Schedule

Convention Schedule

Join the CS Music Singing Community in Chicago, May 23-26!

90+ Masterclasses from university faculty and industry professionals including:

World-Renowned Baritone Nathan Gunn

Broadway Star
Elizabeth Stanley

Grammy Winning Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey

CONVENTION PASS
Get a Convention Pass for $145 and attend any of the masterclasses, presentations, concerts, and exhibiting. Parent Passes are available for $45; teachers can get a discounted Convention Pass with the coupon code TEACHER.

  Register Now

**COMPETITION participants receive a free Pass
and do not need to register.**

Want to Sing in a Masterclass?

To sing in a masterclass, you must have a Convention Pass. Reserve your spot on a Guaranteed Class List for $55 (scroll down through the class list and click “Guaranteed-to-Sing List”). Limit 4 sign ups per person; you cannot sign up for more than one spot in any class.

Or you can sign up on a Waiting List for free at the Presenter’s Expo table.

Schedule Key

= Classes you can sing or participate in one-on-one with the presenter. You can reserve a Guaranteed-to-Sing spot in this class.

= Class genre is either Classical or Musical Theatre or both.

= Class level can be focused on specific groups of singers or a combination of them:  High School, University, Emerging Professional

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2nd Floor – Competitions & Classes

3rd Floor – Thursday Registration

5th Floor – Exhibitors, Classes, Convention Desk starting Friday

Thursday, May 23

11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Competition 1st & 2nd Rounds

2nd floor

4:00 – 9:00 pm
Royal Caribbean Productions Auditions

Sign up on Royal Caribbean Production’s website or at the Convention. There is no additional cost for this audition!

 


4:00 – 5:00 pm, Thursday
Convention Classes

Audition Coaching — Arkansas Room

Presented by Eric Trudel

Work on your audition with a great coach. Classes are scheduled at the beginning of the Convention to help you polish your audition for this weekend.

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List     FULL or 1 spot left

Audition Coaching — Ontario Room

Presented by Ruobing Zhang

Work on your audition with a great coach. Classes are scheduled at the beginning of the Convention to help you polish your audition for this weekend.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Butler University — Huron Room

Presented by Dana Zenobi

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Crescendo Arts — Michigan Room

Steps to Creating Simple Advertising to Fill Your Concerts—and Avoid the Five Deadliest Mistakes!
Presented by Mark Stoddard

 


5:30 – 6:30 pm, Thursday
Convention Classes

Audition Coaching — Arkansas Room

Presented by Eric Trudel

Work on your audition with a great coach. Classes are scheduled at the beginning of the Convention to help you polish your audition for this weekend.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Michigan State University — Superior Room

Art Song and You: Drama in Miniature
Presented by Jane Bunnell & Marc Embree

Come and see how poetry and music combine to create magic. Discover the elements to consider as you dig into this treasure trove of glorious and interesting repertoire. Bring a piece to explore and share. You build from the inside, you choose what you want to communicate and there are no sets or costumes- just you!

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

National Association of Teachers of Singing — Michigan Room

What’s the Big Deal About Singing Through Straws?
Presented by Allen Henderson

Learn how to use the straws in your personal practice and why it is an important tool for your singing and teaching.

Syracuse University — Ontario Room

Presented by Janet Brown

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Webster University — Huron Room

“Texting” Your Way to Singing Success
Presented by Martha J Hart

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 


7 – 8 pm, Thursday
Convention Classes

Audition Coaching — Superior Room

Overlooked Art Songs
Presented by Myron Silberstein

Work on art songs that rarely make it onto recital programs, but are actually held in high esteem. Explore works by English-language composers such as Vincent Persichetti, Paul Creston, Vittorio Giannini, and Scott Wheeler that are ideal for emerging singers.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Boston University — Huron Room

Technique: Making It Simple
Presented by Penelope Bitzas

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Crescendo Arts — Michigan Room

Fifty Venues Other Than Theaters That Will Pay You to Sing
Presented by Mark Stoddard

