Preparatory Voice Class for Young Singers

Sarah Houghton, instructor

This class offers beginning level group instruction in singing for students aged 7-13 as preparation for private lessons. Singers learn the basics of vocal training through age-appropriate vocal exercises and song preparation, building healthy vocal habits within a supportive and fun group setting. Singers learn how to prepare and present solo songs through coaching and performance in class. This class will culminate in an end of semester recital. This class is offered in two sections by level.

Beginner: Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Intermediate: Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

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Audition and Performance Preparation for Singers

Thomas Oesterling, instructor

This course, structured as a performance seminar, is an ideal laboratory for both intermediate singers needing performance opportunities in a safe space and for advanced singers preparing for auditions and recitals. Singers must begin the semester with a repertoire of four memorized songs and be prepared to sing in class every week. Topics covered include working with a pianist, overcoming performance anxiety, how to memorize effectively, and audition and recital attire.

Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Fall Semester Only

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Diction and Language for Singers

Evangelia Leontis, instructor

This course provides singers with an introduction to the Lyric Diction skills necessary for polishing their performance in the four main singing languages (Italian, English, French, and German). It will include a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as well as practical application of the language skills acquired in the form of a final performance. The Fall Semester will cover Italian and English diction and the Spring Semester will French and German diction.

Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Full Academic Year

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Musical Theatre Performance Class

Linda Barbieri, Musical Theatre Instructor

Singers will study and prepare works from the musical theatre repertoire. Solo repertoire will be assigned from the early decades of the 1900s, spanning to contemporary works, as students gather a sense of the history of this ever-expanding genre. Using a "master class" setting with constructive critique from the instructor and members of the class, students will delve into character, style, and text. The class will culminate in a performance of the works studied in class.

Prerequisite: Interest in musical theatre and singing; prior vocal training and musical independence helpful but not necessary (please keep in mind that this is not a vocal training class).

Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 AM. One semester course, offered both during the Fall Semester and the Spring Semester.

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Your Body the Instrument: Alexander Technique for Singers

Clara Sandler, instructor

In this course, singers are provided an introductory look into Alexander Technique and will discover how utilizing Alexander Technique can offer freedom from excess tension and help with performance anxiety. Students will learn how to apply Alexander Technique in order to find a more centered, less tense way of using their body and thus freer vocalizing, expressiveness, and storytelling through song. The class will include Alexander Technique exercises, singing, exploration of text, and improvisatory games.

Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fall Semester Only

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The Modern Musician: Entrepreneurship and Business

Dana Varga, instructor

In this class, open to singers in grades 11 – 12, students will gain an insight into what it takes to have a career as a successful vocalist in today’s industry. Singers will learn about the business of classical music, correlating career options to complement their musical endeavors, as well as useful tools such as using marketing materials and budgeting to finance artistic opportunities. Class discussions will also cover mapping out and alternative paths to “success”, honing in on skills students wish to develop within the field that will help enhance their future careers artistically and financially, and will be given an overview of young artist programs and vocal competitions.

Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spring Semester Only

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Vocal Chamber Music

The NEC Prep School offers vocal chamber Music to students aged 13 and up. Vocal chamber groups will be determined by age and ability and will be coached by a voice faculty member for the full academic year. Each group will receive 28 coaching sessions and will conclude with a final performance.For more information about Vocal Chamber Music, please contact the Prep Office at or 617-585-1160.

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For more information, please e-mail the Prep office at or (617) 585-1160.