Hyde School to Host 7th Annual Singer-Songwriter Workshop

For the seventh consecutive year, Hyde School in Bath, Maine, will host a four-day music workshop to be held on February 22 through February 26. The Singer-Songwriter Workshop, designed for aspiring musicians interested in perfecting their musical craft in writing, producing, or singing, will be led by music greats Michael McDonald and Don Cook.

Students from both Hyde School boarding campuses in Woodstock, Connecticut and Bath, Maine, will attend the workshop.

Matt Newberg, director of music at Hyde School, said all student participants need to be in strong academic standing, have a passion for music with relevant experience and course work, as well as instrument proficiency.

Students will receive hands-on training from McDonald, Cook, and Tina Lear. Lear has been honored by The Dramatists Guild and by the York Theatre as one of this year’s New, Emerging,Outstanding musical theatre writers for their NEO6 Concert. She has recorded three CDs that received airplay on more than 100 commercial, public and college stations. Lear has also written four musicals with her collaborator, Elise Forier–two of which were produced several times in Seattle, Minneapolis, and York, PA, and another, Cathy’s Creek, was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2005.

Cook is one of Nashville’s premier songwriters and producers. A former chief creative director for Sony Music Publishing Nashville, he has more than 30 years of experience in the music industry. His work includes that of Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, and The Mavericks.

McDonald, a five-time Grammy Award winner, is a songwriter, vocalist, musician, and producer, whose solo career and involvement with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan has earned him national acclaim in the music industry.

Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to showcase the music they produce over the four-day period at the Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery in Brunswick AT 7p.m. on February 26. Later in the year, some Hyde School students will travel to Nashville to write and record professionally their own music.

Newberg spearheaded the program in 2003, a result of connecting accomplished musicians with students pursuing music careers.

Newberg says, “We have a gifted group of parents who want to share their musical experience and understanding of music with young musicians. “I couldn’t think of a better way to connect the two than to provide a place where musicians could learn from one another.”

For more information about this event and other Hyde School events, contact Laura Lokitis at 207-443-7111;llokitis@hyde.edu.