Walltown Children’s Theatre starts Raising Voices Children’s Choir

Walltown Children’s Theatre is currently recruiting young singers — and wannabe singers — for a new community chorus! Raising Voices Choral Celebration is a free training and performing program for 8-16 year old boys and girls.


♫ helping young singers to work and aspire beyond their current abilities and expectations
♫ broadening musical skills and knowledge, and including those who have not previously participated in choral singing
♫ inspiring lifelong interest in choral singing

Where: WCT STUDIO THEATER, 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham 27705
When: Rehearsals begin Monday, February 15, 2016
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Cost: Free for all participants!

The Raising Voices Chorus performance dates are in early June

More information can be found HERE.

Singing/Perfomance Opportunities in the Triangle

The Community Chorus Project Saturday Glee Club Spring Registration

Since September 2011, Community Chorus Project in collaboration with the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has run a two-semester chorus program called Saturday Glee Club. Our chorus totals 40 young singers, ages 11 – 16, who meet each Saturday.

The program includes master classes given by university voice faculty and special guests, as well as small group and whole class vocal instruction. Our teachers select fun, challenging and relevant music encompassing musical theatre, pop and world music, while always ensuring that our students are taught healthy vocal technique.

Caroline Miceli, an experienced chorus teacher and private voice instructor, leads the Glee Club chorus. Dr. Louise Toppin, Chair of the Department of Music, and a voice professor, advises on all aspects of the program, helping to ensure healthy and effective vocal technique. See more information and register HERE. Vocal Assessments are February 6.


Teen Fest 2k16 Auditions

TeenFest 2K16 is Sat., May 7 @ Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Teen talent showcase age eligibility lowered to 12 to 18. Live Auditions held Sat., April 9; 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. @ John “Top” Green Community Ctr., 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Raleigh; or submit Video Auditions by April 1. Send link to Auditions@TeenFest.org. All acts must be original with an anti-drug or anti-violence theme. First, second, and third place receive a cash prize and the opportunity to perform at events throughout the Triangle. For more information or to enter, please click HERE.


“The Relative Pitch presents…” Saturday, October 17, 2015 (recap)


From Left to Right: Frances Mehlenbacher, McKenzie Morgan, The Relative Pitch founder Rissi Palmer, & Yael Madero

On Saturday, October 17, we celebrated our second “The Relative Pitch Presents…” at Sola Coffee Cafe’ in North Raleigh. This show was created to highlight some of the outstanding talent I have seen perform at the Relative Pitch Open Mic in the past who I felt were ready for a larger platform. Our featured performers were indie/alternative singer McKenzie Morgan, and singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Yael Madero and Frances Mehlenbacher.  We had a packed house and the ladies didn’t disappoint!

Yael started the evening off with some of her favorite re-worked covers. Though it was her first ever “gig”, she dazzled the crowd. Here is a clip of her performing her version of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac:

Next was McKenzie Morgan. Already a seasoned open mic performer, she took the bold step to perform her own set and did an awesome job. Here is a clip of her performance of The Rolling Stones “Wild Horses”:

Finally, our last performer of the evening was Frances Mehlenbacher. At 16, she’s a polished professional. She switched between her guitar and ukelele and gave the audience a great show. Here is a clip of her performing Elle King’s “Exs & Ohs”:

Talent runs in Frances’ family because her older sister came up and accompanied her on a The Civil Wars cover:

A BIG thank you to Sola for their space and hospitality as well as to all those who came to support the young artists!  I am in the process of planning our next show and have a fabulous line up.  Stay tuned!!!

“The Relative Pitch presents…” on Saturday, October 17…Who’s in the show?

On Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm is the second “The Relative Pitch Presents…” at Sola Coffee Cafe’ in North Raleigh. This time I am featuring alt/indie/pop singer McKenzie Morgan, and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Yael Madero and Frances Mehlenbacher. I am extremely excited about this line up and can’t wait to show you what these young ladies can do!!! Scroll down to read more about the talented performers being showcased:


McKenzie Morgan

From her funky style of dress to the mass of wild, beautiful dark curls that frame her face, 15 year old McKenzie Morgan is an artist in the making. Singing since the 3rd grade, McKenzie is now a student at Longleaf School of the Arts. In addition, she plays the ukuele and is learning the guitar. This summer, McKenzie performed at Cat’s Cradle as a part of the audition only University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Choral Recording Camp for the second year in a row.

Like everything she does, McKenzie’s sound is unique and authentically hers. Describing her singing style as “Indie/Soul/Rock”, McKenzie has been influenced by an eclectic mix of artists like Waxhatchee, Melanie Martinez, The Cure, and Nina Simone. Her plans for the future include pursuing a career in musical therapy.

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France Mehlenbacher

Frances Mehlenbacher is a 15-year-old sophomore from Cary, NC, who attends Raleigh Charter High School.  Frances has been harmonizing with her older sister since kindergarten and has participated in several community, school, and statewide honors choral ensembles as soprano, alto, and tenor. In addition to playing (and composing music with) piano and acoustic guitar, she’s passionate about learning new stringed instruments and dabbles in uke, mandolin, banjo, and bass. Frances has performed at several Triangle open mics both as a solo vocal guitarist and with her older sister, Eleanor, a music major at Duke, with whom she also performed at the 2015 Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Frances currently studies guitar and composition with Triangle-based recording artist Django Haskins.

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Yael Madero

It could be said that 16 year old Yael Madero was born to perform. Coming from a family that sings and plays, she says she has sung for as long as she can remember. She has sung in talent shows and online and is now ready for her “The Relative Pitch presents…” debut.

A self-described “alternative” singer-songwriter who plays both the guitar and the piano, Yael is musical quadruple threat who draws inspiration from artists like Amy Lee, Seahaven, and Wolf Alice. She looks forward to pursuing musical therapy as a career, in addition to continuing to perform.

The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic: August 29 (recap)

The turn out for the this open mic was AMAZING!!!  There were 13 unbelievably talented performers who absolutely took our breath. We had singers, musicians, groups, and songwriters…EVERYTHING!!!  I am always blown away by the bravery of these young people, especially the little ones. Check out the clips below of some of the budding artists who blessed the stage…

Janelle True is a singer-songwriter from here in the Triangle and mark my words…you’ll be hearing this name again!  Here she is performing an original song:

Next is a indie/folk/rock trio called Fantasy Dispute singing an original song. This group performs regularly around town and I was ecstatic to have them on our stage:

This performance left the whole audience a little teary eyed. Evan’s cover of “True Colors” gave me all the feels I could stand…absolutely adorable and wonderful:

Finally, one of our youngest performers, Sereena, gave us a beautiful rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King.

A HUGE thank you to all the performers, their parents, and Sola Coffee Cafe’ for hosting us. I hope you will join us for “The Relative Pitch presents…” featuring young artists Frances Melenbacher, Yael Madero, McKenzie Morgan on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm and The Relative Pitch Open Mic on Saturday November, 7 at 5pm, both at Sola Coffee Cafe’.

See You Soon!!!