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Las Vegas Studio Experience
July 14 - July 19
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We’re excited to announce THROGA’s return trip to the Studio at the Palms, an 8,000-square-foot multi-million dollar recording studio where artists like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons and Celine Dion go to record. This four-day, five-night, singing retreat is a one-of-a-kind experience, designed to help young Singers (ages 13-20) discover new depths of their voice in a positive and supportive environment.
Throughout the retreat, Singers will have the opportunity to work directly with our 2018 Retreat Mentors (listed below) as they record a fully produced acoustic song and prepare to perform for industry professionals. Singers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and genres of music (such as pop, country, rock, Broadway, opera and r&b) are welcome to participate and challenge themselves in this unique singing experience.
The Studio at the Palms is in a secluded space, away from the casino floor and off the strip, making it a safe and family friendly atmosphere. Singers can have up to two Guests (non-participants) at a time in the studio to share the adventure with and get a ‘front row seat’ to each Singer’s transformation and achievements.
Classes and Activities
Although the focus is to record and perform a song (cover or original) with award-winning music and vocal-producers, there are several classes and activities to participate in throughout the retreat. All of which, will teach how to apply THROGA’s techniques to enhance Singer’s immediate vocal performance and long-term development.
To help Singers 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 to make sure it will work well in an acoustic setting. For the group songs, each Singer will be able to chose from two styles of performance; a Broadway number (focused on stage acting and performance while singing) or a contemporary song (designed to highlight individual vocal styles and harmonies).
On the final day of activities (July 18th), Singers will perform their solos and group songs in a private showcase, where singers will receive direct feedback and guidance for industry professionals. An after party will take place immediately after the showcase to celebrate your experience with new friends.
- THROGA Technique (7 Dimensions of Singing)
- Vocal Health (maintenance and recovery)
- Know Your Instrument (vocal anatomy)
- Performance Anxieties (overcome stage fright)
- Vocal Production (recording, editing and mixing)
- Singing On Stage (audience connection)
- Stage Movement (choreography and timing)
- How To Blend In (imitation and harmony)
- Artist Development (self-expression)
- Career Advice (business insights for artists/actors)
- Group Warm-ups (daily)
- Record a Solo (w/ piano)
- Solo Song Rehearsals (daily)
- Group Songs Rehearsal (daily)
- Vocal and Performance Coaching
- Increase Vocal Range (exercise training)
- Improve Breath Control (exercise training)
- Instrument Journaling (daily)
- Showcase (Solo and Group songs)
- Afterparty Celebration
During your stay, there will be plenty of downtime in the evenings and in between retreat activities to explore the Palms Casino Resort, take in the sights and enjoy Las Vegas. The Palms itself is a newly renovated (2017-18) boutique property, covering nearly 30 acres, just one mile from the Las Vegas Strip. The resort features three soaring towers, extravagant pools, a cutting-edge concert theater, fitness and cardio center, a 14-theater Cineplex, luxurious spa and salon, and over 20 restaurants to choose from. For those who are old enough, the Palms also boasts a 95,000 sq ft casino floor featuring the latest slot machines and classic table games with several bar scenes.
In the evenings, you can take the free shuttle to the underground Forum Shops at Cesar’s Palace and explore the strip. In previous retreats, some families chose to stay in Las Vegas for longer periods of time to explore other themed Resorts and see the Red Rock Canyon, the Hoover Dam and other sites. When we get closer to the event dates, we will organize some (optional) group “night-outs” for all of the singers and guests who wish to participate.
Accommodations are NOT INCLUDED in the retreat cost. To take advantage of the retreat’s “group rate”, you can add a Superior Guestroom, located inside the Palms Casino Resort’s Fantasy Tower, for an additional cost (next page). The Superior Guestrooms are in the same tower as the Studio and comes with several features, including a 30” LCD TV, Serta Platinum King or 2-Queen beds, a private jetted bath and free in-room WiFi. You will also receive free parking, and access to the pools and fitness center. Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges.
