Voice Pedagogy Institute

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Voice Pedagogy Institute
July 20–24, 2020

with optional extension July 24 – 26


Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Based on ongoing state and federal recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Rider University announced that all Summer I and II courses will move to remote or alternative instruction. The updated description is below.

UPDATE: Based on ongoing state and federal recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus, this summer Rider University is providing remote and alternative instruction and is committed to providing the same quality programming in an exciting new format.

This summer the program will be offered virtually. All class instruction with Rider faculty and materials will be provided, along with a line-up of award winning artists and internationally acclaimed guests to present engaging masterclass sessions.

For questions regarding our 2020 Summer programs, please visit Frequently Asked Questions or email us at [email protected].


Kathy Price, Director
Jonathan Price, Assistant Director
Arthur Levy
Mary Saunders Barton
Paul E. Kwak
Christopher Arneson
Joshua Glasner
Mark Moliterno

Westminster’s Voice Pedagogy Institute is a focused, intensive program for singers, voice teachers, coaches, and other professional voice users who wish to become better teachers. Evidence-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 (typically) hands-on use of the Presser Voice Lab are all part of this fascinating week.

This year we offer the Institute fully online. Though the change was prompted by COVID, this format not only allows us to serve our current registrants, but also brings the Institute to people who might not otherwise be able to attend. We are excited that we will continue a focus on voice technology with freeware as well as a session on best-practices in technology for teaching online voice lessons. Our daily schedule is designed to accommodate both our in-depth curriculum and our participants’ need for flexibility. There will be multiple ways to view, engage, and connect, including some social-networking happy hour events!

VPI is pleased to offer for the first time an additional, optional extension seminar. Beginning Friday evening, July 24, through Sunday noon, July 26, Dr. Christopher Arneson and Dr. Kathy Price lead a program specifically titled, “So, You Want to Teach in College….?” Topics include developing your CV, writing cover letters, and interviewing skills. One-on-one conversations with the faculty focus on your specific questions and needs. We will also help participants develop coursework for teaching, create syllabi, and consider different modes of delivery. Participants are welcome to enroll in this extension whether or not they have taken the Voice Pedagogy Institute.

Join us if you desire a more complete understanding of voice pedagogy, a practical approach to voice science, and more experience with voice technology. Those who wish to participate in any or all of these sessions are invited to register now!

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)
  • Voice technology for feedback and research as well as online teaching technology


$825 non-credit/$1415 with 2 graduate credits/$1710 with 3 graduate credits
$250 for Optional extension weekend
$200 single day rate


Download the schedule here (pdf)


Mary Saunders Barton headshot Mary Saunders Barton is a Penn State Professor Emeritus currently residing in New York where she maintains a professional voice studio. She is an adjunct professor in the musical theatre program at Montclair State University. While at Penn State, Mary created an MFA in Musical Theatre Voice Pedagogy with colleague Norman Spivey to meet the growing demand for teachers who specialize in vernacular singing techniques. In recent seasons her students have been seen on Broadway in Book of Mormon, Miss Saigon, Newsies, Beautiful, Chicago, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, School of Rock, Wicked, Bandstand, A Bronx Tale, Beetlejuice, Ain’t Too Proud, Kinky Boots, and My Fair Lady, among others, and in many tours and regional productions. Mary is frequently invited to present her workshop “Bel Canto/Can Belto” in the U.S and abroad. She has produced two DVD tutorials, “Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre” and “What about the Boys?” and is co-author of the book “Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act” with colleague Norman Spivey. She is a contributing author of the NATS publication “So You Want to Sing CCM: A Guide for Performers,” and of a number of other pedagogical resources. She serves as a national mentor for the New York NATS Mentorship Program. Mary is a 2018 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She is chair of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.
Arthur J Levy headshot Arthur J Levy, a renowned voice teacher and professor of music, is on the faculty of Mannes School of Music, The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and formerly at Manhattan School of Music in New York City; His most recently project has been teaching Ms. Meryl Streep in preparation for her role for the movie Florence Foster Jenkins. He has been a vocal consultant and master class teacher at the Glimmerglass Opera, a voice instructor for the Young Artist Program at Pittsburgh Opera and the Roundabout Theatre at the opera house in Stuttgart, Germany. He was also a faculty member at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, in Waimea, Hawaii. He works with singers who appear in all the major opera houses of the world and on Broadway stages, including Audra McDonald, world renowned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Charles Castronovo, and a number of Tony award winning Musical Theatre performers. He has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes, with his student Audra Mcdonald.

Other singers he has been fortunate to work with have been Elizabeth Futral, Hao Jiang Tian, James Valenti, William Burden, Ricardo Rivera, Won Whi Choi, Stephen Powell, and the late, great Broadway star Marin Mazzie, as well as and Jason Daniely, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. In the theatre world he has worked and coached such luminary theatre and movie stars as Stockard Channing, Oliver Platt, Lauren Graham, and Leah Michelle (of “Glee”) He has performed as tenor soloist in both opera and oratorio and is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with additional studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Paul Kwak headshot Paul E. Kwak is a laryngologist and laryngeal surgeon at the NYU Voice Center, and Assistant Professor in the NYU Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, specializing in care of the professional voice and phonomicrosurgical resection of benign vocal fold lesions. He treats patients with vocal cord cancer, vocal cord paralysis, and laryngeal papilloma, and is experienced in surgical techniques for laryngeal microsurgery and use of the KTP laser. Dr. Kwak completed his clinical fellowship in laryngeal surgery with Dr. Steven Zeitels at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he earned a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano with Margo Garrett, studying vocal accompanying and opera coaching.

