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A focused, one-week, intensive program for trained singers who are or wish to become voice teachers, and for voice coaches. Fact-based teaching with practical applications of voice anatomy/physiology and acoustics, vocal health with a Performing Arts Medicine laryngologist, Music Theater techniques, YogaVoice, interactive lessons with master teachers, and hands-on use of the Presser Voice Lab are all part of this fascinating week. Join us if you desire a more complete understanding of voice pedagogy, a more confident approach to voice science, and more experience with voice technology.

July 25 – 29, 2016

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Dr. Kathy Kessler Price, Director and instructor
Jonathan Price, Assistant to the director
Dr. Christopher Arneson, Guest instructor
Dr. Lucinda Halstead, laryngologist and specialist in Performing Arts Medicine at the University of South Carolina Medical Center and ENT for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston
Mark Moliterno, Adjunct Associate Professor, Westminster Choir College
Stephen Purdy, Guest Instructor for Music Theater
Sharon Sweet, Professor of Voice, Westminster Choir College

Session Topics

  • Voice Pedagogy - The Worlds of Anatomy/Physiology/Acoustics
  • Interactive lessons with Master Teachers
  • YogaVoice
  • Vocal Health
  • Contemporary Commercial Music Techniques: Ins and Outs of Music Theater and Other Popular Genres
  • The Aging Voice - Both yours and your students!
  • Master Classes
  • Access to the Presser Voice Lab

$825 non-credit/$1415 with 2 graduate credits

Faculty Bios

Kathy Kessler Price, soprano (M.M., Ph.D.), teaches graduate vocal pedagogy courses and applied voice, and directs the Presser Voice Laboratory at Westminster. She previously served as Voice Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi State University and taught voice/vocal pedagogy and coordinated the School of Music Vocology Laboratory at The University of Kansas. She also worked as an intern in Clinical Voice Assessment at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Price has taught voice and diction at William Jewell College in Missouri and at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) where she was also the choral director. She has offered private voice instruction in Kansas City (Missouri), and in Vienna and McLean, Virginia, is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, and conducts the acclaimed D.C. women’s ensemble, Philomela.

arnesonChristopher Arneson is a professional voice trainer and vocologist who joined the faculty at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he is Director of Voice Pedagogy, and teaches Voice, Voice Pedagogy, Literature for Teaching, and Speech for the Actor.  Dr. Arneson is the co-director of the CoOPERAtive Program, a young artist program for singers, held at Westminster Choir College.

Dr. Arneson’s students have gone on to further study in the Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctoral programs at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, New York University, and Yale School of Music.  They have also appeared in young artist programs at Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Washington National Opera.  His professional-level students appear at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

moliternoMark Moliterno is an artist/educator who enjoys an extensive performing career in Opera, Oratorio, and Concert singing. He has appeared throughout the United Stated, Canada, Great Britain and the Far East in leading operatic roles and is a frequent soloist on the concert stage in a repertoire that covers a wide range of eras and composers. He has appeared in Carnegie Hall as bass-baritone soloist with the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in Händel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’ Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem and C-Minor Mass. He has twice appeared on the New York Philharmonic Chamber Music Series in Merkin Concert Hall, singing Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach and Charles Martin Loeffler’s Songs with Chamber Accompaniment. Known for his compelling and artistic recital singing, Mr Moliterno sang the world premiere of Drum Taps, a song cycle by American composer Richard Pearson Thomas at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He is heard regularly as a recitalist and concert soloist in the New York/Philadelphia area.

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