Longy School of Music — Arkansas Room

The Many Paths to a Career in Singing
Presented by Dana Lynne Varga

Utah Conservatory — Ontario Room

Acting for Singers: Monologue for Success
Presented by Debra Cook

This class introduces an approach to monologue the lyrics of a song, leading toward genuine communication and transitions and will help one find what the character is looking at from one moment to the next. Thus, the emotional aspect of the music itself can carry strong and specific thoughts toward the intended significance.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 


8:30 – 9:30 pm, Thursday
Convention Classes

Audition Coaching — Superior Room

Presented by Myron Silberstein

Work on your audition with a great coach. Classes are scheduled at the beginning of the Convention to help you polish your audition for this weekend.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Tulane University — Huron Room

Presented by Amy Pfrimmer

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

University of Miami — Arkansas Room

Presented by Frank Ragsdale

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Utah Conservatory — Ontario Room

How To “Up” Your Audition
Presented by Joanna Odom

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 

Friday, May 24

9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Competition 2nd Rounds

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Expo Open


10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday
Convention Classes

Arizona State — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Carole Fitz Patrick & Amanda DeMaris

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Audition Coaching — Superior Room

Presented by Eric Trudel

Work on your audition with a great coach. Classes are scheduled at the beginning of the Convention to help you polish your audition for this weekend.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Gettysburg College — Erie Room

Selecting Optimal Repertoire for the Undergraduate Audition
Presented by Susan Hochmiller

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Longy School of Music — Ontario Room

The Many Paths to a Career in Singing
Presented by Dana Lynne Varga

Mirshak Artists Management — Michigan Room

Running Your Own Singing Business
Presented by Robert Mirshak

Temple University — Huron Room

Presented by Christine Anderson

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

University of Michigan, SMTD — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Sing with Clarity
Presented by Carmen Pelton

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 


11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Friday
Convention Classes

Audition Coaching — Superior Room

Presented by Eric Trudel

Work on your audition with a great coach. Classes are scheduled at the beginning of the Convention to help you polish your audition for this weekend.

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Broadway Artists Alliance — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Confidence in Broadway Auditions
Presented by Jennifer Johns

What you’ve heard is true! “Your audition begins the moment you walk in the room!” In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss and work on the audition skills and the confidence you need to help you shine in any audition. From entrance to exit, we’ll make sure that directors and audiences see you as a true stand out from audition to final performance!  Taught by Jennifer Johns, Artistic Director and Founder of Broadway Artists Alliance, and performer of Theatre, TV and Film! Broadway Artists Alliance is New York’s elite program for connecting young artists with Broadway Guest Instructors and Industry. Bring along your monologue and/or song. All students interested in participating will be actively engaged in this class! Walk away with a renewed confidence!  IN addition to her work with Broadway Artists Alliance, Jennifer is also on current voice faculty at Pace University. Open to all levels of performers, beginning with High School.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List     FULL or 1 spot left

Carnegie Mellon — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Sound Ethics: Your Credible Voice Is Incredible
Presented by Daniel Teadt

Explore the power of your vocal authenticity. Find the connection between your inner and outer voices with work focused on discovering what makes your performance credible, true, and unique. Internationally Acclaimed vocal artist and master teacher Daniel Teadt will guide singers toward uncovering their most authentic sound.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Chapman Conservatory — Erie Room

Presented by Peter Atherton

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

McGill University — Michigan Room

Presented by Joanne Kolomyjec

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Peabody Conservatory — Huron Room

Inspire and Express: How to Act While Singing
Presented by Samuel Mungo

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Vanderbilt University — Ontario Room

Preparing for a Positive College Audition Experience
Presented by Amy Jarman

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 


1 -2 pm, Friday
Convention Classes

Boston Conservatory — Chicago 8 Ballroom

The Audition as Complete Performance
Presented by Patty Thom

Auditions are opportunities to give your best performance. In this masterclass with Patty Thom, chair of voice, 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. 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.

