Chautauqua Vocal Workshop

 Monday, June 17, 2019 - Friday, June 21  
Chautauqua Hall & Bradley Temple

The Chautauqua Vocal Workshop, held June 17-21, is a five-day educational experience for singers of all ages and levels. The workshop includes a series of educational sessions and master classes where participants explore traditional and contemporary vocal genres, practices in developing vocal technique and receive individual coaching and training in solo singing. The Vocal Workshop is the perfect Chautauqua retreat for high school and college music students, music educators, church music leaders and singing enthusiasts.


Instructors

C. Andrew Blosser is a tenor and serves on the faculty of the School of Music at Ohio State University. Michael Shirtz is a conductor and jazz vocalist who serves as Lakeside Chautauqua's Senior Vice President of Programming.


Sessions

International Phonetic Alphabet & English & Latin Diction Basics
C. Andrew Blosser, instructor
Participants will learn the basic International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and how to use this information for Lyric Diction (singing English and Latin texts).

A Survey of 20th Century British Art Song
C. Andrew Blosser, instructor
Participants will explore the works British composers of the 20th century (Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Butterworth, Warlock, Quilter and Britten) and compare and contrast the variety of settings of the poetry of Housman, Hardy, Stevenson and Joyce.

Sacred Singing: Repertoire from Oratorio & Contemporary Sacred Song
C. Andrew Blosser, instructor
Participants will explore the oratorio works of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn, as well as sacred solo repertoire from contemporary American composers.

Sacred Singing Master Class
C. Andrew Blosser, instructor
Those wishing to sing in this master class must pre-register with the title of their selection (along with music for an accompanist). Each singer will perform their selection then have time to work with the instructor on interpretation, musical ideas, technique and other singing elements. All are welcome to observe as audience members. Open seating with registration for this session, actual master class singers is limit to eight.

American Songbook & Popular Song Interpretation
Michael Shirtz, instructor
Session explores the music of jazz, blues, swing, and contemporary popular styles. Understand the use of phrasing, improvisational techniques, harmony and stylistic elements, lyric treatment, and focus on the American standard song form. Listen to other artists as well as participate in demonstrations of singing ballads, up-tempo tunes, and Latin influenced genres.

Musical Theatre Master Class
C. Andrew Blosser & Michael Shirtz, instructors
Using the elements introduced during the session above, singers perform for each other in the master class using songs from traditional and contemporary Broadway and develop abilities in storytelling and interpretation. Singers must indicate their interest in performing during the master class at registration; actual master class singers is limited to (8) eight.

American Songbook & Popular Song Master Class
Michael Shirtz, instructor
Using the elements introduced during the session above, singers perform for each other in the master class using songs from Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and more. Singers must indicate their interest in performing during the master class with registration. Open seating with registration for this session; actual master class singers is limit to eight.

Improvisational Singing
Michael Shirtz, instructor
Singers will explore improvisational singing (scat singing), and as well as text extension, melody embellishments and how apply them to jazz, swing, blues and rock. Using the blues progression as the foundation, singers in this session will listen to legendary improv vocalists and learn basic syllables and text, simple rhythms and harmonic devices, as well as various methods for improvising. The session is fun for all levels of singers.

A Survey of 20th Century American Art Song
C. Andrew Blosser, instructor

Participants will explore the works American composers of the 20th century (Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Rorem, Beach and Duke) and compare and contrast the variety of settings of the poetry of Cummings, Wordsworth, Sitwell and Whitman.

Capstone Recital
Participants will perform selections from the week at a recital (open to the public). Selections and singers will be finalized by Thursday, June 20.


Schedule

Monday, June 17
10 a.m.-12 p.m. A Survey of 20th Century British Art Song, Chautauqua Hall
2-4 p.m. International Phonetic Alphabet & English & Latin Diction Basics, Bradley Temple

Tuesday, June 18
10 a.m.-12 p.m. American Songbook & Popular Song Interpretation, Chautauqua Hall
2-4 p.m. American Songbook & Popular Song Master Class, Bradley Temple

Wednesday, June 19
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sacred Singing: Repertoire from Oratorio & Contemporary Sacred Selection,
Chautauqua Hall
2-4 p.m. Sacred Singing Master Class, Bradley Temple

Thursday, June 20
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Improvisational Singing, Chautauqua Hall
2-4 p.m. Musical Theatre Master Class, Bradley Temple

Friday, June 21
10 a.m.-12 p.m. A Survey of American Art Song, Chautauqua Hall
2-4 p.m. Capstone Recital,
Bradley Temple


Registration

Register online below. Registration for the five-day workshop (including all 10 sessions, admission to Lakeside and parking) is $240, or $30 per session (including admission to Lakeside; parking is an additional fee). Please note: the cost does not include the online processing fee. Registration fee is non-refundable.

In addition to registration, lodging is $89/night +tax (for 1 Queen or 2 Twin Bed room at the Fountain Inn or Hotel Lakeside, max 2 persons), or $119/night +tax (for 2 Queen or 2 Full Bed family room at the Fountain Inn, max 4 persons). Wi-Fi and continental breakfast included. To reserve a room for the Chautauqua Vocal Workshop, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 to receive the discount.


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