Mackinac Island Musicians Workshop

Mackinac Island Musicians Workshop
Event on 2013-10-13 19:00:00

Mackinac Island Musicians Workshop
Musicians are invited to explore issues of music practice and performance, creativity, collaboration, entrepreneurship, career development, technology, wellness and the myriad aspects of living a musician’s life on historic Mackinac Island. This workshop will celebrate and actualize the creative power which runs through us all and give us the tools to create or recreate our approach to fully embracing and living a musician’s life.

With distinguished instructors, composers, producers and industry professionals, musicians will participate in workshops through a rigorous interactive curriculum of coaching, master classes which will focus on the process of musical creation from concept to concert.


7pm, Sunday, October 13, 2013
Music from the Rustbelt: Opening reception & concert feat. Stacia Petrie and Liz Larin, Mission Point Theatre. Tickets included with registration, additional tickets for your guests are per person and are available here and at the door.

October 14-15, 2013
9am-10am: What Is Your Story?
Every artist needs an EPK (electronic press kit) which acts as your professional music resume. But, it needs to reflect who you are, not just list your influences. In this seminar, musician and writer Mary McGuire will share the tools you need to ensure your EPK stands out. She will review your existing EPK, offer editing suggestions and give you time to work on it and share it for a final review. 

What you will accomplish during Monday’s session: how to write and or rewrite a short and extended biography, how to select the right images, quotes, press links, how and when to include gig, concert or show information and the relevant links to your professional work (audio, video, images or texts). 

What you will accomplish during Tuesday’s session: how to select the best companion sites for you; Reverb Nation, Band Page, Music Page, Sound Cloud, YouTube, etc. Then, how to select those that will be most useful to you and how use those sites to your best advantage. Lastly, you will learn how to integrate those sites with your website and Facebook Page.

About Mary McGuire
Mary McGuire has a multifaceted background across the Humanities. She holds an ALB in Humanities from Harvard University. Additionally, Mary completed college courses in Music Theory and Composition at Michigan State University, Native American Studies at Bay Mills and master’s courses at Harvard University. 

She has utilized her humanities background as a performing musician for over the past 30 years, as executive director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau as the primary PR and Marketing point person for the Island for the past ten years, as program director of Radio Mackinac for the past 5 years, which is celebrated as one of the top five online streaming radio station for folk-rock and Americana worldwide, in museum careers at the Harvard University Art Museums and as gallery director of the Golden Door Gallery of Far East, Asian and African Art and guitar instructor for the Bonnie Raitt School for Underprivileged Girls on Martha’s Vineyard.

10:30am-12pm: Finding Your Voice with Paul Ellinger
This seminar is for all musicians and especially for vocalists. Raise your singing game and learn how you and your bandmates can sing at a higher level by following the seven simple rules that comprise the method called Wavebox Singing. His Wavebox Singing techniques have gone viral and he has been hired by hundreds of vocalists in the last year alone, flying to over half of the states in the Union and half of the Provinces of Canada.  His “what to think” rather than “what to do” methods are a new approach to good singing techniques that will have you stretching your vocal range, singing with increased emotion and artistry, and creating better music.  

About Paul Ellinger
Paul Ellinger sings in the celebrated barbershop group Chordiology and also sang with elmoTHUMM, a high-energy, a cappella rock group for over 10 years. His roots have always been firmly placed in barbershop and is a highly sought-after coach, speaker, and emcee.  He is the creator of Wavebox Singing and Supercharging Your Chapter! Outreach for Barbershop Quartets and has been teaching workshops across the United States and Canada with incredible success. 

Lunch on your own

1:30pm-2:30pm: 1:30pm-2:30pm: Your Online Reputation and Brand with Harmonie Ponder
As a businessperson, your reputation is everything. How others perceive you is as important for business as your product or service. If perspective clients shy away from you before they even try your product or service, then any amount of promoting will do no good. Harmonie will assist attendees with what is needed to create a compelling website, review your current website and identify which areas need optimization to make the site user and search engine friendly. At the end of the two-day seminar, you will learn the difference between simply building a website and harnessing the power of the Internet to help your business succeed.