  Guaranteed-to-Sing     FULL or 1 spot left

Furman University — Huron Room

Calling All Coloraturas!
Presented by Alison Trainer

Learn to be fearless about high notes.

Internationally acclaimed coloratura soprano Alison Trainer will share with you her tried and true tips for healthy and consistent high voice singing. Learn to be fearless approaching your high notes, and to achieve the ringing, shimmery, sustainable high range you need for a long career as a coloratura. All voice types welcome to observe.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Illinois Wesleyan University — Ontario Room

Presented by William Hudson

High school seniors interested in pursuing classical music in college will be considered for $20,000 in scholarships. Come sing for us!

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Longy School of Music — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Breath Management Made Easy
Presented by Carol Mastrodomenico

Investigate different ways to feel the physical connection to your body and breath using body mapping, Qigong, and the “singer’s goodie bag.”

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Northwestern — Superior Room

Presented by Karen Brunssen & Pamela Hinchman

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Oklahoma City University — Erie Room

Presented by Courtney Crouse & Autumn West

Prepare for college auditions in the following degree areas: BM in musical theater and vocal performance, MM in musical theater, MM in opera and vocal performance.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Opera Career Coach — Michigan Room

How to Kickstart Your Opera Career
Presented by Zenaida Desaubris

 


2:30 – 3:30 pm, Friday
Convention Classes

Broadway Sessions — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Cabaret Performances and Personal Branding
Presented by Ben Cameron

Don’t get lost in the crowd of good singers. Learn how to harness the power of your individuality and own your brand! Learn how to make a performance uniquely yours in an intimate cabaret setting. Taught by MAC Award winner Ben Cameron, attendees should bring a short cut of a song they love to sing, not necessarily that they should sing. This is not an audition class. Bring any song you love to perform.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List     FULL or 1 spot left

Chicago College of Performing Arts/Roosevelt University — Huron Room

It Takes a Village
Presented by Judith Haddon & Mark Crayton

We believe that in order to grow as a singer you need to hear advice from everyone. At Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, we strive to give you the expertise of our entire voice faculty. So come to our classes, have fun, play with us, laugh, and learn to sing!”

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Crescendo Arts & Mirshak Artists Management — Ontario Room

Marketing & Management Hotseat
Presented by Mark Stoddard & Robert Mirshak

Evaluate your management and marketing challenges and find ways to succeed in your performing career. Sign up to be in the hot seat and talk about your career options with Mark Stoddard and Robert Mirshak. This is not a singing class, but you do need to get a spot on their Guaranteed list to participate.

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Interlochen Center for the Arts — Michigan Room

Musical Theatre Techniques
Liz Gray Belluni

Applying fun tools that bridge technical concepts into musical theatre repertoire ranging from “legit” to contemporary. Singers will explore a variety of sounds and vocal effects that encourage active, authentic, and specific intention. Methodical approaches to practice for MT will also be offered.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

New England Conservatory — Superior Room

What Your Auditioners Are Really Thinking
Presented by Michael Meraw

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Pepperdine University — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Melanie Emelio

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

University of Oregon — Erie Room

Presented by Karen Esquivel & Craig Phillips

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 


4 – 5 pm, Friday
Convention Classes

Boston Conservatory — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Kevin Wilson

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List     FULL or 1 spot left

Broadway Sessions — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Ben Cameron

Take your musical theatre audition game to the next level! Learn how to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in a short 16-32 bars without giving away all your power to the folks behind the table. Focus on strong storytelling, vocal confidence, song selection and confidence. Ben works with the best singers on Broadway every week and knows that singing should be FUN, even in the audition experience.  Make your “performance appointment YOURS”, not an audition for “them”.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Chicago College of Performing Arts/Roosevelt University — Huron Room

It Takes a Village
Presented by Judith Haddon & Mark Crayton

We believe that in order to grow as a singer you need to hear advice from everyone. At Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, we strive to give you the expertise of our entire voice faculty. So come to our classes, have fun, play with us, laugh, and learn to sing!”

