New World School of the Arts Masterclass

Sun May 26, 2024
3:30 pm EDT
New York Room
High School

General Information

Crafting Your Artistic Identity and Mastering the Art of Self-Presentation while Auditioning for an Undergraduate Program or Young Artist Program
Are you a high school student aspiring to pursue a career in voice? Are you preparing for auditions for undergraduate programs or young artist programs? Crafting a strong and compelling artistic identity is crucial to making a lasting impression on admissions panels and casting directors alike.   In this masterclass, join us for an immersive journey into the art of self-presentation. Led by industry professional and professor, Dr. Megan Barrera, this workshop is designed to equip you with the skills and techniques necessary to present yourself confidently and authentically.   Throughout the masterclass, you will:   Discover Your Unique Artistic Voice: Explore what sets you apart as an artist and learn how to harness your individuality to create a memorable impression.   Perfect Your Audition Materials: Receive personalized guidance on selecting and preparing audition materials that showcase your talents and potential to their fullest.   Hone Your Performance Skills: Learn techniques to enhance your stage presence, expression, and communication, allowing you to captivate audiences and adjudicators alike.   Navigate the Audition Process: Gain invaluable insights into the audition process, including tips for managing nerves, making strong first impressions, and handling feedback with grace and professionalism.   Develop a Professional Image: Learn how to present yourself professionally both in-person and online, from choosing appropriate audition attire to optimizing your digital presence.   Receive Individualized Feedback: Participate in a mock audition with a pianist and receive constructive feedback, tailored to help you refine your presentation and elevate your performance.   By the end of this masterclass, you will emerge with newfound confidence in your ability to present yourself as a polished and compelling artist, ready to make your mark in the competitive world of performing arts.   Whether you're preparing for undergraduate auditions or seeking entry into a prestigious young artist program, this workshop will provide you with the tools and insights you need to stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression on those who hold the keys to your future success.   Join me and take the first step towards realizing your dreams as a professional artist!


Megan Barrera

Internationally recognized soprano Megan Barrera, a Cuban-Puerto Rican native of Miami, Florida, has emerged as a prominent figure in opera and concert repertoire. Her remarkable talent and dedication have secured victories in prestigious international vocal competitions, including the Gabriela Be?a?ková, Certamen Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla, Vissi D’arte, Saint Petersburg Opera Guild, and the Rochester International Vocal Competition.

Dr. Barrera's global career includes a notable debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain, performing in David McVicar's production of Verdi's "La traviata." She also made her mark at Divadlo J.K. Tyla Plzni in the Czech Republic as Micaëla in Bizet's "Carmen." Her artistry extends to recitals in Spain and a Music of the Americas tour, enchanting audiences in London, Lisbon, Panama, and various Brazilian cities with pianist Dr. João Paulo Casarotti.

Beyond her vocal prowess, Dr. Barrera is celebrated for revitalizing operatic productions with a fresh and contemporary perspective. Her academic journey includes a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and a Master of Music (MM) from Louisiana State University, as well as a Bachelor of Music (BM) from the University of Miami, where she earned a full scholarship. Currently, as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at New World School of the Arts College in Miami, Florida, Dr. Barrera imparts her knowledge and passion, inspiring the next generation of vocal talents.