Fred Miller’s Copper Penny Players is a ten week series of singing classes open to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. At the end of ten weeks, there is the traditional Revue, for decades at New Hope’s Phillips Mill, currently at Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church. This program is open to the public at no charge and is followed by a potluck supper for all in attendance provided by the Copper Penny Players.
Each Copper Penny Player comes from as far away as Philadelphia and Princeton to Miller’s Sergeantsville studio every week to present a solo for other members of the class. No musical experience is necessary, only a desire to sing and perform. Everyone receives some basic coaching on breath support and voice placement, but the primary focus is on expression.
Copper Penny Director Fred Miller believes anyone can learn to sing, including the so-called “tone-deaf” who are usually suffering from self-consciousness more than anything else. For many participants, the class is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to perform and, for still others, there is the thrill of hearing and feeling the resonance of their singing voices for the very first time. The real purpose of the Copper Penny Players is to provide an atmosphere of fun and inspiration for all involved.
What Copper Penny Players Say…
“I go away each week with a certain self-satisfaction and a feeling of being part of something very special.”
“Thanks for everything you have given me and brought into my life.”
“You have made a huge difference in my life and so many others’ lives.”
“Getting on stage has become addictive. I especially love working on a new song each week.”
“It has made such an impact on my life. You are a wonderful coach and I feel privileged to be in your class.”
“Class this summer has been the best therapy session anyone could want.”
“To think I could sing a song and sound reasonably OK. You can’t know how much that meant to me. You are responsible for adding a new dimension to my life that is so wonderful.”
“You have a wonderful gift for bringing out the best effort in each of us.”
“I bless the day I found the Copper Pennies.”