SUMMER 2019 INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED BY JANUARY 15, 2019!
Songwriter, musician and Mason alum Thomas Routon returns with accomplished vocal performer and instructor Emi Eiting for another summer of inspiring songwriting. Develop creative songwriting techniques and skills to add to your musical toolbox. Begin writing your own songs or learn to arrange and refine your existing works, plus receive valuable performance tips and vocal training/ coaching. Students will present a coffeehouse-style performance of group and solo pieces at the end of the week!
Songwriting/ Musicianship Instructor: Thomas Routon Read about Mr. Routon
Thom Routon is a professional musician, songwriter, and audio engineer based in Northern Virginia. Graduating with honors from George Mason University, Thom received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, with Double Minors in Business and Ethnomusicology. He has been involved in music from a very young age, with over ten years of classical training in violin, as well as several years of proficiency in mandolin and acoustic guitar. Thom began writing original songs in college, which would become a significant facet of his professional career. Under the name Brother Kestrel, Thom released his debut EP “In the Earth” in February 2016 utilizing his skills to write, record, and produce his first published release of original music. Since then, he has continued to work on new songs and perform live shows throughout the Northern Virginia area. Thom has gained additional teaching experience with the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra through coaching summer chamber music ensembles. He enjoys collaborating with young artists and finding new ways to learn about music!
Vocal/ Presentation Instructor: Emi Eiting Read about Ms. Eiting
For the last 7 years Emi Eiting has been a high school choral director in Fairfax County, Virginia. She led 4 choirs, taught Music History and directed the school musical each year. Before her career in education, she had many years of fun in the theatre. She worked consistently as an actor, music director, pianist, and stage manager at a number of regional theatres around the country, spent some time singing on a cruise ship, and toured the country with a familiar children’s show before moving to Boston. In Boston she found a theatrical home with Speakeasy Stage Company with whom she worked on a number of shows including Songs for a New World, The Wild Party (LaChiusa), and Saturday Night. Emi has performed her solo cabaret show- ‘Standing in the Middle of the Road’ with Speakeasy Stage (Boston) and at Danny’s Skylight Room (New York). She has worked in New York with composers Jason Robert Brown, Lance Horne, Brian Lowdermilk and Scott Evan Davis. In November 2016 Emi performed as a solo artist at the Kennedy Center on a concert featuring the music of Scott Evan Davis. She left public education in 2016 to be a stay at home mother, but remains active as a freelance pianist, adjudicator, conductor, vocal coach and director. Emi holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from George Mason University. She has additional training in Musical Theatre from Interlochen Arts Program in Traverse City, MI.
All students will receive a Singer Songwriter Workshop Welcome Letter 2018 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.