Schedule

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Schedule

May 27 – 30

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Friday, May 27

For Masterclasses, click the red bar to view class details and to register to Sing.

Friday, 1:30 – 8:30 pm

Vocal Competition

FIRST ROUND

Second Floor

Ohio Room – Classical, All Levels
Mississippi Room – Classical, All Levels
Colorado Room – Musical Theatre, All Levels


 

Friday, 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Appcompanist Tutorial and Q&A

Mayfair Room – Second Floor

Presentation
No Registration Necessary

Many of you are planning to use Appcompanist in your warm-up, practice, or masterclass performance work during the convention. We highly recommend you take advantage of one of these two 30-minute demonstration/Q&A sessions, offered by Appcompanist founder Darin Adams, to help you make the most of the app’s features. Whether you’re new to the app or have been a long time user, this is a great opportunity to quickly learn much more about how this great accompaniment and practice tool can help you.

 

Friday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Masterclasses

MUSICAL THEATRE SONGS, LLC
Auditions Masterclass
Huron Room - Musical Theatre; All Levels

Musical Theatre Auditions Masterclass

Work one-on-one with Broadway and West End music director, conductor, and pianist Steven Gross.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Steven Gross

Steven has worked 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.

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY (1)
General Masterclass
Erie Room - Classical; High School, University

General Masterclass

Class Description: Work with an established, experienced pedagogue whose students have performance credits at many major opera houses including The Met, and gain insight into how to improve your technique through the physical principles of bel canto singing.

 

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Presenter: Chuck Chandler

Chuck Chandler is a frequent recitalist, master clinician, and conference presenter in the U.S. and abroad with recent engagements in Sweden, Italy, and Carnegie Hall, as well as universities throughout the US. His upcoming schedule will take him across the U.S. and to Austria presenting at the International Congress of Voice Teachers. In opera and oratorio, Chandler has garnered acclaim with extensive performance credits. His students have won competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and have appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera and others. He holds a Doctorate from University of Kentucky and serves on faulty at DePaul University and at Red River Lyric Opera’s young artist program.

ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY (1)
It Takes a Village
Michigan Room - Classical; High School

It Takes a Village

Voice Faculty, Judith Haddon and Mark Crayton demonstrate the collaborative approach to teaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

 

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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.


 

Friday, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Masterclasses

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
General Masterclass
Huron Room - Classical; All

Healthy, Sustainable Singing

Our focus is on helping singers find their most sustainable, healthy vocal production for the long haul. We believe that one’s authentic sound is their best sound, and authenticity relies on comfortable and sustainable body engagement and vocal production. Maximize output while minimizing tension!

 

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Presenter: Cynthia Clayton and Hector Vasquez

Soprano Cynthia Clayton and baritone Hector Vasquez have been professional singers for over thirty years, with performances on the stages of major opera houses across the United States and abroad. They are members of the voice faculty at the Moores School of Music, where their students perform leading roles with the award-winning Moores Opera Center. Alumni of their studios have won major awards and competitions and perform the world over.

CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
General Masterclass
Ontario Room - Classical; All Levels

General Masterclass

Work with faculty from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

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Presenter: Dina Toliver

Soprano Dina Kuznetsova joined the CIM faculty in the fall of 2018 after an international career spanning two decades as a leading lyric soprano. Kuznetsova has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Vienna Staatsoper and many other major opera houses. As a soprano soloist and a recitalist, she appeared with the National Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, and New York Festival of Song. At CIM, Dina Kuznetsova teaches applied voice as well as repertoire interpretation, and serves as a director of opera scenes. In her teaching, Kuznetsova emphasizes the technical principles of bel canto combined with detailed work on artistic interpretation and expression. Her students has won regional and national vocal competitions. Dina Kuznetsova is an alumna of Music Academy of the West and Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

VITERBO UNIVERSITY (1)
Singing as You Would Speak
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

Singing As You Would Speak

The Italian “Cantare come si parla” technique is as relevant today as it was in Lamperti’s time. Using your voice with a free, natural timbre is the foundation of a healthy and beautiful voice that will last a lifetime. Come and explore your unique voice!

 

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Presenter: Dan Johnson-Wilmot

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot is a Professor Emeritus of Music in the Music Department at Viterbo University. He is a NATS member and serves NATS as the National Student Auditions Coordinator. His voice students are frequent award winners in the National Association of Teacher of Singing State, Regional and National Auditions, the District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Schubert Club Bruce Carlson Scholarship Competition and the Classical Singer Competition.

ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY (2)
It Takes a Village
Michigan Room - Classical; University

It Takes a Village

Voice Faculty, Judith Haddon and Mark Crayton demonstrate the collaborative approach to teaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

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.


 

Friday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Masterclasses

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (1)
College Audition Feedback
Huron Room - Classical; High School

College Audition Feedback

Grab the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your college audition pieces from voice faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University! This is a masterclass for classical to contemporary music. Rising seniors interested in majoring in vocal music at IWU will be considered for $25k scholarships awarded at the Convention, so come sing for us!

 

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Presenters: Ingrid Kammin and William Hudson

Ingrid Kammin, soprano, received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kammin has studied extensively in Europe at Il Corso Estivo per giovani cantiti in Urbania, Italy and at La Sorbonne in Paris, France, where she received a certificate in Language and Culture. Dr. Kammin is an active performer and researcher of contemporary music, opera, and musical theater.

Tenor William Hudson has been described as “positively hypnotic” by Gramophone magazine. Active as a performer, scholar, and teacher, he has presented concerts on four continents, been invited to lecture and teach at clinics across the United States and has recorded for multiple recording labels.

FURMAN UNIVERSITY (1)
Nail Your College Auditions
Ontario Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

Nail Your College Auditions!

How to choose the right repertoire and perform your college auditions with confidence.

 

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Presenters: Alison Trainer and Craig Price

Dr. Alison Trainer is a Lyric Coloratura Soprano who has performed on opera and concert stages all over the United States and Europe. She has been on faculty at Furman University since2017. South Carolina native bass-baritone Dr. Craig Price performs opera and concert work throughout the United States, and has been on faculty at Furman University since2019.

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY (1)
Somatics for the Music Theater Singer
Erie Room - Musical Theatre; High School

Somatics for the Music Theater Singer

Have you been told you need to “engage your body?” Have you been asked to “feel the sound,” yet you don’t know what sensation you’re seeking? Within this masterclass, we will find ways to increase connections between your body and your sound, freeing you to integrate communication and performance skills more fully.

 

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Presenter: Rachel Velarde

Dr. Rachel Velarde, mezzo-soprano, is Professor of Music (Voice) at Grand Canyon University. She is a lifetime member of Classical Singer. During 2020, Velarde completed multiple professional development opportunities, primarily related to somatic awareness, singing, and the body. To resolve issues around her own, now resolved, muscle tension dysphonia, diagnosed in spring 2019, she turned to Feldenkrais® practitioners and other related somatic practices. In November 2021, Velarde completed the Bones for Life® teacher certification program, a somatic practice rooted in the Feldenkrais method, that targets posture and balance for walking in short, readily applicable movement processes.

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (1)
General Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical, All Levels

General Masterclass

Work with the faculty from Texas Tech University. Bring any art song or aria you want to work on.

 

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Presenters: Gregory Brooks, Alice Anne Light, Erik Stoklossa

Baritone Gregory BROOKES has been praised for his “rich baritone sound” and “Shakespearian acting.” After receiving a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Calgary, he pursued graduate work at the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Master of Music in vocal performance and literature. He subsequently earned a Performer’s Diploma and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Voice Area at Texas Tech University’s School of Music where he teaches applied voice, diction, and graduate and undergraduate vocal pedagogy.


Praised by Opera Today for her “sumptuous mezzo . . . beautifully even tone, a very wide range, and a sound technique,” mezzo-soprano Alice Anne Light possesses a colorful voice that has led her to success in a variety of repertoire. Her recent project, a commission and collaboration with composer Cecil Price Walden on the World Premiere of Hours, an art song cycle and visual art spectacle designed to reinvent the expectations of the song recital. Dr. Light holds degrees from Harding University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She currently serves on the voice faculty of Texas Tech University.


Eric Stoklossa was born in Dresden and enjoys a prolific international career in the leading opera houses, prominent music festivals and concert halls including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Wiener Festwochen, Dresden, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague and Brussels. Equally at home with opera and oratorio, Mr. Stoklossa has performed Bach, Dvořák, and Haydn among many others. Mr. Stoklossa will appear once again on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in the Spring of 2024, portraying Aljeja in Janácek’s from the House of the Dead, in a revival of the world-renown production by Patrice Chéreau. Mr. Stoklossa serves on the faculty of Texas Tech University.

 


 

Saturday, May 28

For Masterclasses, click the red bar to view class details and to register to Sing.

Saturday, 9:00 – 9:30 am

Appcompanist Tutorial and Q&A

Mayfair Room – Second Floor

Presentation
No Registration Necessary

Many of you are planning to use Appcompanist in your warm-up, practice, or masterclass performance work during the convention. We highly recommend you take advantage of one of these two 30-minute demonstration/Q&A sessions, offered by Appcompanist founder Darin Adams, to help you make the most of the app’s features. Whether you’re new to the app or have been a long time user, this is a great opportunity to quickly learn much more about how this great accompaniment and practice tool can help you.

 

Saturday, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Vocal Competition

FIRST & SECOND ROUND

First Round

Mississippi Room – Classical, All Levels
Arkansas Room – Classical, All Levels
Colorado Room – Musical Theatre, All Levels
Missouri Room – Musical Theatre, All Levels

Second Round

Ohio Room – Classical, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)


 

Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Masterclasses

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
General Masterclass
Huron Room - Classical; University

General Masterclass

Attend this general masterclass focused on classical singing with Kurt Hansen, the Coordinator of the voice and opera program at Northwestern University.

 

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Presenter: Kurt Hansen

Kurt R. Hansen, Coordinator, voice and opera program and a Tenor, is a specialist in oratorio, most notably the J. S. Bach Passions. He has performed as a soloist in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States, including engagements with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti and Claudio Abbado, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque. Also a frequent recitalist and performer in opera, Hansen has recorded on the Lyra label with Music of the Baroque and Colorado Mahlerfest.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
General Masterclass
Ontario Room - Classical; High School

General Masterclass

 

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Presenter: Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson is a tenured Associate Professor of Voice at the Blair School of Music. The 2021-2022 season sees his return to Nashville Opera as Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Past seasons included COVID cancelled performances of Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Tampa, Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Recent engagements have included performances with Irish National Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Opera on the James as Alfredo in La Traviata, Opera Saratoga as Paul in Rocking Horse Winner, the Magician in The Consul, New Orleans Opera and Opera on the James as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Dayton Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY (1)
General Masterclass
Erie Room - Classical; High School

General Masterclass

 

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Presenter: Steven Paul Spears

Steven Paul Spears has performed with arts organizations across the US and Europe. Specializing in recital repertoire and works of the Baroque and Contemporary Periods, Steven has sung with companies in Berlin, St. Louis, Houston, Louisville, Utah, LA, Palm Beach and many others. Completing studies at the Juilliard School, Steven is in his 18th year at Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, WI, where he teaches voice, diction and vocal literature. He is also the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Neenah, WI.

