Chicago Conference Personnel

The Chicago Coordinators

The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion was founded by Claudia Hommel, Elizabeth Doyle and Lynne Jordan. For 2018, we have four coordinators—Claudia Hommel, Elizabeth Doyle, Greta Pope, Rebecca Toon—and the assistance of Barb Smith, Cappy Kidd, Lydia Stux, Kat Victoria and Tina Guy Skoller.

Profiles of guest performers, speakers, and conference volunteers are linked below workshop leaders.

Workshop/Master Class Leaders

    In order of appearance:
      1) Faith Prince: Connecting yourself to your material
      2) Alex Rybeck: The role of pianist as arranger and music director.
      3) Kyle Hustedt: Cabaret when burlesque comes to play
      4) Greta Pope: Putting Your Act Together
      5) Elisabeth Howard: Vocal Power for healthy commercial contemporary singing
      6) Elizabeth Doyle: Songwriters in cabaret
      7) Christian Pagès of Paris: Body and song—the voice incorporated
      8) Clotilde Rullaud of Paris: World-Inspired Vocal Colors, Vibrations and Harmonics
      9) Spider Saloff: Bringing jazz and cabaret together in song
      10) Dale Calandra: Comedy: singing, songs, and styles
      11) Paul L Martin of London: The Golden Thread—the Relationship to your Audience

    Faith Prince: Connecting yourself to your material
    FaithFAITH PRINCE has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She was most recently seen in Chicago in the musical version of First Wives Club and starred on Broadway Disaster! the Musical. Audience favorites include her irascible Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie; A Catered Affair, Bells Are Ringing , Nick & Nora and the national tour of Billy Elliott.
    In addition to innumerable television roles, Faith has concertized with the Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and Philly Pops. Her original show Moving On played in Australia to rave reviews. She toured with Over the Rainbow, celebrating the centennial of Harold Arlen. Her award-winning A Leap of Faith was recorded at Joe's Pub in New York. Faith will open our first Cabaret Connexion concert on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

    Alex Rybeck: The role of pianist as arranger and music director.

    Kyle Hustedt: Cabaret when burlesque comes to play

    Dr. Greta Pope: Putting Your Act Together
    Greta3 (70K) An acclaimed vocalist, Greta studied voice with famed Metropolitan Opera soprano Eileen Farrell, sings in eleven languages, and has performed throughout Europe, South America and North America. She toured France with her original production Paris Noir—American Jazz in Paris! Her current touring show is Motown—Pride of the Motor City!
    Dr. Pope is a classical and musical theater vocal teacher for students of all ages at her studio and the Chicago High School for the Arts. Her students have won first place Musical Theater awards in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions among others. A member of SAG-AFTRA, she has organized some of the Chicago chapter's gala performances, and for a number of years, has performed for the Actor's Equity Spirit Awards, and has served as a Musical Director for Kings Island Amusement Park. She holds a Master of Music Degree and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The author of Music, Money & You: Managing the Business, Dr. Pope offers music business expertise and master classes, lectures and workshops on "Planning the Successful Concert Tour" as well as other topics.

    ElisabethBrescia1 (160K)Elisabeth Howard: Vocal Power
    for healthy commercial contemporary singing

    Elisabeth is the author of the Teacher's Vocal Power Method Toolkit for CCM and the Singer's Vocal Power Method Toolkit for CCM. She is recognized by National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as a pioneer in the field of teaching Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) and featured featured in the NATS publication, So You Want to Sing Contemporary Commercial Music, as well as Training Contemporary Commercial Singers, published by Compton.
    Elisabeth is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a Bachelors and Master's degree in voice and founder of the Vocal Power Academy in Los Angeles. She has presented Vocal Power Method Workshops for National Voice Teachers Conferences in eleven countries and has certified Vocal Power Trainers throughout the US, France, Italy and Brazil.
    Clients include Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle in the film, Beauty and the Beast, Lionel Richie, The Police, Priscilla Presley and was the warm-up coach for STING for the Grammys. She has had clients on Broadway, National tours, American Idol, ten winners on Star Search and was a vocal coach on America's Got Talent. Her Cabaret act, "Op'ra to Pop'ra" was performed in New York and Los Angles clubs and was touted by Los Angeles Music Connection Magazine as "A talent to be reckoned with." Elisabeth has performed leads in 25 musicals and operas. She won the National title, "MS Senior America, 2012."

    Elizabeth Doyle: Songwriters in cabaret

    Christian Pagès of Paris: Body and Song: the voice incorporated
    ChristianPagesFounder and director of the former École du spectacle in Paris, Christian has been working on voice for forty years… The voice is the most sensitive, meaningful and limpid instrument that speaks to us about us, the body, the spirit, the life, the senses… His work is energetic and associated with the exploration of inner movement and displacement in space. It is specific to the development of the individual. His teaching, coaching, books, CDs all have the same goal, to allow everyone to explore and develop in him his possibilities of expression and development of his being.

