`00 REDLANDS SUMMER PROGRAM
FOR THE VOCAL PERFORMER
Euterpe Opera Theatre and the Southern California
Institute for Vocal Studies are conducting a 3-week intensive
residency program for the vocal performer, which will be held July 5
through July 25, 2000, on the campus of the University of Redlands, in San Bernardino County,
This summer program will offer the emerging opera/vocal
performer an intensive, advanced, integration program of specific
disciplines needed by the singer to master the imperative vocal and
dramatic skills, as well as to meet the highest artistic demands.
These disciplines include individual vocal technique,
repertoire coaching, drama and body movement, role preparation,
musical style, comparative listening, diction, Alexander Technique,
physiosynthesis, and integration seminars. Each Workshop
participant will take part in one or more recitals, and will have the
opportunity to perform in a fully staged and costumed opera. An
audition for the opera roles for the Summer opera production will
be held in Pasadena, California in March.
Cost of the Summer Program is $1750, exclusive of room
and board. Housing is available in student apartments for $20 per
day, or $400 for the program. These apartments, which have
kitchens, each house two students. Meals in the student cafeteria
may be paid by the meal or by purchasing a weekly meal ticket at a
cost of $140 per week. Some scholarship money may become
available for partial tuition.
- To train the vocal performer to be conscious of, condition, and
maintain the integrity and individuality of his/her unique vocal talent.
- To train the young singer, often left with an imbalance between theory
and application, by providing an opportunity to apply the integrated
disciplines required of today's vocal performer, through an intensive
program of coursework, individual instruction, detailed rehearsal, recital,
and full opera production with orchestra.
- To provide all participants a public forum to mee, talk with, and
perform for influential members of the operatic/vocal business world, and
best present their individual talents.
Workshop Course Description
Individual Voice Instruction:
Each student will have individual voice lessons
twice per week. These lessons will emphasize freedom and purity of tone, vocal
individuality, absence of imposed production, and non-generic sound.
Individual Repertoire Coaching:
Each student will receive repertoire coaching
twice per week, with detailed attention to stylistic preparation, development of
true vocal line, textual shaping, and expressive vocal continuity.
Alexander Technique and Physiosynthesis:
Instruction 3 times per week in
Alexander Technique as it applies to the vocal performer -- enhancing upper body
alignment, flexibility, strength and expansion. Instruction, also 3 times per
week, in Physiosynthesis as it applies to the vocal performer -- enhancing lower
body muscle development, strength, flexibility and balance.
Instruction 3 times per week in basic-through-advanced acting technique,
character development, expressive body language for the stage, delivery of
intent, and focus. This class emphasizes the art of acting unto itself in a
two-step process: first, developing the students' dramatic skills entirely
unrelated to opera, then applying these skills to the demands of the operatic
Instruction twice per week in the meaning of complete role
preparation. This includes history of the opera; the political atmosphere of
the time and place of the composition; the composer's personal, and emotional
intent; and the character's place in the real world, the opera, and the score.
Twice weekly discourse and in-depth analysis on the composers'
individual styles. Special emphasis will be placed on those musical
characteristics that make each composer uniquely identifiable, as well as on the
differences and similarities of each composer's phrasing, vocal line, and
unique musical language.
Instruction four times per week, through literature,
recordings and videos, covering many eras, vocal styles, and individual vocal
artists. Comparative discussion and analysis will introduce the student to the
varied traditions and techniques of vocal artistry from its inception to the
In one group session per week, students will be asked to
participate in a rehearsal/performance seminar that will demonstrate the demands
of integrating all the skills and techniques required of a vocal performer. This
seminar is intended to provide students an arena to accommodate demands from
conductors, stage directors, lighting directors, repertoire coaches, voice
teachers, and administrative staff, will have all academic and production staff
members present to assist and guide students, and will be open to both special
invited guests and the general public.
Scheduled Performances and Events:
Two full opera productions, or combination one-act productions, with chamber
A full-length song recital program.
Guest speakers at a Career Forum.
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Further information may be obtained by writing to Euterpe
Opera Theatre at P.O. Box 40018, Pasadena, CA 91114, or by
sending an e-mail to Euterpe Opera Theatre.