College Expo Recordings

April 21 – 24, 2021

Wednesday, April 21

Wednesday, April 21, 3:30 – 4:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Ithaca College Masterclass 1

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Class Description: General Masterclass for high-school juniors and seniors in any style.
Presenter:  Marc Webster and Jennifer Kay

Marc Webster

Bass Marc Webster joined the voice faculty in the School of Music at Ithaca College in 2010. His teaching style focuses on healthy, expressive singing and helping students honor the integrity of their music. Marc is an active masterclass clinician and enjoys soloist engagements across the country in concert, opera, and oratorio. Marc holds graduate degrees from Juilliard and Eastman and completed his opera apprentice training at the Merola Studio at San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera Studio, Florida Grand Opera Studio, and as a Filene Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. For more information, please visit: https://faculty.ithaca.edu/mwebster/

Jennifer Kay

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Kay has been a member of the Ithaca College Faculty since 2007. Her teaching style focuses on healthy singing strategies that empower the student performer to reach their individual artist goals. She loves all genres of vocal music and is especially interested in language study and discovering diverse repertoire. Jennifer is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is committed to building community and sharing resources amongst voice teachers. Jennifer holds the DMA and MM from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and a BM in performance and education from Ithaca College School of Music.

 

Wednesday, April 21, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Baldwin Wallace University Masterclass 1:
Singing Your Best College Audition

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Class Description: Maximize your college and conservatory audition success. Learn how to give Your Best Audition in virtual and live settings. Masterclass includes tips, techniques, and live workshop examples. Session begins with a brief overview, continues with three brief workshop sessions (bring your piano tracks to participate), and ends with interactive Q&A.
Presenter: Scott Skiba
Scott Skiba
is an award-winning stage director, producer, administrator, and educator. Scott has led more than 70 new productions, earning recognition for his imaginative stage direction and dynamic physical approach to storytelling that is “masterful…ingenious…first-rate…vivid and emotionally charged,” and he is a frequent guest stage director, master class and workshop teacher throughout the United States and in Europe. Scott is Director of Opera Studies for the Nationally-recognized, undergraduate-only Voice Performance Program at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Executive Artistic Director for Cleveland Opera Theater, Director of Production for Opera Western Reserve, Assistant Artistic Director for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Acting and Movement Instructor for Music Across the Pond (MAP), and serves on the Chamber Opera Production Committee for the National Opera Association. Scott’s previous appointments include Instructor of Voice and Opera Theater, Interlochen Arts Academy; Associate Instructor of Voice, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; and Executive Director of the Oberlin in Italy opera training program. More: www.ScottSkiba.com / www.BWVP.org

 


Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: The Juilliard School Masterclass

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Presenter: Darrell Babidge
Baritone, Darrell Babidge was born in Bournemouth, England. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the U.K in vocal performance and received his Master’s degree from Brigham Young University and his Professional degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, funded by Birgitt Nilsson. While still a student, he performed the title role of Britten’s Owen Wingrave with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Darrell has performed in Europe, America and Asia, in venues that include the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the Royal Albert Hall.
His students have become winners of the following competitions: Metropolitan Opera National Council, George London, Operalia, Eleanor McCollum (Houston Grand Opera), and the Licia-Albanese Puccini competition. Students have also recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammaphon and Sony, with a recent recording nominated for a Grammy award. Soprano, Rachel Willis-Sørensen will be a guest artist on Jonas Kaufmann’s latest album in 2019.

Room 2: Vanderbilt University Masterclass 1

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Class Description: Masterclass with voice faculty from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music focusing on feedback to help students prepare for university auditions. Rising seniors and juniors are eligible to participate. All singers are welcome to attend.
Presenter: Amy Jarman
Soprano Amy Jarman has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for her “radiant tone and moving phrasing.” Ms. Jarman is a member of the voice faculty at Vanderbilt University where she teaches applied voice and song literature. She also teaches at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. She has been a guest artist at the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival in Albuquerque, the Festival of American and Bulgarian music in Bulgaria, the Baroque Festival of Corona del Mar, California, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, the Rocky Ridge Music Festival and in recitals throughout England.

Room 3: Ithaca College Masterclass 2

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: General Masterclass for high-school juniors and seniors in any style.
Presenter:  Marc Webster and Jennifer Kay

Marc Webster

Bass Marc Webster joined the voice faculty in the School of Music at Ithaca College in 2010. His teaching style focuses on healthy, expressive singing and helping students honor the integrity of their music. Marc is an active masterclass clinician and enjoys soloist engagements across the country in concert, opera, and oratorio. Marc holds graduate degrees from Juilliard and Eastman and completed his opera apprentice training at the Merola Studio at San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera Studio, Florida Grand Opera Studio, and as a Filene Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. For more information, please visit: https://faculty.ithaca.edu/mwebster/

Jennifer Kay

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Kay has been a member of the Ithaca College Faculty since 2007. Her teaching style focuses on healthy singing strategies that empower the student performer to reach their individual artist goals. She loves all genres of vocal music and is especially interested in language study and discovering diverse repertoire. Jennifer is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is committed to building community and sharing resources amongst voice teachers. Jennifer holds the DMA and MM from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and a BM in performance and education from Ithaca College School of Music.


