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THROGA Retreat 360
April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - April 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am
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Tucked away in the Catskill Mountain regions of Pennsylvania and New York, this one-of-a-kind mansion in the Poconos is a perfect “getaway” to submerse yourself in a world of singing and discovery. THROGA and the 7 Dimensions of Singing, a scientific-based vocal technique, will be utilized throughout this 3-day (and 4-night) stay to help you reach your true potential as a vocalist. Why 360? Because this retreat is designed to help you fully connect to your instrument through increased awareness (mind), physical coordination (body) and self-expression (voice).
Retreat classes and activities take place on a small theater stage, in spacious living rooms and a modernized classroom with panoramic country views. The best part? You can bring one Guest (must be 21+) to share your room and enjoy the mansion for a small additional fee (for food and incidentals). Join us this April to explore and challenge your skills in a fun and positive environment, regardless of your skill level (student or teacher), genre of singing (pop, country, rock, opera, Broadway, r&b) or previous experience (absolute beginner or seasoned pro).
Classes and Activities
Singers can participate in as few, or as many, classes and activities as they like. Guests are invited to observe all retreat events, and even participate in the ones marked with a blue asterisk(*). Class titles and descriptions are subject to change.
- THROGA Technique (7 Dimensions of Singing) *
- Vocal Health (maintenance, recovery and nutrition) *
- Know Your Instrument (vocal anatomy) *
- Performance Anxieties (overcome stage fright)
- How To Blend In (harmony and imitation)
- How To Stand Out (artistry and expression)
- Singing In The Studio (vocal production)
- Singing On Stage (audience connection)
- How To Vocalize (create a routine that’s right for you)
- Evolution of Singing (exploring human history) *
- Group Warm-ups (daily)
- Vocal Meditation (daily) *
- Physical Conditioning (daily) *
- Vocal Coaching for Solo Songs
- Record an Acoustic Solo (w/ Piano or Guitar)
- Group Songs for Live Concert
- Instrument Journaling
- Multi-Cultural Song & Dance (daily) *
- Live Concert Online (solos and group songs)
Although there are several classes and activities to chose from, there will be plenty of downtime, even if you chose to do it all. This is where the word “retreat” really comes in to play! You and your guest can enjoy a pool table, a full-size shuffle board, a state-of-the-art air hockey table, a casino style slot machine or play cards and board games with new friends.
In the evenings, everyone can enjoy a movie or two in the ultimate home-theater experience, complete with a 17’ foot screen, 21 speakers with stunning clarity. This mini theater has 38 seats, cinema lighting, sloped flooring and a commercial grade popcorn maker. If that’s too much, simply settle in to your private room and watch tv (satellite and cable) to relax with a glass of wine.
If you’re more adventurous, you can explore the grounds or jump into the pool (weather pending), play some blacktop basketball, relax in the 1000 square foot covered pavilion or out on the balconies that overlook the mountains. At night, you can sit by the fire pit under the stars and come in from the brisk mountain air to soak in the 102 degrees 6 persons hot tub (sterilized and cleaned just before arrival).
The mansion has 11 bedrooms that vary in size, sleeping arrangements (private or shared room) and other options. However, all rooms come with a private 32″ LED TV and have access to a nearby bathroom (private or shared). Individual room rates and their options can be viewed on the next page. Food and beverages, including wine and beer (no hard liquor), are INCLUDED in the retreat fees and will be primarily available on a self-serve basis for both you and your guest. We will survey in advance to learn of any specific allergies, diet restrictions and preferred items before we freshly stock both kitchens.
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), Sam Polizzi (Audio Engineer and Producer), Troy Gent (Health and Wellness Coach), Alysia Fink (Music Director for Group Songs) and Ami Kawailani Gent (Multi-Cultural Song & Dance Instructor). 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.
Troy Gent was first introduced to fitness when he was a freshman in high school and his father encouraged him to start weight training in order to build strength for all of the athletic programs he participated in. Since then, Troy has been passionate about the importance of fitness and nutrition, and has set multiple Utah state weightlifting records. In addition to weightlifting, Troy won 4 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) conference titles in the discus and hammer throws, and was an NCAA All American.
Troy was able to continue this passion into the Marine Corps, where he served for eight years leading and instructing Marines in combat training, combat operations and fitness. After leaving the Marines, Troy drew upon his personal experiences and studios to became a personal fitness trainer and health and wellness coach.
Troy’s first certifications were through International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and now has three certifications through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Troy’s specialty is instructing individuals and groups on the importance of health and wellness.
Alysia Fink is a singer/songwriter, Owner of the Bergen School of the Arts and Music Director at the United Methodist Church (Bergen NY). Alysia started her career and education in the Arts as a dancer for a total of 16 years, including 2 years at collegiate level and 4 years as an assistant dance instructor. Throughout High School, Alysia performed in several Musicals, sang in the select Women’s Satin Sound’s choir, and was 1st Flautist in the High School band.
At 18 years old, Alysia joined the Army Reserve and attended SUNY Brockport as a Dance Major with a minor in Arts for Children until she was deployed to Afghanistan in October of 2002. Upon returning, Alysia began performing with Dave McGrath and singing in the VIP room at numerous WBEE Guitars and Stars concerts, as well as sharing the stage with many well-known artists such as Charlie Daniels, Jason Michael Carrol, Sarah Buxton, and Josh Gracin.
Alysia continued her education at Ashford University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, and graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of both the Alpha Sigma Lambda and Golden Key National Honor Societies. Since then, she launched a School of the Arts in her home town, released an album of original music (Lined With Silver), works as a professional studio singer for various artists and sings the National Anthem at the Blue Cross Arena, Sahlen’s Stadium, and at various Veteran events when her schedule allows.
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 3rd retreat as a student and mentor.
- All food and beverages (Singers and Guests)
- The bedroom of your choice (next page)
- Participation in all classes and activities
- Class materials (handouts, paper, pencils, etc)
- Recording a solo in our makeshift studio
- Perform solos and group songs live online
- Direct access to, and help, from all Mentors
- Free parking (if driving/renting a vehicle)
- Access to the hot tub, gym, games and grounds
- Shuttle transportation to and from Airport
- Digital photos from your retreat experience
What’s NOT Included
- Flights and any related travel expenses to and from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport (closest airport) or if driving directly to the mansion.
- Specialty food items (specific brand items and types of food, due to extreme allergies or dietary preferences, may be subject to an additional charge).