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Mannes — Superior Room

Getting to YES
Presented by Beth Roberts

Learn how to make your audition results go from maybe to YES!

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Opera Career Coach — Michigan Room

How to Find a Job in Europe
Presented by Zenaida Desaubris

Schmidt Vocal Arts — Erie Room

Secrets to Successful Auditions
Presented by Linda McAlister & Liza Kelly

Get adjudicator insights and performance tips for your next audition.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

West Texas A&M University — Ontario Room

What Does the Music Tell You?
Presented by Robert Hansen

Get adjudicator insights and performance tips for your next audition.

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 

 


5:30 – 6:30 pm, Friday
Convention Classes

Crescendo Arts — Ontario Room

7 Steps to Becoming Your Own Best Negotiator and Doing It Naturally
Presented by Mark Stoddard

Hartwick College — Erie Room

Musical Theater or Classical Style: Are They Really That Different?
Presented by Steven Nanni

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Nicholas Pallesen — Michigan Room

Effortless Confidence: Living and Performing Beyond Fear
Presented by Nicholas Pallesen

Looking for more confidence in your life or performing? Great news: it’s more available to you than you may realize. Join Metropolitan Opera baritone and Mental Performance Specialist Nicholas Pallesen as he explores three popular theories of where confidence comes from—preparation, experience, and mental techniques—and proposes a simple explanation for why we lose confidence and the equally simple path back to the unconditional, effortless confidence we were born with.

To learn more, visit www.nicholaspallesen.com.

Peabody Conservatory — Huron Room

Presented by Elizabeth Futral

Guaranteed-to-Sing List       FULL or 1 spot left

Royal Caribbean Productions — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Auditioning 101: Insights from Behind the Table
Presented by Greg Brown & Robert Kling

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Rutgers University, Mason Gross — Superior Room

Presented by Susan Quittmeyer

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

University of Michigan, SMTD — Chicago 8 Ballroom

SING THE WORDS!
Presented by George Shirley

Proper pronunciation of words produces expressive singing. Proper pronunciation can make it appear as though the singer understands and is deeply invested in the significance of those words even when, as is too often the case, the meaning of a phrase has not been fully grasped by the singer. Poetic language tends to be somewhat obscure making it difficult to comprehend, e.g., “The late year lies down the north, all is healed, all is health…” (James Agee from “Sure On This Shining Night”). Poetry, the language of imagery, must be painstakingly translated to gain ownership of the poet’s intent. We will focus on singing the words, not syllables alone.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 


7 – 8 pm, Friday
Convention Classes

Broadway Sessions — Superior Room

Presented by Ben Cameron

Take your musical theatre audition game to the next level! Learn how to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in a short 16-32 bars without giving away all your power to the folks behind the table. Focus on strong storytelling, vocal confidence, song selection and confidence. Ben works with the best singers on Broadway every week and knows that singing should be FUN, even in the audition experience.  Make your “performance appointment YOURS”, not an audition for “them”.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Creating a Musical — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Jilted to Perfection
Presented by Debra Cook

In the spirit of creating your own work, Debra Cook and company will perform the mini version of her musical, Jilted to Perfection, followed by a talk back session about the creative process and getting the work into a theatre festival. “Imagine a Wooster Group-style autobiographical monologue—think Spalding Gray or Eric Bogosian—but presented as a stream of consciousness musical, and you’d have an idea of Debra Cook’s funny and poignant Jilted to Perfection . . . a finale surprise I won’t spoil. But it is only one of the many unexpected and wonderful twists in this marvelous . . . musical.” —Robert Viagas, Theater Writer

The Holistic Voice — Michigan Room

It Takes More Than a Great Voice
Presented by Jordan Reynolds & Austin Vitaliano

Learn what goes into a successful vocal career.