MUSICAL THEATRE CROSSOVER with Darin Adams (1)
Superior Room - Musical Theatre; All Levels

Musical Theatre Crossover

Work with Broadway Coach and Appcompanist Founder Darin Adams, an experienced opera singer and musical theatre performer, as he focuses on Crossover technique and strategy. Darin has mentored and taught voice to more than 300 Broadway performers and his students have appeared in nearly every recent Broadway show.

 

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Presenter: Darin Adams

As a leading Broadway voice teacher, Darin Adams draws on over 30 years education and experience in performing arts. Darin did his undergraduate, graduate and performance certificate work at Pepperdine University, Azusa Pacific University, Indiana University and Music Academy of the West in music, vocal performance and stage direction. He performed countless leading roles in opera and musical theater in the US and overseas, and worked with his wife, Sheri Adams, as a concert and recording artist, artistic director, church music director, and the couple even spent 3 years traveling the world as headline artists for Seabourn Cruise Lines. They are the founders and co-artistic directors of a New York City based non-profit arts organization called Joemoe Arts, and founding creators of Appcompanist, a revolutionary new app that gives singers and voice teachers total control over the world’s best accompaniment recordings from any mobile device. As a composer and playwright, several of Darin’s works have been commercially produced on the west coast, and one of his full-length musicals is currently in the commercial development process in New York after two successful runs in California. In recent years, Darin has had the opportunity to mentor and train over 300 Broadway performers in shows including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Phantom of the Opera, The Prom, Chicago, Something Rotten, and many others; teach master-classes with some of the industry’s top casting directors and coaches; and guest teach thousands of aspiring classical and musical theater performers at high schools, universities, and national conventions. Darin and Sheri live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with their 3 children, Samuel, Sydney, and Jessie.

To find out more about Darin Adams, check out this interview by CS Music.

BOSTON CONSERVATORY AT BERKLEE (1)
General Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School, University

General Masterclass

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Kerry Deal

Kerry Deal is an associate professor of voice. She teaches musical theater and voice and opera students, as well as vocal pedagogy courses, including Repertoire for the Teaching Studio and Comparative Pedagogy.

A full-lyric soprano, Deal remains a versatile performer in Greater Boston. She is a frequent interpreter of Mozart, including his RequiemCoronation MassSolemn VespersRegina Coeli, and Grand Mass in C Minor, but her performances also encompass a variety of other sacred and orchestral works, ranging from Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation to the more romantic and contemporary works of Strauss, Brahms, Fauré, Gounod, and Bernstein. Also a champion of new music, Deal has premiered and recorded new works with St. Cecilia Music in Boston, as well as world premieres of art song in Rubinstein Hall in the Munich Steinway-Haus. As a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, Deal sang the role of Mimi in La Bohème. More locally, she has sung with Longwood Opera and Opera Aperta and with New York Opera Forum as Nedda in I Pagliacci.


 

Saturday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Masterclasses

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Acting with the Michael Chekhov Technique
Huron Room - Classical; All Levels

Get Your Act(ing) Together With the Michael Chekhov Technique

How the use of the Michael Chekhov acting technique can bring new life to your auditions.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenter: David Ronis

DAVID RONIS, the Director of Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a ten-time award winner in the National Opera Association Production Competition and a two-time winner of The American Prize. His guest directing engagements include Shreveport Opera, La Musica Lirica, Four Seasons Theatre, After Dinner Opera, SUNY Potsdam, Rutgers University, Queens Symphony, and Manhattan School of Music’s “From Page to Stage” series. He has directed and taught at AIMS in Graz, Austria, La Lingua della Lirica, the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, and the Druid City Opera Workshop. Mr. Ronis is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

NATS
I'll Never Teach Voice, I Just Want to Perform
Ontario Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; Teachers

“I’ll Never Teach Voice, I Just Want to Perform”

Most singers are so focused on preparing for a performing career that they miss out on the opportunity to simultaneously prepare themselves for the reality that they may need to teach voice for income or want to teach and share their knowledge with others at some point in their career.  At the same time you are preparing to market yourself as a performing artist there are some excellent opportunities for you to prepare yourself to also be a competent voice teacher.  Versatile performer, arts administrator, and teacher Allen Henderson who also serves as executive director of NATS will share with you tips to make sure you are prepared when the time comes and you are asked – “Do you teach voice lessons?”

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Presenter: Allen Henderson

Versatile artist, teacher, arts administrator, and baritone Allen Henderson is Executive Director of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the world’s largest professional association of voice teachers; promoting continuing education for voice teachers; publishing a recognized scholarly journal, Journal of Singing; and promoting voice education among a wide array of constituencies, from recreational singers to voice educators and medical doctors.  He is also administrator for the International Congress of Voice Teachers. He is Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University where he teaches voice and foreign language diction.  Increasingly in demand internationally, he has had multiple residencies in Singapore and China.  In 2018 was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.  He has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and his students have graced the stages of venues around the world. Henderson conceived of and is executive editor of the “So You Want to Sing…”  book series (Rowman and Littlefield) with twenty volumes on singing various styles.

DEPAUW UNIVERSITY (1)
Classical & Musical Theatre Audition Rep
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

Audition Rep

Work with DePauw University voice faculty member Mary Martin on potential classical and musical theatre audition repertoire.

 

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Presenter: Mary Martin

American soprano Mary Martin is currently a member of the voice faculty at DePauw University, where she also teaches Music for the Stage. Originally from Michigan, Ms. Martin has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the country. Mary holds BM and MM voice degrees from the University of Michigan, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Music in voice at Indiana University, where she currently studies with Carol Vaness. She also directs the Michigan Opera Theatre Operetta Remix Program for high school students. Ms. Martin’s students focus on compelling, natural storytelling and healthy vocal technique. Her high school students have been admitted to prestigious voice and musical theatre programs across the country.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY (1)
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical; University, Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Masterclass with Penelope Bitzas

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenter: Douglas Sumi

American pianist, Douglas Sumi, is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s artists and opera theaters. He is a versatile artist, comfortable in the capacities of pianist, coach, and conductor and has a recognized commitment to song and opera. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. He has worked with many great opera stars: Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Carol Vaness, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Chernov, Bejun Mehta, Linda Watson, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Ana María Martinez, Vittorio Grigolo, including many of today’s emerging young singers. Most notably, he collaborated with Renée Fleming in recital, after working together in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for the Arts.

ITHACA COLLEGE (1)
General Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School/University

Ithaca College School of Music, Theater, and Dance Vocal Masterclass

We’ll aim to help you continue your exploration of expressive, musical, textual, and technical elements in your repertoire and hope to empower your artistry.

 

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Presenters: Jennifer Kay and Marc Webster

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 currently serves as President for the NATS Central New York Finger Lakes chapter and has held other executive board positions over the last decade. 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 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/

 

 


 

Saturday, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Masterclasses

PURCHASE COLLEGE
Vocal Technique of Opera's Greatest Singers
Huron Room - Classical; All Levels

Canto Favoloso: Reclaiming the Vocal Technique of Opera’s Greatest Singers

The singers from generations past who became household names created a culture of sounds that is still our touchstone for incredible singing. But, in recent years, our collective singing culture has shifted to something altogether less desirable: swallowed vowels, shattering vibratos, sagging pitch, register weight, muscular tension, and generally laborious singing. Join us as we explore the practicalities of vocal technique that have gone astray and discover how we can shift back to the glorious sound that set the gold standard for operatic voices!

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Daniel Kitzman

Daniel Kitzman, tenor, is a protean and expressive artist who is currently serving on the faculty of Purchase College’s Voice & Opera Studies Department. At the beginning of an exciting and varied career, Dan is a passionate singer, teacher, and advocate whose involvement in the arts has taken many forms: as performer in operas, musicals, experimental works, concerts and plays; as Managing Director of a non-profit opera company; as teacher in high schools, colleges, classrooms, and studios; as stage manager for schools and professional companies; and now as Purchase faculty member and emerging artist. Most recently seen onstage as the Chevalier and offstage as the Director of Photography and editor for Purchase Opera’s filmed production of “Dialogues of the Carmelites” (which won first prize in the National Opera Association’s 2021 Opera Production Competition), some favorite appearances have been as the Prince in Purchase Opera’s “Confession”; Mayor Upfold in Opera MODO’s “Albert Herring”; a premiering member of Steve Rush’s experimental “U.S. Grant: A Fluxkit Opera” at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival; and in concert at Teatro Bramante in Urbania, Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico, and Teatro Sanzio in Urbino, Italy. Dan is a graduate of Purchase College with an MM in Voice & Opera Studies and of the University of Michigan with a BM in Vocal Performance with Teaching Certification and a minor in Design & Production, Stage Management concentration.

LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC (1)
Vocal Resonance
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; All Levels

“Yahoo! and Hey!”
Playing with Classical and Musical Theater Vocal Resonance

Singers will be able to sample a variety of vocal resonance methods on both their classical and musical theater repertoire to develop their best vocal strategy. Get ready to take risks with new sounds!

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Carol Mastrodomenico

Carol Mastrodomenico maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and guest soloist with choruses, orchestras and other chamber ensembles and well cabaret and musical theater. Her great love for Spanish and Latin American repertoire has led her to the curation of recitals and the development new repertoire courses. She is on the faculties of Longy School of Music of Bard College, Tufts University, and summer programs Varna International and Dramatic Voices Program Berlin, teaching voice and vocal pedagogy, repertoire courses and directing opera. A champion of new music she recently commissioned, produced and directed Thomas Stumpf’s adaption of Oscar Wilde’s Nightingale and the Rose and The Happy Prince. Musical theater direction most recently includes productions of 35MM and Ordinary days as well as the development of the course Broadway: Agent of Change: She is a frequent lecturer for vocal pedagogy and particularly for the prevention, rehabilitation and reframing of vocal injury most recently with Opera Programs Berlin through the Vocal Pedagogy Symposium and online course “The Whole Instrument”.

NEW YORK CONSERVATORY FOR DRAMATIC ARTS
Musical Theatre Audition Techniques
Superior Room - Musical Theatre; High School, University

Musical Theatre Audition Technique

First impressions are critical, and your first impression takes place the moment you walk in the door at the audition. In this workshop we will discuss how to cut your music and present it to an accompanist, enter the audition room and introduce yourself, choose the best material to showcase you, as well as tips about what makes a great performance. Come prepared with a 32-bar cut audition song, preferably with a track if not, a capella will do! There’s no need to be nervous about your college or professional audition… we got you!

