With numerous awards as Director, Koutrakos builds a framework that showcases who an individual is while weaving that into an honest, entertaining and seamless show for the solo singer. With both instinct and skill Lina fine focuses each singers vision of themselves into a one of kind performance. From the music and the spoken word to the arc of the piece itself, every show is highly crafted for and unique to its performer.

A group of between 8-12 singers with Koutrakos at the helm and an acclaimed pianist/arranger at the keys. These are customized workshops based on each groups level of experience, its location and the time allotted. All workshops are designed to help the singer make a stronger connection to both the song and the audience and to become more and more themselves on stage and on purpose!

These are larger groups, designed much like the Master Classes that take 20 singers. (by audition only) These workshops have a staff of guest teachers and are a designated 3 day weekend in various locations throughout the country. All full workshop weekends culminate in a participants performance. There are also specialized Workshop Weekends (see below) happening throughout the year.

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Ideally you will need a USB microphone (Blue Yeti is great), headphones and tracks/arrangements (Mp3's you have downloaded to your cpu) Not prefabricated karaoke tracks! If you do not have anything let me know and I will help you hook up with talented folks to start that part of your musical journey. Both revisiting old songs (tracks) and trying new things are welcome. Most of you who will want to join us already have some great stuff to work with and on. 

You will have to be able to join us on Zoom and a computer or ipad are the best way to do all of this with a digital microphone.

The only thing I have asked of them is to wear pants.

2022 Annual Master Classes & Workshops 
Puerto Vallarta
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Details & Schedual

Date : June 10 thru 12,  2023
Status : Open


An annual workshop in its 11th year held at the famed Chicago cabaret club “Davenports.”  20 singers are welcome by audition and/or invitation only. In this past decade we have hosted over 200 singers with guest Master Teachers: Rick Jensen, Beckie Menzie, K.T. Sullivan, Sally Mayes, Lucie Arnaz and Amanda McBroom. Last year we shook it up a bit for our 10th anniversary and did a "Hybrid" workshop/celebration on Zoom in the months leading up to our in person weekend, party and show. We were blessed to add to our roster of Master Teachers, American Idols pianist/arranger Michael Orland. Not sure what we will do to top that, we WILL indeed be topping it! :) Stay tuned and let us know if you are interested in joining us. 

Mykonos, Greece
Date : September 2023
Status : Open
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Date : January 16 thru 19, 2023
Status : Sold Out
"Lets get outta Here!" 

A few of my directorial clients and 2 of my favorite arranger/players swear by handful of great

clubs and a particular strip of beach in PV in the winter.

With water, sun, deep breathing and music available why would any of us say "no".

This is our first "Lets get out of here" in the dead of winter retreat. So looking forward to it!

Date : 
October 8 to December 17, 2022
Status : Open
Fall Semester
Date : To Be Announced 2023
Winter Semester  Status :
This long running (9 months out of the year) workshop takes place every Saturday at Don’t Tell Mamas. A three hour class where singers bring in their own performance agendas and often craft their shows with  pianists, director Lina Koutrakos and the “built in audience” of the other class members in 10 -12 week sessions.  Contact us directly for details on how to get on a waiting list for this class.
A one week workshop on the Greek island of Mykonos in its 8th year.  In a private villa surrounded on 3 sides by the Aegean Sea. With 4 hours of performance workshopping per day,10 singers, 4 cars at your disposal, your own pool and magnificent outdoor space for coffee in the sun and dinner under the nearly overwhelming stars and Mykonian moon. Breakfast and lunch included in your stay. This passionate Mediterranean country is a magical place to make music. The week is not designed like a sleep-away camp with activities all day long, this is a grown up vacation to be enjoyed as you see fit in these glorious surroundings. Folks come back again and again because it's something very special....something with a touch of...well...magic.

Specialty Workshops

"IN THE STUDIO"   Recording Studio Workshop

City  : NEW YORK
Date : Febuary 13 & 14, 2023
Status : CLOSED

This is my fourth recording workshop and we are so excited about what we have created we can't imagine they won't keep coming. Having started this in Portsmouth, Rhode Island last year with the late Mike Renzi at the keys and discovering it as such a magnificent experience  we are doing it in New York with the amazing Tedd Firth at the piano.

Teaching "Studio" from a singers point of view I am heading up these workshops with the goal of letting you know what you can expect from not only this process but your finished product. How to talk, sing, and work with the engineers and musicians there to help you. I spent a lot of time and money just learning the ropes and I promise you this will give you -in 2 days- what it took me years to understand. You will rehearse and set your song , record and mix your tune learning how to do it all as we go. Your finished product will be mastered and album ready. So, start the thrilling process of recording by learning the ropes with me  in the studio and start your CD with what will be a top notch track.

Taking no more than 8 singers.

By Audition only

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In Concert

City  : NEW YORK
Date : To Be Announced 2023
Status : Open

From “I know its only rock and roll” to “I’m with the Band” to “Soul” Rick Jensen and Lina Koutrakos took 10 singers, 20 unique arrangements in classic genres and put them on their feet with and without a band. There have been 3 different  “In Concerts”  so far. Stay tuned to the site for auditions and the next “In Concert” theme announcement.

About : Lina Koutrakos Master Teacher

Lina started teaching performance classes in the 1990's. She was  a long time Master Teacher at the original EUGENE O'NEILL CABARET SYMPOSIUM, THE YALE CABARET CONFERENCE and the ST LOUIS CABARET CONFERENCE.


She co-founded NY's SUMMER IN THE CITY and is the founder  of the annual and ongoing MIDWEST CABARET CONFERENCE in Chicago. Along with Robert Breig she has just launched THE GATEWAY CONFERENCE in St Louis.


Lina has spearheaded specialty workshops and Master Classes throughout the U.S. Most prominent being the IN CONCERT  Series. Koutrakos's PERFORMANCE CONNECTION  umbrellas THE ADVANCED PERFORMERS WORKSHOP in NY City and the now yearly week long workshop in MYKONOS Greece each September. 


(photo) The Virginia Theatre Association

On a career oriented panel with Lin Manuel Miranda to over 200 High School and College Theater Students 

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