Registration for Summer 2021 is now open!
This is an online summer course, taught using Zoom
Join us as we focus on two of the greatest periods of songwriting: the 19th Century German Lied with composers such as Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss etc. and the 20th century Great American Songbook featuring composers like Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rogers and others. Both periods are delightfully unique but the composers share many common themes of love, heartbreak, nature, beauty and so on.
Singers choose and learn a song from the vast array of musical gems of each period and receive a total of 4hrs of private coaching from VSOSoM Principal Voice teacher, Diane King and renowned collaborative pianist Kathy Bjorseth. Participants also come together for 6hrs of seminars/workshops with esteemed faculty and specialists, including Rena Sharon on German Lieder and Jodi Proznick on the Great American Songbook. Canadian Soprano Bridget Esler will also present on the art of storytelling in song.
The week of intensive study will culminate in a final recorded concert on Sunday July 11, where each singer will perform their two songs in Pyatt Hall. Perhaps a student will select two songs that share a common theme and compare how it is interpreted in the two genres – there is an abundance of inspiration.
Open to intermediate level singers who have had previous voice training – ages 16 and up.
No audition required, but appropriate songs must be learned before the course begins.
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