Vocal Academy for High School Students

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The Vocal Academy for High School Students will return in June 2018

Bibbins Hall, will be renovated during the summer of 2017.  We apologize to everyone who was looking forward to participating this summer, but please return for summer 2018 if you can! If you have any questions about the Vocal Academy, please feel free to contact Anna Hoffmann, Manager of Summer Programs at ahoffman@oberlin.edu

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018


The Vocal Academy for High School Students is a nine-day, rigorous workshop for dedicated high school voice students who want to explore the many facets involved in developing the singer's art. Students age 15 through their junior year in high school (entering their senior year the following fall semester) pondering a career in vocal performance or vocal music education should consider this specialized program.

Technical work will include the development of posture, breathing, phonation, resonance, and articulation. Daily master classes in performance will deal with performance practice, diction, style, phrasing, and textual communication. Classes will cover such topics as preparation for auditions, stage deportment, characterizations, presentation of songs, and analysis and understanding of texts. Students will have private lessons and coaching sessions. Acting classes will focus heavily on song interpretation. We will encourage students to develop more freedom of movement and gesture while singing. Improvisational exercises will create awareness of non-verbal communication skills and help develop spontaneous creativity.

Evening workshops will include discussion of what is expected at a college audition and techniques for more effective auditions. Students will receive feedback on auditions performed during the workshop. College and career options for the singer-actor will be discussed. Following registration, the workshop will begin with a performance by a guest artist.