Ithaca College — Huron Room

Freeing Your Story
Presented by Brad Hougham & Patrice Pastore

Learn vocal technique with improvisation.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Musical Theater Songs — Ontario Room

Musical Theatre Audition Techniques
Presented by Steven Gross & Dale Cox

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

UCLA — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Singing in Style
Presented by Juliana Gondek

What makes Mozart sound uniquely Mozartean? How does singing Mozart differ from singing Rossini or Puccini? What elements distinguish style and vocal performance of one historic period from another? Professor Juliana Gondek, career specialist in Baroque, Mozart, Bel Canto, Verdi, verismo, Strauss, and contemporary repertoire, provides concrete tools for elegant, idiomatic, persuasive singing to help your performance stand out from the crowd.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Viterbo University — Erie Room

Presented by Dan Johnson-Wilmot & Ann Schoenecker

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Karaoke sponsored by VoiceLessons.com
Open Sing Night
Game Night

 

Saturday, May 25

9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Competition 2nd Rounds

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Expo Open

 


10 – 11 am, Saturday
Convention Classes

Boston University — Ontario Room

Improving Text Inflection
Presented by James Demier

Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Broadway Artists Alliance — Erie Room

Let’s Talk Shop: The Business of Broadway
Presented by Jennifer Johns

Stop waving through a window and get the real scoop on the business side of the business of Broadway! Learn the tricks of trade for finding the right audition opportunities for you on Broadway and then landing the role once you do!

The class is not to be missed for Musical Theatre and Crossover Singers of all ages with an interest in a Broadway career. Would you like to find NYC representation? What do you need to do to land a big audition? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS FOR YOU!  Jennifer Johns, Artistic Director and Founder of Broadway Artists Alliance, New York’s elite program for connecting young artists with Broadway Guest Instructors and NY Industry will get your questions answered regarding New York auditions, the unions, marketing, pictures and resumés, working well with an agent or manager, understanding the important players in the industry, contracts, choosing and preparing for college auditions, casting director submissions, transitioning from kids or teens in the biz to young adult careers, and more! Jennifer is also on current voice faculty at Pace University. All ages of Performers beginning with High School, as well as Parents, and Teachers invited.

Broadway Sessions — Superior Room

Be A Triple Threat!
Presented by Ben Cameron

Want to work on Broadway? You’ve got to do it all! Learn music and movement and explore cold reading techniques from a vast array of the hottest Broadway shows. No dance experience required. Materials provided. This is a group masterclass. To participate, just attend the class.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

U of Cincinnati — Michigan Room

Presented by Daniel Weeks, Amy Johnson & Quinn Patrick Ankrum
What’s So Special About CCM (College-Conservatory of Music)?

Eastman School of Music — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Jonathan Retzlaff

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Ensemble Workshop — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by BTT NYC’s Catherine Cox & David Evans

Groups competing in the new CS Music Large Ensembles Competition will workshop their competition piece with a successful Broadway coach or performer. All attendees are welcome in the audience.

McGill University — Huron Room

Presented by Patrick Hansen

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 


11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Saturday
Convention Classes

Broadway Triple Threat NYC 2019 — Superior Room

Presented by Catherine Cox & David Evans

Acting a Song Catherine Cox is a Tony nominee and credits include major roles in eight Broadway shows. David Evans is the Associate Conductor of Wicked. Together they are co-artistic directors of Broadway Triple Threat, a summer musical theater intensive in NYC.

 Masterclass   Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Brigham Young University — Ontario Room

Presented by Diane Thueson Reich
Bring what you have, where you are, and let’s take it to the next level!

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Butler University — Huron Room

Presented by Oliver Worthington

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List

DePauw University — Erie Room

Presented by André Campelo

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Ensemble Workshop — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Jennifer Johns from Broadway Artists Alliance

Groups competing in the new CS Music Large Ensembles Competition will workshop their competition piece with a successful Broadway coach or performer. All attendees are welcome in the audience.

