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SweetSpot)Saturday, MAY 11 at 7 PM A Sweet Spot Between Our Worlds
—a concert celebrating the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion,
Christine Steyer, soprano and Jean-Claude Orfali pianist (of Cabaret Lapin Agile), guest Claudia Hommel soprano
PianoForte Chicago,
1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago
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cpcc_logo_500 (81K) SEPTEMBER 12-22, 2019
Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion goes on a "Tour de France". Registration is now open:

  • Prior Solo Concerts
  • Prior Sponsored Workshops

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019: The Times of Your Life with David Stephens
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    FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019
    BrandonChristine Hunters Stage presents Songs of Love, Loss, Resilience and Hope!
    Christine Steyer, soprano and Brandon Acker, classical guitar, celebrating International Women's Day with Spanish songs, Polish cuisine and Chicago poets. Hunters Restaurant & Lounge

    JANUARY 27, 2019: I'll Take Romance with Don Hoffman and Carol Weston
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    DECEMBER 1, 2018: We're tripping with Lynda Gordon
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    NOVEMBER 9, 2018: Arlene Armstrong's Dedicated to Duke returns with new songs in the mix!
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    SEPTEMBER 16, 2018: Don and Carol have a fine romance (strictly on stage!)
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    NOVEMBER 11 and 15, 2017:
    RUTH FUERST's You've GOT to be Kidding! a cabaret act of resistance, plays to sold out houses twice at Davenport's.
    RuthKidding (735K)

    Ever wondered how relationships can last for half a century? Come hear a story in song about one couple who met in 1966, sometimes galloped, sometimes slogged across five decades together and now miraculously find themselves in 2016, surviving and thriving.

    SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016: Daniel Johnson, Wilde and Woolley. WW (2290K)

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015: ARLENE ARMSTRONG's Tribute to Carmen McRae
    Arlene Armstrong pays tribute and guides you through a career that spanned over 50 years with songs like Dream of Life, Tulip or Turnip and one of Carmenís favorites, Round Midnight. Bobby Schiff is the accompanist and show direction by Carla Gordon, at Davenport's Cabaret

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015: LYNDA GORDON... with BOB MOREEN in Strangers in the Night... and the mysteries of love
    at PianoForte, 1335 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015 WoolleyPorter (23K)
    DANIEL JOHNSON in Wilde and Woolley: a musical exploration of Cole Porter's inner circle. Cole Porter from Monty Woolley's point of view
    Music Direction by Philip Seward, staged by Matthew Ellenwood, at Davenport's Cabaret

    PRIOR SongShop-sponsored WORKSHOPS

    SPIDER SALOFF offers "Jazz Basics for Every Singer" SpiderCrop (16K) Sunday, January 13and Sunday, March 31, 2019.
    Bobby Schiff at the piano.

    ELISABETH HOWARD brings her "Vocal Power" toolkit for cabaret
    elisabeth2 (100K) Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 1 PM to 8 PM.

    • Increase your range from lowest chest voice notes, through the mix and up into the highest notes way above the staff.
    • Resonances for "word painting."
    • Use the vibrato appropriate to the expression of the word.
    • Power and Projection without strain
    • Soft singing
    • Crescendos and decrescendos
    • Vocal tract configurations for emotional expression.

    • CPCx2018Ensemble (74K)
      SongShop joins the CHICAGO PARIS CABARET CONNEXION 8-day conference in Chicago
      October 28-November 4, 2018: 40 hours of workshops, 5 public concerts, 4 Razzle Dazzle history presentations, 3 roundtables.

      ParisShowcase2017 (54K)
      SongShop joins the CHICAGO PARIS CABARET CONNEXION 3-day conference in Paris
      September 15-17, 2017: 12 hours of workshops, 2 public concerts, 2 history presentations, and a roundtable.

      Hilary1 (145K)SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017 from 10 AM to 5 PM.
      features "VOCAL VERSATILITY" with master teacher HILARY ANN FELDMAN

      SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017, an all-day intensive
      MEREDITH COLBY's MONEY NOTES: How to sing high, loud, healthy and forever. Learn more at

      DECEMBER 12-15, 2016, L'Ecole Professionnelle de la Comédie Musicale à Paris: a four-day residency with students of musical comedy.

      MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016, a day in residency at Marygrove College in Detroit.
      Two master classes for high school and undergraduate singers. Presented by Tara Sievers, Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Activities

      THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016, Antioch College residency in Yellow Springs, Ohio
      In conjunction with Reunion-cut (24K)
      Master class for Voice and Speech students (with Professor Louise Smith)

      TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016 at 7 pm
      ELIZABETH BENSON on HEALTHY BELTING for classically-trained singers (and others!)Benson

      Claudia brought her colleague Elizabeth Benson from Auburn University to SongShop for this one-time event.

      Elizabeth Benson is Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Auburn University. She specializes in crossover vocal techniques, including belting for the classically trained singer. She serves as the Department of Theatreís principal singing instructor and music director. She will be presenting a clinic at the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) later in the week, but we get to have her all to ourselves for a session at DePaul.

      SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016 (12:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
      WYDETTA CARTER offers a "SongOgraphy" session!Wydetta
      Fourth Presbyterian Church

      Wydetta's focus is on song presentation and what she calls **Songography** (not choreography per se but stage presence, body awareness, and movement for the cabaret stage).

      Wydetta Carter, singer-actress: National tours of Dreamgirls, How to Succeed in Business, Ainít Misbehavin, as well as performing in productions of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Little Shop of Horrors, The Trojan Women, Annie, and Showboat, in regional theatres across the country, and the Court Theatre's Porgy and Bess. Over a thousand performances of Menopause, the Musical in Chicago and on tour, for which Chirs Jones of the Chicago Tribune wrote: "Wydetta Carter has been doing her Tina Turner impression since this show opened a year ago. She would have it down cold if it weren't so hot." Proud member and officer of Actors' Equity Association.

      JUNE 18-25, 2015
      A week-long conference in Paris for singers, auditors and aficionados.
      Facilitated by Claudia Hommel of Chicago's SongShop, Keri Chryst of the Jazz Vocal Academy of Paris, and Maja Savic, founder of Association for Promoting Jazz Music and Culture—JAZZart (Zagreb, Croatia). Expand your vocal technique, explore jazz and cabaret in Paris, and add Paris to your performance résumé!

      VOCAL TECHNIQUE with STEPHEN SMITH (author of The Naked Voice)
      SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014 at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music.

      JUNE 3 to 10, 2014

      An 8-day conference in Paris for singers, auditors and aficionados.
      Facilitated by Claudia Hommel of Chicago's SongShop
      Keri Chryst of the Jazz Vocal Academy of Paris
      Maja Savic, founder of Association for Promoting Jazz Music and Culture— JAZZart (Zagreb, Croatia) to facilitate

      Get Psycho-Physical! MARCH 28-29, 2014 and AUGUST 29-30, 2014
      Dawn Arnold, director of Chekhov Studio Chicago, offers SongShop and guests a weekend intensive in the Michael Chekhov Acting "psycho-physical" Technique. The exercise enables us to play inner and outer events truthfully, create characters that are full, real, and interesting, and expand our confidence and ability to be radiant on stage with our songs.


      Founder of the Jazz Vocal Academy International, KERI CHRYST teaches a Masterclass with SongShop on October 19th, 2013.

      Fall 2013: taught by dual-talented trainer-singers Deborah Darr and Pam Peterson, both classes designed to help improve your singing voice and moving performance. Warm up your body and get in shape for singing and for life!

      SongShop Intensive: REARRANGING YOUR SONG
      with Beckie Menzie, Spider Saloff and Bobby Schiff
      SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013 (9:30 AM – 5:30 PM)
      Jazz singer, cabaret singer, or "just a singer", this workshop is for everyone seeking to bring new arrangements to their songs. During the course of the day, we'll have Beckie, Bobby and Jeremy Kahn (one of Spider's favorite accompanists) at the piano. Breakout sessions include Expanding on Grooves, Feels and Tempo, Vocal Improvisation, and Thinking Outside the Box.

      Sunday January 6, 2013 from noon to 7 PM.
      Sponsored by the Community Music Division at the DePaul School of Music Do you find yourself getting hoarse after a rehearsal or concert? Feeling limited by your vocal range? Are you having trouble being heard (when you sing, that is)? Is belting healthy? Is there really a difference between head voice and chest voice? Bring questions, concerns and voice to this clinic session. Get answers and results!
      Led by Kate DeVore, David Edelfelt and Louise Cloutier