Summer Session Solo Vocal Performance Workshop

July 5 - August 4, 2022

This Solo Vocal Performance Workshop will prepare you for being the star of your own show! Grounded in the history and business of cabaret, students will work one-on-one with master teachers in vocal technique, David Sabella, Sue Matsuki, to craft their own multi-song performance. Get ready for venue doors to open now!

THEA 3067 L21

Lincoln Center: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
CRN: 13939
3 credits

In this course, students will develop the unique skills required for small venue, solo-vocal performance, from identifying your authentic voice and honing your vocal technique to connecting to the lyric, and with your audience, self-promoting and producing your own show.

Required textbook: So You Want to Sing Cabaret by David Sabella and Sue Matsuki (Rowman & Littlefield 2020).

Tuition* for this course: $2,919. 

*In addition to tuition, students should allocate $150 for class trips to local performance venues.

Fordham students register via the student portal. Non-Fordham students register here.

David Sabella (Instructor)

Vocal Technique Instructor

David Sabella is an award winning singer and actor. He is co-author (with Sue Matsuki) of “So You Want to Sing Cabaret,” (2020, Rowman & Littlefield). He is also one of NYC’s most sought-after voice & performance coaches ( and the owner and Editor-in-Chief of

In his performance career, David Sabella made history during the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition when Maestro Pavarotti publicly declared him to be “excellent… not good, Excellent!” Soon after that he originated the co-starring role of “Mary Sunshine” in the 1996 revival of CHICAGO with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, and Joel Grey. He appeared with Chita Rivera at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas) and later returned to the Broadway company with Melanie Griffith as Roxie Hart, where he remained until 2004. He also worked on The Visit, Kander & Ebb’s last collaboration, for which John Kander wrote the role of Luis Perch especially for him. Sabella received an “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play” award from the Fresh Fruit Festival for his work in The Phillie Trilogy. He also starred as Julian Eltinge in Jules, and as both male and female leads in Kiss and Make Up (written specifically for him) at the New York International Fringe Festival.

As a voiceover artist, Sabella appeared on several network television cartoon series, including Peter Pan and the Pirates for FOX and Teacher’s Pet for Disney. 

As a classical countertenor, Sabella starred as the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Virginia Opera, recorded on Koch International Label), Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Utah Opera), and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Lincoln Center). He appeared numerous times at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as principal alto soloist and was a winner of The New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall, and The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

Professor Sabella has been on faculty at Fordham University since 2012. Additionally, he served on several other faculties including, Montclair State University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts/CAP 21 Studio, and SUNY at Purchase and New Paltz. He was President of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association (2008-2014), and is a member of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing.

Sue Matsuki (Instructor)

Sue Matsuki

Sue Matsuki Is an award-winning singer and songwriter, producer, host, educator, columnist and the co-author of “So You Want to Sing Cabaret,” (2020, Rowman & Littlefield).

She is a Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Collaboration with Musical Director, Gregory Toroian; she is the very first recipient of the Julie Wilson Award given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation; and she is a multi-award winning MAC Award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for Jazz Vocalist, Jazz Duo and Songwriter. Matsuki is a 35-year Cabaret/Jazz singing veteran who has played every NYC Cabaret room including: Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Town Hall, The Algonquin, Jan Wallman’s, 88’s, Don’t Tell Mama and several of the major Jazz Clubs including the legendary Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium and Sweet Rhythm. She’s even played Carnegie Hall and appeared in five seasons as a Diva Double at the Metropolitan Opera.

Professor Matsuki has been on faculty at Fordham University since 2020. Additionally she has taught Cabaret and performance business classes at: Mac-to-School, Cabaret Hotspot! Cabaret U, The Ridgefield Theater Barn, UCONN’s Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute, the Vancouver School of Performing Arts and at Fordham University.  For more information please visit: (


David Gaines (Accompanist)

David Gaines

David Gaines is a NYC based pianist/musical director/arranger.  He’s currently a member of the faculty of Juilliard’s Drama Division, where he has worked as a vocal coach since 2010. He has also worked extensively as music director/coach with NYUs Graduate Acting Program. As Musical Director, he has worked with cabaret artists such as Andrea Marcovicci, Penny Fuller, KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar and many others.