Ever wonder what it takes to be a critically-acclaimed artist and entrepreneur? Natalie Weiss has sung on The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording, Broadway, national tours, American Idol, and at sold-out concerts and stadiums around the world. She has quickly become one of the most sought-after celebrity vocal coaches, and her collaborations, performances, and YouTube series, "Breaking Down the Riffs," have been viewed more than 4 million times. Join us as she talks about her career as a singer, vocal coach, and businesswoman and works with our students on her trademarked method of breaking down the riffs and runs from pop icons.
6. Breaking Down the Riff with Natalie Weiss
An acclaimed vocal performer and coach, Natalie Weiss has achieved major success on and off the stage. Her performance videos mixed with her “edutainment” series, Breaking Down The Riffs®, made her a viral sensation, with 30 million views on YouTube alone. Her groundbreaking and fun approach to pop technique has become a growing standard in the music industry.
Natalie is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after celebrity vocal coaches and collaborators. She has sung with everyone from Broadway greats to iconic TV and media personalities including Tori Kelly, Ben Platt, Katharine McPhee, Pentatonix, Gaten Matarazzo, Shoshana Bean, and Cheyenne Jackson, just to name a few. She has performed to sold-out audiences and has led master classes in dozens of major cities across the US and abroad.
Natalie’s voice can be heard on The Greatest Showman soundtrack, Dear Evan Hansen cast recording, The Incredibles 2 jingles, and multiple musical theatre composers’ albums. She has performed on Broadway in Everyday Rapture, Off-Broadway in Emojiland, in national tours of Wicked & Les Miserables, and in regional productions of Ghost and Chess.
She was an American Idol season 4 semi-finalist and has performed the National Anthem at Cowboys & Shea Stadium. Natalie holds a BFA in musical theatre from Penn State University.
Jules Braverman is a pop singer/songwriter, assistant to highly-acclaimed singer and vocal coach Natalie Weiss, and a Berklee Online student. As an assistant and project manager, Jules has helped Natalie structure her digital course, "A Guide to Breaking Down The Riffs by Natalie Weiss," conceptualize and edit viral TikToks of her BDTR series amassing millions of views and manage her busy master class and coaching schedules. As a pop singer/songwriter, Jules's music has surpassed 1 million streams in her artist project's first year. She is so grateful that her work has garnered the support of her idols such as Meghan Trainor, Jason Evigan, and Chrissy Metz on social media. Outside writing for herself, she also writes for and with other pop/r&b artists, with multiple cuts being released in 2022. Jules loves the symbiotic relationship between her three roles of assistant, artist, and student, and how they each help her learn and grow on all fronts. She hopes to continue combining her passions of songwriting, marketing, and music business in all of her creative endeavors! You can follow Jules at @imjulesbrave on all social media platforms, and Jules Brave on all streaming platforms.
Jermaine Hill joined the Conservatory in 2021, and brings his experience as a multihyphenate artist-educator to his role as assistant chair of the Theater Division. A native of New York, Hill received a B.M. in vocal performance from Ithaca College and a M.M. with academic honors in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music.
Most recently, he music directed and reorchestrated Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, for which he won the 2020 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Music Direction. Other recent credits include Spunk (Roundabout Theatre’s Refocus Project), Goodman Theatre's The Music Man (directed by Mary Zimmerman and choreographed by Denis Jones), The Color Purple (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Nell Gwynn (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and Too Heavy for Your Pocket (TimeLine Theatre).
As a singer, he has performed with such diverse groups as the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme/Aldeburgh Festival, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Recent acting credits include a guest spot on NBC's Chicago Med; commercials with Onion Labs and BlueCross/BlueShield; and the role of Sam in Breathe with Me (Erasing the Distance). He is an ensemble member of Griffin Theatre and is on the artistic council of the Sarah Siddons Society.
Prior to joining the Conservatory, Hill was an assistant professor of theatre and coordinator of the musical theatre program at Columbia College Chicago, where he instituted a national search for new musicals written by historically marginalized writers and composers. Before his work in academia, he worked for Royal Caribbean Productions as a show cocreator, music director, arranger, orchestrator, and rehearsal and production supervisor for hundreds of productions shows and music events throughout their fleet. He maintains a small roster of private voice students, including Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley.