Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Classical Voice Institute

Summer CLassical voice Institute

Program Dates: June 21 - 27, 2020
Ages: 12 - 16
Audition Fee: $35.00
Boarding Tuition: $1,725.00
Day Program Tuition: $1,160.00

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Join other talented and like-minded students for a fun and inspiring exploration of classical vocal performance

The Summer Classical Voice Institute at Walnut Hill offers serious young singers the opportunity to deepen their artistry and improve their confidence while taking their voice training to the next level in a supportive and nurturing environment. This week-long intensive includes private lessons with individualized feedback and coaching taught by our outstanding voice faculty along with master classes and workshops taught by renowned guest artists. Pre-assigned solo repertoire and group numbers will be explored in depth and polished throughout the week in preparation for a final showcase performance. 

Program Highlights Include:

  • Daily Workshops in skills essential to the solo singer; including Acting, Song Prep, Vocal Mechanics & Performance
  • Master Class by Featured Guest Artist, Patty Thom
  • Daily yoga for singers


Soprano Teresa Winner Blume is Head of Voice at Walnut Hill, where for the past five years she has implemented a thoughtful and comprehensive curriculum to train young aspiring high school singers. Her teaching focuses on establishing healthy vocal technique, clarity of text, and overall kinesthetic awareness in support of authentic dramatic expression. Teresa brings her training and experience to the private studio, master classes, performance skills workshops and stage directing. As a performer, Blume was recently a featured soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops (Bernstein Centennial Concerts). Past engagements include roles in opera, concerts, recitals, and professional music theater. Blume’s artistry has been recognized in various competitions including American Prize for Women in Art Song (finalist), National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (National semi-finalist), New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition (semi-finalist), Lotte Lenya Competition (Second Prize) and Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition (Winner). Young Artist opera training: Central City Opera, Brevard's Janiec Opera Center, Operafestival di Roma, and as a Resident Artist with Opera Carolina. M.M. and Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music. B. M. in Vocal Performance University of Illinois at Urbana. Blume’s students have gone on to become professional performers and music educators, and have pursued degrees in classical voice or theater at Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, NYU, New England Conservatory, Oklahoma City University, Boston Conservatory, University of Michigan, Westminster Choir College, and Harvard.

Soprano Beth Canterbury, Walnut Hill Voice Faculty and owner of Creative Voice Studio, has earned a reputation as a versatile and dynamic teaching artist. Past Chair of Voice Department and Director of Education at South Shore Conservatory, Massachusetts’ largest community arts school.   Ms. Canterbury has always sought to combine her love of education and performance. After receiving her BA from Kenyon College in a self-designed interdisciplinary major, “Education Reform and the Role of the Arts in Society” she moved from the academic realm to the artistic one, receiving a MM in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music.  Beth has sung opera, oratorio and lieder throughout New England and also appeared as a member of Opera Boston’s ensemble. She embraces opportunities to collaborate with living composers, including singing in the premiere of Madame White Snake, Zhou Long’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera. Continuing to pursue her varied professional interests, Beth served as an A & R Consultant on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy Award–winning Gold Record Songs of Joy and Peace and has been the voice teacher at the Heifetz Institute, a summer program for advanced string players that focuses on communication and expression. Beth's students have gone on to study music and theatre at schools including Carnegie Mellon University, CCM, The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Elon, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and The University of the Arts.

Sarah Broomell is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and instructor of piano, music theory and ear training.  She completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at UC-Santa Barbara and both the MM and BM from Baylor University. She was staff pianist for Opera San Luis Obispo, the University of Miami at Salzburg and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She spent many years in Bozeman, MT, where she was director of the St. James Episcopal Church Choir and founding artistic director of Young Singers Club Performing Arts. She has also been director of the UBC Women’s Choir at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and the Debut Choir of the Central Coast Children’s Choir in San Luis Obispo, CA. Sarah instructed Ear Training at Montana State University and at UBC-Vancouver. She taught piano skills at the Montana State University School of Music, Cuesta College-San Luis Obispo, CA and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. Currently, Ms. Broomell teaches music theory and piano skills in the theater division of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She is currently based in Arlington, Massachusetts where she maintains a private piano studio, and lives with her son, Iain, and their cat, Tonto.

Special Master Class Instructor: Patty Thom, is a highly sought-after master clinician, giving master classes for young singers in colleges, high schools, and at festivals across the United States. In addition to serving as Chair of Voice at Boston Conservatory, Thom is co-director and instructor of the Boston Conservatory Vocal/Choral Intensive, as well as Artistic Director for ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong. Thom was the past director of Music at Walnut Hill, and a former teaching staff member of Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Vocal Program, and BU’s College of Fine Arts. Thom is a highly accomplished singer, as well as a collaborative pianist, who has given recitals, performances, and master

Sarah Whitten is a 500 hour Certified Yoga Teacher who served on the Holden Voice Faculty at Harvard University for 13 years. With an extensive background as a performer, teacher and yogi, her work weaves together a deep understanding of how voices and bodies function. Pulling together vocal pedagogy, anatomy, physiology and movement, Sarah helps singers discover how the whole body is your instrument. The result is improved kinesthetic awareness and efficiency in singing and daily life. Highly sought for her specialized expertise, Sarah has presented workshops at Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, University of Toronto, Harvard University, Swarthmore, Wheaton College, Walnut Hill School, Rivers School Conservatory, and South Shore Conservatory.




The audition process for admission to the Classical Voice Institute at Walnut Hill is completed through Slideroom. Please submit a video recording of two songs in contrasting styles. Song should be performed from memory with live piano accompaniment. Choose Art Song or Golden Age Musical Theater repertoire that best suits your voice and reflects your strengths and artistry. One song in English, and one song in a different language is preferred (such as Italian, French or German). You may submit a “wild card” third piece, but this is not required. A professional recording is not necessary. Please record with the natural acoustic, and do not add sound alterations (such as reverb). Recording on your phone or other device is fine for this purpose.