The Fall 2023 Voice Intensive will take place from Monday, October 23 through Friday, October 27. 

Designed in the spirit of collaboration and exchange, it is intended to add depth and breadth to the traditional voice curriculum.

Voice Intensive seeks to promote the Center of Music's mission to educate students who transform the human condition through the art and practice of music.

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Some of the workshops have an attendance cap. Participants are encouraged to sign-up in advance.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Practicing with Feldenkrais

10AM in Beeler

Presented by Carol McAmis

Specific focus on short Feldenkrais lessons that be easily integrated into a practice session. Participants will learnn breathing, shoulder and neck tension and vocal placement Awareness Through Movement sequences for developing a more flexible singing body. 

Participants  should wear comfortable workout clothes and bring a blanket or large beach towel for lying on the floor. 

Preparing the Musical Theatre Audition

12PM in Beeler

Presented by Gavin Mayer

This workshop will go over the basics of preparing a selection for a musical theatre audition.

Participants should at least have a musical theatre selection and its sheet music with them to use as a reference. Students will be welcome to sing a selection and receive coaching.

Playing Actions

3PM in Beeler

Presented by Catherine Weidner

This workshop will help singers physicalize actions -- engaging with their partner through the material, with a clear, actionable choice.

Most of the work we will do will be improvisational, but it would be helpful to have some lyrics to use  as text. 
 

Feldenkrais for Singers

5PM in Nabenhauer

Presented by Carol McAmis

An Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method® and how it enhances building vocal technique and maintaining vocal health.

Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes that allow for easy movement and should bring a blanket or large beach towel to lie on the floor. 

Communicating with a Coach

9:25AM in Iger

Presented by Maria Rabbia (remote)

A session designed to go over helpful tips and considerations in the realm of communicating with your pianist, covering how to best prepare your scores, role relationship between singer and pianist, and other aspects needed to create a successful collaboration. Please feel free to come with specific score preparation questions!

Accessibility and Inclusion in the Voice Studio

12PM in Beeler

Presented by Ju Hyeon Han

This workshop will discuss how to create an accessible and inclusive environment in the voice studio for students and educators with disabilities.

Zip! Zap! Zop! Improv for Live

1:10PM in Beeler

Preseted by Dawn Pierce

Come play some action and movement games and learn about yourself and your tendencies for engagment. Discover some tools to add more playfulness in your work.

Finding Your “Professional” Voice

4PM in Presser

Presented by Cooper Rothman

How to maintain your authentic self in the professional world after graduation! We'll talk about the importance of networking with people who have achieved the goals you have set for yourself, how to research organizations that practice inclusive and welcoming values, and other keys for navigating your post-college transition. 

The Art of Excellence

5PM in Beeler

Presented by Kim Nazarian

This brand-new class arose from a desire to help my students jump on a faster track to meet their potential. Of course, "excellence" is subjective; but after 37 years of world wide experience in the music industry, I'd like to help others break down a more immediate path to their success in music making. We will do exercises of vulnerability and inspiration, share examples, and create a community of musical conversation, acceptance, and risk taking. Hopefully, you will find that "still point" that either allows you to "hear the pin drop" in the room; or elevate your audience to their feet with a showstopper.

Everyone should bring a tune that will raise the hairs on the back of my neck or give me goosebumps. Together, we'll lift the standard to new heights!

Playing Actions

10AM in Ford Hall

Presented by Catherine Weidner

This workshop will help singers physicalize actions -- engaging with their partner through the material, with a clear, actionable choice.

Most of the work we will do will be improvisational, but it would be helpful to have some lyrics to use  as text. 
 

Be BIG! Movement for Performers

1PM in Nabenhauer

Presented by Ellen Jackson (remote)

Based on the pedagogy of the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris, this workshop aims to help young singers develop a foundational toolkit for the stage. Through movement exercises, improvisation, and play, we will focus on 3 major areas:

1. Be BIG!

2. Articulate!

3. Listen!

Whether you find yourself in a 5,000 seat opera house, an intimate recital hall, or a 100-person choral ensemble, these 3 principles will help you take up space, be clear, and develop a sensitive connection with your collaborators onstage. When a performer's presence is strong and legible to an audience, it allows us to invest in the character, story, or world you are creating. Your work is immediately rendered more urgent, captivating, and surprising!