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Christopher McGovern

Chris McGovern has accompanied Tony Award winners Heather Headley, Rupert Holmes, Cady Huffman and Steve Kazee. He was the Music Director and pianist for Dear World starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daley, and the revival of Two By Two starring Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh. He is the pianist and arranger for Tony nominee Susan Egan–the original Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Theatrical writing credits include music, lyrics and arrangements for the Award-winning Cagney!, the libretto and score for Lizzie Borden. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in voice, with concentration in composition.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Tools to Ace Any Audition
Michigan Room - Classical; High School, University

Tools to Ace Any Audition

With auditions at all levels now taking place both in-person and online, classical singers face a new set of challenges. The competition is fierce, and singers need to know how to adjust to their audition format to ensure they put their best foot forward. Join University of Michigan Professor of Voice Stanford Olsen for a masterclass on what you can do to ace any audition: picking your repertoire, what to expect during auditions, and strategies for tailoring your audition to specific music schools.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Stanford Olsen

Distinguished American tenor Stanford Olsen joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance as professor of voice after 15 years as artist-in-residence and holder of the Shelfer Eminent Scholar in Music chair at Florida State University. One of this generation’s most successful and versatile artists, his career spans more than 1,200 performances on five continents over the course of 30 years. A sought-after clinician and adjudicator, Stanford Olsen has been a frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. He has also worked with the apprentices at the Tanglewood Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Ravinia Festival, Cleveland Art Song Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, the Utah Opera, and the Metropolitan’s Lindemann Young Artist Program.


 

Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

College Expo Recruiting Fair

Exhibitor Hall Open - Fourth Floor, Sheraton 4/5 Ballroom

Exhibitors

AIMS
AMDA
Appcompanist
Art Songs Transpositions
Baldwin Wallace Cons
Bard College
Boston Cons at Berklee
Boston Univ
Broadway Artists Alliance
Broadway Sessions
Butler Univ
BYU
Carnegie Mellon
Central Michigan Univ
Cincinnati Cons of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
Columbus State Univ
Converse Univ
DePaul Univ
DePauw Univ
The Juilliard School
Eastman School of Music
Florida State Univ
Furman Univ
Grand Canyon Univ
Houghton College
Illinois Wesleyan Univ
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Ithaca College
Lawrence Univ
Longy School
LSU
Mannes New School
NATS
New Amsterdam Opera
New England Conservatory
New World School of the Arts
NY Cons for Dramatic Arts
New York Singing Teachers’
Northwestern Univ
Opera on Tap
Manhattan School of Music
Oberlin Conservatory
Palm Beach Atlantic Univ
Pepperdine Univ
Purchase College
Roosevelt Univ
San Francisco Cons
Schmidt Vocal Arts
Temple Univ
Texas Tech Univ
Univ of Illinois
Univ of Alabama
Univ of Houston
Univ of Memphis
Univ of Michigan
Univ of North Texas
Univ of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt Univ
Viterbo Univ
Walnut Hill School
West Texas A&M


 

Saturday, 4:30 – 8:30 pm

Vocal Competition

SECOND ROUND

Second Floor

Ohio Room – Classical, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Mississippi Room – Classical, University
Arkansas Room – Classical, Young Artist/Emerging Professional
Colorado Room – Musical Theatre, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Missouri Room – Musical Theatre, High School II (Sr)


 

Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Masterclasses

CONVERSE UNIVERSITY
Authentic Singing through Vowel and Breath
Huron Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School, University

Authentic Singing through Vowel and Breath

We sing on vowels in every style of vocal music. The choices we make about shaping those vowels and about how we move the breath through them can release our most authentic sound in any genre.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenter: Valerie MacPhail

Dr. Valerie MacPhail, soprano, is the Voice Area Coordinator at the Petrie School of Music at Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her college and high school students have had success at the state, regional, and national level in classical music, opera, musical theatre, and contemporary music. She is passionate about helping every student find their own authentic voice, and sing with greater ease, clarity, and genuine expression in any genre of music.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (1)
The Oratorio Artist
Ontario Room - Classical; University, Young Artists/Emerging Pro

The Oratorio Artist: Discovering the Drama of the Oratorio Aria

This Master Class will focus on the effective communication within the oratorio aria. We will explore character development, story-telling, and the inherent drama in oratorio arias.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Mary Wilson

Soprano Mary Wilson has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Singapore Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Sacra Festival de Quito Ecuador, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Carmel Bach Festival, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wilson holds vocal performance degrees from St. Olaf College and Washington University. She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Area Coordinator at the University of Memphis.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Art Songs and Opera Literature
Erie Room - Classical; High School/University

Art Song and Opera Literature

General masterclass on classical technique for both art song and operatic literature.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Tracy Watson

Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano, is Associate Professor of Voice at the School of Music at Central Michigan University. Having performed opera in both Germany and the United States, her stand-out roles included Cherubino, Hansel, Rosina, Niklausse and Carmen. A experienced concert singer, Ms. Watson has performed music from Bach to Mozart to Verdi in Europe and the United States, including Carnegie Hall. A teacher of voice for over 25 years. she loves working with young singers to develop their classical technique!

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY (1)
Acting an Uptempo
Superior Room - Musical Theatre; High School

Acting an Uptempo

After watching thousands of musical theater auditions in person and online, Pepperdine Theater professor, Kelly Todd, will offer insight into how to ground your uptempo songs in narrative truth and keep your musical theater songs musical!

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Kelly Todd

Kelly Todd is the 2014 Ovation Award Winner for Best Choreography for Lysistrata Jones at the Chance Theater. Other notable credits are West Side Story, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle 2012 Special Award for Fight Choreography, and both Triassic Parq (2013) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (2011), which won the Ovation Awards for Best Musical in an Intimate Theater. She was named Southern California’s Choreographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by Stage Scene L.A. At South Coast Repertory she choreographed Once (regional theater premiere after Broadway), Light in the Piazza and Sweeney Todd.

SCHMIDT VOCAL ARTS
Katherine Jolly Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical; High School

Masterclass with Katherine Jolly

Schmidt Vocal Arts is an organization that solely supports young classical singers through its programs, competitions, and scholarships. 2022 Guest Faculty of the Schmidt Vocal Institute, Dr. Katherine Jolly, will present a masterclass with high school singers.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter Name: Katherine Jolly

Katherine Jolly, Associate Professor of Music (Voice) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, recently received the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2020-2021 from the Con. She has appeared in leading roles with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. Preach Sister Preach was released to rave reviews on PARMA records in 2019. A certified yoga teacher, she has presented workshops throughout the country, including the Voice Foundation, Performing Arts Medical Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is a frequent guest clinician with the National Opera Association, Schmidt Foundation, NATS, and Arts Bridge and has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the George London Foundation. Dr. Jolly was formerly on faculty at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

FURMAN UNIVERSITY (2)
Calling All Coloraturas!
Mayfair Room - Classical; All Levels

Calling All Coloraturas!

The key to a career of high notes is a solid, reliable, consistent high voice technique, that includes ease, full body engagement, healthy breath support, confidence, and trust! I will share the building blocks for a lifetime of fearless, limitless high notes and lightening-fast coloratura!

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Alison Trainer

Internationally renowned Coloratura Soprano Alison Trainer is known for her vocal beauty, sensitive musicianship, and compelling stage presence. She has performed on opera, concert, and recital stages all over the United States and in Europe. Dr.Trainer is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Furman University, and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. She is also on the high school voice faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp.


 

Saturday, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Masterclasses

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
General Masterclass
Huron Room - Classical; All Levels

Vocal Masterclass with Florida State University Professor Dr. Eric Rieger

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Eric Rieger

Dr. Eric Rieger is Assistant Professor of Voice at Florida State University, having taught previously at Western Washington University, Westminster Choir College, Texas Tech University, and Nazareth College. His extensive opera and concert career encompasses the companies of Zürich, Luzern, Basel, Trier, Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Bremerhaven, Osnabrück, Nordhausen, Konstanz, Novara, and Treviso, as well as Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Citizens Theatre (Scotland), Everyman Palace Theatre (Ireland), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, St. John’s Orchestra (London), Luxembourg “Les Musiciens” Orchestra, Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Monteverdi Festival, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Royal Concertgebouw, and Carnegie Hall.[/df-subtitle]

ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
Musical Theatre Auditions
Ontario Room - Musical Theatre; All Levels

Musical Theatre Auditions

In this masterclass, Nadine Gomes will help you to fine-tune your MT college audition cuts and answer your questions on what helps a singer to stand out and shine! For those signing up to sing, please bring a short song cut (32 bars or 90 seconds) and an accompaniment track.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Nadine Gomes

Nadine Gomes believes in fostering vocal versatility and authenticity in her students. She has spent her professional singing and teaching career exploring the genres of musical theatre, pop/rock, jazz, and opera. She is the Head of Musical Theatre Voice in the Theatre Conservatory in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Her students sing on Broadway, in national tours, in regional theatres, and throughout Chicago. Education: -M.M. in Vocal Performance & Vocal Pedagogy: Roosevelt University -B.S. in Performance Studies: Northwestern University -Vocal Jazz Performance Major: Berklee College of Music

VITERBO UNIVERSITY (2)
Singing as You Would Speak
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

Singing As You Would Speak

The Italian “Cantare come si parla” technique is as relevant today as it was in Lamperti’s time. Using your voice with a free, natural timbre is the foundation of a healthy and beautiful voice that will last a lifetime. Come and explore your unique voice!

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Dan Johnson-Wilmot

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot is a Professor Emeritus of Music in the Music Department at Viterbo University. He is a NATS member and serves NATS as the National Student Auditions Coordinator. His voice students are frequent award winners in the National Association of Teacher of Singing State, Regional and National Auditions, the District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Schubert Club Bruce Carlson Scholarship Competition and the Classical Singer Competition.

COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical, Musical Theatre; All Levels

Vocal Masterclass with Schwob School of Music Professor Dr. Joshua May

This vocal masterclass that will focus on reinvigorating your vocal repertoire though somatic voicework, acting strategies, and building successful auditions skills for university undergraduate and graduate programs, competitions, and young artist programs.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Joshua May

Joshua May, tenor, is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Activities at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He has performed and premiered works throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. His performance career encompasses over thirty diverse operatic roles that range from the Baroque repertoire to premiers of new contemporary works. He directs Schwob Opera Theatre, a national award winning performance ensemble, whose alumni are singing on stages across the world. This season, he will direct productions across the United States and Europe of Die Zauberflöte, Pélleas et Mélisande, Amahl & the Night Visitors, Der Schauspieldirektor, Falstaff, and Rusalka. For information on upcoming engagements, please visit his website www.joshuamaytenor.com.[/df-subtitle]

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (1)
Straight Talk
Michigan Room - Classical; All Levels

Straight Talk with 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 master class setting designed to provide helpful feedback to the participants, as well as answer audience questions regarding all aspects of the singer’s trek from high school through entering the professional arena post graduate school.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenters: Bradley Williams

Bradley Williams, one of opera’s most sought-after tenors in the bel canto repertoire, joined the New England Conservatory voice studio faculty in Fall 2012.In addition to his performing career, Bradley Williams has served as the General Director of Cimarron Opera in Oklahoma and as an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Oklahoma. His students have won national competitions and currently perform in the U.S. and Europe. Williams is regularly sought after as a masterclass presenter and adjudicator around the United States.

The Conroe,Texas native obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and also pursued graduate studies at the College/Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a recipient of a major grant from the Sullivan Foundation, and was an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera prior to making his professional debut with the Metropolitan Opera Guild as Ernesto.

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL (1)
Navigating the Admissions Process (presentation)
Mayfair Room - All Styles; All Levels and Parents

Navigating the Admissions Process

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.

