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Twentieth Annual Showcase of Talent - Preregistration Now Open!

Would you like to showcase your talent at this year’s National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana? The National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division excitedly presents this year’s Annual Showcase of Talent on Saturday, July 9th from 8 PM to 11 PM at the New Orleans Marriott, Galerie 1, 2, 3! Preregistration is open now until June 26th to the first 18 people who submit the completed registration form. The remaining 7 slots will be available for registration at National Convention from July 5th – July 7th at our events and exhibit hall table. Registration for performers is $10 per act, and family and friends can attend the show for $5. Please also join us for our division meeting where we’ll be delving into voice acting on Thursday, July 7, 1 – 5 PM, Galerie 2.

For more information and to register go to:

http://nfb-pad.org/registration

We look forward to enjoying all the wonderful performances at this year’s Showcase of Talent on Saturday, July 9th at 8 PM!

Past Events

Membership Call on Learning Logic and GarageBand, May 1

We’ve had many requests for a workshop about recording and editing software, so we’re so thrilled that our next gathering will be on Sunday, May 1 at 6 PM Eastern, 3 PM Pacific. We are fortunate to have Tony Gebhard leading an informative and interactive seminar to conquer the basics of these softwares. Save the date and pass it along so you don’t miss out!

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Valentine's Day Singing Telegrams

‘Tis the Season of Love!

In a world that has lately been so full of negatives, let’s share joy and gratitude with those we love by sending a song. The National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division will again be delivering singing telegrams for Valentine’s Day from February 12 through 14 for only $5 per song! Send them to your spouse, your partner, your kids, your grandparents, your friends, your neighbors, your dog – share the love with anyone and everyone! Brighten up someone’s day by giving them something small to put a smile on their face.

Recently, we’ve also added piano and violin as musical offerings. Songs will be sent on the weekend of February 12 through 14.

All information can be found at:

http://nfb-pad.org/telegrams

Membership Call on Body Mapping

Licensed ABME Instructor Christina Ebersohl is offering a free Body Mapping Masterclass on Sunday January 30th at 7PM EST to members of the NFB Performing Arts Division, open for participation and observation. Musicians who are interested in participating in the Masterclass should email
nfbpad@gmail.com.
We will be signing up three participants to work with her during the masterclass, as well as two standby spots, so please email us with your interest, including instrument and experience level. Read more about Body Mapping below the Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 872 6589 3706
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What is Body Mapping?

Body Mapping increases awareness of movement habits to prevent injury, overcome limitations, and develop healthy and sustainable musical practices for life. Body Mapping instructors guide musicians through movements and anatomical drawings and models. Musicians experiment with more efficient and dynamic movement while singing and at their instruments. Body Mapping Masterclasses are ideal for musicians of any genre, instrument, singers, composers, students, and professionals.

Why should I participate?

Musicians learn how to correct and refine their body map—our internal representation and understanding of how the body moves to create music—to produce efficient, coordinated, and effective movement. Body Mapping not only helps musicians avoid injury, it also enhances musicians’ technique. Anatomical information about the body is explored in movement for musicians. Topics covered range from inclusive awareness and standing and sitting at balance, to skeletal anatomy, the structures and movements of breathing, and performance anxiety.
To learn more about this fantastic science and how it applies to instrumentalists, visit
www.bodymap.org

Holiday Singing Telegrams

‘Tis the season of traditions, festivities, and cheer, so why not spread some love with a holiday singing telegram!

In a world that has lately been so full of negatives, let’s share joy and gratitude with those we love by sending a song. The National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division will be delivering singing telegrams for The holidays two weekends in December, for only $5 per song! Send them to your spouse, your partner, your kids, your grandparents, your friends, your neighbors, your dog – share the love with anyone and everyone! Brighten up someone’s day by giving them something small to put a smile on their face.
Recently, we’ve added piano and violin as musical offerings. Songs will be sent on the weekends of December 10-12 or 17-19, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your preference.

All information can be found at:

http://nfb-pad.org/telegrams

Membership call (November 18 at 8:00 PM Eastern)

Our next gathering will be November 18 at 8 PM Eastern, and we’ll be talking about performing during the holiday season. We’d love to have you join to share tips and tricks, so watch the email listserv and social media for Zoom details.

Viola Visions Concert hosted by Christina Ebersohl (November 14 at 7:00 PM Mountain Time)

Join Christina for a Fall charity concert extravaganza with pianist Beth Nielsen! In addition to an evening of stunning music, join in to win raffle baskets and treat yourself to a complimentary reception. All proceeds will go to the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division.
This concert will be in-person and live-streamed, with options to bid and donate for audiences!
For more information, go to:
https://www.christinaebersohl.com/events/2021/11/14/viola-visions

#NFB21 Convention Events

The National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind is the largest gathering of blind people, this year held virtually anywhere and everywhere! Please join the Performing Arts Division for the following events.

July 6, 2021

8:00 - 10:00 PM-ONE VOICE: STRONGER TOGETHER

Enjoy a night of performance and support our work changing what it means to be blind, one stage at a time. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by visiting

http://www.nfb.org/concert

or by calling the Independence Market at 410-659-9314, extension 2216.

Hosted by the Performing Arts Division and the National Federation of the Blind.

July 8, 2021

1:00 - 5:00 PM-PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING & AUDIO DESCRIBING PANEL Zoom meeting ID: 973 9613 2138 Come prepared to network with other performers! Join us for our annual business meeting followed by a panel all about audio description, discussing the field as both a blind consumer and describer.
Katelyn MacIntyre, President

Pick up your copy of our annual business meeting agenda! You may read it online here, or download a Word version.

Virtual Choir Registration!

We are pleased to be holding another virtual choir for the National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention, and we need your help! Add your voice today!

Learn more.

Valentine's Day Singing Telegrams

In a world that often focuses on the negative, why not spread a little bit of love and cheer this Valentine’s Day?!

On Sunday, February 14th, The National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division will be delivering singing telegrams to those you love for a donation of only $5! Send them to your spouse, your partner, your kids, your grandparents, your friends, your neighbors, your dog – share the love with anyone and everyone! Because of the pandemic, many celebrations and gatherings are put on hold for the time-being, so brighten up someone’s day by giving them something small to put a smile on their face — no contact necessary!

Learn more.