Lyric Theatre @ University of Illinois — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Nathan Gunn, Julie Gunn, & Sarah Wigley

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

VoiceLessons.com — Michigan Room

Giving and Taking Successful Online Lessons
Presented by Mike Elson

 


1 – 2 pm, Saturday
Convention Classes

Adria Firestone — Erie Room

Surrender to Your Character to Conquer Your Fear
Presented by Adria Firestone

Learn three keys to control your fear, create an intriguing character, and ground yourself in the present.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Baldwin Wallace — Superior Room

College Audition Preperation
Presented by Nancy Maultsby

 Masterclass   Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Broadway Sessions — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Ben Cameron

Take your musical theatre audition game to the next level! Learn how to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in a short 16-32 bars without giving away all your power to the folks behind the table. Focus on strong storytelling, vocal confidence, song selection and confidence. Ben works with the best singers on Broadway every week and knows that singing should be FUN, even in the audition experience.  Make your “performance appointment YOURS”, not an audition for “them”.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Ithaca College — Huron Room

Good Diction Is Good Vocalism
Presented by Brad Hougham & Patrice Pastore

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Mannes — Ontario Room

Getting to YES
Presented by Beth Roberts

How to make your audition results go from maybe to YES!

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

The RCM Certificate Program — Michigan Room

The Pathway to Excellence and Vocal Health Development
Presented by Robert Loewen

Join Robert Loewen, voice specialist for The RCM Certificate Program, for an exploration of the new Voice Syllabus. RCM’s comprehensive curriculum represents the North American standard of vocal development for singers of all ages. From the 2019 Voice Syllabus.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Matthew Worth

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 

 


2:30 – 3:30 pm, Saturday
Convention Classes

Carnegie Mellon University — Ontario Room

Presented by Maria Spacagna

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Ensemble Workshop — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Greg Brown from Royal Caribbean Productions

Groups competing in the new CS Music Large Ensembles Competition will workshop their competition piece with a successful Broadway coach or performer. All attendees are welcome in the audience.

Lawrence University — Huron Room

The Acoustic Advantage: Your Personal PA System
Presented by Kenneth Bozeman

Use acoustics to free your voice and range. Do you struggle with range? Are some vowels more difficult for you than others? This session will introduce the acoustics of range, address these concerns, and accelerate your progress.

New England Conservatory — Superior Room

Straight Talk
Presented by Bradley Williams

Known for his straight-forward approach to vocal instruction, international tenor and chair of voice at the New England Conservatory, Bradley Williams will hear singers in a masterclass setting designed to provide helpful feedback to the participants. He will also answer audience questions regarding all aspects of the singer’s trek from high school through entering the professional arena postgraduate school.

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Pepperdine University — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Blending Classical and Musical Theatre Styles
Presented by Kate Bass

 Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

USC Thornton — Erie Room

Engage Your Body to Unlock Your Authentic Voice
Presented by Thomas Michael Allen

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

VoiceLessons.com — Michigan Room

How to Make Money Part-Time Teaching While You’re Gigging as a Singer
Presented by Mike Elson

 


4 – 5 pm, Saturday
Convention Classes

Crescendo Arts & Mirshak Artists Management — Huron Room

Marketing & Management Hotseat
Presented by Mark Stoddard & Robert Mirshak

Evaluate your management and marketing challenges and find ways to succeed in your performing career. Sign up to be in the hot seat and talk about your career options with Mark Stoddard and Robert Mirshak. This is not a singing class, but you do need to get a spot on their Guranteed-to-Sing list to participate.

Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Hartwick College — Ontario Room

Musical Theater or Classical Style: Is it Really That Different?
Presented by Steven Nanni

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Nicholas Pallesen — Michigan Room

Winning the Mental Game: The Simple Solution to Performance Anxiety
Presented by Nicholas Pallesen

Are nerves getting in the way of you auditioning and performing at the level you know you’re capable of? Imagine walking into an audition knowing you can be your best, no matter how you feel or no matter the circumstances! Join Metropolitan Opera baritone and Mental Performance Specialist Nicholas Pallesen as he reveals a fresh, new perspective on performance anxiety and shares how to thrive in performances and auditions without needing mental techniques, a pre-performance routine, or “getting in the zone.” To learn more, visit www.nicholaspallesen.com