    Clotilde Rullaud of Paris:
    Vocal Colors inspired by vocal sounds from around the world
    Portrait_Clo (274K)Clotilde has been working in theater and performing arts for 15 years. She has directed and played in various original musical comedies and multidisciplinary and transmedia acts such as Sur la route des Tziganes and Mr Jazz, mixing-up spoken words, music and dance. Most recently the duo Madeleine & Salomon and their project A woman's journey, reinterpreting protest songs of American songstresses with free improvisations and dreamlike short films of a dancer's "escapades". She is about to release XXY, a cross-border collaboration between France, China and US, of multi-disciplinary performance, dance, videos and live music, investigating the equilibrium or disequilibrium between feminine and masculine beyond genders, generations and borders.

    Spider Saloff: Jazz Basics for Every SingerSpider morris (199K)
    She's been heard around the world as the host/star of the syndicated public radio series Words and Music, and thousands have enjoyed her jazz stylings through live performances. Saloff was featured at Ravinia Music Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival and New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Chicago-based jazz vocalist has won accolades around the world for her introspective approach to the genre, most profoundly through her one-woman tribute to George Gershwin, The Memory of All That, conceived with the blessing of the Gershwin estate and headlining the Gershwin Centennial in St. Petersburg, Russia. Other international concerts include Poznan, Poland; Florence, Italy; and London.

    DaleCalandraCrop (22K)Dale Calandra: Comedy: singing, songs, and styles
    Direct, Act, Produce, Write, Creative Consultant: Dale specializes in directing/developing solo, concert, and cabaret shows, including for soloists Tom Mula (Next Theater), Rob LaMont (Cuneo Museum), Denise LaGrassa (Royal George/Theater Wit), Jenny Riddle Shows, and his own original character "America's Favorite Aunt!" AUNT LOLA CABANA. As concert and cabaret director/consultant, he has led Beckie Menzie, Brian Lasser, Charlene Brooks, Elizabeth Doyle, Carmen Severino, Lou Galecki, Thalia Tarsinos, Judy & Bernie Rosignolo-Rice, Margie Gibson, Shane Taylor, Charles West, George Keating, Sparkle Sisters, Carol Moss. He has directed over 100 productions, is founder of Center Theater Ensemble, was creative director of The Training Center, Chicago's top acting school for twenty years. He created the cult classic Lysistrata 2411, A.D., published by Doubleday. Has been artistic director of Festival Theatre, Illinois' oldest outdoor Shakespeare. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity, he's acted over 200 productions, was nominated for a Jeff Best Actor as Charlie in The Whale (Victory Gardens), and played Edna in Hairspray in the first national Broadway Tour. Ask about "CREATIVE LIFE" Networking! It may help your Career Development.

    Paul L Martin of London:
    The Golden Thread—the Relationship to your Audience
    Paul L Martin-Blue (131K) Paul L Martin is the foremost teacher and facilitator of cabaret in the UK. Based in London, Paul has worked for over 15 years in drama schools, acting centres and with clients on a 1-2-1 basis as well as offering his own unique courses on the tenets and principals of this much misunderstood and often maligned art-form. Paul is passionate about having cabaret recognised as a genre in its own right within the industry and beyond, and has been a campaigner and champion of the London Cabaret scene for over 20 years.

    Guest performers and speakers (list in formation)

    michelebarbier3 (49K) MICHÈLE BARBIER began her career as actress, singer and author (Comédie Française, Festival d'Avignon, etc). But left everything to live in the world of circus for thirty years, in Sweden, in Germany and then, running her own company in France. While in Denmark, she was discovered by the legendary Josephine Baker who engaged her as personal secretary from 1969-1971. Returning to theater, writing and song, she released two albums (a third due June 2018), published 12 books (novels, historical essays, theater and poems) and produced and performed in five plays, especially a "one-woman-show" evoking the circus world. She has created events, often televised, such as the Gala de la Presse and Kréatika, the Festival of Authors-Composers-Performers. She is vice-president of the Alliance Francophone for which she has performed and traveled to many countries, most notably Japan.

