Eastman voice and opera faculty pool expertise to inaugurate a one-of-a-kind summer vocal institute

April 7, 2005

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Eastman Office of Communications, 585-274-1050

ROCHESTER, NY — For the first time ever, nearly the complete vocal faculty of the Eastman School of Music will pool its vast resources of experience and expertise to offer an intensive weeklong summer Institute — Eastman Sings! Each member of the summer vocal institute brings a highly successful and well-honed specialty to the program. The collaborative spirit of the faculty, combined with the important subjects of the Institute will synthesize into an invaluable learning experience for the singer and teacher.

The Institute, which runs from July 24-30, is specifically designed for the graduate and post-graduate singer as well as for collegiate and private studio teachers, accomplished amateurs, church musicians, and vocal coaches/accompanists. “I know of no other six-day program which offers such an intensive and varied vocal experience,” says Director and Vocal Chair Robert McIver. “The opportunity to work with nine of the full-time Eastman School voice and opera faculty in one week is truly unusual.”

Faculty presentations cover principal vocal performance and lyric theater subjects:

  • Performance Pedagogy (Kathryn Cowdrick)
  • Applying Stanislavski’s Acting Method to the Singing-Actor (Steven Daigle)
  • Applying Principles of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping in Studio Teaching (Constance Haas)
  • Singing in Russian (Benton Hess)
  • Sing America’s Music! (Karen Holvik)
  • Appropriate Repertory and Pedagogy for the Young Singer (Robert McIver)
  • Creative Recital Programming (Russell Miller)
  • Training the Tenor Voice (Robert Swensen)
  • The Ultimate Connection (Carol Webber)

The Institute will include master classes and will culminate in a participants’ recital in Kilbourn Hall on Saturday, July 30.

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