The Song in You and You in the Song: Steve Ross’ Master Class

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The Song in You and You in the Song:
Steve Ross’ Master Class

Steve Ross
Photo: Kevin Alvey

An intimate song study and performance workshop                               

Spring has sprung and songs are waiting to be sung – by YOU!

New dates announced!

Saturday, April 28
Sunday, May 6
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20

All sessions 1:30-4:30

The sessions will take place in Steve’s apartment at 255 West 84th St., Apt. 12-D.   Project manager Dena Kaufman is handling administration and questions:; 917-848-4797.

Steve will be at the keyboard. Please provide the names of the two songs you’ll be asked to bring with you and the keys, if known. Please also bring two copies of the sheet music and two copies of the lyrics typed in an easy-to-read font for both to work from. 

Regarding the song choices: Limit the selections to those from the American Songbook and the Classic Broadway repertoire.  

The songs you bring can be ones you know well and would like to examine more deeply, songs you’ve always wanted to work on, or indeed songs you are working on. 

Memorization is not required. In any case we shall, as the title suggests, do our best to make sure that the SONG is in YOU and, more importantly, YOU are in the SONG!

This is not a class in vocal instruction. You do not have to be a professional singer to participate but you will need a basic knowledge of singing. 

The fee is $90, cash, or check made payable to Steve Ross, to be collected by Dena at the door on the day of the session. Observers are welcome, if there’s room.
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That fee is $75.

If you decide to join this musical adventure, please indicate which session(s) you’d like to attend.
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We all know that things can come up, so it is requested that at least 24 hours notice be given for cancellations.    

The atmosphere will be relaxed and collaborative – I’m eager to make some good music with you!


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Here are some words about the classes from the first round of sessions earlier this year.

“Although I am an experienced vocal coach myself, Steve’s close analysis of several standard songs — songs I’ve heard over and over — floored me. He revealed so many details of character and emotion in his note-by-note, word-by-word investigations. His thinking is erudite, his communication colloquial and clear. I recommend him to any singers who wish to forge a deeper, richer connection to their listeners.” — Andrew Zerman, coach and casting director

“There are very few master class situations in which the teacher is totally ego-free and completely focused on helping the singer achieve a deeper understanding of the lyric by creating a supportive and collegial environment. I learned as much from watching Steve work with other singers and guiding them toward solid interpretations of their songs as I did from working with him personally.” — Rian Keating, cabaret performer, teacher

“It was a great joy and privilege to work with Steve and to watch (and experience) his magic in helping each singer deepen a personal connection to the  soul of the song’s lyrics and melody.” — Jackie Draper, cabaret performer

“A consummate performer I always enjoy, Steve also proved to be a sensitive, instructive and supportive guide to better singing – providing a practical approach to understanding and communicating lyrics, sincere encouragement and, of course, great accompaniment.” — David Alpern, journalist, lyricist and lover of songs.