Month: July 2017

Improving Your Vocal Range

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Vocal Range

A managing general partner at three financial firms, Thomas “Tom” Avellino handles all activities needed to ensure orderly and compliant operations. When he’s not busy managing his many private investment partnerships or sharing his expertise with others, Thomas Avellino of New Jersey writes and sings songs; he has released one CD.

Improving vocal range often begins with finding out what your current range is. To do this, start at middle C. From this point, sing each semitone down until your are no longer capable of clearly and comfortably hitting the notes. This determines the lowest note of your current vocal range. For the uppermost note, follow this same procedure, but sing each semitone up from a middle C.

Once you know your vocal range, you can begin expanding your range. This can be done through various exercises that work your chest voice, or “talking” voice, and head voice, the voice produced by shortening the vocal chords. Head voice octaves are a great exercise for improving your awareness of different registers, while octave arpeggio scales increase your vocal power. Compressed grunts also benefit vocal range by promoting higher and stronger tones.

Throughout this process, you must make sure you maintain the proper singing technique. When using the right technique, your larynx is low, your jaw is relaxed, and your tongue rests at the top of your bottom teeth. Doing this ensures you maintain proper airflow while singing various notes and it prevents your throat from becoming damaged. Further, you must work on improving your vocal range gradually and be cautious about pushing your voice to new levels too quickly.


The Bronx Zoo After Dark Program for Adults

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Bronx Zoo

Thomas Avellino, a private investment partnership manager, prepares quarterly statements, disseminates information, and serves as a point of contact for partner contributions at various entities in New Jersey and Florida. Dedicated to supporting his community, Thomas Avellino has donated to numerous organizations and entities over the years, including the Bronx Zoo.

Home to a wide range of animals – including lions, baboons, giraffes, and gorillas – the Bronx Zoo maintains several programs designed to provide guests with educational and unique animal experiences. One such program is the adult-only overnight stay, Bronx Zoo After Dark.

Bronx Zoo After Dark serves as the perfect opportunity for individuals to enjoy adult-approved fun while seeing the zoo’s many animals without the crowds. The program is only available to individuals who are over the age of 20 and it costs $315 for members and $350 for non-members. This fee grants attendees with admission to the zoo and a set-up tent. Sleeping bags can be rented for an extra fee, however, adults are encouraged to bring their own sleeping bag, along with necessary camping gear, a change of clothing, and basic toiletries.

In addition to providing accommodations, the Bronx Zoo After Dark program offers up-close animal encounters and special access to certain exhibits within the zoo. A guest speaker also presents during the event to educate attendees about the zoo’s many animals.

Over the course of the event, guests can enjoy various themed party areas, such as a tropical party at the flamingo exhibit, and take part in a paint party and Instagram scavenger hunt. Further, the Bronx Zoo provides its after-hours guests with late-night snacks, adult beverages, a hot breakfast, and themed hors d’oeuvre stations.