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

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.


 

Saturday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Masterclasses

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Focus on Buoyant Alignment in Performance
Huron Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; All Levels

Focus on Buoyant Alignment in Performance

We spend so much time training and teaching an alignment ideal that will assist breath mechanics and optimize shaping of the vocal tract. How well are we translating perception into reality in performance mode? Explore how subtle changes in positioning can enhance your performance.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Alexis Davis-Hazell

American mezzo-soprano Alexis Davis-Hazell is a clinician and singing actor of opera, concert and musical theatre repertoire. Her performances have earned accolades for the size and quality of her instrument, and the dramatic intensity she brings to supporting characters. Her research advocacies include: the legacy of Blackface Minstrelsy in contemporary voice performance practice, African American women opera composers, and Russian art song studies through curricula for lyric diction pedagogy. Dr. Davis-Hazell is Assistant Professor of Voice and Lyric Diction at The University of Alabama School of Music. She holds degrees in Voice Performance from Temple University (B.M. Hons.) and Arizona State University (M.M., D.M.A.)

WALNUT HILL SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (1)
What's Your Performance Super Power?
Ontario Room - Classical /Musical Theatre; High School

What’s Your Performance Super Power?

Practice identifying your strengths, and learning how they can lead you to audition with conviction, artistry and confidence in any situation.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Teresa Winner Blume

Teresa Winner Blume has been the Head of Voice at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, guiding and mentoring serious young classical and musical theater arts towards excellence, for eight years. Focusing on healthy technical foundation, and dramatic authenticity through text, her students are consistently accepted to top college and conservatory programs and awarded top competition honors. As a performer Teresa has been a featured soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, and performs in opera, concert, recitals and professional musical theater. Particularly interested in Art Song and New Works, she is a strong advocate of collaboration. Teresa earned her Masters in Music from Eastman School of Music, and Bachelors of Music from University of Illinois.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY (1)
Pop/Rock styling for the Musical Theatre Singer
Erie Room - Musical Theatre; High School, University

Pop/Rock styling for the Musical Theatre Singer

With the rise of pop/rock musicals like Six, Jagged Little Pill, Rent, and Moulin Rouge (among many others), styling a song to sound authentically contemporary is a must for performers. In this masterclass, we are going to explore the different textures and sounds that will turn any song into an authentic pop/rock style. Then two singers will have the opportunity to sing for the class and try out these new sounds on their own material.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Korianne Johnson

Korianne has been seen all over the United States in theaters such as: National Theatre in Washington, D.C., Hale Center Theater Orem, Provo Theater Company, Echo Theatre, San Diego Convention Center, and have been a featured performer with Starkey Productions in Denver, Colorado. Some of her favorite roles include: “Audrey” in Little Shop of Horrors; “Amneris” in Aida; “Mother” in Ragtime; “Lily” in The Secret Garden; “Frankie” in 110 in the Shade (starring Audra McDonald); “Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls; “Adele” in Die Fledermaus; “Fanny” in Funny Girl; “Rapunzel” in Into the Woods; “Yum Yum” in the Mikado; “Ms. Flannery” and “Muzzy” in Thoroughly Modern Millie; “Millie” in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; and “Babette” in Beauty and the Beast. She is currently an assistant professor in the School of Music at Brigham Young University, serving as the division coordinator over Contemporary Voice and Music Dance Theatre committee.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY (1)
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical; ALL Levels

Masterclass with Temple University

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson is Associate Professor of Vocal Studies and the Coordinator of the Voice and Opera Area at the Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She holds a B.M. in Voice from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Voice at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Anderson has sung numerous performances as soprano soloist with several prestigious contemporary music ensembles and has worked with such composers as Lukas Foss and Kristof Penderecki.  In addition, she has had extensive performing experience as a recitalist in programs featuring the premieres of new works. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was given the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Music and Dance Teaching Academy Committee of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Last spring, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Anderson also taught in the Musical Theater Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  An active pedagogue, Dr. Anderson has presented masterclasses and papers at national and international conferences such as the Australia Voice Symposium, the Music Teacher’s National Association, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Sino-American Vocal Education Symposium, and the International Conference of Voice Teachers. She has also served as clinician and adjudicator for several organizations including the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education, NATS, CS Music (Classical Singer), The Marian Anderson Historical Society, and The Voice Foundation. In the summer of 2018, she taught voice at The Silk Road: The Sound of Piano, Strings & Voice International Music Festival in Xi’an, China. Dr. Anderson has served as pre-concert lecturer for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
General Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical; High School/Univ

Masterclass with SFCM Faculty

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Susanne Mentzer

Susanne Mentzer has taught at the college level for 22 years. She currently is on faculty at San Francisco Conservatory. Additionally she has had a 40 year international career singing leading mezzo roles, 27 of those years at the Metropolitan Opera.

 

RESILIENCY FOR YOUR CAREER
Workshop
Mayfair Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Resiliency for Your Career

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

Presenter: Justin Stoddard

Justin Stoddard, PhD, serves as an Assistant Professor and Chief of Character and Leadership Innovation at the U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD), where he is responsible for leading character and leadership development innovation efforts for the USAFA Team. Justin’s expertise in resiliency and overcoming challenges supports and explores methods to improve and refine the delivery of character and leadership development programs.

Justin first enlisted in the Army in 1997 as a combat medic, and then attended the University of Colorado Boulder ROTC commissioning in 2001 with dual majors in Philosophy and Russian studies. From 2001-2017, Justin served in active duty, reserve, and mobilized reservist positions as a rifle platoon leader in Afghanistan from 2003-2004, HHC commander from 2009-2011, and Senior Intelligence Division Chief from 2012-2017. In 2011, Justin earned his master’s degree in leadership studies and intelligence and national security studies from the University of Texas – El Paso, and in 2019 earned his PhD from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy researching the grit and resiliency of USAFA cadets.


 

Sunday, May 29

For Masterclasses, click the red bar to view class details and to register to Sing.

Sunday, 9:00 am – 9:45 am

Workshop

RESILIENCY FOR EACH DAY
Workshop
Mayfair Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; All Levels

Resiliency for Each Day

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

Presenter: Justin Stoddard

Justin Stoddard, PhD, serves as an Assistant Professor and Chief of Character and Leadership Innovation at the U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD), where he is responsible for leading character and leadership development innovation efforts for the USAFA Team. Justin’s expertise in resiliency and overcoming challenges supports and explores methods to improve and refine the delivery of character and leadership development programs.

Justin first enlisted in the Army in 1997 as a combat medic, and then attended the University of Colorado Boulder ROTC commissioning in 2001 with dual majors in Philosophy and Russian studies. From 2001-2017, Justin served in active duty, reserve, and mobilized reservist positions as a rifle platoon leader in Afghanistan from 2003-2004, HHC commander from 2009-2011, and Senior Intelligence Division Chief from 2012-2017. In 2011, Justin earned his master’s degree in leadership studies and intelligence and national security studies from the University of Texas – El Paso, and in 2019 earned his PhD from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy researching the grit and resiliency of USAFA cadets.

 

Sunday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Vocal Competition

SECOND ROUND

Second Floor

Ohio Room – Classical, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Mississippi Room – Classical, High School II (Sr)
Arkansas Room – Classical, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Colorado Room – Musical Theatre, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Missouri Room – Musical Theatre, High School II (Sr)


 

Sunday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Masterclasses

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY (2)
The Art of Blending Vocal Technique
Huron Room - Classical; High School

Connecting the Dots:
The Art of Blending Vocal Technique and Interpretation in Classical Vocal Music

Have you ever struggled with the balance of incorporating good vocal technique with a convincing interpretation? This masterclass will address the foundations of a healthy vocal technique that communicates and connects the artist to the interpretation of the text.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Ida Nicolosi

Ida Nicolosi

Ida Nicolosi is recognized for her command of a great breadth of repertoire that encompasses opera, oratorio, early music, new music and crossover styles. Nicolosi has sung with DCINY at Carnegie Hall, 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. Ms. Nicolosi taught voice for five years at the UMKC Conservatory before joining the voice faculty at Pepperdine University in 2010. She earned both her Bachelors in Music Education and her Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Ida Nicolosi’s students have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs at Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music at Bard College, NYU, Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College, Notre Dame, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Illinois, Conservatory of Music at UMKC, the University of North Texas, and Eastern Carolina University.

INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Maximizing Vocal Potential for the High School Singer
Ontario Room - Classical; High School

Maximizing Vocal Potential for the High School Singer

Dr. Laura Osgood Brown and her colleagues at the Interlochen Arts Academy take the passion and potential of high school singers and guide them towards realizing their artistic purpose. As a team, they provide a balanced education in vocal technique, musicianship, repertoire, language, ensemble singing, and singing for the stage.  With a special focus on healthy and appropriate techniques and repertoire for the high school singer, their students regularly go on to study at the top music colleges and conservatories in the country.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Laura Osgood Brown

Dr. Laura Osgood Brown is an educator, director, and performer, teaching voice and opera at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and serving as the coordinator of the Summer Classical Voice Intensive. She has directed numerous programs of opera scenes and full productions. Her students have been recognized in national competitions such as Classical Singer, YoungArts, Schmidt, and NATS, and have been accepted to the top classical voice collegiate programs in the U.S. and abroad. Her teachers include Carol Webber, Dr. Barbara Clark, and Dr. Jill Pearon.

WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
Artistic Mastery
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; All Levels

Artistic Mastery

Regardless of the genre, artistry integrates technical mastery, commitment to the music and the text, and empathy with the character and audience. How put together are you and how can we make the whole greater than the sum of the parts?

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen, Regents’ Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music at West Texas A&M University, holds a DMA from the University of North Texas with post-graduate study at Cambridge University and Oberlin Conservatory. Principal teachers include Robert Gartside, Pattye Johnstone, and Richard Miller. Throughout his nearly 45 years of university teaching, Hansen has performed widely in opera, musical theatre, and concert, and has directed over eighty professional and collegiate productions. Favorite roles include Major General in (Pirates of Penzance), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Archibald (The Secret Garden), Pseudolus in (Forum), and Georges (La Cage aux Folles).

BOSTON UNIVERSITY (2)
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical; All Levels

Masterclass with Douglas Sumi

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Douglas Sumi

American pianist, Douglas Sumi, is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s artists and opera theaters. He is a versatile artist, comfortable in the capacities of pianist, coach, and conductor and has a recognized commitment to song and opera. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. He has worked with many great opera stars: Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Carol Vaness, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Chernov, Bejun Mehta, Linda Watson, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Ana María Martinez, Vittorio Grigolo, including many of today’s emerging young singers. Most notably, he collaborated with Renée Fleming in recital, after working together in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for the Arts.