Wednesday, April 21, 8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Lyric Theatre at University of Illinois - From Purcell to P!nk

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Find optimal vocal versatility through styles ranging from Purcell to P!nk and everything in between! Your voice is ready to be explored through healthy and safe exercises ensuring optimal ease, creativity, and fun during this 60 minute workshop.
Presenter: Sarah Wigley
Sarah Wigley is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice for the Lyric Theatre department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she instructs Lyric Theatre Studio, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Singing in Musical Theatre while maintaining a private voice studio and frequently stage directing both opera and musical theatre. Wigley holds an MM in Voice Performance from Colorado State University and a BM in Voice from the University of Minnesota, and has served as faculty for the Musical Theatre department at the University of Northern Colorado as well as Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado.
As a contemporary voice specialist, Ms. Wigley’s workshops concerning flexible voice technique and crossover training for both studio voice teachers and choral educators have energized the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, the National Association for Teachers of Singing, Illinois Music Education Association, Iowa Choral Directors Association, and Minnesota Music Education Association. Wigley currently sits on the board of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association for Teachers of Singing and serves as President of the Central Illinois National Society of Arts and Letters.

Room 2: University of Minnesota

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
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Presenter: John DeHaan

Room 3: Converse College

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Description: Learn about the single most important element to great singing, and get tips and guidance from one of the most exciting young sopranos on the operatic scene.
Presenter: Emalie Savoy
Lauded as ‘remarkable’ by the New York Times, soprano Emalie Savoy is the newest addition to Converse’s vocal faculty. First Prize Winner at the 2015 ARD Munich Competition, Emalie has sung frequently with the Metropolitan Opera (including in the Met’s HD Live Series) and appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, among many other groups.


Wednesday, April 21, 9:30 – 10:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Singing with Appcompanist

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Maximize your rep learning, practice, online training and performance with Appcompanist, the accompaniment and practice app endorsed by thousands of top voice teachers and singers. Darin Adams, Broadway/Crossover voice teacher and founder of Appcompanist, will work with singers in a masterclass setting using Appcompanist. Pick any classical or musical theatre rep from the App—there are thousands of professional recordings to choose from—and Darin will show you how the wide range of tools on the App will help take your singing to new heights while providing valuable vocal feedback for the participants! Teachers also welcome to see the app in action in an online training environment!
Presenter: Darin Adams


Thursday, April 22

Thursday, April 22, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: DePauw University High School Masterclass

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Dr. Campelo will present a master class specifically catered to high school students and the needs of young singers with developing techniques and artistic skill. Classical and Musical Theatre styles are welcome.
Presenter:André Campelo
Brazilian baritone André Campelo is an enthusiastic recitalist and oratorio performer and is often featured as a soloist in performances of works such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, and in Bach’s B minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and Magnificat. Among his favorite recital appearances are the great German song cycles: Winterreise, Schwanengesang (Schubert), Dichterliebe, Liederkreis op. 39 (Schumann). He also performed solo recitals of Brazilian songs in dozens of theaters in Brazil, Panama, and Portugal. As a member of the voice faculty at DePauw, he is committed to helping young singers to achieve their academic and career goals, guiding them towards singing with artistry and reliable vocal technique. He teaches a variety of courses including Diction (Italian, German, French, Spanish), Vocal Pedagogy, Solo Vocal Literature, and Applied Voice. He is also a frequent adjudicator and master clinician.

Room 3: Lawrence University Masterclass:
The Brain, Music, and Optimal Performance

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: The Brain, Music, and Optimal Performance
This clear yet delightfully quick-paced masterclass nimbly weaves together discoveries in neuroscience with the experience of vocal artistry. From the outset, practical-application exercises demystify how the conscious mind integrates with the unconscious brain to unleash our body’s intelligence. Singers learn how to take charge–to “turn off” the judge–and mindfully guide their performance without anxiety. This class is relevant to singers from high-school through professional performers in all performance styles.
Presenter: Karen Leigh-Post
Dr. Karen Leigh-Post, Professor at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in cognitive neuroscience for singers. Her presentations have been described as “whimsical, intelligent, practical and brilliantly communicated.” Her ground-breaking publications, Mind-Body Awareness for Singers: Unleashing Optimal Performance (Plural Publishing, 2014) and So You Want To Sing with Awareness, The Brain, Music, and Optimal Performance (2020) are proclaimed as “significant…must reads for every singer and teacher of singing”.


Thursday, April 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Interlochen Arts Academy Masterclass 1

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: In this class, they will work with three singers to address individual needs and questions in a masterclass setting, and will also take time to speak with attendees and observers regarding questions specific to the education and training of high school classical singers.
Presenter: Jeffery Norris and Laura Osgood

Jeffery Norris

Baritone Jeffery Norris began his professional career at the age of 19 singing with Fred Warings’ Pennsylvanians. He has taught at Interlochen Arts Academy since 1986. An active educator, Mr. Norris serves as Instructor of Voice at Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp, and founded the Advanced Vocal Program at Interlochen Arts Camp. His former students have attended the finest music schools in the United States, many proceeding to enjoy professional careers in both performance and education.

Laura Osgood

Dr. Laura Osgood is a rising performer and educator with a passion for opera, art song, oratorio, and pedagogy. In recent seasons she was the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Mel Larimer Concert Series, Mendelssohn’s Elijah under the baton of Joseph Flummerfelt at the Interlochen Arts Festival, Newfoundland’s Opera on the Avalon as Mimì (cover) in La bohème, Finger Lakes Opera as Micaëla (cover) in Carmen, and the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra as Tatiana in the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin. She currently serves as Director of Opera Workshop and Instructor of Voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Room 2: Oberlin Conservatory Masterclass 1

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Presenter: Timothy LeFebvre
Nationally acclaimed baritone Timothy LeFebvre has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall. Mr. LeFebvre has appeared in concert with the Jacksonville Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Evansville Symphony, Symphoria (Syracuse), Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Rochester Bach Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, New Dominion Chorale, Williamsport Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Syracuse Chamber Music Society, the Skaneateles Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared in concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. LeFebvre’s operatic experience features performances with Central City Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Mr. LeFebvre graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and Binghamton University and is currently Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Voice Department at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Room 3: The Juilliard School PRESENTATION -
Applying to College as a Music Major: Information & Strategies

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Learn how admission to college as a major in one of the performing arts (music, dance, drama) differs from “regular” college admission. The Juilliard School’s Associate Dean for Enrollment Management provides information, strategies, and tips for a successful outcome.
Presenter: Kathleen Tesar
Kathleen Tesar oversees the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid in her role as Associate Dean for Enrollment Management at The Juilliard School. She was previously the Associate Dean at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and Director of Admissions at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Kathleen holds degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.


