The Heart of the Matter – February 2016

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS

The Heart of the Matter – Singing from the Inside Out
with Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert


Sunday, February 7, 2016 2-5PM
Musically Minded Academy
5776 Broadway Street
Oakland, CA 94618

$40 for SFBAC NATS members/students, $45 for non-members
*Early bird prices through January 20th. After January 20, prices will be $45/50

“Having trouble interpreting a song? Too wrapped up in your technique to sell your song? Feeling too musically stilted to make your song come alive? Don’t know what to do with your hands, your body, or even your face? This class will touch on the matter of things to make a song come alive. From musical and technical challenges, to interpretive and physical frustrations, we will help you get to the heart of what really matters…the song.” (Jenny & Daniel)

Collaborative duo Jenny Matteucci, Soprano, and pianist Daniel Lockert, will work with 6-8 demonstration singers, ages 16 and up, intermediate to advanced, to help them develop their vision and interpretation of their selected song. Styles: Opera, Musical Theatre and Standards.

We will be looking for 5 singers and two alternates. Demo singers will be selected by the programs committee and workshop presenters to provide a cross section of voice types, repertoire and proficiency levels. Interested singers should list their proficiency level (intermediate or advanced), their voice type and the genre of the piece or pieces that they would like to work on.

Registration is open to the public. This is a wonderful opportunity for NATS students to prepare for the February 21st SFBAC NATS Student Auditions. Auditors and singers alike will truly benefit from the experience.

Contact: Katya Roemer or Audrey Howitt


Soprano Jenny Matteucci grew up in a musical family in Davis, Ca. where she began singing and performing as a young child in local and professional theater, and had the honor to perform in Annie Get Your Gun with John Raitt and Karen Morrow. After graduating she moved to San Francisco to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She soon became active in the San Francisco theatre and cabaret scene. After many stints as a singing waitress, she was cast in Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon where she was a featured performer wearing many of the largest hats. Known for her flexibility of style, Ms. Matteucci performs in many different venues all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Jenny’s recent appearances include: Featured performer in Berlin to Broadway (Masquers), Marmee in Little Women, Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza with NDNU, Master Class at Hillbarn Theater, Marceline in The Marriage of Figaro, Side by Side by Sondheim featuring Angelina Reaux, for Tri-Valley Repertory Theater Company, and I Love a Piano at the Douglas Morrison Theater, and Ms. Matteucci performed at the Bracebridge Dinners at the Historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. Some of her other roles include: Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Mickey in My One and Only, Nurse in Sunday in the Park with George and Jenny in The Three Penny Opera. She has also performed with Theater Works and Marin Theater Company which included the popular Words and Music series. Her greatest passion is to perform her cabaret show entitled For the Love of… along with her husband Mr. Daniel Lockert. Recently, Jenny played herself in the Craig Bohmler/Marc Jacobs musical All the More to Love, which was based on the real-life plus size consignment store of the same name that Jenny owned with her mother, Erna. Jenny is the music director of Tri-Valley Repertory Theater Broadway Chorus, a 70+ member community chorus featuring the music of Broadway. Among her many passions, Jenny teaches in her voice studio in Oakland where she stresses proper technique and strives on giving students opportunities. She received her MFA and BFA in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and is honored to be teaching there on the voice faculty. Jenny is also the proud parent of two young adult kids, Will and Beth.

Daniel Lockert is a multi-talented pianist/collaborator. He was honored as the only American finalist at the first International Accompanying Competition held in Den Haag, the Netherlands. In his role as pianist/collaborator, his wide-ranging career has taken him around the globe, playing throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has been praised for exhibiting a strong sense of rhythm, lovely variety of touches, and a convincing sense of historical style.

Mr. Lockert has partnered with many notable singers including Deborah Voigt, Enrico di Giuseppe, Brenda Boozer, Janice Taylor and Christopheren Nomura. His chamber music performances have included appearances with the Alexander String Quartet among others. Other noteworthy collaborations have included Nathaniel Webster, Angelina Reaux, David Gordon, Catherine Robbin and cellist Gary Hoffmann in addition to jazz singer Luciana Souza. And, he has been paired with a number of distinguished conductors including Sir David Willcocks and William Hall. Following one of his many recital appearances, it was stated in a Los Angeles Times’ review that “Daniel Lockert was the expert pianist of the occasion; his sensitive and authoritative playing matched in every way the level of the singing.” 

Daniel Lockert began his piano studies at the age of five. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in organ from Loma Linda University. Following were studies for an advanced degree at the University of Southern California in the specialized area of accompanying, studying with the renowned Gwendolyn Koldofsky who was the pioneer teacher in the field of accompanying and the pedagogue to many distinguished accompanists.

Currently, Mr. Lockert is Professor of Collaborative Piano at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont CA. as well as Staff Accompanist at Mills College, Oakland, CA. In his role as coach and teacher, he has been on several faculties including the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Chapman University among others. He has also served on the coaching staff at the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, and the Aspen Music Festival.