Voice Intensive

THE VOICE INTENSIVES FOR THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • FALL SEMESTER: OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 2
  • SPRING SEMESTER: MARCH 21-29

The Voice Area in the School of Music at Ithaca College presents the Fall 2018 Voice Intensive. This week-long series for young singers offers a menu of 45 hours of engaging events offered by 33 presenters. Designed in the spirit of collaboration and exchange, it is intended to add depth and breadth to the traditional vocal curriculum. Voice Intensive seeks to promote the School of Music’s mission to educate students who transform the human condition through the art and practice of music.

Please be advised that some of the workshops have attendance caps. Go HERE to sign-up for a workshop.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29

9:00 AM, Hockett

Creative Programming

Rachel Schutz

Learning to program a thoughtful and creative recital is a skill that every singer needs. In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of programming and how to go beyond a traditional program.

10:00 AM, Green Room

The Second Chance Audition

Joshua Collier

CAP: 15

Artistic Director of BARN OPERA, provides real world, 21st century feedback in a mock audition setting, focusing on repertoire choices, resume layout, and overall presentation with an opportunity to redo the audition. All participants will receive either a copy of the remarks, or opt for their second audition to be considered for BARN OPERA’s programming.

Participants should bring their starting aria for auditions - standard operatic repertoire preferably in a language other than English.

11:00 AM, Beeler

African American Spirituals for One and All

Baruch Whitehead

CAP: 100

The workshop will give participants a historical overview of the creation of the Negro Spirituals through the lens of enslaved people to modern day arrangers. Singers will learn how to select and program the Negro Spirituals in a culturally affirming way. We will discuss performing practices, resources, and repertory.

NOON, Nabenhauer

Using the Actions Book

Catherine Weidner

CAP: 20

Play ACTIONS!

Learn and practice how to use the Actions Thesaurus as part of your preparation and rehearsal process. Participants should come dressed to move. Please bring a few lines of text or lyrics to use as part of the exercise. There will be text provided for those who need it.

1:00 PM, Green Room

Learning Contemporary Music

Rachel Schutz

CAP: 30

Learning post-tonal or a-tonal music can be daunting for many young singers. However, learning some tools, procedures, and skills for how best to go about learning this music can make this repertoire far more accessible and alluring.

2:00 PM, Green Room

Verdi and Puccini Heroines

Tamara Acosta

CAP: 30

An overview of the dramatic characterization and evolution of the Verdi and Puccini soprano

3:00 PM, Whalen Room 1207

Skip Waiting Tables: Building a Meaningful Career with a Music Degree

Sharon Costianes

CAP: 30

Sharon Costianes, director of Flight Performing Arts shares insight into how to build a meaningful career with a music degree. How to break the rules, teach belting and let singers sing the songs they LOVE. Know when to expand and how to build your empire without selling your soul.
Interactive and entertaining, participants will have a chance to ask questions, and get meaningful feedback.

4:00 PM, Green Room

GPS For Your Soul

Adrienne Ruzic

CAP: 25

Lit up. Juicy. Peaceful. Connected. Grounded. Healthy. Jazzy.

Feelings - they're what you want to evoke from your audience, but knowing how YOU actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life. In this session, we'll uncover some of your core desired feelings and discover how to use them to create a life that feels the way you want it to feel, aligned with your soul.

5:00 PM, Hockett

Canta come si parla: A current perspective on bel canto

Brad Hougham

We will examine how the Italian language guided the development of the classical vocal aesthetic and technique. There will be a brief lecture followed by a masterclass with participating students.

Participants should bring a song or aria in Italian.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30

9:00 AM, Whalen Room 1207

Coloratura/Recitative Techniques

Dann Coakwell

CAP: 55

Techniques on how to address challenges in practicing and performing coloratura and recitative styles/repertoire.

Participants should bring any kind of vocal piece/movement from any time period that qualifies as recitative, coloratura aria, or both.

10:00 AM, Whalen Room 3302

Backphrasing: What is it? Why do it? How to do it?

Joel Gelpe

CAP: 10

We are taught to sing exactly what is on the page. But there are some styles of vocal music -- jazz, swing, pop, rock, musical theatre -- in which some backphrasing (delaying part or all of a phrase) is allowed, encouraged or even required.

Participants should prepare 32 bars of a song from the "Great American Song Book," i.e. a "standard" from the 1920-1950's.

11:00 AM, Presser

Your Audition Book: Making it Pretty for an Audition Pianist

Joel Gelpe

CAP: 50

A lot is riding on your musical theatre audition. Making your sheet music easy to sight-read will keep your audition pianist happy, which will make your audition go smoothly. Learn how to make clean cuts with a minimum of page turns.