Thursday, April 22, 8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Boston Conservatory at Berklee Masterclass 1

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: The Audition as Complete Performance
Auditions are opportunities to give your best performance. In this masterclass with Patty Thom, the focus will be on those qualities of the audition which lead to a musical and artistic experience, both for the performer as well as for the audience. Ms. Thom will discuss dramatic choices, characterization, translation and the interpretation of text and poetry, physicalization, and making expressive and stylistic vocal choices. All auditions are a chance to perform beautifully and express yourself fully. Learn how to make that happen.
Presenter: Patty Thom
Patty Thom
joined the faculty at The Boston Conservatory (now Boston Conservatory at Berklee) in 2003 as the Chair of Voice and Opera. In addition to serving as chair, she teaches private voice and performance skills classes. Ms. Thom is also co-director of Boston Conservatory’s summer program for high school-aged singers, the Vocal/Choral Intensive. As well she is the Artistic Director of ArtsBridge ArtSong, an audition preparatory program for high school-aged classical singers readying themselves for college and conservatory admission.

Room 2: Butler University Masterclass 2 - All About the Text!

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Class Description: Learn to sing with great diction and strong communication skills.
Presenters: Oliver Worthington and Dana Zenobi

Oliver Worthington is the head of the Voice Area at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN).
Dana Zenobi teaches Diction, Literature and Pedagogy classes at Butler.

Room 3: Penn State University- Language and Diction in Song and Arias

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: 
Presenters: Jennifer Trost and Rachel Copeland
Rachel E. Copeland
continues to receive acclaim as a “revelation with her coloratura soprano leaping easily to impossible heights!” Career highlights include the roles of Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Micaela in Carmen, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Zdenka in Arabella, Musetta and Mimì in La bohème, and Juliette in Romèo et Juliette. Dr. Copeland teaches at the Penn State School of Music and also currently serves as the General Manager of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She holds the Doctor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University; the Master of Music and the Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Baylor University.
Praised for her “brilliant voice” and “intense portrayals,” Jennifer Trost has enjoyed a distinguished singing career, mainly in Germany as a leading artist at the Wuppertal Opera and nine years as a soloist at the renowned Bavarian State Opera. Other highlights include the Salzburg Music Festival, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Opéra de Paris Garnier, the BBC Proms in London, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Hollywood Bowl. Trost is currently Professor of Music at The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches voice, as well as the song literature and opera literature courses.


Thursday, April 22, 9:30 – 10:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: University of Utah - Kindness, Science, Big Singing!

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: With a sympathetic ear and a head full of evidence-based vocal pedagogy, Dr. Seth Keeton, Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Utah, will lead singers to new heights of vocal freedom and expression. We will Loudly and Have Fun!
Presenter: Seth Keeton
Bass-baritone, Seth Keeton’s performances have been described by The New York Times as “driven” and “emotionally pointed,” and “stentorian” by Opera News. He has performed roles on opera stages throughout the country and Europe. In art song and in recital, Keeton’s creative expression takes many forms, and he delights in creating unusual song recitals for himself and his students. As a scholar Keeton has created an online song index, SongHelix, that makes it easy to find related song repertoire. Mr. Keeton is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Utah School of Music.

Room 2: Pepperdine University Masterclass

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School
Presenter: Louise Lofquist and Ida Nicolosi

Louise Lofquist

Pianist and contralto Louise Lofquist has become one of Southern California’s most sought-after collaborative pianists, vocal coaches, and voice teachers. She is Associate Professor of Music at Pepperdine University, where she teaches voice, piano, diction, vocal accompanying and chamber music. As a pianist, she has performed in recital with such artists as violinist Gilles Apap, baritone Rod Gilfry, cellist Zuill Bailey, clarinetist Fred Ormand, and many others. In recent years she has been active as a concert singer. Her voice students have appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the San Antonio Opera, the Heidelberg Opera, Meiningen Staatstheater, Utah Festival Opera, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and at Carnegie Hall.

Ida Nicolosi

Ida Nicolosi is recognized for her command of a great breadth of repertoire that encompasses opera, oratorio, early music, and new music. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 singing the world premiere of James Eakin’s Flowers Over the Graves of War presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York. Nicolosi has sung with the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Opera Iowa, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Gotham Chamber Opera, The Des Moines Metro Opera, the Kansas City Civic Opera, the Jewell Early Music Festival, and the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.

Friday, April 23

Friday, April 23, 3:30 – 4:30 pm Eastern
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Room 2: Illinois Wesleyan University - Masterclass

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Presenter: William Hudson
Dr. Hudson currently teaches applied voice and vocal pedagogy at Illinois Wesleyan University where he is also the Head of the Voice and Choral area. He is the current Illinois District Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His students have gone on to be accepted into many of the nation’s best graduate programs.

Room 3: McGill University Masterclass 2: Italian & French

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Style: Classical
Level: University
Class Description: This masterclass will concentrate on the use and beauty of text in vocal works through diction and vocal technique mainly in Italian and French repertoire from the baroque period to present day. Recitatives are most welcome.
Presenter: Annamaria Popescu
Following her education at McGill University, the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, mezzo soprano Annamaria Popescu embarked on a distinguished career with roles including Olga in Eugene Onegin and Suzuki in Madame Butterfly throughout Europe and North America. Most notably, she is the Canadian singer who has sung most often at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with over 100 performances having made her debut in Les Troyens by Berlioz. Her recording of the complete songs of Rachmaninoff with pianist Howard Shelley was followed by rave reviews. Other highlights include concert repertoire in Europe and Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra to the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, in repertoire ranging from works by Sir Michael Tippett’s Mask of Time to Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. She has also worked extensively on the recital stage with Michael McMahon and Esther Gonthier. Since 2010, Annamaria Popescu has been lecturing at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University as assistant professor of voice and Italian diction.


