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"WVS has been my gateway to musical theatre in New York City. I began taking the vocal performance workshop with Mr. Wickham, and quickly realized that this was a group I wanted to be more heavily involved with. I have taken many performance classes in the past, but none quite like this. Two aspects of the class stand out to me specifically; the support, encouragement, and constructive advice I received from my classmates, and the fact that he would not settle for anything less than your personal best. In other classes, I found myself getting away with doing just enough to get the results I knew the teacher wanted to see. But that wasn’t going to fly in this class. In the vocal performance workshop, we were pushed past whatever limit we thought we had; resulting in every person growing leaps and bounds in the short months we had together.
From there I began taking private vocal lessons with Mr. Wickham, and saw the latter theme continue – he simply will not accept less than your best. While this can be a scary concept for some, it is exactly what I need. You simply cannot have growth without being pushed to see what you are capable of. However, I never feel uncomfortable with this method because along the way, Mr. Wickham takes the time to explain why we do each exercise. This is also something I had not experienced with previous teachers. We rarely think about the actually mechanics of the body that are involved with singing. But having this base knowledge is important to then put into practice what he preaches. It is through this method that my voice has developed in ways I never thought possible."