NOON, Beeler

Freeing Your Voice

Elisa Sciscioli Keeler

CAP: 100

Engage in exercises that increase vocal health and singing stamina. Explore toning and movement practices that unlock vibrant energy. Experience soulful multicultural songs taught in the oral tradition. Tap into the exuberant nature of harmony and guided improvisational singing.

1:00 PM, Nabenhauer

Basics of Time Management

Karl Paulnack

CAP: 30

Do you like crisis and drama in your life? Would you like more? Would you like less? While we can never completely eliminate moments of crisis, you can actually increase or decrease the amount of crisis you have in your life using the basic techniques of time management. I'll show you how you can make more crises, and how you can have less. I'll also show you how to finish something in an hour that otherwise takes about a week to accomplish.

Participants should bring note-taking materials.

2:00 PM, Green Room

Performance Resumes & Cover Letters

Kerry Spitze and John Fracchia

CAP: 30

Does your performance resume or cover letter need a makeover? Attend this session to learn to do's and don'ts of these documents, what reviewers are expecting to see, and how to make yourself stand out.

3:00 PM, Beeler

Opera Theatre 101

Christopher Zemliauskas and Dawn Pierce

CAP: 50

4:00 PM, Beeler

Telling the Story: Dramatic Focus for Opera Singers

Joshua Collier

CAP: 15

Opera is just older European musical theatre, so what happens when one sings like an opera singer, but has the text sensitivity of a 21st century actor? The answer? Compelling and communicative artists and unforgettable performances.

Participants should bring standard operatic literature.

5:00 PM, Beeler

Flexible Brain, Flexible Body, Flexible Voice

Carol McAmis

CAP: 75

What you think and feel matters more than you might realize when it comes to sounding good! Learn how and why self-talk matters and strategies for more effective practicing and performing using the Feldenkrais Method®, the creative process, and ways to re-write the script in your mind for brain-friendly preparation and beautiful singing.

Participants should bring something that they are having a hard time with, just a section of a song or aria with specific technical challenge is fine.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

9:00 AM, Borg Warner Control Room

Recording the Classical Voice

Michael Caporizzo and Alex Perialas

CAP: 15

10:00 AM, Whalen Room 3304

Knowing Your Instrument: Anatomy, Physiology, and Science of the Voice

Carly Jo Hosbach-Canon

CAP: 30

A brief overview of laryngeal anatomy and physiology, changes that occur during singing, and how these may impact acoustic output.

11:00 AM, Whalen 3304

Finding Your Core

Louima Little

CAP: 12

How does one find balance to sing the most complex of phrases without swaying or tilting or reaching or squeezing? This workshop discusses ways in which a singer learns to trust the breath to guide the tone from the onset to the release of each phrase while aiming to find dynamic equilibrium within the core of the instrument.

Participants should bring an English song.

NOON, Nabenhauer

The Joy of Group Singing

Elisa Sciscioli Keeler

CAP: 100

An experiential workshop highlighting the therapeutic benefits of singing in groups. We draw upon the wisdom of the tribal song circle combined with modern day scientific studies that point toward music as natural medicine. We sing simple, soulful multicultural songs taught in the oral tradition. Songs are taught in three-part harmonies with opportunities for vocal improvisation

1:00 PM, Borg Warner Control Room

Recording for the Pop Singer

Michael Caporizzo and Alex Perialas

CAP: 15

2:00 PM, Whalen Room 1207

A Song is a Story

Regi Carpenter

CAP: 55

Singers will learn how to communicate the story within the song with particular attention paid to phrasing, vocal color, timbre and physical presence communicate the heart of a piece.

3:00 PM, Smiddy Lab 202

Endoscopic Evaluation of the Vocal Cords with Computerized Voice Analysis

Mary Pitti and Carly Jo Hosbach-Canon

CAP: 10

4:00 PM, Beeler

Spanish Art Song

Maya Hoover

CAP: 30

5:00 PM, Beeler

Vocal Improvisation

Patrice Pastore

CAP: 16

Enjoy the fun and freedom of improvising music, text, and gesture with others. (This does not address the skill of jazz improvisation). Say YES to the moment!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

9:00 AM, Whalen Room 1207

Vocal Injury: Trauma and Recovery

Alison Wahl

CAP: 55

In 2014 I experienced several severe vocal injuries that were debilitating to my singing and performing. My journey took me through several ENTs, a major vocal surgery, and months of recovery. Today my voice is healthier than ever, and I'm happy to share my experience (which is not an uncommon one in the Opera field.)

10:00 AM, Whalen Room 3302

The 21st Century Musician

Martha Guth

CAP: 40

A brief outline of the options available, if the 'normal' performance route isn't for you! Includes supplementing your performance career in directions like entrepreneurship and forming a non profit, forming a chamber ensemble and other hats most folks must wear once graduation hits.