Friday, April 23, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern
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Room 2: UCLA PRESENTATION: The Doctor is IN. Q&A and Intro to UCLA

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Bring your most perplexing questions — vocal technique, expression & interpretation, repertoire, auditioning, the singer’s life, the sky’s the limit! — for UCLA Distinguished Professor of Voice & Opera Juliana Gondek. Plus, an exciting short presentation of UCLA’s grad and undergrad Voice programs.
Presenter: Juliana Gondek
JULIANA GONDEK has starred in 150+ operatic and symphonic roles with such renowned conductors as Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, and Nicholas McGegan. Her 40-year performance and recording career has taken her to the world’s most celebrated stages, including the Met, La Scala, the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals, the New York Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Carnegie Hall. Her students are performing at the Met, Covent Garden, and Vienna , and winning Broadway “Tony” awards and top prizes on “The Voice,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Ms. Gondek is in demand worldwide as a master teacher at summer festivals and conservatories.

Room 3: Vanderbilt University Masterclass 2

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Class Description: Masterclass with voice faculty from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music focusing on feedback to help students prepare for university auditions.
Presenter: Tyler Nelson
Dr. Tyler Nelson
is an Associate Professor of Voice at the Blair School of Music. Recent engagements have included performances of leading roles with Opera Saratoga, New Orleans Opera, Opera on the James, Dayton Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Omaha and Wide Open Opera in Ireland. Other highlights include performances as the Tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tenor soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with the Albany Symphony as well multiple performances with Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer, in France.


Friday, April 23, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Boston University Masterclass

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Join Dr. Lynn Eustis from Boston University School of Music as she works with singers on their vocal technique and presentation. 
Presenter: Lynn Eustis
Soprano, Dr. Lynn Eustis, is currently Associate Professor of Voice at Boston University. She continues to sing actively throughout the US and internationally singing over thirty operatic roles, most notably the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and The Daughter of the Regiment, Zerbinetta, Olympia, Pamina, Susanna, Rosina, and Gilda. Recordings include Carmina burana (Klavier), featured soloist on Innisfree (GIA Publications) and Portraits: New Music for Soprano, Baritone and Piano (Capstone). Dr. Eustis is the author of A Singer’s Epiphany: Faith, Music, and Mortality; The Singer’s Ego: Finding Balance Between Music and Life, Finding Middle Ground (two volumes of songs for teaching young voices); and The Teacher’s Ego: When Singers Become Voice Teachers. www.lynneustis.com

Room 2: Interlochen Arts Camp Masterclass - Breath, Tension, & Artistry

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Style: Classical
Level: High School
Class Description: Every voice needs something different to reach its next level of vocal freedom. In this class, we will explore ways to achieve that next level, from breath work to tension release, vowel alignment to artistry, and maybe even some brain reset buttons. Time will be reserved to field questions and discuss training opportunities that help to put high school singers on track for college audition readiness.
Presenter: Autumn West
Autumn West, soprano, enjoys a career spanning the realms of performance, education, administration, and advocacy. West’s professional engagements have seen her perform with organizations such as Cincinnati Opera, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Grant Park Music Festival, Canterbury Voices, Sugar Creek Opera, Painted Sky Opera, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from Moscow, among others. She is an avid recitalist with interests and specializations in female composers as well as the lieder of Richard Strauss. West received her Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her Doctoral degree includes specializations in arts administration and vocal pedagogy.

Room 3: Oberlin Conservatory Masterclass 2

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University 
Presenter: Katherine Jolly
Katherine Jolly has brought her bright, agile voice to leading coloratura and soubrette roles with companies including Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Houston Grand Operaco., Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Pensacola Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Piedmont Opera, appearing with conductors including George Manahan, Stephen Lord, Michael Christie, Stuart Robinson, and Jerry Steichen. She has performed with organizations including the Phoenix Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Kingsbury Ensemble, Bach Society of Saint Louis, and Sacramento Choral Arts Society. Her recording, Preach, Sister, Preach will be released on PARMA records in 2019. The soprano was a 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Winner and has received awards from the George London Foundation and Opera Theatre Saint Louis. Dr. Jolly received the DMA and MM degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and is an Associate Professor of Voice at Oberlin Conservatory.


Friday, April 23, 8:00- 9:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: DePauw University Masterclass 2

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School
Class Description: Dr. Jennings will present a masterclass specifically catered to high school students and the needs of young singers with developing techniques and artistic skill. Classical and Musical Theatre styles are welcome.
Presenter: Kerry Jennings
Tenor Kerry Jennings enjoys a career that encompasses opera, oratorio, recital, and chamber works. On the operatic stage, performance highlights include over forty lead and supporting roles comprised of early, standard, and contemporary repertoire. An accomplished recitalist, his recording of American Songs and Song Cycles “In My Memory” with works by Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, and Richard Pearson Thomas was met with critical claim. Ms. Larsen calls his recording of her cycle My Ántonia “the definitive reference performance for future performances.” Dr. Jennings’ students are regularly winners at the state, regional, and national level in major competitions, including several awards in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in recent years. He is currently the Voice Area Coordinator and Director of Opera at DePauw University.