Oberlin Conservatory — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Salvatore Champagne

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Rice University — Superior Room

Presented by Robin Rice

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

San Francisco Conservatory of Music — Chicago 8 Ballroom

Presented by Susanne Mentzer

Masterclass Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

University of Alabama — Erie Room

Breath Work
Presented by Alexis Davis-Hazell

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 


5:30 – 6:30 pm, Saturday
Convention Classes

Binghamton University — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Mary Burgess

  Guaranteed to Sing List

Cleveland Institute of Music — Huron Room

Presented by Dean Southern

 Guaranteed to Sing

Lawrence University — Erie Room

Expressing Our Spirit Through Song
Presented by John Holiday

So often, we, as performers, put up barriers, which prevent us from being connected to our audience and the music.  In today’s masterclass, I aim to help each artist tap into their zest for singing, while bringing the spirit of who they are to the forefront of the music.  Breathe deeply, release and exhale with expression.  I eagerly anticipate working with these fiercely-talented artists.

Rice University — Superior Room

Presented by Robin Rice

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Viterbo University — Ontario Room

Presented by Dan Johnson-Wilmot & Ann Schoenecker

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

VoiceLessons.com — Michigan Room

Crossing Over from Classical to Commercial Music
Presented by Matthew Edwards

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 


7 – 8 pm, Saturday
Convention Classes

Binghamton University — Erie Room

Presented by Thomas Goodheart

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

U of Cincinnati — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Quinn Patrick Ankrum, Amy Johnson & Daniel Weeks

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Illinois State University — Ontario Room

Presented by Elizabeth Thompson

 Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Musical Theater Songs — Superior Room

Crossover Auditions
Presented by Steven Gross & Dale Cox

Techniques and tips for classically trained singers auditioning for musical theatre roles.

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Rutgers University, Mason Gross — Huron Room

Presented by Susan Quittmeyer

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

University of Minnesota — Michigan Room

Presented by John David De Haan

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Ensemble Competition: Small Ensembles
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ensemble Competition: Large Ensembles

 

Sunday, May 26

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Expo Open

10 am – 1:30 pm
Competition Semifinal Rounds

 


10 – 11 am, Sunday
Convention Classes

Columbus State University — Erie Room

Presented by Joshua May

 

Illinois Wesleyan University — Huron Room

Presented by William Hudson

High school seniors interested in pursuing classical music in college will be considered for $20,000 in scholarships. Come sing for us!

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Interlochen Center for the Arts — Ontario Room

Presented by Katherine Drago Luellen

Maximize your summers to prepare for college. We will discuss the pros and cons of different types of summer program experiences, and best practices for researching and preparing for the college admission process.

Lyric Theatre @ University of Illinois — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Nathan Gunn, Julie Gunn, & Sarah Wigley

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Mirshak Artists Management — Michigan Room

Agents, Getting Hired and Making Money
Presented by Robert Mirshak


University of Michigan — Superior Room

Suitable Arias for Freshmen Auditions
Presented by Stanford Olsen

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

 


11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Sunday
Convention Classes

Crescendo Arts & Mirshak Artists Management — Erie Room

Marketing & Management Hotseat
Presented by Mark Stoddard & Robert Mirshak

Evaluate your management and marketing challenges and find ways to succeed in your performing career. Sign up to be in the hot seat and talk about your career options with Mark Stoddard and Robert Mirshak. This is not a singing class, but you do need to get a spot on their Guranteed-to-Sing list to participate.

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Furman University — Superior Room

Masterclass for Releasing Head and Neck Tension using the McClosky Technique™
Presented by Lisa Browne Barksdale

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Michigan State University — Superior Room

Art Song and You: Drama in Miniature
Presented by Jane Bunnell & Marc Embree

Come and see how poetry and music combine to create magic. Discover the elements to consider as you dig into this treasure trove of glorious and interesting repertoire. Bring a piece to explore and share. You build from the inside, you choose what you want to communicate and there are no sets or costumes- just you!