Please plan to wear clothes comfortable for running, lying on the ground, and general movement.

About the Jacques Lecoq Pedagogy: A pedagogy based on the idea that "tout bouge !" (everything moves!), the French school trains performers to study the dynamic of various subjects (such as animals, elements, colors) in the body, in order to create strong characters, spaces, and original pieces of theatre. The pedagogy is conducted entirely through movement and emphasizes play and improvisation as pathways for creative discovery. Let's move!

A Brief Exploration of Vowel Modification

5PM in Iger

Presented by Nathaniel McEwen

This lecture will examine the history of aggiustamento in Western operatic singing, the treatment of vowel modification concepts in nineteenth-century voice treatises, the connection between vowel modification and changing æsthetics in vocalism through the centuries, the relationship between vocal acoustics and vowel modification, and practical concerns for the modern voice teacher.

Self-Compassion for Singers

9:25AM in Hockett Family Recital Hall

Presented by Mary Ann Erickson

Performers need evaluation from both ourselves and others, but often we are harder on ourselves than we need to be. Prof. Erickson will introduce meditation techniques that cultivate healthy qualities of self-compassion and equanimity.

Preparing the Musical Theatre Audition

12PM in Beeler

Presented by Gavin Mayer

This workshop will go over the basics of preparing a selection for a musical theatre audition.

Participants should at least have a musical theatre selection and its sheet music with them to use as a reference. Students will be welcome to sing a selection and receive coaching.

Be BIG! Movement for Performers

1:10PM in Nabenhauer or Zoom

Presented by Ellen Jackson

Based on the pedagogy of the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris, this workshop aims to help young singers develop a foundational toolkit for the stage. Through movement exercises, improvisation, and play, we will focus on 3 major areas:

1. Be BIG!

2. Articulate!

3. Listen!

Whether you find yourself in a 5,000 seat opera house, an intimate recital hall, or a 100-person choral ensemble, these 3 principles will help you take up space, be clear, and develop a sensitive connection with your collaborators onstage. When a performer's presence is strong and legible to an audience, it allows us to invest in the character, story, or world you are creating. Your work is immediately rendered more urgent, captivating, and surprising!

Please plan to wear clothes comfortable for running, lying on the ground, and general movement.

About the Jacques Lecoq Pedagogy: A pedagogy based on the idea that "tout bouge !" (everything moves!), the French school trains performers to study the dynamic of various subjects (such as animals, elements, colors) in the body, in order to create strong characters, spaces, and original pieces of theatre. The pedagogy is conducted entirely through movement and emphasizes play and improvisation as pathways for creative discovery. Let's move!

Archives Alive

4PM in Hockett Green Room

Presented by Tamara Acosta

Exploring the connection between research and performance.

Accessibility and Inclusion in the Voice Studio

5PM in Nabenhauer

Presented by Ju Hyeon Han

This workshop will discuss how to create an accessible and inclusive environment in the voice studio for students and educators with disabilities.

Finding Your “Professional” Voice

10AM in Beeler

Presented by Cooper Rothman

How to maintain your authentic self in the professional world after graduation! We'll talk about the importance of networking with people who have achieved the goals you have set for yourself, how to research organizations that practice inclusive and welcoming values, and other keys for navigating your post-college transition. 

Understanding performance anxiety: there's a biological reason for that!

12PM in Beeler

Presented by Carol McAmis

This workshop focuses on a brain-based approach to coping with performance anxiety. When the voices of doom and judgement and fear seem to trap us there is a highly effective technique called "The B.R.A.I.N. Huddle" developed by Dr. JIll Bolte Taylor that works with your biological processes to shift you to a state of embodied confidence and performance readiness. 

Developing Middle School Choral Programs

1PM in Beeler

Presented by Sean Linfors and Evan Powers

Microphone Techniques

3PM in Beeler

Presented by Paul Acosta