Florence Voice Program 2016
Where Artistry Excels.
Join us in May 2016 for our 16th season!
A three-week study opportunity for professional vocal instruction in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This program is designed for advanced students and young professional singers.
May 16 - June 7, 2016
Registration deadline February 1, 2016
To maximize each participant's progress, singers receive a private voice lesson and private coaching daily. Musical coachings focus on phrasing, diction, and interpretation. Daily dramatic coachings explore the techniques for successfully presenting your arias and ensembles.
Recitative master classes with Italian conductor and coach Piergiorgio Del Nunzio.
Students participate in two public concerts at the conclusion of the seminar.
Friendship and camaraderie is further aided by our realization that each singer is at a different stage in his or her development and our only goal is vocal progress.
- Study with Benita Valente, Sally Wolf, Kevin Langan and Amy Zorn
- Vocal coachings with Debra Scurto-Davis, John Spencer IV, Alison Voth, and Grant Wenaus
- Dramatic interpretation and staging with Martha Collins
- Special Master Classes, Past guest clinicians have included internationally known conductors, James Conlon and Marco Balderi
- Italian language study in recitative classes with Piergiorgio Del Nunzio
"The Florence Voice Seminar was wonderful!!! It was a great opportunity to get an intense vocal training in a beautiful, positive and relaxed atmosphere ... A few weeks in Florence gave me homework that lasted all year!!!
- Dísella Làrusdóttir
- Registration Deadline February 1, 2016 (audition via DVD or YouTube)
- Plan to arrive in Florence on Monday, May 16 in time for evening Orientation Meeting
- Two final concerts occur June 4 and 5
- Depart June 7 or stay on for sightseeing
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Who should attend the Florence Voice Seminar?
- University students looking for a quality summer program that combines daily voice lessons with regular vocal coachings, master classes, and dramatic coachings in an amazing artistic and cultural city.
- Professional singers seeking to refine or improve technique, presentation, musicality and audition skills.
- Younger singers studying privately who seek more feedback, and direction in determining the next step in their career.
- All singers willing to work hard toward improvement.
Developed by the Westminster Office of Continuing Education in 2001, the Florence Voice Seminar provides a quality summer vocal study experience for advanced students and young professional singers. The program allows for great vocal progress for the university voice student or a time to polish and refresh the technique and artistry of a young singer already singing professionally.
Occasional group meals, day trips to Siena and San Gemignano, weekend trips, and group cultural tours further our objective to enrich each participant's experience in Florence. Time is built into the schedule to allow students to explore Florence on their own.
Repertoire & Ensembles
- Participants admitted to the program should bring four or five arias/songs to work on. Two should be close to performance-ready and others can be new repertoire you are exploring.
- Being in Italy, we concentrate on Italian repertoire, but not exclusively.
- Bring at least one piece with an Italian recitative (Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini).
There will be ensembles from opera and oratorio for those who express an interest. Those participating in an ensemble must arrive in Florence with their parts completely memorized (off-book) so that we can work on interpretation and staging. Coachings for ensembles will be in addition to the individual coachings for your solo repertoire.