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Discover Your Voice In Orlando
November 4, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Stay at an official Walt Disney World® Hotel, where your child will have an unforgettable educational experience learning how to improve their singing and performing skills with the song of their choice! Not only will these aspiring young singers develop their voices using THROGA techniques, their entire adventure will be captured on film by Push Love Productions and edited down to a short video package for you and your family to preserve the experience privately or share with the world online. This full-week THROGA Retreat in Orlando includes vocal training, performance rehearsals, filming in several locations, and two full days of Disney World Theme Park passes for you and your child to explore the magic!
Throughout the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to work directly with our Retreat Mentors (below) to learn how to express and develop the qualities that make them unique and stand out. This experience is open to young singers (ages 8-17) of all skill levels. Though everyone will participate in the same activities, classes are occasionally split into age groups designed to maintain an appropriate degree of challenge and expectation for optimum learning. One Parent/Guardian is included in the retreat cost and two more family members (Guests) are welcome for an additional fee, which helps to cover extra Disney passes, transportation to remote locations, and lunches on all four retreat activity days.
*This retreat only affects 4 days of school (Nov 6th-9th), due to Veteran’s Day weekend.
From the time you arrive to the day you return home, Disney Springs will only be steps away from your hotel! This sprawling promenade features charming Florida inspired waterfront towns, historic architecture and natural beauty with 181 establishments in retail, dining and entertainment. You will have plenty to do and things to see in between retreat activities and at the end of each day without having to drive anywhere. A few highlights include the DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Rainforest Cafe, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Disney Springs Marketplace, Harley-Davidson, House of Blues, AMC Movies 24, STARBUCKS, Star Wars Galactic Outpost, The Spice & Tea Exchange, The LEGO Store, T-REX Cafe, The Boathouse, Planet Hollywood and Cirque du Soleil La Nouba.
Wyndham Meeting Rooms
The first two “activity days” (November 5th and 6th) will take place in adjoining meeting rooms at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista’s Conference Center with lunch included. Here, we will start each morning with fun vocal warmups, while learning to apply THROGA techniques. In addition to singing, your child will learn the art of speaking clearly and thoughtfully in front of others and on camera, which offers valuable life skills in being able to communicate and self-express with purpose.
Classes throughout these two days will cover the art of auditioning (how to choose and perform the best songs for your voice), breathing basics (improving breath management for singing), vocal health (learning how to prepare and maintain a healthy voice), vocal range (safely increasing vocal range to expand one’s song portfolio) and much more. Although we encourage all of the Singers to choose a solo from Disney’s vast catalog of songs to maintain our retreat’s theme, we do allow them to submit any song they like for pre-approval. This way we can make sure they are age appropriate and will work well in an acoustic setting (piano or acoustic guitar). To help your child make the best song selection for their vocal strengths and personality, we offer a free online review service for each of the participants in advance.
On the final day of activities (November 9th), we will return to the Wyndham Meeting rooms for rehearsals and have an opportunity to perform live on stage for industry professionals (TBA), along with your family and guests! This performance will be featured in each of the Singer’s individual video packages and we will have a group celebration afterwards.
* In an effort to maintain a non-competitive atmosphere, Singers will not be permitted to perform the same songs for their solo. Song selections will be chosen in the order Singers are registered and decided upon prior to the retreat’s start date.
Disney World Theme Parks
It wouldn’t be a retreat without a couple of “magic days” at Disney World’s Theme Parks! Each Singer, Guardian and Guest will receive a full-day pass to the theme park of their choice (descriptions below) on both November 7th and 10th, rain or shine. If you already hold season passes to the parks or prefer to take advantage of other activities in the Orlando area on these dates, you will have the option of subtracting $150 per person (Singer, Guardian and Guest) from your total Registration Fee.
Magic Kingdom has six themed areas that focus on the classic Disney experience: Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Epcot has two sections: Future World and World Showcase, which features Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the United States, France, England and Canada. Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives the opportunity to travel back in time to Hollywood’s heyday of the 1930s and ’40s, featuring rides such as Toy Story Mania ride and Tower of Terror. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to 250 species of animals and has seven sections: Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Dinoland, Oasis, Camp Minnie-Mickey and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
* Disney day passes are NOT park-hoppers. Meaning you will only be able to enter one park per day. Visit Disney’s official site for Park related rules, fast passes, policies, hours and other details.