In 2003, Kwak graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he studied the history of medicine and medical ethics and wrote an honors thesis on the history of trust in the physician-patient relationship. Kwak spent a year abroad at Oxford University, on fellowship from Harvard, where he earned a master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy, writing an honors dissertation on patients’ rights legislation in the United States and in the United Kingdom. In February 2006, Kwak was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and in May 2006, the Helen Fay Prize for Outstanding Pianist at Juilliard. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was named the 2010 Outstanding Graduating Medical Student.

Dr. Kwak’s clinical and research interests center on the care of the professional voice, and his most recent publications examine physiologic and acoustic effects of opera performance, in ongoing collaborations with The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera. Additionally, his work focuses on phonomicrosurgical approaches to benign subepithelial vocal fold pathology, paralytic dysphonia, and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.

Joshua Glasner Baritone, Dr. Joshua Glasner is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina University where he teaches voice lessons to students singing Musical Theatre, Western Classical, and Commercial (CCM) styles. Prior to coming to Coastal, he taught at New York University, Westminster Choir College’s Summer Voice Pedagogy Institute, the University of Delaware, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Singers in his private studio in NYC have performed in Equity and AGMA productions in the city and around the USA.

In addition to teaching voice, Dr. Glasner has presented his research on the singing voice nationally and internationally. Most recently, he has presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia and the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Sweden on topics ranging from historical recording technology and historical singing to spectral differences between contemporary and legit MT styles. Dr. Glasner’s current research interests lie at the intersection of historical vocal pedagogy, perception of singing, and teaching efficacy. He holds degrees from NYU, Westminster Choir College, and the University of Delaware, as well as a Certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech.

More information can be found on Dr. Glasner’s website at
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.
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. He is considered a thought-leader in the area of 21st Century vocal pedagogy, a master teacher of both singing and classical yoga, and a specialist in helping people understand and connect to their authentic voices.

Mr. Moliterno holds the BM and MM degrees in Voice and Opera from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where his teacher and mentor was the famous vocal pedagogue, Richard Miller. 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 currently maintains his performing activity in the recital and concert repertoires.

Mark Moliterno is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) and an IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). He is the originator and founder of YogaVoice®, a unique pedagogical program which combines several traditions of Yoga philosophy and practice with Systematic Voice Technique to develop authenticity and wellness in the art of singing and personal communication. A sought-after clinician, he presents YogaVoice® workshops at professional conferences and gatherings internationally. Mark has published articles in YogaLiving Magazine and The Journal of Singing. He has contributed chapters to two texts (with James Jordan), The Musician’s Being and The Musician’s Breath, and is the author and featured instructor of The Musician’s Breath Yoga DVD.

Mark is a long-standing member of the voice faculty at Westminster Choir College and also teaches private voice and Yoga for Performers at Muhlenberg College. He serves as a faculty member for a number of prestigious summer training programs, including Westminster’s Vocal Pedagogy Institute, the Taos Opera Institute, Songfest, the CoOPERAtive Program, and is co-founder of The Mindful Singer Retreat.

Mark Moliterno was the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Patrick D Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness from the Duke Voice Care Center. He is a member of NATS, Yoga Alliance, and The International Association of Yoga Therapists and maintains private voice and yoga therapy studios in New Jersey, New York City, and eastern Pennsylvania.
Christopher Arneson Christopher Arneson, is a professional voice trainer and vocologist on the faculty at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he is Director of Voice Pedagogy and teaches Pedagogy, Literature, and Speech for the Actor. In 2016 he also joined the faculty at Princeton University. Dr. Arneson is a frequent guest speaker regarding the training and care of the professional voice. He is a faculty member for the New York Singing Teachers Association’s (NYSTA) professional development program, where he teaches classes in vocal repertoire and applied pedagogy. Dr. Arneson was chair of the NATS Pedagogy Curriculum Committee and has published articles in the NATS Journal of Singing; “Teaching Teachers and Performance Anxiety: A 21st Century Perspective”. In 2014, he was Program Chair of the NATS National Conference, in Boston.

Dr. Arneson was the co-director of the CoOPERAtive Program, a young artist program for singers, held at Westminster Choir College and the co-director of the Voice and Speech department in the MFA program at the renowned Actors Studio of the New School University in New York. In addition, he teaches “Use and Care of the Professional Voice at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Arneson completed Vocology internships at the Grabscheid Voice Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Vox Humana Laboratory at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, both in New York, where he continues to collaborate with otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists in the remediation of voice disorders.

Dr. Arneson holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Opera degrees from Binghamton University, completed post-graduate studies at Cornell University where he studied with renowned Verdi scholar Roger Parker, and earned a Doctor of Music degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he studied Seventeenth Century Venetian Opera with Dr. Irene Alm. Dr. Arneson was editor for NATS Journal of Singing, and he served on the editorial board for the new revised edition of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Vocal Repertoire Collection, published by Frederick Harris, Ltd. He is a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing, and he has been designated as Master Teacher for the NATS Teaching Intern Program. Dr. Arneson is the editor/ author of, Fundamentals of Great Singing, the Teaching of Michael Trimble and Literature for Teaching: Solo Vocal Repertoire from a Developmental Perspective, both published in 2013/2014. His new publication, Literature for Teaching – Teaching Edition: Anthologies of Art Songs and Arias for Young Singers and Teachers will be available in 2017.

In 2017-18, Dr. Arneson served on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to review and nominate candidates for study in the field of Voice.

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