Date: July 22 – July 26, 2013
Faculty: Kathy Kessler Price, Sean McCarther
Fees: $745 non-credit
The Ever-Developing Singer is designed for music teachers (elementary, middle, and high school levels; college/graduate students, young adults), private voice instructors of all levels, choir directors (community choirs and schools), and church/synagogue musicians.
The program is comprised of two sections:
- A review of all the major systems that comprise the vocal mechanism (alignment, respiration, phonation, resonance/acoustics, and articulation)
- A brief examination of related topics and new research in the field of voice science pedagogy. Such topics include life-span vocal development and health (including voice change at puberty and middle age), motor learning, and performance training.
The course’s focus is the confluence of science and art and the practical application of voice science and pedagogy in order to affect positive responses in singers’ voices. Participants at all levels of training and experience are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Kathy Kessler Price, soprano (M.M., Ph.D.), has many years' experience as a voice teacher on the college/university level. As a soprano soloist, she has performed as soloist in such distinguished venues as The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and in a solo concert tour of the Czech Republic. Her current research interests include lifespan female singing voices focusing on menopausal vocal transitions, historical vocal pedagogy with particular emphasis on female pedagogues, the role of voice teachers in interdisciplinary voice habilitation and rehabilitation, and voice assessment procedures for colleges and universities.
Baritone Sean McCarther (D.M.) serves as Assistant Professor of Voice and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College where he teaches studio voice and undergraduate voice science. An advocate for physical theater and mobile singers, Dr. McCarther is in the process of creating a movement-based vocal pedagogy called Body, Mind, and Voice Performance Training (BMV Training). The goal of the BMV Training is to help students unlock their creative potential through movement based exercises and improvisatory vocalise. In its current form, the BMV Training is an amalgamation of classical voice training, movement for the theater training, and STOTT Pilates principles; incorporating aspects of Alexander, Feldenkrais, Skinner Release, and Suzuki movement training.