Starke Lake Studios
After a magical day off from training, all of the Singers and their Guests will enjoy a luxurious limo-ride to spend their third activity day at one of Orlando’s most famous recording studios, Starke Lake! Here, we will do our morning warm-ups as a group in Studio A, a 2,000 sq. foot live recording room with incredible acoustics. After which, each Singer will do their individual slating and introduction on camera for their video package. In Studio B, Singers will continue to rehearse their solos and work with the mentors for the following day’s showcase. Lunch will also be provided at the studio and is already included in the Registration Fee.
On a side note, if you’re child is an aspiring artist or actor/actress, the short reel (video footage highlights) created from the retreat will provide fantastic material to add to their marketing strategies. Either way, it acts as a wonderful recorded memory of the experience to share with others.
*None of the professionally recorded audio/video footage featuring your child’s voice or likeness will be shared or made available to the public without your express permission. This is YOUR child’s experience and we respect your privacy.
Royal Transportation Group: Travel as a VIP to and from our remote locations on November 8th in these beautiful Mercedes Benz Sprinter Limousines with ice and water in the bar! The Royal Transportation Group is known for their exceptional services within the Greater Orlando area. Please note that these vehicles are not equipped with boosters or infant seats should a family member (Guest) need one and will therefore need to arrange separate transportation.
Disney Shuttle Service: As a hotel guest at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, you can avoid the hassle of driving and parking, while saving time and money with complimentary transportation to and from the Disney Parks. Take in the sights from an air-conditioned bus, soar high in the sky aboard our world-famous Monorail, or embark on a relaxing boat ride. Transportation details are available upon check-in.
Flights/Travel: Flights/travel and all related costs of transportation to and from the Wyndham hotel for check-in and check-out are NOT INCLUDED in the Registration Fee and are to be arranged independently.
Discounts through THROGA for both the Tower and Garden Rooms are SOLD OUT. Please check Expedia or other third party service for the best rate available.
The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista is not only an Official Walt Disney World Hotel, it’s the closest hotel to the Disney Springs Resort area. In order to accommodate those who already have preferred Disney vacation spots or live in the area, the HOTEL IS NOT INCLUDED in the Retreat Registration fee. However, there are several advantages to staying at the Wyndham, including free transportation to all of the Disney Theme Parks, being on the same grounds as our first two days of training, and convenient access for pick-up to our remote locations. Furthermore, Wyndham has offered all of the THROGA Retreat participants an excellent room-rate discount (see options below) plus an $8/night resort fee, rather than the standard $29.95/night! And since the hotel fees won’t be charged until check-in, it makes it even easier to pace one’s budget.
Located in the 19 story tower of the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney hotel, these lake house-themed guest rooms feature two queen size beds with luxurious linens and pillow top mattresses, work desk and modern contemporary furnishings (renovated in 2015).
Located in Wyndham’s 5 story Sunrise and Sunset Wings with exterior access, these 300 sq. foot guest rooms offer a comfortable and more affordable option. They feature two double beds with comfortable bedding and classic furnishings.
Regardless of your room preference, all hotel guests can enjoy a 24/7 fitness center, Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground, lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, whirlpool and a few restaurants/cafes on the premises to choose from for breakfast or dinner (NOT included in Registration Fee). Additional room features include: 37″ HDTV, alarm clock with USB charger, Wi-Fi, coffee maker and mini-refrigerator. All rooms hold a maximum of 4 people.
*Wyndham Resort is located at 1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | Phone: 407.828.4444 | Check-in is 3:00PM on November 4th. Check-out is 10:00AM on November 11th.
Click on the names below to learn about each mentor.
Richard Fink IV is the creator of THROGA, #1 best-selling author in vocal education and labeled as the “world’s leading online vocal coach” by the Wall Street Journal. Richard has worked with clients in over 100 countries spanning all 7 continents. He has taught his techniques to multi-platinum selling artists, actors, political leaders, Broadway stars and singers featured on Disney, Nickelodeon, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Australia’s Got Talent, The X Factor, American Idol, MTV, CMT, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly, Yo Soy El Artista, Dancing with the Stars and many others.
As a vocalist, Richard is a 2x Guinness World Record breaker and award-winning singer for solo performances as Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). He released multiple albums as a songwriter and vocal-producer between 1991 and 2005, which led to co-writing and demoing songs for artists signed to Sony, Warner Bros., Universal and many others.