Room 2: Musical Theatre Auditions with Broadway Director Steven Gross

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Presenter: Steven Gross
Style: Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Steven has worked on Broadway and the West End as a music director, conductor, pianist, sub and vacation conductor on such shows as The LifeUrinetownThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeChicago, Miss Saigon, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever and Dreamgirls and on the New York City Opera productions of A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Most Happy Fella and Candide. He has worked Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and the Algonquin Theater and is a Lortel Award nominee for Best Musical for his adaption of The Pirates of Penzance at the South Street Seaport. His regional theater work includes music direction in St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago. He has conducted the European premieres of The LifeUrinetownFalsettosBeehiveForever Plaid, Closer Than EverFlora the Red Menace and other works. He also works extensively as a classical conductor and has appeared with many national and international opera companies, symphony orchestras and festivals.

 

Friday, April 23, 9:30 – 10:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Pacific Lutheran University Masterclass - Let's Get to Work!

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: To gain strategies to achieve your singing goals. Let’s work on one or two technical things that you are currently working on with your voice teacher to make your singing more efficient, which leads to improved artistry.
Presenter: Soon Cho
Dr. Soon Cho
, lyric mezzo-soprano, has performed in recitals, concerts and operas in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States. Her vocal and dramatic repertoire is unusually wide ranging; she is equally at home singing the music of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven as well as works by Mahler, Stravinsky, and living composers. While maintaining an active performing career, Dr. Cho is an artist teacher deeply committed to education. While holding herself and her students to the highest standards, Dr. Cho always adopts a nurturing, holistic, learner-centered approach that brings out the best in young singers. Her students have been accepted to prestigious music programs and have won major competitions. Dr. Cho received the DMA and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, MM from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

 

Room 2: Roosevelt University Masterclass 2 - RU Ready

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: That goal of team teaching exists at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. When you come to CCPA, you get the combined benefit of the entire voice faculty. How could you not improve? Come try your audition repertoire on two of CCPA’s outstanding faculty in a team-teaching format. Come and sing for Judith Haddon, and Mark Crayton.  See how we work at CCPA!
Presenters: Judith Haddon and Mark Crayton
Countertenor, Conductor and Director, Mark Crayton is hailed by critics and audiences for the pure beauty of his voice, his expressive and insightful interpretations, his natural musicality, and his crowd-pleasing productions! Winner of the Classical Singer International Vocal Competition, Mr. Crayton performs on concert stages and in opera houses throughout the United States and Europe. For more information concerning Mr. Crayton’s career and current season, please visit www.markcrayton.com.
Soprano Judith Haddon brings to her teaching the experience and knowledge of a major international career. She has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Barcelona Liceo, Hamburg Staatsoper, New York City Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Haddon studied at the University of Illinois and the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School, and was a winner of the prestigious National Opera Institute Grant two years in a row. Her teaching promotes a strong foundation based on her own international education. Former students have been finalists in the Metropolitan Council auditions, won the George London Grant, and have sung in prestigious apprentice programs such as Santa Fe, Merola, Berlin Staatsoper, and many others.

Room 3: Texas State University Masterclass

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: This class will offer constructive and encouraging feedback to singers on their performances, addressing issues such as tone quality, diction, musicality, character development, breathing and communication of the text. This is NOT a competition, just an opportunity to hear another person’s opinion. Relax and have fun!
Presenter: Ron Ulen
In a long and distinguished singing career, Ron Ulen has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, singing over 120 roles in more than 2500 performances. He has also received several awards for his work as a stage director. He has given master classes throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, Austria and China, and has been an adjudicator for numerous national and international vocal competitions, including the Met Auditions, Classical Singer and NATSAA. Mr. Ulen is Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Texas State University, while maintaining an active performance schedule.


Saturday, April 24

Saturday, April 24, 11:00 – Noon Eastern
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Room 1: Mannes School of Music Masterclass

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Join noted Mannes School of Music Voice Faculty member Beth Roberts for a very special masterclass. Students studying at Mannes in NYC receive highly focused technical training in weekly private voice lessons, as well as opera coaching, language and diction classes, and vocal repertory electives.
Presenter: Beth Roberts
For over 25 years Beth Roberts has been a dedicated and accomplished voice teacher and music educator. She has been on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music at The New Schooli NYC since 1996 and has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001. Her voice studio at Mannes has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Seattle Opera, Saint Louis Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala. Students of Ms. Roberts have been finalists and winners of such major vocal competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Giuseppe di Stefano Competition, the Jenny Lind Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Giulio Gari Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition. Others have entered young artist programs at Merola, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Chautauqua.

Room 2: Sacred Heart University:
Presenting Yourself Virtually - Singing on Video

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School
Class Description: Maximize your vocal technique and get useful tips for presenting yourself on camera for virtual auditions and your choral/singing assignments. Come prepared to sing 16 bars in your preferred style!
Presenter: Matt Cimino
Assistant Director of Liturgical Choir at Sacred Heart University, adjunct professor of voice at Southern Connecticut State University, piano faculty at the Westport School of Music and a private piano teacher. He holds a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the UCONN and a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. Experienced performer in opera and recital, Matthew has performed throughout New England.

Room 3: Valdosta State University - Aria Auditions

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Class Details

Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Bring your opera aria to work on audition skills such as musical interpretation, diction, character analysis, stage-craft, and dealing with nerves. Whether auditions are in-person or a home-made video using a track, be prepared to do your best.
Presenter: Tamara Hardesty, Director of VSU Opera
Dr. Tamara Hardesty is the Director of VSU Opera at Valdosta State University, where she also teaches applied voice and diction classes. Hardesty’s operatic career includes performing lead roles with such opera companies as Connecticut Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola program, Western Opera Theater Tour, Sarasota Opera, and L’Opera Francais, Dicapo Opera, and Bronx Opera in New York City. Dr. Hardesty previously taught at New York University, and earned her BM from Manhattan School of Music, her MM from Curtis Institute of Music, and her DMA from the University of Connecticut.