You are welcome to stay anywhere you like while in Las Vegas. Please feel free to explore third party sites (such as Expedia) for a more competitive price or stay at another nearby hotel or resort altogether. However, we recommend staying at one of the three conveniently located towers at the Palms: Fantasy Tower (same tower as studio), Ivory Tower (2 minute walk through casino floor) or Palms Place Tower (10 minute walk from the other side of the resort).
The Palms resort address is 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV, 89103. Hotel check-in is 3:00PM on July 14th and check-out is 10:00AM July 19th. Visit palms.com to learn more about the accommodations, rules and regulations.
The Retreat Mentors (instructors) all have unique backgrounds and various areas of expertise. They are Richard Fink IV (Retreat Director, THROGA Instructor and Vocal Coach), Johnny Cummings (Accompanist and Vocal Producer), Sarah Thiele (Accompanist and Artist Development Coach), Bobby Ferrari (Recording Engineer and Music Producer), Ami Kawailani Gent (THROGA Certified Teacher and Performance Coach) and Nanci Dorau (Choreographer). Click on the following tabs to learn more about each one:
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.
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.
Robert “Bobby” Ferrari is currently the Studio Manager for the Commercial Recording Facility known as Vegas View recording. Mr. Ferrari oversees the day to day operations, Client Relations, Sales, and Produces and/or Engineers all high profile Artist and Production Clientele. He also designed and installed the recording facility, as well as many of the audio classroom spaces.
Clients include Multi-Platinum Artists and Producers such as Ben Carey (Lifehouse), Damon Ranger (Dee Snyder, Kanye West), Richard Dashut (Fleetwood Mac), Parade of Lights (Universal Records), David Botrill (Rush, Tool), Grammy Winner Bob Kulick and many more.
Previously he has designed, installed and or operated studios for The Killers, was nominated for the prestigious TEC award in 2009, Best Studio Design for Odds On Recording ( Nw The Hideout), and was featured on the cover of MIX Magazine the recording industry’s premier audio publication. He is also a current member of The Grammys LA Chapter Advocacy Board for the State of Nevada.
He recently met with Congressman Joe Heck to discuss various items regarding Copyright and Royalty Reform. Mr. Ferrari has over 30 years’ experience in the entertainment field and has also toured as a featured bassist with Spencer Davis, Chuck Negron, and Iron butterfly, as well as having appeared nightly on the nationally aired FOX TV’s “The Ron Reagan Show”.
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.
Ami Kawailani Gent began her journey in and joy for performing at age 3! Her love for the arts and her culture has presented a wide range of experience from Hawaiian arts such as hula and music, to attending and graduating from performing arts high schools, classical vocal training ( 8 years ), placing 3rd in NATS Arizona vocal competition (at age 17), working for and performing at numerous professional and community theatres in Arizona and Utah, and teaching and choreographing in many theatres and studios. Currently, Ami is the founder and owner of Wish Entertainment which focuses on both education and performance.
A few of her favorite roles and positions have included- ‘ Luisa’ in The Fantasticks, ‘Puck’ in A Midsummers Night Dream, ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard of OZ, Director and Creator of Our Expressions, Choreographer for Hello Dolly, ‘Narrator’ in Joesph and The Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat, Runner-up for Hawaiian Idol on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Hostess/Emcee for Tihatit Productions (2 years), and Kumu/teacher and owner of the former Mrs. Ami’s Dance Studio ( Ballet, creative movement, jazz, and tap, 5 years ) to the current Amikawailaniakealii Hula Studio (Hawaiian culture, hula and ‘oli).
Ami is very excited to bring the Throga training method to Utah! Recently certified as a Throga vocal instructor, she is thrilled to be joining Richard for his 4th retreat as a Performance Coach.
- Participation in all Classes and Activities
- A professionally recorded song (MP3)
- Direct access to, and help from, all Mentors
- Water throughout the retreat
- Individual videos from the Showcase
- Cake, snacks and beverages for the afterparty
- Free parking (if driving/renting a vehicle)
What’s NOT Included
- Flights and any related travel expenses to and from the Palms Resort
- Food (available for purchase on premises)
- Hotel room (unless you ADD it on the next page)
- Group “Night-Out” events (TBA)