About Harmonie Ponder
Harmonie Ponder owns Ponder Consulting, Ponder Consulting has an established track record in helping companies succeed with their Internet marketing, web design, web hosting and search engine marketing. She has over 15 years of successful experience in results-oriented marketing and over a decade of online marketing and is an expert at optimizing websites so they appear high on search engine rankings. Ponder Consulting was one of the first companies in Michigan to become adept at WordPress, a popular and powerful tool for building search-engine-optimized websites.

3:00pm-4pm: The Business of Music with Liz Larin
This seminar will teach everyone about the ever evolving business of music. How have things changed? How do you promote yourself in the new landscape of the Music Business? Liz Larin will teach you how to get the word out and where and how to hit the ground running while touring or performing locally. Liz has been there and done that, today she has opted for the indie label route, which provides maximum flexibility in a changing world, more creative control and more direct contact with a growing fan base. As an experienced musician performer, videographer, producer and publicist, Liz has something to teach all of us.

About Liz Larin
Liz Larin is a traveler – and a performance artist, singer, guitarist and composer/songwriter. She recently launched her own record label Bona Dea Music artists and the fans who love them. This former Atlantic Records recording artist has performed with the postmodern classical collective New Music Detroit as a composer and a video essayist. She was recently named #15 in AOR Magazine UK's February 2013 issue featured their pick of the 50 Greatest Women In Rock. 

4:30pm-6pm: The Art of the Song with Michelle Chenard

This seminar offers songwriters at any level the tools to turn their desire into something real: a compelling, emotional and melodic song. Award winning singer/songwriter Michelle Chenard will introduce her songwriting course that stimulates the natural creativity within. She will share everything from melody to lyric structure. In this workshop, attendees will learn to develop melodies that express the unique spirit of your lyrics-choose notes, rhythm, and section structures to effectively express lyric meaning and write memorable choruses, bridges and verses that work together as a complete song.

About Michelle Chenard:

Michelle Chenard is a veteran singer/songwriter who has been continually voted a favorite in Northern Michigan as Best Solo Performer, Best of the Best and more in Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s largest newsweekly. She recently released her first music video, Blade with critical acclaim. She performs hundreds of shows across the state each year and in 2012 scored a Michigan Emmy® Awards for musical score on the TV documentary Sacrifice and Honor: A Tribute to our Northern Michigan Veterans. In addition to her tireless schedule, Michelle has been writing, recording and performing with her new band, Blood Sisters.

Dinner on your own

8pm-9pm, Monday, October 14
Artist Date in Mackinac Island State Park
It is important to feed your creative work by replenishing your inner well of images and inspiration. Bring good shoes, layered clothing and get ready for a date with Mackinac Island’s Boreal Forest at night to recharge your creativity. Meets in the lobby of Mission Point Resort.

7pm, Tuesday, October 15
Farewell Dinner

All attendees and presenters celebrate the workshop with a lovely closing dinner at Mission Point Resort. This social event will give all attendees time to ask a few more questions and enjoy the camaraderie of one other. Dinner and soft drinks included with registration (alcoholic beverages additional).

Room Packages from Mission Point Resort  


Don't let the season pass you by- book your last minute Mackinac Island trip with rates starting at 9 per night! 

 Package Includes:
•    Accommodations
•    Breakfast Daily at Chianti
•    Half-Day Bike Rentals at Mission Point
•    Luggage Transfer Fees 

Book Now! 

Available Sunday-Thursday nights from October 9- October 24, 2013.  Rates starting at 9 per night, based on room type selected and number of guests staying. 

 A Michigan Love Affair
Fall is the best time of year for a romantic and relaxing retreat on Mackinac Island.  This package will allow you to experience Mission Point Resort and Mackinac Island with that special someone, starting at only 5 per night! 

Package Includes:

  • Accomodations
  • Daily Breakfast in Chianti
  • Half-Day Bike Rental at Mission Point
  • Luggage Transfer Fees
  • Bottle of Michigan Wine upon Arrival 

Book Now! 

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