MUSICAL THEATRE CROSSOVER with Darin Adams (2)
Michigan Room - Musical Theatre; All Levels

Musical Theatre Crossover

Work with Broadway Coach and Appcompanist Founder Darin Adams, an experienced opera singer and musical theatre performer, as he focuses on Crossover technique and strategy. Darin has mentored and taught voice to more than 300 Broadway performers and his students have appeared in nearly every recent Broadway show.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Darin Adams

As a leading Broadway voice teacher, Darin Adams draws on over 30 years education and experience in performing arts. Darin did his undergraduate, graduate and performance certificate work at Pepperdine University, Azusa Pacific University, Indiana University and Music Academy of the West in music, vocal performance and stage direction. He performed countless leading roles in opera and musical theater in the US and overseas, and worked with his wife, Sheri Adams, as a concert and recording artist, artistic director, church music director, and the couple even spent 3 years traveling the world as headline artists for Seabourn Cruise Lines. They are the founders and co-artistic directors of a New York City based non-profit arts organization called Joemoe Arts, and founding creators of Appcompanist, a revolutionary new app that gives singers and voice teachers total control over the world’s best accompaniment recordings from any mobile device. As a composer and playwright, several of Darin’s works have been commercially produced on the west coast, and one of his full-length musicals is currently in the commercial development process in New York after two successful runs in California. In recent years, Darin has had the opportunity to mentor and train over 300 Broadway performers in shows including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Phantom of the Opera, The Prom, Chicago, Something Rotten, and many others; teach master-classes with some of the industry’s top casting directors and coaches; and guest teach thousands of aspiring classical and musical theater performers at high schools, universities, and national conventions. Darin and Sheri live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with their 3 children, Samuel, Sydney, and Jessie.

To find out more about Darin Adams, check out this interview by CS Music.


 

Sunday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Masterclasses

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (2)
Oratorio Performance Practice
Huron Room - Classical; University, Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Oratorio Performance Practice: Stories from the Road

This Master Class will focus on the effective communication within the oratorio aria. We will explore character development, story-telling, and the inherent drama in oratorio arias.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Mary Wilson

Soprano Mary Wilson has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Singapore Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Sacra Festival de Quito Ecuador, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Carmel Bach Festival, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wilson holds vocal performance degrees from St. Olaf College and Washington University. She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Area Coordinator at the University of Memphis.

ITHACA COLLEGE (2)
General Masterclass
Ontario Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School, University

Ithaca College School of Music, Theater, and Dance Vocal Masterclass

We’ll aim to help you continue your exploration of expressive, musical, textual, and technical elements in your repertoire and hope to empower your artistry.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenters: Jennifer Kay and Marc Webster

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 currently serves as President for the NATS Central New York Finger Lakes chapter and has held other executive board positions over the last decade. 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 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/

 

LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC (2)
All Voices Can Move
Erie Room - Classical; Young Artist/Emerging Pro

All Voices Can Move

Learn practical tools for improving agility and flexibility while maintaining legato. Repertoire with fast-moving passagework strongly encouraged.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Dana Lynne Varga

Soprano Dana Lynne Varga has established herself as a dynamic interpreter of operatic and concert repertoire. She will appear as soprano soloist in both the Mozart and Brahms Requiems in Carnegie Hall in June. She performed with the Boston Pops holiday program in Symphony Hall in December. Her recent engagements as Pallas Athene in Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with Odyssey Opera and as soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cantata Singers garnered critical acclaim. Favorite roles performed include Alcina, Fiordiligi, Musetta, Donna Elvira, Micaela and Rosalinda. A fierce advocate for singers devoted to progressive change in the classical vocal industry, Dana is also a career coach, writer, lecturer and artistic director.

BALDWIN WALLACE CONSERVATORY
Classical Singing Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical; High School

Classical Singing Masterclass

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: JR Fralick

Dr. JR Fralick has had graduates accepted at graduate schools like New England Conservatory, Longy, Manhattan School of Music, University of Maryland Opera Program, Indiana University, Florida State University, and many others. He has had students go on to sing in leading and supporting roles at opera companies and on Broadway. He also coordinates the Vocal Pedagogy Emphasis program at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, where he teaches voice.

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY (2)
What's in Your Toolbox?
Michigan Room - Classical; University

What’s In Your Toolbox?

“Tools” (vocal exercises) which offer solutions to issues of breathing and support, registration, resonance, tongue and jaw tension, legato, and sostenuto. Each singer in the class will receive exercises tailored to address their individual challenges. All voice types welcome!

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Linda DiFiore

Linda Di Fiore

Dr. DiFiore, who currently is a Voice Professor at DePaul University, has performed nationally and internationally and taught in major universities for over 40 years. She has served as a Regents Professor at the University of North Texas, a Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music, Head of the Voice Area at University of California-Santa Barbara, and in international summer programs such as AIMS in Graz, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Varna Opera Festival, and Casalmaggiore Chamber Music Festival. Her singers have populated all of the major opera companies (MET, HGO, SFO, Lyric Operas of Chicago and Kansas City, WNO, LAO), the most prestigious summer programs and YAPS, and have won or placed in the most important national and international competitions. She holds the distinction of NATS master teacher, a lifelong designation.

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Auditioning in Europe and Working the International Competition Circuit
Mayfair Room - Classical; University/Young Artist

Auditioning in Europe and Working the International Competition Circuit

In this session we will discuss the ins and outs of auditioning internationally. We will also discuss how to prepare yourself for international vocal competitions. Bring your resumes, repertoire, and bring questions!

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

Presenter: Megan Barrera

Internationally recognized, Cuban-Puerto Rican soprano Megan Barrera is a native of Miami, Florida. She is an active performer of both opera and concert repertoire. Ms. Barrera has won many international vocal competitions, including the Gabriela Beňačková, Certamen Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla, Vissi D’arte, Saint Petersburg Opera Guild, and the Rochester International Vocal Competition.

Most recently, Ms. Barrera sang with Winter Opera St. Louis. She made her debut with Divadlo J.K. Tyla Plzni, Czech Republic, singing Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. She also received great acclaim in recital with pianist Francisco Soriano in Festival Musical de Cádiz, Spain and Amor a la Música Espacio Turina, Seville, Spain. Ms. Barrera toured a Music of the Americas Recital with pianist, Dr. João Paulo Casarotti. They performed in London, Lisbon, and different cities in Brazil.

This summer, Ms. Barrera makes her next debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville in Verdi’s La Traviata. Ms. Barrera holds a DMA and MM from Louisiana State University and a BM from the University of Miami as a full scholarship recipient. Ms. Barrera was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at New World School of the Arts College, Miami, FL.


 

Sunday, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Masterclasses

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Attention to Details
Ontario Room - Classical, ALL

Attention to Details
What else is on the page of your music besides words and notes?

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Sandra Moon

Sandra Moon has sung on stages throughout the world. At the Metropolitan Opera, she sang several roles including Cleopatra in Händel’s “Giulio Cesare”, Echo in “Ariadne auf Naxos” under the baton of James Levine, and Zdenka next to Renée Fleming ‘s Arabella. With over 100 roles in her repertoire Sandra has sung on the stages of Vienna, Munich, Chicago, New York, Carnegie Hall, Zürich, among others. Some of the roles in her repertoire include Violetta, Madame Butterfly, Mimi, Donna Anna, Pamina, and the concert repertoire Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. In addition to her vocal repertoire, she has performed the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award winning play, Master Class. Sandra Moon holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Opera from Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University. Sandra Moon currently teaches voice at Louisiana State University.

EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
ClassMerging Words & Melody
Erie - Classical; High School, University

Putting It Together – ClassMerging Words & Melody

Discovering the musical potential of a text in the way a composer does! Finding the bridge between the perspectives that a vocal coach and a singing artist-teacher bring to making words and music work together in performance.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Katherine Ciesinski

Dr. Alison d’Amato, newly appointed full-time faculty vocal coach at Eastman, has been engaging with the full spectrum of vocal repertoires for almost thirty years. Equally active in contemporary music and art song from our traditional canon, she has performed with renowned artists and is also fluent in the core repertoire of opera and music theater, working as both a vocal coach and music director/conductor. Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano, has been a professor of voice at Eastman since 2008. Her remarkable international singing and teaching career includes a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Her interests extend to the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities and to furthering justice, equity, and inclusion in music-related organizations.

LYRIC THEATRE @ ILLINOIS
Performing Musical Theatre
Superior Room - Musical Theatre; ALL

Performing Musical Theatre

Are you looking to electrify audiences with your performance and set yourself apart with dynamic communication, freedom, and expression? Join this session to explore new ways of making small changes that leave a huge impact on your performance.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Sarah Wigley

Sarah Wigley is a Clinical Associate Professor of Voice for the Lyric Theatre area 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 previously served as faculty for the Musical Theatre department at the University of Northern Colorado. As a contemporary voice specialist, Ms. Wigley has presented workshops concerning crossover singing techniques at the International Congress of Voice Teachers (Stolkholm, Sweden), the National Association for Teachers of Singing, Illinois Music Education Association, Iowa Choral Directors Association, and Minnesota Music Education Association. Upcoming engagements include presenting “Creating Crossover Curriculum” at both the National Association for Teachers of Singing Conference in Chicago and the International Congress of Voice Teachers Conference in Vienna, Austria this summer.

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (2)
Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Auditions
Michigan Room - Classical; All Levels

Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Auditions

Mr. Meraw will work with singers on their audition repertoire and give some help and guidance on how to sing it better and on the appropriateness and efficacy of repertoire choices.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Michael Meraw

Baritone Michael Meraw has performed with companies across North America (including: Pacific Opera Victoria, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Centre, Edmonton Opera, the Richard Eaton Singers, Symphony Regina, the National Arts Centre, the Thirteen Strings, Opéra Atelier, Opera in Concert, Montreal Opera, Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi and Handel, to Webern and Szymanowski. As well as his regular voice studio at New England Conservatory and his responsibilities as the Artistic Director of NEC’s Undergraduate Opera Studio, Mr. Meraw has become a regular Master clinician and adjudicator at several festivals in China, and has been on the faculty of AIMS in Graz. Many of his students have gone onto success, winning positions in young artist programs and artist contracts in the United States, Canada and Europe. Michael’s students can include La Scala, the Chatelet, L’Opera Comique in Paris, Minnesota Opera, St. Louis Opera, Montreal Opera, BBC Proms, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra among their recent credits.

BROADWAY ARTISTS ALLIANCE (1)
The Musical Theatre College Audition Process (presentation)
Mayfair Room - Musical Theatre; High School and Parents

The Musical Theatre College Audition Process

Smart Lists, Prescreens, Timelines, Auditions, and Landing at the School of Your Dreams!

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

Presenter: Jennifer Johns

Jennifer Johns first began her career as a working child performer and created Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC with her childhood interests and passions at heart. As an adult professional, Jennifer has toured with six Broadway National and International Tours as well as performed extensively in NYC and Regional Theatre. Favorite roles include Reno in Anything Goes, Betty in White Christmas, Peggy in 42nd Street, Polly in Crazy for You, Babe in The Pajama Game, The Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat, The Mother in A Christmas Story, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, and as a Singer/Dancer with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She’s also performed stateside and overseas for our troops alongside many celebrity performers as a part of the USO American Belles vocal trio for over 10 years. TV/film credits include: All My Children, One Life to Live, Saturday Night Live, 3,2,1 Contact, Law and Order, Garden State, Moulin Rouge, Kate and Leopold, Hairspray, and more. Throughout the year, Jennifer is on the Voice Faculty at Pace University in NYC and enjoys teaching Master Classes at Universities, Performing Arts High Schools, Thespian Festivals and Conventions across the country, in addition to maintaining a busy NYC Voice studio with a career coaching/college audition coaching focus. She is proud to see so many of her students currently at top Universities, with Broadway and National Tours credits, and signed to Top NYC Agents and Managers! Jennifer has been a proud member of NATS, AEA, AGVA, and SAG-AFTRA (since 1981). She holds a M.M. in Musical Theatre (Vocal Performance) as well as an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. In addition to her role of Artistic Director of Broadway Artists Alliance, she’s previously been on the adjunct voice faculty at NYU, is now the NYC Senior Showcase Producer for The University of the Arts, and is currently on the vocal Faculty at Pace University in NYC.

