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Now in its 15th 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.

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West Side Story

"The experiences, knowledge, and energy shared by the entire Solo Vocal Artist faculty, were beyond positive and inspiring. Mr. Walker welcomed me with open arms and became a mentor for me, which I appreciated SO much. I came into the program with a strong musical theater background but lacked the classical knowledge. I left the program with a new confidence in my vocal and performance abilities as well as a huge appreciation for the classical style. The program truly challenges the individual to channel what makes a "solo vocal artist". We are all individuals and the program really embraces that." Josh Pins, Most recently on a national tour with "West Side Story" and on ABC's General Hospital.

July 17 - July 30, 2016

Final recital performance, Saturday, July 30 at 2pm
Watch 2015 final performances on YouTube

Laura Brooks Rice, Elem Eley, Mark Moliterno, Lindsey Christiansen, Elizabeth Sutton, Sharon Sweet, Tom Faracco, 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.

Daily Schedule
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.  Students will attend a professional performance or dress rehearsal of a professional performance depending on availability and schedules.

The 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; Suzuki Movement by Sean McCarther; Voice Science by Kathy Price; 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.

Students must audition to participate. Audition materials must be submitted/postmarked by Monday, March 14, 2016

  • 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.  Final decisions will be made and communicated by March 31.

(includes room and board) Tuition due upon acceptance into the program.

Tuition Discounts

  • Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
  • Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
  • Vocal Institute discount - Add High School Vocal Institute for only $1,395 (instead of $1,895)

Final Concert

General Summer Camp Information

Westminster Office of Continuing Education
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