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Texas Music Festival
The University of Houston
Moores School of Music
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017
Phone: 713-743-3313
Fax: 713-743-3166

Institute of Bel Canto Studies

Le Chiavi - The keys to Bel Canto

May 19 – June 6, 2014

The University of Houston Moores School of Music and the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Institute of Bel Canto Studies present this intensive program designed for advanced singers:

  • Daily individual coaching and observations equivalent to over 35 hours per week
  • Daily master classes including techniques in dramatic interpretation and theatrical presentation
  • Stage movement
  • Emphasis on performance practices relating to musical interpretation, ornamentation, diction, and Fach
  • Classroom instruction of specialized topics relating to bel canto, including historical precedents and the current expectations and demands of professional performance
  • Individual voice lessons available for participants (optional)
  • A final concert of arias, songs, and ensembles
  • Limited enrollment and generous tuition fellowships

Faculty:

* University of Houston faculty member

How to Apply and Audition

  • Completed application form with $60 application fee (payable by check or credit card).
  • One page resume
  • Option 1 - New York City Live Audition on February 22, 2014 from 3 - 6 PM at The National Opera Center (330 7th Avenue, NYC 10001): Please indicate on application form if you would like to attend the live audition. The TMF office will contact you to schedule a live audition upon receipt of your complete application and application fee.
  • Option 2 - Recorded Audition: A DVD audition with three vocal selections, including at least one aria or song by Bellini, Donizetti, or Rossini OR post your audition on YouTube and send the links to jsevans3@uh.edu

Application deadlines:

  • Live Audition application must be received by January 24, 2014
  • Recorded Audition DVD or YouTube links and application must be received by March 24, 2014

Application and DVD mailing address:

Institute of Bel Canto Studies
Texas Music Festival
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017

Live Audition applications only may be emailed to mfmccrimmon@uh.edu

 

Fee structure:

  • Application fee: $60 (due with application non-refundable)
  • Registration fee: $850 (due upon acceptance non-refundable  - fee includes approx. 35 hours of instruction per week)
  • Tuition: $0 (All participants receive a fellowship for the remaining tuitition valued at $3200 underwritten by the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Foundation)
  • Optional room and board: $1100 (University of Houston dormitory; double occupancy; three meals daily in UH dorm cafeteria)

For more information:

Joseph Evans
Administrator and Co-founder
713-743-3149
jsevans3@uh.edu