About Broadway Artists Alliance

Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC provides professional training for promising young musical theatre performers – both live in New York City, and online from the comfort of your own home! Participants study voice, acting, and dance with top Broadway performers and NYC professionals, and every BAA intensive culminates in a final showcase for top New York casting directors, agents, and managers. BAA also specializes in summer and winter intensives, a 3-week online weekly class series, college audition preparation workshops, and adult professional training for ages 18 and up. BAA student success stories have included student’s making their debuts on Broadway  and in Broadway National Tours of Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Hamilton, Frozen, Finding Neverland, Newsies, Hello Dolly, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Lion King, Anastasia, Billy Elliot, The Ferryman, Annie, Mary Poppins, Matilda, Sound of Music, 13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, West Side Story, and more!  In response to Covid-19, BAA has launched extensive online programming to ensure that everyone has the chance to continue to hone their craft! Admission is still open for this summer and granted by Audition or Special Invitation only. Learn more at broadwayartistsalliance.org!


 

Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

College Expo Recruiting Fair

Exhibitor Hall Open - Fourth Floor, Sheraton 4/5 Ballroom

Exhibitors

AIMS
AMDA
Appcompanist
Art Songs Transpositions
Baldwin Wallace Cons
Bard College
Boston Cons at Berklee
Boston Univ
Broadway Artists Alliance
Broadway Sessions
Butler Univ
BYU
Carnegie Mellon
Central Michigan Univ
Cincinnati Cons of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
Columbus State Univ
Converse Univ
DePaul Univ
DePauw Univ
The Juilliard School
Eastman School of Music
Florida State Univ
Furman Univ
Grand Canyon Univ
Houghton College
Illinois Wesleyan Univ
Ithaca College
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Lawrence Univ
Longy School
LSU
Mannes New School
NATS
New Amsterdam Opera
New England Conservatory
New World School of the Arts
NY Cons for Dramatic Arts
New York Singing Teachers’
Northwestern Univ
Opera on Tap
Manhattan School of Music
Oberlin Conservatory
Palm Beach Atlantic Univ
Pepperdine Univ
Purchase College
Roosevelt Univ
San Francisco Cons
Schmidt Vocal Arts
Temple Univ
Texas Tech Univ
Univ of Illinois
Univ of Alabama
Univ of Houston
Univ of Memphis
Univ of Michigan
Univ of North Texas
Univ of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt Univ
Viterbo Univ
Walnut Hill School
West Texas A&M


 

Sunday, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

High School Showcase

Attend this Showcase concert and watch performances from high school choirs, ensembles, and quartets.

Sheraton 2 Ballroom, 4th Floor


 

Sunday, 4:30 – 8:30 pm

Vocal Competition

SECOND ROUND

Second Floor

Ohio Room – Classical, High School II (Sr)
Mississippi Room – Classical, University
Arkansas Room – Classical, Young Artist/Emerging Professional
Colorado Room – Musical Theatre, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Missouri Room – Musical Theatre, University/Pre-Professional


 

Sunday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Masterclasses

AMERICAN MUSICAL & DRAMATIC ACADEMY
Musical Theatre Masterclass
Huron Room - Musical Theatre; High School

Viewpoints for Performers

Creative physical solutions to staging & text interpretation. Using the seven Viewpoints, as codified by theatre artist Anne Bogart, we will explore space, tempo, architecture, duration and other applications for total immersion in physical reality. By utilizing new tools for exploration and “group mind” activity, fresh perspective and process will help young performers find creative solutions to theatrical challenges in acting, singing, and dance applications. Wear loose clothing and comfortable footwear.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Kathy Morath

AMDA Musical Theatre, New York Broadway credits include Joseph Papp’s Pirates of Penzance and Nick & Nora. Off-Broadway has appeared in the role of The Girl in The Fantasticks, Personals, The Wonder Years and David Ives’s All in the Timing, among others. Regionally, Kathy has played leading roles at the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theatre Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Barter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Art Park, Goodspeed Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center. TV and film credits include Law & Order, Walker: Texas Ranger, Alice in Concert, Hostage, All My Children and General Hospital. Kathy recently created the role of Jodi in the world premiere of the new musical The Bikinis at ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. Kathy appears on the SONY Masterworks recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro. She has also served as an adjudicator and peer reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Teaching credits: AMDA College & Conservatory, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Norris Center for the Performing Arts, The Artist’s Crossing, Sing Smart Act Smart, private studio. Degrees, Studies and Affiliations: B.A. Semiotics, Brown University, The Neighborhood Playhouse, SAG/AFTRA/AEA

OBERLIN CONSERVATORY
Masterclass
Ontario - Classical; High School

Masterclass with Faculty from Oberlin Conservatory

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Salvatore Champagne

Salvatore Champagne joined the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory in 2004. From 1989-1998 he appeared in some of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses and concert halls, including the Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Bellini, London Philharmonia, Cologne Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mr. Champagne’s singing has been recognized with numerous awards and prizes (Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition/International Singing Competition s’Hertogenbosch), as well as grants from MUSICA, the Sullivan Foundation, and the National Institute for Musical Theater. His students have won many prestigious competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions, and appear regularly with premiere young artist programs and performing organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL (2)
Navigating the Admissions Process (presentation)
Erie Room - All Styles; All Levels and Parents

Navigating the Admissions Process

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.

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

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.

CINCINNATI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical, All Levels

Masterclass with CCM Faculty

Come get to know four of CCM’s Voice Faculty. Teachers will work one-on-one with participants as well as offer collective feedback. While the teacher/student relationship is crucial, CCM prides itself on a collegial, nurturing environment among the faculty and towards all of our students.

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenters: Karen Lykes, Elliot Madore, Daniel Weeks, and Amy Johnson

For over two decades, critics have recognized soprano Amy Johnson as one of America’s finest singing actresses, and she has garnered comparable acclaim as a voice teacher in both private and academic settings. Her studio has attracted a diverse group of singers from all parts of the world. Many have gone on to study at some of the finest music schools both domestically and abroad, been awarded international continued study grants, earned places in prestigious Young Artists’ Programs, been winners in the Corbett, Lotte Lenya and Metropolitan Opera competitions, and are appearing in theatres worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, major national Broadway tours and the Broadway, Los Angeles and Chicago productions of Hamilton.  In addition to teaching voice, Ms. Johnson is co-producer of CCM Undergraduate Opera (Opera d’arte), and has served as co-Artistic Director of CCM Summer Opera Studio/Bootcamp. She is a board member with the National Opera Association, was recently published in Classical Singer Magazine, has been both co-principal in a production company and co-founder of a summer opera/language program in Italy, and is in frequent demand for masterclasses and artist-in-residencies.

KIRSTEN CHAMBERS MASTERCLASS (1)
Michigan Room - Classical; High School

Kirsten Chambers Masterclass

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenters: Kirsten Chambers

Kirsten Chambers is known for her portrayal of Strauss and Wagner heroines, having sung Salome at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Hong Kong, and Florida Grand Opera, as well as Maria in Friedenstag and Helena in Die Ägyptische Helena. Abroad, she has sung Elsa in Lohengrin with the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opéra de Rennes, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

OPERA ON TAP (1)
The Business of Singing Workshop
Mayfair Room - All Styles, All Levels

Paving Your Path to Artistic Entrepreneurship  

Have an idea, but are unsure if you have the skills, experience or financial resources to follow through?  Join Opera on Tap’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Anne Hiatt for a workshop focused on identifying your unique skills and assets that will help you turn your entrepreneurial ideas into reality. 

Workshop
No Registration Necessary

 

Presenter: Anne Hiatt

Anne Hiatt is Co-Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the national organization Opera on Tap, which has the vision of making the drama, beauty, and exhilaration of opera truly accessible to new communities everywhere.

With over 12 years of experience in non-profit management, development and opera production, she currently oversees the programs, and operations of 25 Chapters of Opera on Tap across the nation and world and has acted as executive producer of Opera on Tap’s major new works programs since 2012. She currently oversees the development of The Immersive Opera Project which marries opera and tech industry partners in the creation of new immersive works of opera utilizing immersive technologies.

Under Anne’s leadership, Opera on Tap has grown into a large national network of artist-entrepreneurs, performers, creators, supporters and audiences. It has gained international recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene with features in such media outlets as The NY Times, NPR All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, NY1, USA Today, NHK/ Japan National Public TV, Tagesspiegel, The NY Daily News, WNYC, Boston Globe, Chicago Today, Chicago Reader, the LA Times, LA Weekly, and Seattle Weekly among many others.


 

Sunday, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Masterclasses

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
Taking the Stage with Confidence
Huron Room - Classical; Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Essential Tools for taking the Stage, with CONFIDENCE!

Join soprano and UNT Professor of Voice Carol Wilson as she provides her knowledge, pedagogical expertise and inspiration to help young singers realize their full artistic potential. Peak performances and auditions begin with a solid vocal technique, the imaginative spark to bring characters alive, and a proper balance of body-mind prep.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

 

Presenter: Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson has had an extensive performing career in repertoire ranging from early music to newly-composed works. From her international debut as Fiordiligi with Deutsche-Oper-am-Rhein, she went on to sing principal roles in over 25 operas in major houses around the world: Desdemona, Eva, Tatjana, Contessa, Leonora/Fidelio, Senta, Donna Elvira, Poppea, and Marshallin, her signature role. Orchestral appearances include those with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Schoenberg Ensemble (Amsterdam). Students under Ms. Wilson’s tutelage have been engaged by houses, festivals, and young artist programs around the world and she is fully committed to the vocal development of young singers as they seek to “take the stage!”

HOPERA with Adrian Dunn
Ontario Room - Musical Theatre; ALL

Vocal Masterclass

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Adrian Dunn

Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and producer. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Voice from The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University with additional musical studies in opera at The Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland.

Mr. Dunn has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Blossom Festival Chorus, and as a soloist with the North Shore Choral Society. He has sung in the CCM Spoleto Opera Festival in Spoleto, Italy and is a frequent soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He sang the lead role in the 2017 Chicago premiere of the Paul Laurence Dunbar opera The Poet and in 2016 served as the opera chorus master for the midwest premiere of the opera Harriet Tubman – When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago.

Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for his original work Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera.  He was nominated for Best Music Director from the Black Theater Alliance Awards for his work Hopera: a Hip Hop Opera. He has opened for international Hip Hop Recording Artist The Roots at Indiana University. He served as principle vocal coach for Kanye West’s artist development program Donda’s House. He was a featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in Helsinki, Finland. He has toured throughout the US, South Africa, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Scandinavia.

