Voice Pedagogy Institute

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Voice Pedagogy Institute
July 22 – 26, 2019

Westminster’s Voice Pedagogy Institute is a focused, 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 voice-centered laryngologists, technical work in both Classical and Musical Theater genres, Yoga as it applies to singing, interactive look-in lessons with master teachers, and hands-on use of the Presser Voice Lab are all part of this fascinating week. There is also an add-on option of an additional day for more extensive hands-on laboratory work. Join us if you desire a more complete understanding of voice pedagogy (modern and traditional), a more confident approach to voice science, and more experience with voice technology.

Session Topics

  • Voice Pedagogy - The Worlds of Anatomy/Physiology/Acoustics
  • Interactive look-in lessons with Master Teachers
  • Yoga as it applies to singing
  • Vocal Health with renowned ENT
  • Q & A with experts in the field
  • Music Theater Voice Techniques
  • Changing Voices (adolescent and aging)
  • Access to the Presser Voice Lab with expert assistance

$825 non-credit/$1415 with 2 graduate credits/$1710 with 3 graduate credits


Barbara Honn, Guest Faculty and soprano, has performed extensively in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe and the United States. Professor of Voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 1986 to 2010, Ms. Honn now is a member of the voice faculty of San Francisco Conservatory and maintains a private voice studio in Arizona.  During her singing career, Ms. Honn appeared in the opera houses of Germany, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States.  A few of the roles she has sung to critical acclaim are:  Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marie  (Wozzeck) and Elizabeth (Tannhäuser).  A recipient of the West Deutscher Rundfunk Award, she has been heard in radio performances of the Verdi Requiem, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dvořák's Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand).  She was also awarded the Rheinisches Westfallen Medale die Kunst. Ms. Honn has served as director of the Grandin Festival, an annual vocal and instrumental chamber music festival in Cincinnati.  She has been a voice faculty member of many summer, apprenticeship and university programs, including the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, L’Opera Bastille in Paris, France, The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Lucca Opera Theater in Lucca, Italy, The Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, Canta in Italy in Florence, Italy, Instituto Superiore del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bel Canto Northwest in Portland, Oregan, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, The University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Glimmerglass Opera in New York, and has also given many master classes, concerts and recitals worldwide.  Ms. Honn’s students are teaching in universities and conservatories in the United States, Puerto Rico, Korea, Spain, China, Canada and Belgium.  She also has students performing in opera houses around the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, the Spoleto Festival in the United States and in Italy, Hamburg Staatsoper, Cologne Opernhaus, Frankfurter Opernhaus, Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Covent Garden, and Milan’s La Scala.
Margaret Cusack Margaret Cusack, soprano, is Professor and Chair of the Piano and Voice Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she teaches private voice, opera literature, and voice pedagogy. She has been a Regional Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is currently a member of the Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. Ms. Cusack’s current and former students have sung at the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, Mississippi Opera, Eugene Opera, and the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Stuttgart Opera in Germany.
Ms. Cusack is a winner of the International American Music Competition at Carnegie Hall and made her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 1987. She made her New York City Opera debut in 1985 as Micaela in Carmen. She then became a leading soprano with the company, returning to sing Musetta (La Bohème), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Elena (Mefistofele) and, on the company’s tour to Taiwan, Violetta (La Traviata). Ms. Cusack created the role of the Empress Alexandra in the world premiere of Jay Reise’s Rasputin with the company. She received much acclaim in the role of Anna Maurrant in City Opera’s production of Street Scene. Ms. Cusack made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Elektra in 1999 under the baton of James Levine.
Her regional opera experience is extensive and includes such roles as Desdemona (Otello), both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana). Ms. Cusack sang the role of Sieglinde in Act One of Wagner’s Die Walküre with Sylvan Opera in Haverford, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2001. She has also sung the role of Fiora in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re in the debut performance of the Teatro Grattacielo in New York’s Alice Tully Hall in 1997. She returned to Alice Tully Hall later that year to perform excerpts from Strauss’ Guntram with the Little Orchestra Society and Dino Anagnost in their 50th anniversary gala.
Ms. Cusack has performed frequently at the Tanglewood Festival, including as Alice Ford in Act III of Falstaff with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, the Marschallin in Act III of Der Rosenkavalier with the Tanglewood Orchestra under the late Erich Leinsdorf, and Bernard Rand’s Canti Lunatici with composer/conductor Luciano Berio. Maestro Berio then invited her to Italy to sing three concerts with the Florence May Festival, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Christa Ludwig and conductor Lorin Maazel, as well as concerts with other Italian orchestras.
She has also given many highly acclaimed performances of such diverse works as Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Britten’s War Requiem, Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé, Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, which she performed with Semyon Bychkov and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ms. Cusack has given numerous performances of the Verdi Requiem with the orchestras of Syracuse, Ft. Worth, Nashville, and the Chautauqua Festival.
Ms. Cusack is a frequent recital partner of JJ Penna; they have specialized in 20th century literature, in particular songs of Poulenc, Marx, Debussy, Wolf, Strauss, Barber, Rorem, Korngold, and Schoenberg. In October, 2004, they performed “A Tribute to Phyllis Curtin,” a recital celebrating the career of the great American soprano and teacher, in Lenox, Massachusetts, with Ms. Curtin in attendance. In addition to her performing and teaching, Ms. Cusack frequently lectures on opera. She earned a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and a Master of Music in teaching at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Peak Woo, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Peak Woo is a board-certified otolaryngologist specializing in laryngology (voice and throat disorders). His main interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the throat. During his 25 years in academic medicine, he spearheaded the development of the computerized videostroboscope and the high-speed video imaging system, now standard for imaging of vocal fold vibration. He also developed some novel applications of office lasers for treatment of disease of the throat. As a leader in his field, Dr. Woo is frequently asked to give courses and talks nationally and internationally on topics of phono-surgery, laser surgery, voice diagnosis and office intervention for voice disorders. Dr. Woo speaks English and Mandarin.

