Now in its 13th year, Westminster is pleased to offer this summer program for the high school solo vocalist.
An excellent opportunity for the dedicated young classical singer to explore the many facets of developing the singer's art. Students study voice in daily private lessons and participate in master classes taught by Westminster artist faculty members. Seminars and Master Classes in applying and auditioning for colleges of music, dealing with performance anxiety and memorization, musical style, musicianship, careers in music, recital preparation, performance protocol and language are also offered. All Session I students will perform in scenes from Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and all students will perform in a concert of solo art songs.
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Faculty: Sharon Sweet, Laura Brooks Rice, Elem Eley, Mark Moliterno, Lindsey Christiansen, Elizabeth Sutton, and Charles Walker - singers who have performed with major opera companies and orchestras across the United States and Europe, as well as on Broadway and in regional theater.
Session I ADVANCED: June 22 - July 5, 2014
For High School students entering 11th and 12th grade
Final recital performance, Saturday, July 5 at 2pm
Session II INTERMEDIATE: July 6 - July 19, 2014
For High School students entering 9th and 10th grade
Final recital performance, Saturday, July 19 at 9:30am
Students must audition to participate.
Audition deadline is Friday, March 7, 2014
New students need to submit a letter of recommendation, a personal statement (regarding their interest in this program and/or their passion for singing), a repertoire list, and video recording (DVD, YouTube link, etc.)
Auditions on DVD should be labeled clearly with name and repertoire selections or via YouTube. If the audition is on YouTube, send the url address with the application. Set the privacy settings to “unlisted.” Do not make it public or private.
Auditions should include two pieces. Repertoire should be age appropriate, MUST be performed from memory and should include: Italian songs and arias from 16th-18th centuries, German Lieder or American art songs.
Returning students only need a current repertoire list.
Upon acceptance all students will receive repertoire assignments for the program.
Enrollment is limited to 40 singers in each Session. Final decisions will be made and communicated by March 31.
$1850 (includes room and board)
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- Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
- Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
During both sessions of the High School Solo Vocal Solo Program, students will attend evening master classes in The Art of German Lieder Singing taught by Lindsey Christiansen, and College Auditions master class taught by Laura Brooks Rice. During both sessions students will attend a professional performance or invited dress rehearsal of professional performance depending on availability and schedules.
The Session II ADVANCED schedule will alternate between class days and staging days. A typical class day will consist of: Yoga taught by Mark Moliterno; Performance Techniques classes taught by Charles Walker; Alexander Technique classes taught by Diane Gaary; Introduction To Opera taught by Nancy Froysland Hoerl; and Musicianship for Singers. A typical Staging Day will focus on staging of the assigned Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire. Both days will include vocal coaching with Akiko Hosaki and members of her coaching staff.
A typical Class Day in Session II INTERMEDIATE will consist of: Voice Lessons with a Westminster Distinguished Faculty Member; Yoga taught by Mark Moliterno; Performance Techniques classes taught by Charles Walker; Alexander Technique classes taught by Diane Gaary; Voice Science taught by Kathy Price and vocal coaching with Akiko Hosaki and members of her coaching staff.
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