The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival® announces the debut of a new vocal institute: Building Your Craft: From Studio to Stage at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. The three-week intensive program for college freshmen and sophomore vocal students builds a foundation in stagecraft through classes in acting and dramatic interpretation, language and diction, solo and ensemble coaching, stage movement, dance, and body awareness. Led by a faculty with years of international experience, participants prepare and stage scenes from opera and operetta for public performance.
Daily Classes and Sessions (up to 35 hours per week) include:
- Dance and Movement for the Stage
- Techniques in dramatic interpretation and theatrical presentation
- Diction and Language
- Daily individual and ensemble coaching
- Staging of scenes
- Lectures (Vocal Health, Collaboration: You and the Pianist, Performance Anxiety, Learning Orientations)
- Individual voice lessons will be available for participants. (Lessons are voluntary and scheduled with the approval of the individual’s voice teacher.)
- Final performance of opera scenes
- Limited enrollment and generous tuition fellowships
* University of Houston faculty member
Fees (all fees are non-refundable)
- Application fee: $75 (due with application)
- Registration fee: $1200 (due upon acceptance and no later than April 9, 2018 - includes approximately 35 hours of instruction per week)
- Tuition: $0 (All participants receive a fellowship for the remaining tuition valued at $3200 underwritten by the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Foundation)
- Optional room and board: $1200 (University of Houston dormitory; double occupancy; three meals daily in UH dorm cafeteria)
- Live Audition Application Deadline - February 13, 2018. Live Auditions will take place at University of Houston Moores School of Music on February 25, 2018.
- Recorded Audition/Application Deadline - March 26, 2018.
All Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials:
- Mail (do not email) completed application form with $75 non-refundable application fee (payable by check or credit card) to:
Institute of Vocal Studies
Texas Music Festival
3333 Cullen Blvd., Room 120
Houston, TX 77204
- Recorded Audition Applicants: Email msonnenb@Central.UH.EDU your one-page resume & YouTube video links with two vocal selections, including one in English and one in Italian by March 26, 2018.
- International Applicants Not Currently in the U.S.: If accepted, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa to attend the Vocal Institute.
For more information
Melanie Sonnenberg, Director
Photo Credit: Shannon Langham