Welcome to the SCE Voice Program
NEC's reputation for fine performance is legendary. So it is no surprise that many adult learners question whether they "measure up" to study with us. To all of these singers I say "Welcome to the NEC School of Continuing Education"!
With the advent of critical discoveries in voice science, training that was once reserved only for the "talented few" now serves the broader community of singers, allowing us to effectively address the deficits of the amateur, and continue to sharpen the skills of the professional.
Starting with the initial interview at NEC, fundamental skill sets are carefully scrutinized and training is begun. Core skills relating to effective tone production, dynamic control, and range development form the bedrock of the singer's training. Singers learn the critical tools to maintain vocal health and vigor, then through numerous courses and performance opportunities, explore diverse music styles, languages and musical challenges.
Whether you are a professional, semi-professional or amateur singer, we have the tools to help you take your performance to the next level.
Welcome to the SCE!
Voice Department Chair
Masterclasses & Recitals
Students enrolled in private lessons at NEC are eligible to participate in voice workshops, masterclasses and numerous recitals.
Past events have featured a wide variety of performers, coaches and voice scientists. These trainings enrich the student experience, and encourage a fuller discourse with our own faculty about all aspects of the artistic experience.
SCE Voice Dept Events 2018-2019:
September 26th 8pm, Liz Anker Workshop, Pierce Hall
October 27th 7:30pm, Department Concert, Pierce Hall
November 14th 8pm, Jean Danton Workshop, St. Botolph room SB313
November 17th 8pm, Chamber Music Collaborative Concert, Black Box Theatre
December 1st 7:30pm, Department Concert, Pierce Hall
February 6th 8pm, Brendan Buckley Workshop
March 23rd 7:30pm, Department Concert, Pierce Hall
May 4th 7:30pm, Department Concert, Pierce Hall
May 20th 8pm, Musical Theater Recital, Black Box Theatre
Individualized voice lessons form the backbone of the Conservatory Model. Through one-on-one mentorship and coaching, students explore both traditional and modern technical strategies and diverse musical repertoire.
Beginning and Intermediate level singers
Following a Placement Audition/Interview with our Voice Chair, students are placed with a voice teacher who will serve as their guide, and who can help them establish a technical foundation and conquer their vocal challenges. (We recommend students consider their first lesson with their new teacher as a “Trial” lesson, and to fully discuss their personal goals for study, as well as any vocal challenges, to ensure that the placement is a good “fit”.) CURRENT FACULTY
Professional / Pre-professional Singers
For the more experienced, SCE Voice provides Individualized Skill Assessments. Whether a singer seeks an independent evaluation of their skill sets as a benchmark for their continued work, or needs help targeting a specific technical issue, an Individualized Assessment is an important new option for the Professional singer. Following assessment, singers are provided with clear, objective feedback about their current skill set. Where desired, this may be followed with targeted training to address any specific deficits identified. The important distinction—training is not based upon “starting from scratch”, but simply targets the weak skill set and strives to integrate the solution into the singers current framework. Training sessions are scheduled as needed.
For more information, or to schedule a Placement Interview or a Professional Assessment, contact the Continuing Education Office at 617-585-1701 or ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu
Strong vocal skills are the foundation of all artistic singing, and include both a clear understanding of how the voice works and how to sing accurate rhythms and pitches. These Vocal Skills courses are designed to build specific skills and remove challenges that improve performance.
Sight-Singing for Singers
Mark Lee, Instructor
1.5 Credits: $1125
First Class: 9/19
This course is a critical first step for singers who wish to develop fine skill in their Sight-singing. We will focus on melodic reading skills in both tonal and atonal environments, and strive to deeply embed core skills needed for successful work in Solfege and other reading systems. Singers are systematically taught to recognize and accurately sing all intervals, skills especially critical for working within Atonal environments, and to sing within all Major and Minor tonal frameworks. Focus is upon developing accuracy and fluency in these skill sets, and breaking them down to manageable, weekly tasks. Students are expected to spend 2-3 hours weekly in preparation for class activities.
Vocal Mechanics: A Primer for the Serious Singer
Mark Lee, Instructor
1 Credit: $750
First Class: 9/20
Probably the most important element of the singer’s training is vocal technique—the set of rules governing healthy vocal production, carefully instilled through work with the experienced mentor. But rules that work for classical repertoire may not seem relevant for contemporary song styles. And in a world where singers choose to explore multiple singing styles, fundamental concepts of healthy singing can become unclear, and sometimes overly restrictive.
Vocal Mechanics is designed to prepare new singers for the studio lesson experience, and serves as a brilliant supplement for the veteran singer as well. Each week the class will explore a new vocal skill, the parts of the body that are responsible for its production and control, and the physiology (logic of the body) which governs its function. In this way, singers will gain a detailed knowledge of vocal function which better prepares them for the partnership of studio study, and sharpens their understanding through contrast of the various stylistic choices available to them.
Students are welcome to take this course concurrent with private lessons, or may be placed with an private instructor following completion of the class.
Handel for Singers and Instrumentalists
Elizabeth Anker, Instructor
Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1 credit: $750
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Explore the works of Georg Friedrich Handel through performance and study. Open to singers, keyboard players, all strings, and winds (flute, recorder, oboe, and bassoon) Arias from operas, oratorios and 9 Deutchen Arien will be the basis of the repertoire. There will be presentations by instructor, guests and students, listening, reading and writing assignments. In a master class format, students will learn issues of Baroque style, ornamentations, language and performance practice, with an emphasis on developing ensemble skills. There will be a performance at the end of the semester.
SCE Music Theatre Workshop
Mark Lee, Instructor
1.5 Credits: $1125
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This course focuses on the preparation and performance of works from Musical Theatre, from Gilbert & Sullivan through Stephen Sondheim, right up to the modern Broadway stage. Repertoire includes solos, duets, trios and ensemble pieces. Through in-class coaching and rehearsal, students explore essential concepts of voice production*, stage presentation and movement, and character development. The course culminates in a public performance.
*N.B. Since much of the repertoire after 1960 involves some degree of "belt" technique, for students performing this literature this course includes careful technical training in achieving authentic belt quality while ensuring vocal health.
Students should be able to read music, and to learn their parts outside of class time. Decisions relating to repertoire selections and the Final Performance are at the instructor's discretion.
Summer Session Continuing Education Opera Studio
OFFERED SUMMER SESSION ONLY
Participants: The School of Continuing Education Opera Studio offers an exciting opportunity for serious singers to receive operatic and stage training in the standard operatic repertoire. This three-week intensive program offers musical coaching and scene preparation, acting and movement, aria staging, and audition techniques, culminating in two public performances of opera scenes at New England Conservatory. Auditions: Will be held in May or by appointment. Two memorized arias are required. Contact Daniel Wyneken at 617-298-0269 for more information and an audition time. Please go to the Summer Session Opera Studio page for more details.