Saturday, April 24, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern
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Room 2: Schmidt Vocal Arts Masterclass:
Featuring Craig Terry from the Ryan Opera Center

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Class Details

Style: Classical
Level: High School
Class Description: Schmidt Vocal Arts is happy to present Craig Terry, (Ryan Opera Center) in a masterclass with high school singers. Mr. Terry will join the guest faculty of the 2021 Schmidt Vocal Institute.
Presenter: Craig Terry with Linda McAlister
Grammy Award winning pianist and arranger Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Mr. Terry serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having served for eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He is Artistic Director of “Beyond the Aria,” a highly acclaimed recital series now in its seventh sold-out season, presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Terry’s discography includes four recently released recordings: “Diva on Detour” with Patricia Racette, “As Long As There Are Songs” with Stephanie Blythe, and “Chanson d’Avril” with Nicole Cabell. His latest recording project with Joyce DiDonato, “Songplay,” released by Warner Classics, received the 2020 Grammy award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

Room 3: University of Miami Masterclass - So you wanna be a Singer?

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Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: This masterclass will examine what it really means to pursue a career in singing. The discussion will dive deeply into the real nitty-gritty of the singing business. Be warned–it is not for the faint of heart!!!
Presenter: Kim Josephson

Kim Josephson

Hailed as one of opera’s most versatile baritones, Kim Josephson is a regular guest of leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera where, since 1991, he has performed more than 230 performances of 24 roles including the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore to name a few. Kim is currently serving as Professor of Voice at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Having studied with some of the greatest singers and teachers of our time, he is a bridge to a wealth of information for singers of all ages.


Saturday, April 24, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Columbus State University Masterclass

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: As a pedagogue, Michelle Murphy DeBruyn specializes in internal alignment and how that alignment affects the breath. She promotes a strong mind-body connection resulting in a holistic approach to the voice and a unified artist vision for each song/aria.
Presenter: Michelle Murphy DeBruyn
Michelle Murphy DeBruyn is an artist-teacher dedicated to the highest level of musical performance and the encouragement of young vocalists. Ms. DeBruyn is a highly accomplished performer, pedagogue, and musical director, which is supported by awards in each area of specialty. Dr. DeBruyn has completed her Advanced Yoga Teaching Certification and is teaching yoga classes and workshops targeting the special needs of musicians and performers. She has written the chapter on “Meditation” for So You Want To Sing With Awareness, a NATS collaboration published in 2020. As a professional vocalist, Ms. DeBruyn concentrates on performances of new music.

Room 2: Longy School of Music - The 21st Century Singer

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: University
Class Description: There is not one way to be an artist; creativity and the need to communicate crosses boundaries of vocal style and genre. Why not let these boundaries be crossed freely, and let all facets of our musical interests influence one another? This class will accept singers and repertoire of many genres: from early styles, classical, contemporary, to MT, pop, and rock. Let’s dive into what we do vocally to be genuinely stylistic and give our best vocal performance.
Presenter: Corrine Byrne
Hailed as a “distinguished” “rising star” who sings “to great acclaim,” and gives “delightful performances,” Boston and New York-based soprano Corrine Byrne has quickly become a sought-after interpreter of repertoire from the Medieval to the Baroque era, and music by today’s most daring composers. Byrne’s recent roles include Roya (We the Innumerable), Filia (Jepthe), Anna (Die Todsünden), Doctor (The Scarlet Professor), Cathy (The Last Five Years), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Anima (Ordo Virtutum). Byrne was a young artist with the Boston Early Music Festival and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and has made solo appearances with the REBEL Baroque Ensemble, Symphony New Hampshire, Mountainside Baroque, the Lake George Music Festival Orchestra, One World Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, the Madison Bach Musicians, Amherst Symphony, West Shore Symphony, Harrisburg Choral Society, Westchester Oratorio Society, New Music Miami, Lorelei Ensemble, the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the Tallis Scholars & Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus, and is a core member of the Schola Cantorum of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan. Byrne is a co-founder of Ensemble Musica Humana and The Byrne:Kozar:Duo, recently featured on NPR and a nationally broadcast episode of American Public Media’s Performance Today, and whose recording of ‘Bring Something Incomprehensible Into This World’ was featured in the New Yorker Magazine’s 2017 Notable Recordings. Byrne is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donate a percentage of their concert fee to organizations they care about. She is currently serving as a faculty member and Chair of Vocal Studies at the Longy School of Music at Bard College.

Room 3: AAMS Int'l Summer Music Institute, Finland

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description:The AAMS International Summer Music Institute will be introducing European (Austria, Germany, Italy, and Scandinavian) Music schools and Young Artist Programs along with audition tips.
Presenters:
Kristjan Mõisnik, Bass-Baritone, Opera singer / Lecturer of vocal performance in Sibelius Academy, University Arts. He performed over 40 operatic roles in Finland, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Spain. His most important roles are Sarastro, König Marke, Padre Guardiano, Leporello, Publio, Sparafucile, Gremin, Colline etc. He also performed for Faure “Requiem”, Bach “St John-Passion” and “St Matthew-Passion”, Schubert “Winterreise”, Schumann “Dichterliebe”, Brahms “Vier ernste Gesänge”, Mussorgski “Songs and dances of death.”
Ulla Raiskio, Mezzo, Lecturer of vocal performance in Sibelius Academy, University of Arts, and was Senior Lecturer at the Tampere Conservatoire, and former Helsinki Metropolia University. She is the chairwoman of the Lied-academy of Finland. She teaches voice, voice pedagogy, Lied, opera and Contemporary Singing. She performed with Finnish National Opera, Ilmajoki Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival, International Opera Studio in Zürich. She earned her Master of Music from the Opera Class of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
Mira Yang, soprano, earned her D.M.A. from The Catholic University of America, Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory, Artists Diploma from Der Hochschule Mozarteum, Altenburg Academy in Germany, Societa dei Concerti in Italy. She is president of the AAMS Opera, Community Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center, and Voice Professor at the George Mason University. She performed with the Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and appeared in many leading roles with regional opera companies.