Dr. Woo received the Guest of Honor, Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Laryngology, The James Newcomb Award, the Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Laryngology, and Dedication to The American Laryngological Association, April 2018.

Stephen Purdy has conducted and played for the Broadway and touring companies of many popular Broadway and off- Broadway musicals including Disney’s Tarzan, The Full Monty, Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby), The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frankenstein (cast album) and The Fantasticks. He spent five years in Europe with 42nd Street, A Chorus Line and Grease, including a year in Paris. He is known as the author of Musical Theatre Song: A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation and Presentation for the Modern Performer published by Bloomsbury.

Before joining the Western Carolina University faculty, Stephen was on the musical theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. He is the founder of, and continues to teach at, the New York Vocal Coaching Studio, and his students have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of nearly every major Broadway musical of the last 20 years including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Come From Away, Wicked, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Frozen and many others.

As a guest artist/instructor, he has taught extensively both nationally and internationally, most notably in China, Korea and throughout Europe. Other New York and regional musical direction credits include Carolee Carmello, a Lincoln Center production starring John Rubinstein, five years as resident musical director at Ogunquit, Westchester Broadway Theatre (19 shows), Alliance (Atlanta), Arena Stage, Helen Hayes, The York, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore, Kansas City Starlight, Playwright's Horizons. Stephen holds a master's degree in vocal pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. 

Mark Moliterno

Mark Moliterno, MM, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP, POLY® is an accomplished professional opera singer, voice teacher, yoga teacher, IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist, workshop leader, and author and is known as a specialist in helping people understand and uncover their "authentic" voices. His extensive performing career has taken him to many countries in a variety of leading operatic roles and as a concert soloist and recitalist. Mark is the founder of YogaVoice®, a unique pedagogical program which combines several traditions of Yoga philosophy and practice with bel canto voice techniques to develop authenticity and wellness in the art of singing and personal communication. He presents YogaVoice® workshops at professional conferences and gatherings internationally. Mark has published articles in YogaLiving Magazine, The Journal of Singing, is co-author of The Musician’s Breath and the Musician's Being, and is the author and featured instructor of The Musician’s Breath Yoga DVD. His work has been highlighted in Yoga Journal magazine and on the Think.Act.Be and ChoirBaton podcasts. Mark Moliterno is an Priority Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College and maintains active voice and yoga therapy studios in New York City, Princeton, NJ, and eastern PA. Mark Moliterno is the recipient of the 2019 Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness from the Duke University Voice Care Center.

Joshua Glasner Joshua Glasner is a Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Professor of Voice at New York University.  His research is interdisciplinary and is situated at the intersection of vocal pedagogy, vocal performance, digital signal processing, speech language pathology, musicology, and community music.  Joshua’s most recent project is a collaboration with the Thomas Edison National Historical Park that studies historical singers and historical recording technology.  Prior to his time at NYU, he studied vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College where he worked in the Presser Voice Lab, facilitating lab assignments and graduate research for students and making the lab accessible to voice teachers and students as a supplement to private voice instruction.  Joshua is a board member of a recently established non-profit group, The Apollo Fund, which aims to provide unique performing opportunities for post-graduate classical musicians while offering no-cost music programming to primary and secondary schools in the five boroughs of New York City.  He has given workshops and paper presentations at the Voice Foundation Symposium, the College Music Society, and the International Congress of Voice Teachers.  Joshua is a member of The Voice Foundation, NATS and PAVA.
Jonathan Price Jonathan Price, a lyric tenor, appears frequently as a soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Price balances a full performing career with a vibrant voice studio. Current and former students have appeared in leading roles on Broadway, on National Tours, and in regional theaters across the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Price currently serves as an adjunct voice professor for the musical theater programs at Marymount Manhattan College and Rowan University, and is a Priority Adjunct professor of voice for the musical theater program at Rider University. Mr. Price also serves as the Assistant Director for Westminster Choir College's Voice Pedagogy Institute. He is the President of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as a Deputy Province Governor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. Mr. Price holds a Master of Music and Performance Studies Certificate in Voice Performance from Boston Conservatory and Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Kathy Kessler Price Kathy Kessler Price, Program Director, soprano (M.M., Ph.D.) and Associate Professor, teaches voice pedagogy courses and applied voice, and directs the Presser Voice Laboratory at Westminster. She was recognized by Rider University and Westminster Choir College as a Distinguished Teacher of the Year for 2018. Dr. Price 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 enjoyed the role of independent voice teacher throughout her career as well in Kansas City (Missouri), Virginia, and currently in New Jersey. As a soloist and conductor, she has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and The White House. Dr. Price is a frequent clinician and soloist, having taught/performed in Croatia, Brazil, Moscow, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. She is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium and conducts the acclaimed D.C. women’s ensemble, Philomela. Dr. Price is a co-author of the book, The Anatomy of Tone (2018), is published in the Journal of Singing, and presents research frequently at The Voice Foundation symposiums and the conferences of The National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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