JP Dunphy’s “Get Away” to Austin

By Gary Powell

In the fall of 2008 I was holding a workshop; “Pop Vocal Performance Techniques for the Theatrical Singer” at DeSales University in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. This was my second trip to DeSales invited by theatrical director, educator and longtime friend Dennis Razze who directed me in the role of Jesus in JC Superstar in 1980. We’ve been best buds ever since.

The Broadway show as a genre has adopted many new vocal styles over the decades broadening the palette of sounds demanded of “Broadway” singers. Hence the workshop. My work in the recording studio since 1978 forced me to become fluent in every vocal style from barbershop quartets to hip-hop. These skills are what brought me to DeSales to present this vocal workshop.

Austin Singer Leslie Powell – “Rain Check”

Leslie Powell - Rain Check Album Cover
Austin Producer Gary Powell has been searching Texas for outstanding performers across many genres of music since 1978 to cast singers in his productions. Meet Leslie Powell – no kinship to Gary and talented without the need of nepotism. Gary produced Leslie Powell on her first iTunes release, “Rain Check” written by both Gary Powell and Helen Darling. Leslie graduated from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas in 2010 and is studying theatrical arts at the University of Texas. Please support Leslie in hopes that we will hear more music from her in years to come.

Leslie Powell - Rain Check Album Cover
Austin Producer Gary Powell has been searching Texas for outstanding performers across many genres of music since 1978 to cast singers in his productions. Meet Leslie Powell – no kinship to Gary and talented without the need of nepotism. Gary produced Leslie Powell on her first iTunes release, “Rain Check” written by both Gary Powell and Helen Darling. Leslie graduated from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas in 2010 and is studying theatrical arts at the University of Texas. Please support Leslie in hopes that we will hear more music from her in years to come.

Your Big Break

by Gary Powell

When we take action, initiate; we put into motion all kinds of good things that can happen. Maybe it’s kind of like the “break” on a pool table. You don’t have to be an expert for balls to fall in the pocket. Just don’t quit shooting, even if temporarily blocked from entering the pool hall. Choose to not take the shot at all and the less talented than you will get the break. So, simple. Take the shot.

Jeff Hellmer “Christmas Jazz” Released on Miramuse

by Gary Powell

Jeff Hellmer Christmas JazzJazz pianist and long-time friend Jeff Hellmer came to the studio in 2008 with the purpose of creating a solo piano recording of seldom-heard Christmas songs. Jeff was graciously helping me build a catalog of holiday music for Miramuse, which at the time was a business-to-business solution for helping companies learn how to best utilize music to enhance their brand or deepen their relationships with customers and even employees.

I had researched ancient hymns and carols in the mid-1980’s for Ensemble 109 at the University of Texas and had written several vocal arrangements for several of these beautiful pieces of music; most of them lost to antiquity. Jeff freely improvised from these original hymn arrangements delivering a freshly re-harmonized interpretation of these ancient carols. Jeff also added a classic in “Oh Christmas Tree” and and one of my own tunes which I wrote as he waited, “Enchanted Star.”

The gift Jeff Hellmer brings to us is a relationship to music that belies that relationship’s underlying complexity while deepening our own. Jeff’s musicianship invites us to engage his music in an atmosphere free of self-agrandizement. What’s that sound like? The sound is alive, safe and disarmingly intelligent! – Gary Powell

Now this recording is available for download from iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody for the rest of the world to hear. Thank you Jeff for making my Yamaha C7 sound better that I could ever do myself. Also, thank you to master piano technician, Brian Henselman, for keeping this piano in top shape.

“Jeff Hellmer, Christmas Jazz” – Now Available for Worldwide Download from These Stores:
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by Gary Powell

Jeff Hellmer Christmas JazzJazz pianist and long-time friend Jeff Hellmer came to the studio in 2008 with the purpose of creating a solo piano recording of seldom-heard Christmas songs. Jeff was graciously helping me build a catalog of holiday music for Miramuse, which at the time was a business-to-business solution for helping companies learn how to best utilize music to enhance their brand or deepen their relationships with customers and even employees.

I had researched ancient hymns and carols in the mid-1980’s for Ensemble 109 at the University of Texas and had written several vocal arrangements for several of these beautiful pieces of music; most of them lost to antiquity. Jeff freely improvised from these original hymn arrangements delivering a freshly re-harmonized interpretation of these ancient carols. Jeff also added a classic in “Oh Christmas Tree” and and one of my own tunes which I wrote as he waited, “Enchanted Star.”

The gift Jeff Hellmer brings to us is a relationship to music that belies that relationship’s underlying complexity while deepening our own. Jeff’s musicianship invites us to engage his music in an atmosphere free of self-agrandizement. What’s that sound like? The sound is alive, safe and disarmingly intelligent! – Gary Powell

Now this recording is available for download from iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody for the rest of the world to hear. Thank you Jeff for making my Yamaha C7 sound better that I could ever do myself. Also, thank you to master piano technician, Brian Henselman, for keeping this piano in top shape.

“Jeff Hellmer, Christmas Jazz” – Now Available for Worldwide Download from These Stores:
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The Gift of Conscious and Well-Informed Decision-Making

by Gary Powell

For the students from the University of Texas Butler School of Music (MUS 339M)

Professor Glenn Richter asked me to pose a question or two for your contemplation. Below you will find several from which to choose. I will look forward to plunging the depths with you next Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

by Gary Powell

For the students from the University of Texas Butler School of Music (MUS 339M)

Professor Glenn Richter asked me to pose a question or two for your contemplation. Below you will find several from which to choose. I will look forward to plunging the depths with you next Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

A Pre-Lecture Invitation / Freshman Music Class UGS 302

The University of Texas at Austin

by Gary Powell

Before we go forth into the world wielding our grand visions, there is some personal housekeeping to be done. Otherwise, our grandest vision will drip onto the world as tepid back-flow from someone else’s previously held ideas. But, you say “I know what I want and how I want to change the world.” Well, for a moment let’s look at you and try to understand how many institutions you have been associated and with some living below your awareness. Answer the questions below, then add up how many “yes” answers you accumulate. Read below to assess your score.

by Gary Powell

Before we go forth into the world wielding our grand visions, there is some personal housekeeping to be done. Otherwise, our grandest vision will drip onto the world as tepid back-flow from someone else’s previously held ideas. But, you say “I know what I want and how I want to change the world.” Well, for a moment let’s look at you and try to understand how many institutions you have been associated and with some living below your awareness. Answer the questions below, then add up how many “yes” answers you accumulate. Read below to assess your score.