Currently, Mr. Dunn released his most recent album and second book entitled Redemption: A collection of spirituals & gospel songs in seeking justice for Black lives. He recently wrote the opening music for WWE’s Wrestle Mania 35 and completed a national album & book tour of the Redemption. He is a voice faculty member at the Theater Conservatory at Roosevelt University & The New Music School in downtown Chicago, IL. Mr. Dunn’s private voice students can be seen in Broadway National tours of  LION KING, GHOST, KINKY BOOTS, RENT, BET’s show Sunday Best, Drury Lane Theater, The Paramount Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, and as background vocalists for major record label artists on tour throughout the US and abroad.

BROADWAY ARTISTS ALLIANCE (2)
Making it on Broadway: Musical Theatre Auditions in 2022
Erie Room - Musical Theatre; All Levels

Making it on Broadway: Musical Theatre Auditions in 2022

From the Successful Self-Tape that Gets Noticed to the In Person Final Callback for the Creative Team

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Jennifer Johns

Jennifer Johns first began her career as a working child performer and created Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC with her childhood interests and passions at heart. As an adult professional, Jennifer has toured with six Broadway National and International Tours as well as performed extensively in NYC and Regional Theatre. Favorite roles include Reno in Anything Goes, Betty in White Christmas, Peggy in 42nd Street, Polly in Crazy for You, Babe in The Pajama Game, The Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat, The Mother in A Christmas Story, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, and as a Singer/Dancer with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She’s also performed stateside and overseas for our troops alongside many celebrity performers as a part of the USO American Belles vocal trio for over 10 years. TV/film credits include: All My Children, One Life to Live, Saturday Night Live, 3,2,1 Contact, Law and Order, Garden State, Moulin Rouge, Kate and Leopold, Hairspray, and more. Throughout the year, Jennifer is on the Voice Faculty at Pace University in NYC and enjoys teaching Master Classes at Universities, Performing Arts High Schools, Thespian Festivals and Conventions across the country, in addition to maintaining a busy NYC Voice studio with a career coaching/college audition coaching focus. She is proud to see so many of her students currently at top Universities, with Broadway and National Tours credits, and signed to Top NYC Agents and Managers! Jennifer has been a proud member of NATS, AEA, AGVA, and SAG-AFTRA (since 1981). She holds a M.M. in Musical Theatre (Vocal Performance) as well as an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. In addition to her role of Artistic Director of Broadway Artists Alliance, she’s previously been on the adjunct voice faculty at NYU, is now the NYC Senior Showcase Producer for The University of the Arts, and is currently on the vocal Faculty at Pace University in NYC.

About Broadway Artists Alliance

Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC provides professional training for promising young musical theatre performers – both live in New York City, and online from the comfort of your own home! Participants study voice, acting, and dance with top Broadway performers and NYC professionals, and every BAA intensive culminates in a final showcase for top New York casting directors, agents, and managers. BAA also specializes in summer and winter intensives, a 3-week online weekly class series, college audition preparation workshops, and adult professional training for ages 18 and up. BAA student success stories have included student’s making their debuts on Broadway  and in Broadway National Tours of Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Hamilton, Frozen, Finding Neverland, Newsies, Hello Dolly, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Lion King, Anastasia, Billy Elliot, The Ferryman, Annie, Mary Poppins, Matilda, Sound of Music, 13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, West Side Story, and more!  In response to Covid-19, BAA has launched extensive online programming to ensure that everyone has the chance to continue to hone their craft! Admission is still open for this summer and granted by Audition or Special Invitation only. Learn more at broadwayartistsalliance.org!

BOSTON CONSERVATORY AT BERKLEE (2)
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School/University

Masterclass with Boston Conservatory Faculty

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenter: Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley is an assistant professor of voice, and teaches career skills courses. Hanley is a sought-after pedagogue, combining his experience as a classical singer and teacher into well-rounded classical and musical theater teaching styles. His students have achieved success in a variety of genres including musical theater, opera, and commercial music. From 2013 to 2015, Hanley served on the faculty of Syracuse University’s Department of Drama and Setnor School of Music, where he taught voice, voice for musical theater, and musicianship courses.

Hanley was most recently seen at the Aspen Music Festival in 2015, performing the role of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and as a guest artist with Penn State Opera Theatre in La Bohème. Other notable credits include James Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Aspen Opera Theater Center, 2014), Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi (Aspen Opera Theater Center, 2013), and the title role in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (Eastman Opera Theatre, 2010).

LYRIC THEATRE @ ILLINOIS (1)
Nathan Gunn Masterclass
Michigan Room - ALL Styles; High School/University

Masterclass

 

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

 

Presenter: Nathan Gunn

Nathan Gunn is widely acclaimed for his career as a performer, creator, advocate and teacher.

As a performer, Nathan has performed many of opera and musical theater’s greatest roles on the world’s most prestigious stages, and in television, radio, video, and live simulcast performances, Nathan believes that music is a living art form and has championed dozens of new works in a multitude of venues, often with the Gunns’ production company Shot in the Dark.

Nathan is Professor and Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois where he is co-director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, a comprehensive program embracing a broad continuum of opera and musical theatre.


 

Sunday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Masterclasses

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY (2)
Somatics for the Classical Singer
Huron Room - Classical; High School

Somatics for the Classical Singer

Have you been told you need to “engage your body?” Have you been asked to “feel the sound,” yet you don’t know what sensation you’re seeking? Within this masterclass, we will find ways to increase connections between your body and your sound, freeing you to integrate communication and performance skills more fully.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Rachel Velarde

Dr. Rachel Velarde, mezzo-soprano, is Professor of Music (Voice) at Grand Canyon University. She is a lifetime member of Classical Singer. During 2020, Velarde completed multiple professional development opportunities, primarily related to somatic awareness, singing, and the body. To resolve issues around her own, now resolved, muscle tension dysphonia, diagnosed in spring 2019, she turned to Feldenkrais® practitioners and other related somatic practices. In November 2021, Velarde completed the Bones for Life® teacher certification program, a somatic practice rooted in the Feldenkrais method, that targets posture and balance for walking in short, readily applicable movement processes.

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
General Masterclass
Ontario Room - Classical; All Levels

Masterclass with Manhattan School of Music Faculty Dimitri Pittas

Singer Spots Sold Out  

 

Presenter: Dimitri Pittas

Dimitri Pittas has appeared on leading opera stages throughout North America and Europe, including the Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bolshoi, and the Canadian Opera Company. He is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and has been heard on the Met stage as Rodolfo, Macduff, Nemorino, Cassio, Alfred, and Tamino. Mr. Pittas is the Founding Artistic Director of Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO) in Charleston, South Carolina. http://www.dimitripittas.com/

LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY (2)
General Masterclass
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

General Masterclass

This masterclass is designed to provide technical assistance and advisement to high school singers currently applying to or about to apply to collegiate conservatory voice programs. Both classical bel canto and belting/mix/musical theater styles are appropriate for repertoire selections.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Estelí Gomez

Estelí Gomez is a founding member of alt-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth. As a performer she specializes in early and contemporary repertoire, both as a soloist and in small vocal ensembles; as a teacher she enjoys her post at Lawrence Conservatory, where her studio is equally comprised of students interested bel canto and musical theater/singer-songwriter vocal techniques. Ms. Gomez can be heard as a soloist on recordings with the Seattle Symphony, NY Philharmonic, Conspirare, and Roomful of Teeth, among others.

BROADWAY SESSIONS (1)
Musical Theatre Masterclass
Erie Room - Musical Theatre; University, Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Musical Theatre Masterclass

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”.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenters: Ben Cameron

Ben Cameron is your Broadway Buddy! He has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (OBC), Aida and Footloose (OBC) as well as tours of Sweet Charity, Fame, The Who’s Tommy, State Fair and Footloose. Ben is the creator/host of the long running, award winning NYC staple, Broadway Sessions. Ben is also the MainStage host of Broadway Con, host of The Broadway Cast podcast talk show, web series Dance Captain Dance Attack on Broadwayworld.com, Broadway Buskers concert series w/ Times Square Alliance and countless theatre industry events. Ben travels the world teaching high energy musical theatre workshops. He is also a sought after writer, choreographer/director and performer. Ben likes you. @BendoesBroadway www.bencameron.nyc

NEW AMSTERDAM OPERA (1)
Conductor Keith Chambers Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical; University, Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Keith Chambers Masterclass

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenters: Keith Chambers

Keith Chambers has conducted for The Dallas Opera, Indianapolis Opera, among many others, and is the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed New Amsterdam Opera.  A regular presence in Young Artist Programs, he was the Director for Opera New Jersey and Guest Coach for Seattle Opera and Florida Grand Opera.  He maintains a coaching studio in New York City and Berlin and is a Founder & Artist Manager of New Classical Artist Management.  

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (2)
Moving from High School to College (Workshop)
Mayfair Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School/Univ

Great Expectations: Moving from High School to College

This class is designed to inform incoming voice majors of what they can expect as they enter a university program. We will provide tools you can use now to help successfully navigate this change. Class is open to students and their parents.


Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

 

Presenters: Ingrid Kammin and William Hudson

Ingrid Kammin, soprano, received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kammin has studied extensively in Europe at Il Corso Estivo per giovani cantiti in Urbania, Italy and at La Sorbonne in Paris, France, where she received a certificate in Language and Culture. Dr. Kammin is an active performer and researcher of contemporary music, opera, and musical theater.

Tenor William Hudson has been described as “positively hypnotic” by Gramophone magazine. Active as a performer, scholar, and teacher, he has presented concerts on four continents, been invited to lecture and teach at clinics across the United States and has recorded for multiple recording labels.


 

 

Monday, May 30

For Masterclasses, click the red bar to view class details and to register to Sing.

Monday, 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Workshop

RESILIENCY FOR LIFE
Workshop
Superior Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; All Levels

Resiliency for Life

Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

Presenter: Justin Stoddard

Justin Stoddard, PhD, serves as an Assistant Professor and Chief of Character and Leadership Innovation at the U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD), where he is responsible for leading character and leadership development innovation efforts for the USAFA Team. Justin’s expertise in resiliency and overcoming challenges supports and explores methods to improve and refine the delivery of character and leadership development programs.

Justin first enlisted in the Army in 1997 as a combat medic, and then attended the University of Colorado Boulder ROTC commissioning in 2001 with dual majors in Philosophy and Russian studies. From 2001-2017, Justin served in active duty, reserve, and mobilized reservist positions as a rifle platoon leader in Afghanistan from 2003-2004, HHC commander from 2009-2011, and Senior Intelligence Division Chief from 2012-2017. In 2011, Justin earned his master’s degree in leadership studies and intelligence and national security studies from the University of Texas – El Paso, and in 2019 earned his PhD from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy researching the grit and resiliency of USAFA cadets.

