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Live Performance with Suzy Bogguss

March 16-19, 2023 • At Nashville’s Filming Station & Bluebird Cafe

Limited to 12 PSCW Alums by Invitation Only

This workshop has been filled.

Email Lydia for more information.

This is a VERY special opportunity for a small class of only 12 alums of PSCW to learn from award-winning artist Suzy Bogguss … ending with a Sunday night performance of two songs at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café!

We’ll kick things off on Thursday evening, March 16, at 6:30 with dinner together at Lydia’s house, and then the first two days days of the workshop will be at The Filming Station—a magical event space (owned by Verlon Thompson). The third day will be at the famous Bluebird Café where our class will be the featured performers for their weekly “Writer’s Night” that evening!

During the first two days at The Filming Station, Suzy will share with the class everything she knows about performance—all of the tips and tricks she’s learned over her more than 35-year-career. In addition to giving you feedback on your song performances, Suzy will work with you on:

  • Finding the right tempo and key for your song
  • The range, break note, and interesting melodic moves of a song
  • The delivery of your song
  • Developing a relationship with your audience; how and when to ask for their participation
  • Dealing with stage fright, mistakes, and tips on mental preparation
  • Working on the image you want to establish for yourself as a performer
  • How to plan a setlist
  • Working with band members
  • Soundchecks and working with a sound engineer
  • Walking on and off the stage, banter, and song introductions

On the third day we’ll have morning class at The Bluebird Café, followed by sound check that afternoon. Then we’ll have the evening performance of the class that will be open to the public, with each of you performing two songs. Suzy will be the special guest host for the evening, opening and closing the night’s performances.

Registration includes:

  • Dinner together at Lydia’s with Suzy on Thursday night March 16
  • 3 days of classes with a small group of 12 alums by invitation
  • Lunches provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Performance of 2 songs at The Bluebird Cafe during Sunday Writer’s Night at the 8:00 p.m. show on March 19, hosted by Suzy who will perform at the end.
  • 1 reserved guest seat at The Bluebird Cafe so you can invite someone if you’d like
  • Video recording of your performance at The Bluebird
  • And after party at Lydia’s to celebrate after your Bluebird performances

This workshop has been filled.

Email Lydia for more information.

LIMIT: 12 Alums of PSCW by Invitation

COST: $1,695 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), a Thursday March 16 evening gathering at Lydia’s with dinner cooked by Suzy, lunch each afternoon, one reserved guest seat at the Bluebird, a video recording of your Bluebird performance, and more!

REFUND POLICY: Your deposit of $695 will secure one of the 12 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $1000 on Jan. 1 that will be due no later than Jan 15, 2023 to keep your spot and not lose $395 of your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by Feb. 1, 2022 you’ll be refunded $1,300. After Feb. 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot. If the spot is filled by March 1, then you’ll still receive your $1,300 refund. If you cancel after March. 1 there are no refunds.

This workshop has been filled.

Email Lydia if you have any questions.


Suzy Testimonials:

Having Suzy lead the PSCW workshop was absolutely wonderful. She is such an outstanding musician and well respected by her peers. That reality was understood and felt as she took us under her wing, feeding us encouragement and suggestions that allowed us to fly joyously by workshop’s culmination at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Richard Weil
Takoma Park, MD

Suzy is funny, smart, caring and a crazy good performer. Her willingness to answer all questions and share her tips/ideas/knowledge based on years of experience in front of audiences was priceless.
Suzy’s concern for each of us was palpable. She individually and collectively gave us all she could to enable us to do our best performance possible. . . and it worked!
Ellen Gennaro
Nashville, TN

OMG Suzy is so down to earth with no airs whatsoever about her. She’s a 10, no actually an 11. Incredibly inspiring, successful and powerful and a wonderful singing coach. She’s got a heart of gold and a natural teacher as she listens very intently and responds like she would want to be responded. Very caring. An intense person who is so playful and fun and funny. I would just come to hang out with her let alone all the learning. She is an artisan of her craft. A magical and memorable experience. I will always carry it and her with me,
Ellen Edwards
Fayetteville, GA

Suzy is an incredible teacher and performer. I learned so much from her in this workshop and it has taken my confidence as a performer to a new level!
Steph Sammons
Dallas, TX

Suzy Bogguss is a real pro who is generous in sharing her deep well of knowledge. She has totally helped me to up my game. Wow… what an experience!
Melinda Milligan
Memphis, TN

I’m an old man with over 50 years of experience writing and performing. Suzy was great: as stuck as I might be in my ways and habits, Suzy was able to identify opportunities to help me polish my technique and add confidence to my performance!
John Mulder
Spring Lake, MI

Suzy Bogguss is a warm, down-to-earth, talented musician and vocalist who willingly and generously shares her knowledge and expertise about performance. Her style of coaching and providing feedback is so inspiring. With what I learned from Suzy during this workshop, I was able to push through my stage fright, and feel more comfortable performing as a solo artist.
Barb Lorello
Chicago, IL

Suzy is a fabulous teacher and mentor — warm, open, funny and knowledgeable. She shared her vast knowledge of warming-up, microphone techniques, reducing your fear, effective sound-checks, entering and exiting the stage, being yourself, channeling your energy into the song, and even what kind of lozenges keep your mouth moist. The list goes on and on. Suzy is a huge cheerleader. She wants you to succeed and shine! And provides all the tools so you do just that.
Teri Scheinzeit
New York, NY

About Suzy Bogguss:

Suzy Bogguss is an American country music singer and songwriter. She began her career in the 1980s as a solo singer. In the 1990s, six of her songs were top-ten hits, three albums achieved gold status, and one album achieved platinum status. She won Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association.

Some of Suzy’s accomplishments include ten albums for Capitol Records, one of which has been certified platinum and three others, gold. Eight of her singles have cracked country music’s top 5. Suzy is the recipient of a GRAMMY award (for Best Traditional Folk Album as a part of Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster) as well as several awards from the Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, CMT, and ASCAP. Her songs have been heard on television shows and in commercials. She has performed on many national television shows including: In Performance At The White House (PBS), A Capitol 4th (PBS), Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live With Regis And Kelly, and The View. Suzy was a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. In 2011 Suzy released American Folk Songbook a 17 song CD and hardcover book with stories and sheet music, available online and nationally at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.