- Preparatory Voice Class
- Audition and Performance Preparation for Singers (Fall Semester Only)
- Lyric Diction
- Musical Theatre Classes
Sarah Houghton, instructor
This class offers beginning level group instruction in singing for students aged 7-13 as preparation for private lessons. Singers learn about 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: Saturdays 12:15-1:00pm
Intermediate: Saturdays 1:00-1:45pm
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Thomas Oesterling, instructor
Singers will learn how to present songs and arias both in audition and recital format. Both focused text study and breath/body movement exercises will be used to create the most expressive and well integrated presentations for each participant. Techniques for reducing performance anxiety will be covered. Singers must begin with a repertoire of at least two memorized pieces or be able to learn new pieces quickly in order to benefit fully from the class.
Saturday, 12-1pm Fall Semester Only
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Dr. Jennifer Sgroe, instructor
An introductory course in lyric diction for singers that will include a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Fall Semester will cover English and Italian diction; Spring Semester will cover French and German diction.
Text: The Singer’s Manual of English Diction – Madeleine Marshall (Schirmer); A Handbook of Diction for Singers: Italian, German, French – David Adams (Oxford University Press). Foreign language dictionaries as advised by the instructor.
Saturday, 12-1pm, Full Academic Year
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Sabrina Learman, instructor
Musical Theatre Song Performance and Audition Techniques I
Singers will explore the art of learning and preparing musical theatre songs for performance and auditions. Collaborative work as a class including supportive, constructive feedback will be a strong focus. Additional private coachings on songs may be offered. Class work will culminate in a recital. For singers grades 5 - 8 (ages 11-14) or at the discretion of the instructor. Students in this class will perform in an annual recital.
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).
Saturdays, 9-10am Full Academic Year
Musical Theatre Song Performance and Audition Techniques II
Singers will study and prepare works from the musical theatre repertoire. Solo repertoire will be assigned from the early decades of the 1900’s, 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, as well as how composers reflect these elements in the accompaniment. The class will culminate in a performance of the works studied in class at the end of each semester. Excellent for students preparing for college or other auditions. For singers in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) or at the discretion of the instructor. Students in this class will perform in an annual recital.
Prerequisite: Musical Theatre Song Performance I, or equivalent performance experience. At least one year of vocal study. Independence in music-reading and preparing/memorizing a song. Stage experience.
Saturdays, 10-11:30am Full Academic Year
Musical Theatre Scene Study
For advanced actor-singers who want to take their musical theatre performance skills to the next level. Scenes from various eras of musical theatre will be assigned, prepared and staged for an end-of-year performance. With a scene partner, students will continue in the study of musical theatre in terms of the entire scene, dissecting it to understand how music, text and characters come together. For singers in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) or at the discretion of the instructor. Students in this class will perform in an annual recital.
Prerequisite: Musical Theatre Song Performance II, and/or equivalent vocal study and/or stage experience. Independence in learning and memorizing music. Ability to confidently hold a harmony with another singer.
Saturdays, 11:30am-1pm Full Academic Year
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