11:00 AM, Presser

Resources for the Singing Actor

Marc Webster

CAP: 150

Whether you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants or stick to the plan as a singing story-teller, it's nice to have options. This workshop aims to equip you with a few of the story-telling 'options' I've learned from my brilliant colleagues. These acting resources will help you to pull context clues out of your material and will guide your efforts as a creative communicator. This might feel useful as you continue developing a reliable framework for repertoire preparation that touches upon finding the important dramatic questions in your piece, and deciding how best to address them in performance.

Please bring a well prepared and well-researched piece from your FA18 repertoire.

NOON, Whalen Room 3302

The Business of Being a Musician

Phillip Blackman

CAP: 40

Overview of what business considerations are required to be an independent musician.

1:00 PM, Whalen Room 3302

Diction and the IPA Workshop

Patrice Pastore

CAP: 30

How does good diction contribute to good vocalism? The importance of the IPA to the developing singer.

2:00 PM, Green Room

The Singer’s FI

Louima Little

CAP: 30

Tools and skills to achieve financial independence or financial freedom as a singer.

Participants should have specific financial or career goals.

3:00 PM, Beeler

Approaching Recitative

Christopher Zemliauskas

CAP: 40

Pianist, coach, and conductor Christopher Zemliauskas presents a class on preparing, practicing, and performing recitative in various languages and styles. Student singers (2-3) will prepare operatic recitatives in French, English, and Italian, and work in a masterclass setting.

4:00 PM, Beeler

Building a Career: Practical Advice & Tips

Dawn Pierce

CAP: 40

5:00 PM, Beeler

Circle Song of Blues Heads

Kimberly Nazarian

CAP: 75

Learn the language of scat while you sight read and digest four different blues melodies ranging in difficulty (and without lyrics). This class emphasizes the teaching of instrumentally- influenced syllables to the singer who has never improvised before. Once you have these solid musical ideas floating through your brain, it's a little easier to step out on your own!

FRIDAY, NOVERMBER 2

9:00 AM, Green Room

Your Voice...and the Rest of You

Ron Dow

CAP: 30

This session will focus on wellness and being in a culture focused on doing and performing.

10:00 AM, Iger

Fear Can be Your Friend

Nicole Asel

CAP: 250

Students will learn to recognize the physical symptoms and gradations of performance anxiety as well and tools to combat them. This includes techniques used in sports psychology, strategies for physical symptoms and training, process based coaching and synthesizing information, as well as building evaluative skills both before and after performance that can help grow and advance future performances.

11:00 AM, Smiddy Lab 202

Endoscopic Evaluation of the Vocal Cords with Computerized Voice Analysis

Mary Pitti and Carly Jo Hosbach-Canon

CAP: 10

NOON, Beeler

What Not to Wear for Your Recital

Sue Watkins

CAP: 100

A critical look at how what you wear can affect how an audience views you when you walk on stage. This will not be a display of recital garments, but rather an overview of the factors that affect how people perceive the visual image you present. The goal will be to teach you how to look more critically at clothing so that you can make choices that will most enhance your appearance.

1:00 PM, Beeler

SingerSpa

Carol McAmis

CAP: 75

Did you know that your voice can improve your mood and keep you healthy? This workshop demonstrates simple practices of breathing, toning, movement and creative imagining to pamper yourself with self-created sound.

2:00 PM, Nabenhauer

An Intro to Brain Gym

Deborah Montgomery

CAP: 30

Learning how moving with intention can lead to optimal learning, joy and creativity.

3:00 PM, Green Room

Basics of Time Management

Karl Paulnack

CAP: 30

Do you like crisis and drama in your life? Would you like more? Would you like less? While we can never completely eliminate moments of crisis, you can actually increase or decrease the amount of crisis you have in your life using the basic techniques of time management. I'll show you how you can make more crises, and how you can have less. I'll also show you how to finish something in an hour that otherwise takes about a week to accomplish.

Participants should bring note-taking materials.

4-6:00 PM, Ford

Acting for Classical Singers

Meghan Boeing

CAP: 100

Music gives us so much information as singers: melody, articulation, tempo, and accompaniment, and of course, the lyrics themselves.
How do we synthesize this information into specific, interesting performances with artistic integrity? Getting a music degree is an intensely busy pursuit, and many music programs are unable to offer much in the way of acting instruction, and almost never within the context of music.

During this workshop, students will learn basic theatrical and musical tools of analysis—what I like to call “help from the text” and “help from the composer”—as well as stretching their imaginations to fill in the gaps, to help craft interesting people who want specific things. Students will be able to make specific choices that help convey these tiny scenes in detailed and engaging ways.