 

Monday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Vocal Competition

SEMIFINAL ROUND

Second Floor

Ohio Room – Classical, High School II (Sr) and University
Mississippi Room – Classical, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)
Colorado Room – Musical Theatre, High School II (Sr) and University/Pre-Professional
Missouri Room – Musical Theatre, High School I (Fr, So, Jr)

Fourth Floor

Sheraton 2 Ballroom – Classical, Young Artist/Emerging Professional


 

Monday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Masterclasses

DEPAUW UNIVERSITY (2)
Singing and Imagination
Huron Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

Singing and Imagination

Learn effective tools to stir your imagination for an engaging performance experience. The imagination creates the perfect physiological/mental conditions to breathe efficiently and produce an attractive tone quality. While technical interventions are important, imagination is the key ingredient that unifies the physical and mental aspects of singing, enabling you to give exciting performances.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Andre Campelo

Baritone André Campelo is an enthusiastic recitalist having performed major works such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s B minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and Magnificat. Among his favorite recital appearances are the great German song cycles: Winterreise, Schwanengesang (Schubert), Dichterliebe op. 48, Liederkreis op. 39 (Schumann). He also performed solo recitals in Brazil, Panama, and Portugal. His stage performances include roles in South Pacific (Émile de Becque), Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso and Guglielmo), The Tales of Hoffmann (the Four Villains), and The Marriage of Figaro (Count Almaviva).

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY (2)
Pesky Text
Ontario Room - Classical; High School, University

Pesky Text

How to uncover more artistry through the clarity of your diction.

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Jennifer Youngs

Soprano Jennifer Youngs is on faculty at Brigham Young University, where she teaches private voice, vocal pedagogy, and English Diction. She maintains an active performing schedule with companies that include The Dallas Opera, The Dallas Symphony, The American Baroque Opera Company, and many others.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY (2)
General Masterclass
Superior Room - Classical; ALL Levels

Masterclass with Temple University

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson is Associate Professor of Vocal Studies and the Coordinator of the Voice and Opera Area at the Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She holds a B.M. in Voice from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Voice at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Anderson has sung numerous performances as soprano soloist with several prestigious contemporary music ensembles and has worked with such composers as Lukas Foss and Kristof Penderecki.  In addition, she has had extensive performing experience as a recitalist in programs featuring the premieres of new works. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was given the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Music and Dance Teaching Academy Committee of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Last spring, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Anderson also taught in the Musical Theater Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  An active pedagogue, Dr. Anderson has presented masterclasses and papers at national and international conferences such as the Australia Voice Symposium, the Music Teacher’s National Association, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Sino-American Vocal Education Symposium, and the International Conference of Voice Teachers. She has also served as clinician and adjudicator for several organizations including the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education, NATS, CS Music (Classical Singer), The Marian Anderson Historical Society, and The Voice Foundation. In the summer of 2018, she taught voice at The Silk Road: The Sound of Piano, Strings & Voice International Music Festival in Xi’an, China. Dr. Anderson has served as pre-concert lecturer for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

KIRSTEN CHAMBERS MASTERCLASS (2)
Michigan Room - Classical; University, Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Kirsten Chambers Masterclass

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenters: Kirsten Chambers

Kirsten Chambers is known for her portrayal of Strauss and Wagner heroines, having sung Salome at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Hong Kong, and Florida Grand Opera, as well as Maria in Friedenstag and Helena in Die Ägyptische Helena. Abroad, she has sung Elsa in Lohengrin with the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opéra de Rennes, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

OPERA ON TAP (2)
The Business of Singing Workshop
Mayfair Room - All Styles, All Levels

Paving Your Path to Artistic Entrepreneurship  

Have an idea, but are unsure if you have the skills, experience or financial resources to follow through?  Join Opera on Tap’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Anne Hiatt for a workshop focused on identifying your unique skills and assets that will help you turn your entrepreneurial ideas into reality.


Workshop:
No Registration Necessary

 

Presenter: Anne Hiatt

Anne Hiatt is Co-Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the national organization Opera on Tap, which has the vision of making the drama, beauty, and exhilaration of opera truly accessible to new communities everywhere.

With over 12 years of experience in non-profit management, development and opera production, she currently oversees the programs, and operations of 25 Chapters of Opera on Tap across the nation and world and has acted as executive producer of Opera on Tap’s major new works programs since 2012. She currently oversees the development of The Immersive Opera Project which marries opera and tech industry partners in the creation of new immersive works of opera utilizing immersive technologies.

Under Anne’s leadership, Opera on Tap has grown into a large national network of artist-entrepreneurs, performers, creators, supporters and audiences. It has gained international recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene with features in such media outlets as The NY Times, NPR All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, NY1, USA Today, NHK/ Japan National Public TV, Tagesspiegel, The NY Daily News, WNYC, Boston Globe, Chicago Today, Chicago Reader, the LA Times, LA Weekly, and Seattle Weekly among many others.


 

Monday, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Masterclasses

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (2)
Masterclass
Huron Room - Classical, All Levels

General Masterclass

Work with the faculty from Texas Tech University. Bring any art song or aria you want to work on.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

 

Presenters: Gregory Brooks, Alice Anne Light, Erik Stoklossa

Baritone Gregory BROOKES has been praised for his “rich baritone sound” and “Shakespearian acting.” After receiving a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Calgary, he pursued graduate work at the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Master of Music in vocal performance and literature. He subsequently earned a Performer’s Diploma and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Voice Area at Texas Tech University’s School of Music where he teaches applied voice, diction, and graduate and undergraduate vocal pedagogy.


Praised by Opera Today for her “sumptuous mezzo . . . beautifully even tone, a very wide range, and a sound technique,” mezzo-soprano Alice Anne Light possesses a colorful voice that has led her to success in a variety of repertoire. Her recent project, a commission and collaboration with composer Cecil Price Walden on the World Premiere of Hours, an art song cycle and visual art spectacle designed to reinvent the expectations of the song recital. Dr. Light holds degrees from Harding University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She currently serves on the voice faculty of Texas Tech University.


Eric Stoklossa was born in Dresden and enjoys a prolific international career in the leading opera houses, prominent music festivals and concert halls including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Wiener Festwochen, Dresden, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague and Brussels. Equally at home with opera and oratorio, Mr. Stoklossa has performed Bach, Dvořák, and Haydn among many others. Mr. Stoklossa will appear once again on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in the Spring of 2024, portraying Aljeja in Janácek’s from the House of the Dead, in a revival of the world-renown production by Patrice Chéreau. Mr. Stoklossa serves on the faculty of Texas Tech University.

BROADWAY SESSIONS (2)
Musical Theatre Auditions
Erie Room - Musical Theatre; High School

Musical Theatre Masterclass

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”.

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenters: Ben Cameron

Ben Cameron is your Broadway Buddy! He has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (OBC), Aida and Footloose (OBC) as well as tours of Sweet Charity, Fame, The Who’s Tommy, State Fair and Footloose. Ben is the creator/host of the long running, award winning NYC staple, Broadway Sessions. Ben is also the MainStage host of Broadway Con, host of The Broadway Cast podcast talk show, web series Dance Captain Dance Attack on Broadwayworld.com, Broadway Buskers concert series w/ Times Square Alliance and countless theatre industry events. Ben travels the world teaching high energy musical theatre workshops. He is also a sought after writer, choreographer/director and performer. Ben likes you. @BendoesBroadway www.bencameron.nyc

NEW AMSTERDAM OPERA (2)
Conductor Keith Chambers Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical; High School

Keith Chambers Masterclass

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Keith Chambers

Keith Chambers has conducted for The Dallas Opera, Indianapolis Opera, among many others, and is the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed New Amsterdam Opera.  A regular presence in Young Artist Programs, he was the Director for Opera New Jersey and Guest Coach for Seattle Opera and Florida Grand Opera.  He maintains a coaching studio in New York City and Berlin and is a Founder & Artist Manager of New Classical Artist Management.  


 

Monday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Masterclasses

WALNUT HILL SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (2)
What's Your Performance Super Power?
Huron Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; High School

What’s Your Performance Super Power?

Practice identifying your strengths, and learning how they can lead you to audition with conviction, artistry and confidence in any situation.

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: Teresa Winner Blume

Teresa Winner Blume has been the Head of Voice at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, guiding and mentoring serious young classical and musical theater arts towards excellence, for eight years. Focusing on healthy technical foundation, and dramatic authenticity through text, her students are consistently accepted to top college and conservatory programs and awarded top competition honors. As a performer Teresa has been a featured soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, and performs in opera, concert, recitals and professional musical theater. Particularly interested in Art Song and New Works, she is a strong advocate of collaboration. Teresa earned her Masters in Music from Eastman School of Music, and Bachelors of Music from University of Illinois.

PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
Many Styles, One Healthy Technique
Erie Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; All Levels

“Viability versus Sustainability”: Many Styles, One Healthy Technique

Technique is understanding the tools of a given trade and how to use them. Style is what you do with those tools. Many singers today confuse “how” they play their instrument with what “style” of music they chose to perform. The basics of a healthy, enduring vocal technique may begin in a classical tradition but do not necessarily end in a classical sound. Support, balance and resonance are universal to all styles of singing!

 

Register to Sing ($35)  

Presenter: S. Mark Aliapoulious

S. Mark Aliapoulios is Professor of Voice and Associate Dean in the College of the Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he also serves as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. He has taught on the faculties of The University of Massachusetts, Boston University, New England Conservatory, The University of Miami, Florida Atlantic and Florida International Universities. He has appeared as guest soloist with The Boston Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Portland Symphony (ME), The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Shinsei Nippon Symphony (Tokyo), The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Mark Morris Dance Company, The Boston Ballet Orchestra, The Opera Company of Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Palm Beach Opera, The Miami Bach Society, Festival Miami, under the batons of leading international conductors Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, Eric Leinsdorf, Lucas Foss, Sarah Caldwell, Jonathan McPhee, Jaime Laredo and Robert Shaw. He conducted the FIU Concert Choir recording of Orlando Garcia’s Auschwitz (“nunca se olvidaràn”) receiving a Latin Grammy nomination on the Toccata Classics label.

LYRIC THEATRE @ ILLINOIS (2)
Nathan Gunn Masterclass
Michigan Room - Classical/Musical Theatre; University, Young Artist/Emerging Pro

Masterclass

SINGER SPOTS SOLD OUT  

Presenter: Nathan Gunn

Nathan Gunn is widely acclaimed for his career as a performer, creator, advocate and teacher.

As a performer, Nathan has performed many of opera and musical theater’s greatest roles on the world’s most prestigious stages, and in television, radio, video, and live simulcast performances, Nathan believes that music is a living art form and has championed dozens of new works in a multitude of venues, often with the Gunns’ production company Shot in the Dark.

Nathan is Professor and Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois where he is co-director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, a comprehensive program embracing a broad continuum of opera and musical theatre.


 

Monday, 2:30 – 6:00 pm

Vocal Competition

FINAL ROUND

Fourth Floor, Sheraton 2 Ballroom

2:30 – 3:45 pm   Musical Theatre Finalists
3:45 – 6:00 pm   Classical Finalists


 

Monday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Concert

AWARDS CONCERT & SCHOLARSHIPS

Competition Winners Announced

First Place Winners Perform

High School Showcase Performance

*Must have a Concert Pass, Attendee Pass, Parent Pass, or Exhibitor Pass to attend. Concert passes are available to purchase at the Convention Registration Desk for $10.