Rules for Singers to Create a Great Book

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Nailing the audition is more than just showing off your amazing voice—it’s also about versatility. Auditions will often ask to see a range of styles, and even if you’re going for one of Dainty June’s farmboys in a revival of “Gypsy,” you’re going to want to keep a wide selection of songs, styles, and ranges in one place so that when you go in “Hamilton” you don’t have to worry about having the right music. Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne explains the rules of crafting a one-stop book for every singer.

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Andrew Byrne
Andrew Byrne is a voice teacher, performer, and composer-lyricist. His songs have been featured in movies, Seth Rudetsky’s “Obsessed!” series, and in many international concert venues. He has served on the University of Michigan musical theater faculty, and has taught internationally at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, The Banff Centre, and the Danish Academy of Musical Theatre.