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Opera Career Coach — Huron Room

European Auditions
Presented by Zenaida Desaubris

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Reinhardt University — Ontario Room

Presented by Reverie Berger & Rebecca Salter

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

USC Thornton — Michigan Room

GYROKINESIS® for Singers: What it is and How it Helps
Presented by Thomas Michael Allen

 


1 – 2 pm, Sunday
Convention Classes

Angels Vocal Art — Erie Room

Presented by Kristof Van Grysperre

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Baldwin Wallace — Ontario Room

Male High School Voices – College Audition Prep.
Presented by Marc Weagraff

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Elizabeth Stanley — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Elizabeth Stanley

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Louisiana State University — Huron Room

Presented by Loraine Sims

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

St. Olaf College — Superior Room

Conservatory vs. Liberal Arts College: Where do I Belong?
Presented by Tammy Hensrud

Professor Tammy Hensrud will work with singers on advancing their interpretation and vocal technique while also explaining the benefits of a liberal arts education at St. Olaf College.

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

The RCM Certificate Program — Michigan Room

Celebrating the North American Song Tradition
Presented by Victoria Holland

Join Victoria Holland, lead editor and compiler of the RCM’s 2019 Voice Series, in this exploration of the new repertoire series. She will present new compositions and arrangements from the North American song tradition. From the RCM Certificate Program Voice Series, 2019 Edition.

 

2:00 – 5:00 pm, Sunday
Competition Final Rounds

 


2:30 – 3:30 pm, Sunday
Convention Classes

Broadway Sessions — Erie Room

Presented by Ben Cameron

Take your musical theatre audition game to the next level! Learn how to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in a short 16-32 bars without giving away all your power to the folks behind the table. Focus on strong storytelling, vocal confidence, song selection and confidence. Ben works with the best singers on Broadway every week and knows that singing should be FUN, even in the audition experience.  Make your “performance appointment YOURS”, not an audition for “them”.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

 Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

BSMF/George Mason — Michigan Room

Vocal Science & Health
Presented by Mira Yang

DePauw University — Ontario Room

Presented by Kerry Jennings

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Elizabeth Stanley — Chicago 10 Ballroom

Presented by Elizabeth Stanley

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Temple University — Superior Room

Presented by Christine Anderson

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

University of Houston — Huron Room

Presented by Cynthia Clayton & Hector Vasquez

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 


4 – 5 pm, Sunday
Convention Classes

Broadway Sessions — Erie Room

Presented by Ben Cameron

Take your musical theatre audition game to the next level! Learn how to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in a short 16-32 bars without giving away all your power to the folks behind the table. Focus on strong storytelling, vocal confidence, song selection and confidence. Ben works with the best singers on Broadway every week and knows that singing should be FUN, even in the audition experience.  Make your “performance appointment YOURS”, not an audition for “them”.

Ben will be selecting 2 singers to perform at Broadway Sessions in New York City as “Rising Stars” in this hit, award winning award winning series. Those selected will be performing alongside Broadway talent and will be featured on BroadwayWorld.com 

  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Eastman — Chicago 10 Ballroom

American/English Art Songs and Arias
Presented by Anthony Dean Griffey

 Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

The Hartt School — Ontario Room

10 Hacks of Audition Success
Presented by Deborah Lifton

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List

Musical Theater Songs — Huron Room

CCM Technique
Presented by Steven Gross & Dale Cox

Explore Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) singing styles.

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

Oklahoma City University — Michigan Room

Preparing for College
Presented by Courtney Crouse & Autumn West

Prepare for college auditions in the following degree areas: BM in musical theater and vocal performance, MM in musical theater, MM in opera and vocal performance.

Masterclass  Guaranteed-to-Sing List      FULL or 1 spot left

 

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Grand Finale Awards Concert

 

 

As always, this schedule is subject to change. A final printed schedule will be given to attendees at the Convention.