Kristjan Möisnik

Ulla Raiskio

Mira Yang


Saturday, April 24, 3:30 – 4:30 pmEastern
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Room 1: Eastman School of Music Masterclass: Bel Canto

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Class Details

Style: Classical
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Bel Canto at Eastman
Presenter: Jonathan Retzlaff
Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff is Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Named a Master Teacher by the National Association  of Teachers of Singing, his students’ artistry can be heard in opera houses around the world including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco opera, among others.  Studying voice at Eastman…it will change your life!

Room 2: McGill University Masterclass 3

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Presenter: Matthew Treviño
Hailed as “a bass of rare talent” (San Francisco Chronicle) possessing a “mellifluous bass that is at once robust and gentle” (Opera Magazine), Matthew Treviño a Professor of Voice at McGill University and is committed to a teaching approach which includes the science of healthy singing and an unyielding commitment to guiding students towards a more productive life both personally and professionally. Notable highlights include Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera; Raimondo in Lucia Di Lammermoore and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Colorado; Hobson in Peter Grimes and Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the English National Opera; and The Ghost in The Canterville Ghost with Opera Leipzig.

Room 3: Roosevelt University PRESENTATION:
How to Nail Musical Theatre Auditions

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Class Details

Style: Musical Theatre
Level: High School
Class Description: This presentation will provide information on choosing audition cuts, putting together a compelling audition package, avoiding overdone material, and bringing your true personality to light in the audition. Many resources will be provided for attendees, and there will be lots of time for your questions.
Presenter: Nadine Gomes
Nadine Gomes is a Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre in the Theatre Conservatory in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Nadine’s performing and teaching career span a wide variety of genres including: musical theatre, classical, jazz, and pop/rock styles. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance & Vocal Pedagogy from Roosevelt University, she earned a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and she was a Vocal Jazz Performance Major at Berklee College of Music. Her students sing on Broadway, in national tours, in regional theaters, and throughout Chicago.


Saturday, April 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: AMDA College of Performing Arts - Musical Theatre Masterclass

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Style: Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: The Song is YOU
We all learn from each other, whether we’re a beginner singer or an experienced one. Join our judgement-free zone where you’ll make vocal sounds of every shape and size. You’ll craft a song into your very own in no time—even if you’ve never sung before! Dancers will discover that singing is physical in ways surprisingly similar to movement; actors will immediately observe a boost in their speaking voice; and musically inclined students will learn to maximize their musical and interpretive skills. Vocal coach Christopher Stephens will convince participants that if approached with the right mindset, you can own any song.
Presenter: Christopher Stephens
Christopher Stephens
is a voice teacher, pianist, and music director/arranger. He has worked on and off-Broadway for shows such as Matilda, Wicked, Shout! The Mod Musical, Captain Louie, Anything Goes, Bells Are Ringing, and at Carnegie Hall in Take the Stage (starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller). Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Jacobs, Tina Landau, Alan Menken, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Patinkin, and Emily Skinner are several of the many artists for whom Christopher has served as pianist. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Upright Citizens Brigade improvisation school. Christopher joined the AMDA faculty in 2005 and is a frequent guest artist in Europe, South America, Asia, and in the U.S.

Room 3: University of Alabama PRESENTATION:
Diversity in Art Song Repertoire

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Locally Sourced: Diversity in Art Song Repertoire Through Regional Connection
This session will discuss selection of art song repertoire through the lens of regional presence. The presentation will provide a brief overview of composers representing diverse identities present in the United States, organized by region. Select musical examples will be presented to illustrate how geographic location has shaped the textual and musical voice of each composer.
Presenter: Alexis Davis-Hazell and David Tayloe
The University of Alabama School of Music is the largest music program in the state, and the voice and opera program offers a comprehensive learning experience and meaningful performance opportunities to prepare students for careers in the music industry. Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell has performed a diverse repertoire internationally, including more than one hundred and thirty performances of The Gershwins’ masterwork Porgy and Bess. Dr. David Tayloe is a song literature specialist and has collaborated with composers on their original works including Libby Larsen, Ben Moore, Jake Runnestad, and Thomas Sleeper, among others. Full bios may be found at https://music.ua.edu/faculty-staff/


Saturday, April 24, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Boston Conservatory at Berklee Masterclass 2: Musical Theatre

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Style: Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Presenter: Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson is an Associate Professor of Voice and Head of Vocal Pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory of Music. As the Head, he designed and oversees both the Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and the Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theater Pedagogy. Kevin gives masterclasses throughout the world on teaching and singing musical theater. His students have performed and originated roles on Broadway musicals, National Tours, at the Metropolitan Opera, and have received numerous national and international awards for performance. In 2019 he was named a Master Teacher for the National Association for Teachers of Singing prestigious Intern Program.

Room 2: Southern Methodist University

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Style: Classical
Level: University
Class Description: Listen to singers perform their planned repertoire and address technical and musical points.
Presenter: Camille King
Soprano and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice Camille King joined the voice faculty of Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts in 2010. King studied voice with French Canadian tenor Leopold Simoneau at the San Francisco Conservatory and later with American soprano Judith Raskin at the Manhattan School of Music. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of California.

