Teaching Artist Statement
As with birds, singing comes naturally to humans, but we all need some musical coaching and guidance for the voice to emerge and become strong. You CAN sing, and I am here to provide a dynamic and joyful environment for you to develop your vocal skills. Singing is one of the best and most holistic forms of therapy on the planet. It harmonizes the body, soul and mind. I have worked with all kinds of singers, at all levels and ages, and love the process of opening the ear, voice, body and heart of each singer to discover and channel the musical expression encoded within each voice.
Meredith Borden has been teaching voice for over 20 years. Although grounded in a classic "bel canto" vocal technique, she is fluent in a broad range of musical and vocal styles, including classical and operatic expressions, rock, blues, jazz, music theatre (Broadway), and experimental genres. Also bringing an extensive knowledge of dance to her teaching approach, she enjoys the variety of working in different styles and leading the individual singer to repertoire that will best express that singer's natural temperament and voice. Meredith received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. Previous to her position at SSC, Meredith was a vocal instructor at School of Rock in Tenafly and Montclair, NJ where she instructed students in repertoire ranging from Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Phantom of the Opera, also leading summer camps and recording workshops. Borden's past teaching experience ranges from leading vocal performance classes for high school and middle school students as part of the ARTSBRIDGE program at Hoboken Charter School, to directing and producing a CD called Amen! for the Saint Lawrence Church girls' choir in which Borden composed the musical score set to the poetry written by the young singers. Borden also coached and trained young singers in productions such as "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "Seussical the Musical." She joined the voice faculty at SSC in 2014. To learn more about Meredith, visit her personal teaching website at: www.meredithborden.com.
Finding her roots in Central Massachusetts, and harnessing her skills as singer, dancer and actress, Meredith Borden made the move to the New York City in 1991 at which point she began working steadily as a professional performer in musical theatre, concert, microtonal music, operetta and rock/blues venues. A few of the many companies she has performed with over the past 20 years of her singing career include New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Queen’s Chamber Band, Soho Baroque Opera, American Festival of Microtonal Music and the European touring company of the musical HAIR in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. She has performed lead and featured roles at regional and summer stock companies including Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Fiona in Brigadoon, Maria in West Side Story, and Lady Ella in Patience. In the world of contemporary music theatre, she has appeared in the premieres of Philip Glass’ The Juniper Tree and Meredith Monk’s American Archeology. She will sing the role of Compassion in the opera Waking in New York in June 2014, a work featuring the writings of American iconoclast Alan Ginsberg. Meredith currently sings as lead blues vocalist “Babe Borden” in electric delta blues-rock band WILLIE McBLIND, whose fourth CD is in the wings. Other releases include Find My Way Back Home, Bad Thing and Live Long Day, receiving a 4-star review in DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE, and one of the BEST CD’S OF THE YEAR. More about her work with this band can be read at www.williemcblind.com. She joined the voice faculty at SSC in 2014.