Looking for a great night out on the town then Pittsburgh is the best place to be. From a wide range of performance arts available in the area, you are sure to be pleased with the outcome of all of the shows and options that are available to you. Regardless what your favorite type of performance art is you are sure to be excited and thoroughly entertained watching shows at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pavillion, Chevy Amphitheater, or any other venue that Pittsburgh has to offer.Pittsburgh offers a plethora of theatrical performances. Ranging from the professional shows to the amateur and local theater there is always a great theatrical production that is sure to win your heart. From newer pieces to the classics, there is something that all theater lovers alike will enjoy.Musical theater productions also abound in Pittsburgh. Once again, a great mix of original and classical shows are combined together between professional and amateur shows. There is enough dancing, singing and acting to inspire even the most quiet and calm person. Look for your favorite show and enjoy the evening listening to the happy sounds of singing and dancing.If your perfect idea of a night out on the town involves listening to live music then you are also in luck. With a great range of music from the Orchestra to the Opera and even the live vocal performances there is sure to be a genre that interests and inspire you. Great performances are one of the biggest hearts in Pittsburgh and music is certainly not lacking as you anticipate listening to the next incredible piece.Another popular option is the dancing performances. Ranging from modern, impressionable, and even ballet there are plenty of dance shows that are sure to leave you breathless. From the classics such as the Nutcracker, to some original and contemporary performances there are always shows that are in progress that are sure to catch your attention and leave you stunned from the beauty and the talent on the stage.Pittsburgh has a great rich ability to entertain and delight people. From keeping the tourists to the long time residents entertained there are always plenty of great performance art shows to choose from and in typical Pittsburgh fashion the residents aim to please in everything they do. Enjoy an evening out in the Pittsburgh performance arts and lose yourself to the sights, sounds, and entertainment.
Attention “American Idol” wannabes: It’s time to come out of the shower and into the spotlight. Though musical talent alone won’t guarantee successful singing careers, the proper education from performing arts schools provide the opportunity to make your unique voice heard.Warming Up For many performing artists, choosing singing degrees over more traditional pursuits is the only way to be true to themselves and their calling. That was certainly the case for Sunita Puleo, 29, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance from American University (Washington, D.C.).”[Vocal performance] was more of a challenge to my whole being than my government major, which I dropped,” explains the New York City native. “Singing involves my brain, but also my heart, body, and soul. It’s very physical and emotional work to interpret a song well.”And, performing arts schools offer plenty of hands-on experience, which is critical to gain the practice necessary for perfection. “There were lots of opportunities to be in musicals, concerts, and recitals,” says Puleo of her degree program. “Tons of coaching was readily available.”Singing Her Own SongWith a degree under her belt, Puleo continues to sing, teach voice lessons, and direct children’s musicals, and she recently released a CD of original songs. Though she’s always been a singer, singing schools propelled her to a professional level.”My classical and jazz vocal training enabled me to sing folk and pop music with better tone and in a healthy way that preserved my voice,” she explains. “I can often use a wider range of notes and styles because of my training.”Making Beautiful MusicFor those pursuing singing degrees, Puleo recommends researching the technique taught at the singing schools that interest you. “Make sure it will not end up hurting or straining your voice,” she cautions.Once accepted into performing arts schools, Puleo advises taking as much real-world coursework as possible. “Double-major if you can, or get a master’s degree in something complementary, like music production or marketing,” she counsels. “You can come out with an awesome voice, but if you don’t know how to market your talent or team with others who do, no one will hear it.”To launch successful singing careers, Puleo underscores the importance of well-rounded musicianship. “I’ve met many instrumentalists who refuse to work with singers because we’re known for not knowing or caring about things like keys, time signatures, improvisation, and style,” she says. “Love music, not just singing.”Spoken like a true American idol.