Vocal Coach: Shen Yun Lyrics Beautiful, Poetic, Truthful

December 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas—Vocal coaches Merrily Garrett and Divy Nelson were inspired after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Dec. 29.

“We love it,” Ms. Garrett said, marveling at the solo vocalists‘ unique style. New York-based Shen Yun’s solo vocalists sing original Chinese compositions but in the highly difficult bel canto style.

“Their projection ability is superior, they use very good placement, and [it’s] just really beautiful,” Ms Garrett said.

Ms. Garrett, who has a background in music and healing arts, runs a vocal coaching company with hundreds of students, and plays music not only in Austin, the live music capitol of the world, but in several other places as well.

She has also worked with a variety of artists including Phil Perry, The Whispers, and Russ Freeman.

The lyrics of Shen Yun’s solo vocalists’ songs were projected onto the digital backdrop along with a translation. The songs are deeply layered and filled with philosophical ideas, and Ms. Garrett said they were beautiful, very poetic, and truthful.

Reporting by Lily Setoh and Catherine Yang

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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