Based on ongoing state and federal recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Rider University announced that all Summer I courses would move to remote or alternative instruction. As we cannot deliver this course remotely, we are canceling it for this year. We very much hope to see you next year.
May 18 - June 8, 2020
The Florence Voice Program is a three-week study opportunity for both young and advanced singers to receive professional vocal instruction in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We appreciate that each singer is at a different stage in his or her development, making our primary goal individual progress. Singers receive daily private voice lessons, individual and ensemble musical coachings, and dramatic coachings which explore techniques for successful presentation of arias and ensembles. The program culminates in a public performance to showcase the performers.
- Faculty has included Benita Valente, Sally Wolf, Lauren Athey-Janka, Kevin Langan and Amy Zorn
- Musical coaches have included 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 Italian conductor and coach 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 Lárusdóttir, currently starring at the Metropolitan Opera as Queen Tye in Akhnaten.
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.
Walking tour of the city, cultural outings to important museums, and churches, shopping at local markets, group meals, and a day trip to Siena. Individual weekend excursions are encouraged. 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.