Michael Jackson's This Is It Vocal Director and American Idol Vocal Coach Lands New Gig

LA Music Academy College of Music announced today that Dorian Holley is joining the college's staff, effective immediately, and will begin incorporating his coursework into the Vocal Department's syllabus beginning Summer 2010. The 20-plus year music industry veteran is best known for his impressive resume singing on each of Michael Jackson's solo tours including "This Is It," where Dorian was also the Vocal Director. He has worked with platinum selling artists such as Stevie Wonder, Cher, The Eagles and Rod Stewart and is currently American Idol's Associate Music Director and Vocal Coach. The school will host Dorian's three day public workshop, "Art of the Audition," beginning January 29, 2010.

"We are very excited Dorian is joining our staff and eager for him to share his knowledge and experience with our diverse student base," says Tom Aylesbury, President of LA Music Academy. Aylesbury adds, "Dorian is a respected figure in the music and film industries. He is not only prominently featured on hundreds of albums but in many films and television programs as well." Aylesbury is referring to Holley's "endless" resume, which includes, for example, his work on Die Hard, Pretty Woman, American Gangster and South Park the Movie, as well as Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, Oprah, Dancing With The Stars, VH1's Unplugged.

"With his experience, Dorian will prepare our students for the professional situations that they will encounter during their time at the school and after graduating," says Aylesbury. Immersed in real life situations spanning a variety of contemporary genres, LA Music Academy students are required to play virtually every day in band workshops, featuring L.A.'s top professional musicians.

The school and Dorian are working together to host a three day "Art of the Audition" workshop, open to the public. The seminar ($995) is for vocalists and will include discussions and audition situations with Dorian. Participating singers will receive critiques and pointers from panels of guest instructors and a panel of musicians, ultimately preparing participants for professional audition situations. The workshop will conclude with a performance by the Dorian Holley Band and special guests.

For more information about LA Music Academy, visit http://www.lamusicacademy.edu. Contact Iris Alba in admissions at 626-568-8850 or email iris@lamusicacademy.edu. LA Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.

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