Other career highlights as a vocal coach include touring with Big Time Rush, judging the European Suncane Skale vocal competition in Montenegro and speaking at Talent Camp at Universal Studios in the United States and all three JMC Academy locations in Australia. Most recently, Richard became the first person in U.S. history to be awarded a full-utility patent on a vocal training technique as a method of use, with his 7 Dimensions of Singing and is expanding the THROGA certification program for coaches of all styles around the world.
Hailing from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico, Cesar grew up surrounded by his large, musical family. Performing from the young age of 8, Cesar came to Florida to study vocal performance, choir, drama, and dance.
Throughout his middle and high school years, Cesar received acknowledgments from teachers and peers alike as the winner of numerous awards and recognitions. Including, “Best Solo Performance,” “Best Duet Performance,” and “Best Actor in A Play/Musical,” during district and state Thespian competitions. After graduating high school, Cesar collaborated with some of the world’s leading entertainment companies, including Walt Disney World and Universal studios (Orlando and Japan).
Cesar has since performed in National competitions such as American Idol, The X-Factor, and was the runner-up for Telemundo’s first season of Yo Soy El Artista (“I Am The Artist”). He has also released a debut studio album, toured Europe, Japan, and America, and has been involved in songwriting projects for companies such as Telemundo and MTV.
A recent graduate of Full Sail (Entertainment Business Master’s), Cesar has created Push-Love, a production company, in Orlando, Florida.
Johnny Cummings is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer from Rochester, NY.
As a performer, Johnny has been on stage thousands of times throughout his career, including venues in New York City, Los Angels, Amalfi Coast, Nashville, Seattle and Herceg Novi, as well as opening for major label artists such as Kenny Chesney and Gin Blossoms. For the past 12 years, he’s been a member of one of Rochester’s top cover/wedding bands, “Something Else”, and previously served as lead singer for the critically acclaimed Psychedelic Pop group, “My Plastic Sun”.
Johnny has co-written and produced hundreds of songs spanning Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, and Progressive genres working with multi-platinum artists signed with Sony/ATV, Warner Bros., EMI, and RCA Records. His song, “Ostani (Tonight)” in 2008 and “Predate (Surrender)” in 2010, each won first prize at the international Suncane Skale competition, televised throughout Europe. In 2014, Johnny enjoyed radio success with his song “Couldn’t Love You More”, which was picked up by a Sirius XM station and became their most played song for over 4 months.
Most recently, Johnny has been collaborating with American Idol’s Chris Daughtry and band member Elvio Fernandes on songs for Daughtry’s upcoming album.
Hailing from New York, Nanci has owned five award-winning dance and arts studios, certified by Dance Masters of America. She was also the director of the University of Rochester’s dance company “PIZZAZZ” and the Educational Director of the “Downstairs Cabaret Theater”.
Throughout her career, Nanci has choreographed over 200 professional, university and community musicals. In addition to being a recipient of many awards, including “Choreographer of the Year” at Rhee Gold competitions in Toronto (Canada), Nanci’s students have also won national recognition, such as becoming “Garth Fagan Dance” company members, “Radio City Rockets” and Broadway performers.
Utilizing her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Disabilities, Nanci is currently working with VSA where she teaches the arts to children and adults with disabilities and incarcerated teens in the juvenile justice systems, along with her regular teaching schedule.
In order to maintain an intimate environment for learning and necessary one-on-one time, we are accepting a very limited number of Singers from ages 8 to 17. Early registration is highly recommended as reservations are on a first come, first served basis. After reviewing the payment details and filling out the Registration Form below, you will be immediately prompted to pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot via PayPal. The deposit will go towards your total balance, which will be due according to the Payment Schedule. BEFORE YOU REGISTER, please review the Retreat’s Terms of Agreement and Contact Us if you have any questions or special requests.
Early Registration Discount
One Singer + Guardian: $2450
2nd Singer (sibling): $1950
Additional Guest(s): $350
* Prices do NOT include flight/travel to Orlando, hotel or meals (except for lunches on Nov 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th). Hotel reservations are made AFTER registration by using a special discount code.
- Registration closes on OCTOBER 31st
- A non-refundable deposit of $350 per Singer is due upon registration
- Remaining balance can be paid in full or 3 Easy Payments (Check/PayPal/CreditCard): First 1/3 in 30 days, second 1/3 in 60 days and final 1/3 due in 90 days from registration.