Room 3: University of New Mexico Masterclass:
Singing in the Land of Enchantment

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Welcome! In this class, we’ll guide students to great technique, inspire effective, artistic, musical communication, and most importantly, honor singers in who they are and where they want to go. We also relish any opportunity to share information about UNM’s dynamic Music Department and the beautiful state of New Mexico!
Presenters: Michael Hix,  James Flora, and Paula Corbin Swalin
The Voice Faculty of UNM are united in our commitment to nurturing and training the whole artist. Our program is outstanding and dynamic, and the faculty equally committed to all singers, undergraduate, graduate, music education majors and performance majors alike. Our students, who are frequently recognized for excellence at local, regional, and national competitions, regularly continue their education at some of the country’s top-ranking music schools and conservatories. Our Alumni have appeared in performances around the world as well as serve on music faculties throughout the country.

Michael Hix

James Flora

Paula Corbin Swalin


Saturday, April 24, 8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Friends University - Musical Theatre Belt Masterclass

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Style: Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Singers will focus on belt technique for music theatre repertoire, with particular emphasis on physiological and acoustic adjustments required for classical singers.
Presenter: Matt Schloneger
Dr. Matthew Schloneger is Associate Professor of Voice at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he teaches voice, opera, music theatre, diction and vocal pedagogy. He also serves as Executive Director of Opera Seme, a summer young artist training program in Arezzo, Italy. Dr. Schloneger specializes in vocal health research and music theatre belt for classical singers.

Room 2: Interlochen Arts Academy
Musical Theatre Masterclass - Acting A Song

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Style: Musical Theatre
Level: High School
Class Description: This musical theatre masterclass will bridge elements of singing and storytelling. Liz and Christine offer a safe space for singers to explore the relationship between music and text; and how each element, individually and collectively, influence dramatic choices within a piece.
Presenter: Elizabeth Gray, Christine Marie Brown

Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray: Liz has collaborated with notable artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Maestro Riccardo Muti. As vocal technician and coach, students under her guidance have signed to major agencies including; Stewart, CESD and Ford with professional credits ranging from the Broadway stage to the big screen. Proud member of AEA & NATS and honored to serve in an inaugural position as voice instructor for Theatre Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Christine Marie Brown

Christine Marie Brown: Christine Marie Brown (Presenter) is a full time member of the Theatre Arts Faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy. She’s performed on and off Broadway and in leading roles at the Old Globe, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep and Shakespeare & Company, among many others. Favorite roles include Juliet at The Guthrie and The Baker’s Wife at Village Theatre. She is a Core Company Member at ACT in Seattle. MFA: Old Globe; Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

Room 3: Carnegie Mellon University PRESENTATION:
Your College Audition

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Style: Classical, Musical Theatre
Level: High School
Class Description: Representing yourself in 3 pieces or less: Your College Audition
This presentation will be part lecture, part Q&A, on how to best represent your voice, artistry, personality and your potential in your upcoming college auditions. Topics will include repertoire selection, what the panel is looking for, and many more tools to best prepare you for your audition day.
Presenter: Jennifer Aylmer
American soprano Jennifer Aylmer has developed a sterling reputation for her beautiful voice, compelling stage portrayals and impeccable musicianship. In the course of her operatic career, Ms. Aylmer has sung nearly 50 roles with such companies as Dallas Opera, Portland Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and more. She is also a director, recitalist, and frequent performer of newly written works, including her 2005 Metropolitan Opera debut in Tobias Picker’s “An American Tragedy” and the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s “Little Women” with Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Aylmer holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School of Music and her Masters of Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.


Saturday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30 pm Eastern
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Room 1: Roosevelt University Masterclass 3 - Musical Theatre Auditions

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University 
Presenter: Nadine Gomes
Nadine Gomes is a Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre in the Theatre Conservatory in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Nadine’s performing and teaching career span a wide variety of genres including: musical theatre, classical, jazz, and pop/rock styles. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance & Vocal Pedagogy from Roosevelt University, she earned a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and she was a Vocal Jazz Performance Major at Berklee College of Music. Her students sing on Broadway, in national tours, in regional theaters, and throughout Chicago.

Room 2: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Masterclass

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Style: Classical
Level: High School 
Presenter: Matthew Worth
Matthew Worth is a Professor of Voice at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Performing highlights from recent seasons include the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera, the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Boston Lyric Opera, the Narrator in the world premiere and Grammy award-winning recording of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua, the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera, and Moby Dick at Washington National Opera. He has performed principal roles at Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra de Montréal, Tanglewood Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, under luminary conductors James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Andrew Davis. Mathew has degrees from the University of Richmond, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

Room 3: Eastman School of Music PRESENTATION
Preparing You For The Journey: A class for singers and their parents

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Style: Classical and Musical Theatre
Level: High School and University
Class Description: Preparing You For The Journey-a class for singers and their parents
Presenter: Kathryn Cowdrick
Kathryn Cowdrick
was a speech pathologist before beginning her singing career as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. For the past 35 years, she has performed both here in the US and abroad with companies that include Washington Opera, Scottish Opera, Vancouver, Los Angeles Opera, Carmel Bach Festival, Wexford Festival Ireland, Utah, Kentucky, Ft. Worth, Opera Omaha and New York City Opera. Known for her portrayals of Rossini heroines, Ms. Cowdrick made her European debut at the Netherlands Opera’s Il  barbiere di Siviglia. Recordings include the Grammy winning recording of Anthony and Cleopatra from the Spoleto Festival and Jenufa live from Carnegie Hall. She is a Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music where she also teaches voice lessons, vocal pedagogy and classes for the Institute for Music Leadership. Her students perform each year with Young Artist Programs. They have sung roles at companies that include the MET, Merola, Chautauqua, Ft.Worth, Music Academy of the West, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Pittsburgh and Santa Fe Operas and appeared in Broadway productions of Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, and The King and I. She is married to fellow Eastman professor Robert Swensen. Her son Matthew Swensen is a tenor with Oper Frankfurt.