    Yves Bertrand (12K)YVES BERTRAND — auteur-historien du chansonnier Marcel Legay (1856-1915)
    Author-historian of the turn of his great-uncle, the great 20th century singer-songwriter Marcel LeGay.

    clovis (8K)CLOVIS LE MUSICOPATHE: Making comic music becomes an obsession for Clovis at age 11. He goes on to study at the School of Fine Arts in Le Mans. Upon arriving in Paris, he joins the jam sessions at the Slow Club, where he meets Claude Luter, who becomes his clarinet teacher. Then plays the round of jazz rooms (La Huchette, Le Petit Journal ...) and tours the country with Haricots Rouges and Europe 1. Moustache engages him at Cintra, Bilboquet and Meridien. His excessive musicopathy pushes him to invent new instruments that he plays at the Avignon Festival, Bobino, the Auditorium St-Germain-des-Près and many more. He composes for television and performs on a host of programs. Radio France commissions theme music for a ten-part series on bats. His latest new musical-burlesque show Musicopathy, acute crisis or serious illness? comes in a children's version for ages 7 to 77 or so.

    MYLÈNE LAUNAY — la comédienne-chanteuse, animatrice du bal Mouffetard.
    Singer-actress, emcee of the weekly bal Mouffetard with Christian Bassoul, Mylène has played a key role in organizing the 2017 Paris conference and rallying the French delegation for Chicago 2018. Read more at the link.

    Pascale Olivier PASCALE OLIVIER — c'est une artiste qui oscille entre la tradition de la chanson française, le blues, le jazz et les musiques latines…son répertoire marie les diverses couleurs musicales : chanter des émotions que nous expérimentons tous à notre façon.
    Singer-songwriter, an artist who moves easily between traditional French song, blues, jazz, and latin rhythms; her repertoire marries diverse musical colors, singing the emotion we all experience in our own way.

    JeanClaudeOrfali_120 (9K)JEAN-CLAUDE ORFALI will serve the CPCx conference as a principal pianist in master classes and concerts. He has participated in many international events and piano concerts around the world. Pianist, composer, conductor, Jean-Claude comes from a family of musicians. For many years he has played regularly in Paris at venues such as Le George V, le Plaza-Athénée et le Bristol. He appears frequently at the oldest Parisian artistic cabaret Lapin Agile. He accompanied Claudia Hommel's master class for 20 musical theatre students at the École Professionnel de Comédie Musicale in 2016 and joined Elizabeth Doyle as principal pianist for the first Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion in 2017 in Paris. He performs as a solo pianist, as part of small jazz groups and also leads Parisian Big Band "BB15". He has composed and performed for film as well.

    Patrick Pernet (37K)PATRICK PERNET, pianist (Paris)

    Conference volunteers

    Barb6333 (108K)Barb Smith—has appeared in shows at Davenport's, Underground Wonder Bar, and Rosa's Lounge. She is preparing for an upcoming show at Chief O'Neill's on September 24th and another show at the Cliff Dwellers on October 13th. Her powerful alto voice is well suited to jazz, blues, and folk music as well as cabaret.

    CappyCappy Kidd

    Tulsa2 Claudia Hommel

    Elizabeth-northshore (92K) Elizabeth Doyle

    GretaGreta Pope

    KatHeadKat Victoria

    lydia Lydia Stux—Lydia's background is primarily in musical theater, although she also enjoys singing folk music, novelty Tin Pan Alley songs and American standards. Her favorite roles include Grandma Tzeitl in Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Twimble/Wally Womper in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Dot, a Goose, in Honk!, Yertle the Turtle in Seussical and most recently Mrs. Schneider in Cabaret. Her adopted twin sons provide fodder for her blog, Raising Romulus and Remus.

    RebeccaToon1 (70K)Rebecca Toon—has been teaching adults and kids at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 2004. She has a bachelor's and a master's in music from the University of Illinois, and is currently completing a Masters in communication sciences and disorders (speech language pathology) at Northwestern University with a primary interest in voice therapy. Her background as a vocalist is extremely varied, including musical theater, opera and classical solo work, choral work, and popular music. She has also worked as a vocal coach and director for musical and theatrical productions around Chicago. As a voice teacher, Rebecca believes in creating a solid foundation of technique and a firm understanding of how the voice works which can be applied to a variety of musical styles. As a guitarist, her interests and experience runs to old time, folk, country, and rock.

    Performers who have participated in our Chicago fundraising concerts are Ava Logan, Cynthia Clarey, Jo Rainey, Johnny Rodgers, Lynne Jordan, Paul Coscino, and Ty Cooper.

    CPCXAug13Group (81K)

    (Here, Barb Smith, Carol Weston, Elizabeth Doyle, Cappy Kidd, Ava Logan, Claudia Hommel, Johnny Rodgers, Jo Rainey after our August 13, 2017 concert)

    printemps du cabaret (125K)
    Members of the French delegation came together for the "First Springtime of Cabaret" in Paris, 2018.

    Profiles of our 2017 cohorts in France are here.

    Profiles of our 2017 US delegation are here.

Correspondant en FRANCE
Yves Bertrand : 06 30 25 22 49
Correspondent in CHICAGO
Claudia Hommel : 1-773-509-9360

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