Vocal Academy for High School Students


July 24 - August 2, 2015          Application Deadline: March 15


The Oberlin Conservatory of Music presents the Vocal Academy for High School Students, a nine-day, intensive workshop that offers dedicated high school voice students age 15 years and older (high school graduates are excluded) an opportunity to explore the many facets involved in developing the singer's art. Technical work will include the development of posture, breathing, phonation, resonance, and articulation.

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Daily masterclasses in performance will deal with performance practice, diction, style, phrasing, and textual communication. Classes also will cover such topics as preparation for auditions, stage deportment, characterizations, presentation of songs, and analysis and understanding of texts. Private lessons are included in the tuition. 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. The academy will conclude in a performance by the participants on Sunday, August 2, at 1:30 p.m.

This is an intensive, serious workshop directed toward students who are considering the pursuit of a career in vocal performance or vocal music education. Participants are expected to be present for the entire program.

Each participant will have two lessons: one with each faculty member, four masterclass presentations critiqued by both faculty members, and several coaching sessions. Each participant performs in the final concert.

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