaulding, Beth Wallace, Elaine Wang Meyerhoffer, Robert Curtis, Luke Rainey, and COD student Alden Dickey.
Betty Buckley made her Broadway debut in the musical 1776, playing Martha Jefferson. She was in the original New York cast of Cats for which she won a Tony Award, and has had roles in such musicals as Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Triumph of Love (Tony nomination) and Sunset Boulevard (in London and New York). Her film and television work includes roles in the ABC Family Network series Pretty Little Liars, Eight is Enough, Brian DePalma’s Carrie, Woody Allen’s Another Woman and Roman Polanski’s Frantic. Buckley is an accomplished concert and recording artist, performing regularly at such venues as Feinstein’s. She was on OZ for HBO for three seasons. Buckley has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
She currently lives in Texas where she raises and trains cutting horses. For more on Buckley see http://bettybuckley.com.