Presenter Profile

Patrick Newell

Guest Artist, Western Nebraska Community College

Dr. Patrick Newell, Director of Vocal Studies at Western Nebraska Community College, is a proud teacher of the Sweetland Belt Technique. Holding a Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Dr. Newell has performed throughout the U.S. in Opera and Musical Theatre. He founded the BFA Concentration in Musical Theatre at the University of Wyoming, and filled the program beyond capacity. Currently the Artistic Director and Music Director at Theatre West in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, he travels frequently to give Workshops, Music Direct, and to teach singing in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tuscany, and other locations. He presents regularly on the subjects of Opera Production, Musical Theatre Performance, and Belt Singing at Regional and National Conferences. His students have performed on National Tours, Off-Broadway, in Regional LORT Theatres, cruise lines, Disney, and in regional Opera houses. At WNCC, Dr. Newell is excited to expand his skills into the area of Choral Conducting, while founding a new AFA in Musical Theatre.

Patrick's Workshops


    The Principles of Belt

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    The Principles of Belt
    In the 1960s, Lee Sweetland discovered a technique of Belt Singing that transformed his students. Singers who have studied and use the technique include Barbra Streisand, Kay Cole (original Maggie in A Chorus Line), Faith Hill, Donny Osmond, Jenn Gambatese (original Rosalie in School of Rock), Kenny Loggins, and numerous others. The technique allows anyone to Belt, and extends the Belt range much higher than typical techniques. Come learn the basic principles and begin to apply them today!