WXPN and WSTW are on with IVA!

WXPN and WSTW are on with IVA!

We’re super psyched ’cause these past weeks we’ve been heard on two excellent radio stations in our area. WSTW’s Hometown Heros on 93.7 has played new music from LEAP and we’ll be in for a visit with the station on July 5th. And WXPN 88.5 has been playing LEAP on the Philly Local. These are fantastic favorite stations and we’re over the blood orange full moon cause of it. Now wontcha please request us? WXPN and WSTW will hear you out. For WXPN, write to requests@xpn.org or call 215-573-WXPN. And to request from WSTW Hometown Heros, write to mrogers@wstw.com. For those of you that have the album early, ask for your fave song. If you haven’t heard the album yet, hit us up at www.ivavoice.com and you can stream the songs! As always, we are sending you love…...

Interview with Jared Morris!

Hello all!! Had the pleasure this week to do a fun interview with Jared Morris from Delaware 1059 about the new album and about music itself. He also asked me a lot about my back story which I haven’t really shared that much. It aired earlier today but you can listen to the Podcast here http://www.delaware1059.com/features/041515-ivavoice.mp3. Thanks to Jared and Holly Klose for this great experience. Enjoy…...
Leap release concert at the World Cafe Live Thurs, April 30!

Leap release concert at the World Cafe Live Thurs, April 30!

Please join Tim, Nate, Sam, Matt and I upstairs at the World Cafe Live on Thursday, April 30th for the “LEAP” album release concert. We will be performing songs from the album as well as IVA favorites and even some new new songs … there will be a secret opening act as well. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here: http://tickets.worldcafelive.com/event/803469 There will be a new website up soon where you can listen to the music and see a video of the making of the album!! For now listen to “Future Love” here! Can’t wait to see you and celebrate!!...
At long last LEAP is on the way!!!

At long last LEAP is on the way!!!

It is finally time … we are coming out of the mystical musical woods with the new IVA album, LEAP. Its title is meant to represent a leap of faith, a leap into an important change in life, or taking a chance on something you love. It also represents a change in the sound of IVA over the last few years of performing and writing. It’s been quite an involved process to take the album to exactly the places it needs to go since we began in January, and to our great happiness the journey has been fruitful. Thank you for your patience. Over the next few weeks and months visit us on Facebook and the website as we prepare a new website and artwork to go with the new music. Tim Sonnefeld has done incredible, impeccable work with the production and David Norbut has taken beautiful new photos to go with it. The musicians in my band have delivered their very best performances and been joined by choice classical instrumentalists on some of the tracks. We will share the process with you in picture and video! We aim to have the album ready for a full release in early 2015, and will be arranging a pre-order in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned! With love and thanks for your inspiration! Emily...

More from the Student Showcase

Phew! It’s been quite a few months with students preparing for end of the school performances, plus recording the new IVA album and giving summer concerts with both IVA and my students. Today is a throwback to March when Ariana showed us her stuff singing “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood....

Videos from the IVA student showcase at the Queen

On Saturday, March 15th, the World Café Live and I hosted the IVA student showcase. About 25 of my students performed upstairs at the Queen on Market Street. It was an inspiring afternoon hearing each student share their unique sound. Everyone remarked on the incredible level of talent and felt that the professional atmosphere of the room enhanced the students’ performances tenfold. I thought I’d share some videos over the next few posts. Here is Kylie singing “You Lie” by The Band Perry. Enjoy! For more information on voice lessons visit...
Student success stories! John Perkis, choir director

Student success stories! John Perkis, choir director

John Perkis came to me for voice lessons about two years ago. He is a choir director (and jazz band director) at Timber Creek Regional High School in Erial, New Jersey. He is a percussionist by training, and wanted to know about vocal technique so he could better help his students during their choir rehearsals. He come for an hour lesson every week and it’s made quite a difference for him and his students. He has added the vocal exercises that we do for his students and has also been able to ask me questions about how to help his singers through some of the more challenging parts of their vocal range. They love the exercises and are sounding better and better, he says. He also used our vocal training to help his students prepare for the school musical “Annie” this year and said it was a huge help, particularly as all the voices carried and no one lost their voice during rehearsal or performances. I am thrilled that John is able to help so many singers through our work together. John’s voice has also grown tremendously and I am hoping he’ll perform at one of my student recitals! More from the most recent student recital soon...
THANK YOU! Surpassed our Kickstarter goal for album #3!

THANK YOU! Surpassed our Kickstarter goal for album #3!

YOU DID IT!!! Friends, thank you for helping raise $12,827 of our asked $10,000 Kickstarter goal. We received even more in donations sent to me via PayPal or privately. I am beyond thrilled. You have now given us even better circumstances for a fruitful recording and release of my third album. If you were not able to give in time for the Friday, March 28th deadline, but would like to, you can still donate via PayPal to my email address estepe@hotmail.com. Or contact me via email if you have any further questions. I will do my best to honor the same rewards as are listed on my Kickstarter profile, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ivavoice/iva-the-third-album. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your help, and how good you have made me feel. I have never had so many people become part of my album projects, and we go into this one 150+ strong. Here’s to the future! Peace and love,...
IVA live at the Barnes Foundation November 1st, 2013 at 8pm

IVA live at the Barnes Foundation November 1st, 2013 at 8pm

On November 1st at 8pm please join us at the beautiful new Barnes Foundation building in Philadephia for a unique concert mixing classical and popular repertoire. I’ll be performing a set of Scandinavian classical music with Linda Lorgus on piano, followed by a performance of IVA originals with my band. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the collection. Call 215.278.7200 for tickets. Visit http://www.barnesfoundation.org/programs/november-2013-events/al-bustan?type=Show%2Ball&month=1383278400 for more...
Back to summer … and school (sigh)

Back to summer … and school (sigh)

Back to school … already?? It was quite a summer here in IVAland. *My students gave a fabulous show at the Ice Cream Festival thanks to Gable Music Ventures. *IVA headlined the Ladybug Festival also thanks to Gable. *IVA also played the Philadelphia Waterfront as part of the 375th anniversary of the landing of the Swedes in the New World thanks to the New Sweden Alliance. *And my students and I had a fantastic masterclass at Stapler Park thanks to The Grand. What’s coming up for the fall? Stay tuned for more news about my students as well as IVA shows at the Barnes Foundation, Old Swedes Church and beyond. If you or someone you know is interested in voice lessons, please visit www.ivavoice.com/schedule to check availability. Enjoy these last days of summer....