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Young singers, ages 12 to 16, are invited to join our expert faculty to explore classical art song and lyrical musical theater repertoire in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The Walnut Hill Summer Voice Intensive will be led by Walnut Hill School for the Arts faculty on our beautiful campus in Natick, MA, outside of Boston.

JuNE 24–28, 2024

(june 23–29 for boarding students)

Natick, MA

Ages 12–16

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024

Decision Notification: April 1, 2024

Dates: June 24–28 (June 23–29 for Boarding Students)

Tuition: $1,500 

room and Board: $1,200

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Daily classes and workshops will introduce a variety of skills and strategies for song preparation, developing confidence in solo singing, building vocal technique, and exploring one's personal artistry.
  • Students will be supported through voice lessons, coachings and practice time throughout the week.
  • Carefully selected repertoire will be assigned to each student in advance.
  • All singers will perform informally on the first day of the program as a kick off and starting point for the work of the week.
  • Singers will have an opportunity to share performances and receive feedback regularly throughout the week in lessons and coachings, as well as workshops and master classes.
  • Students will present a final showcase performance of their new repertoire on Friday evening.

Minimum Students = 6; Maximum Students = 12

PROGRAM DETAILS

Our robust One-Week Program includes:

  • Two 45-minute Private Voice Lessons, to focus on technique and artistry through vocal exercises as well as repertoire work
  • Two 20-minute Private Vocal Coachings, to focus on language, diction and rehearsing the piece for performance preparation
  • Movement for singers
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops presented by experts on topics such as
    • Acting the Song/Singing the Story
    • Intro to lyric diction for song and text preparation
    • Anatomy of the Voice and Breath
    • Vocal Health
    • Great Performers and Great Rep
    • Effective Practice Strategies
    • Audition Skills
    • Crossing Over (singing multiple genres and making it work!)

AUDITION DETAILS

Please submit video recordings via Slideroom. Include two contrasting selections, as well a personal statement. 

  • 1 classical art song in any language
  • 1 contrasting song of your choice. This piece may be a classical art song in any language, or a golden age musical theater piece. Please do not submit opera arias or pop/rock pieces.
  • Short introduction video introducing yourself and why you are interested in attending our program. Be yourself!

AUDITION TIPS

  • Songs composed by traditionally underrepresented composers are welcome and encouraged.
  • Contrasting pieces allow us to learn different things about you as a performer. Look for differences in tempo, language, style, range, or dramatic intention. Be expressive and have fun.
  • Please introduce each piece with the title and composer before you sing.
  • Video should be in landscape mode. You should capture at least ¾ length (slightly above top of head down to your knees) so we can see your full expression. Make sure there is good light on your face. Recording with a smart phone is absolutely fine, as long as the video and sound is clear.
  • Please do not add reverb or other effects. Our favorite way to hear you is just as you are!
  • You may use pre-recorded piano accompaniment tracks played from a separate device or speaker. Make sure the volume of the track is loud enough to support your singing fully in your room, but still allows us to hear your voice. 
  • If you have any questions about whether your current repertoire is suitable for this audition, please contact tblume@walnuthillarts.org.

ABOUT THE FACULTY

Teresa Winner Blume is an accomplished singer, actress, and teacher. As Head of Voice at Walnut Hill School for the Arts since 2015, she is passionate about helping young artists deepen their skill, artistry and joy in singing. She has designed a thoughtful and comprehensive curriculum to train budding young singers, while teaching private voice lessons in classical and musical theater styles, leading master classes, and directing the spring opera each year. Her students have placed nationally at YoungArts, NATS, Schmidt and CS Music and continue their training at institutions including Curtis, Juilliard, MSM, NEC, CCM, Eastman, UMich, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Boston Conservatory, and more. She continues to perform professionally in classical, musical theater and concert works. She also performs professionally, and has been featured as a soloist with the Boston Pops, North Carolina Symphony, Opera Carolina, Lyric Stage of Boston, and others. Her artistry has been recognized in such competitions as the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (National semi-finalist) and New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition (semi-finalist). B.M. University of Illinois, M.M./P.C. Eastman School of Music. Learn more at TeresaWinnerBlume.com
 

Vocal Coach and Collaborative Pianist Elaine Smith Purcell has been on staff at Walnut Hill since 2004. She teaches a wide range of vocal repertoire from Baroque improvisational airs to standard classical Art Songs and musical theater repertoire. Ms. Smith Purcell shares her lifelong passion for foreign languages through the study of poetry, diction, and translation. Elaine studied at The Manhattan School of Music, The Britten-Pears Institute, and the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She uses specific apps and websites to enhance her teaching curriculum. Her work with Walnut Hill students was recently featured in the Boston Globe.

Additional Teaching Artists and Guest Presenters include members of the Walnut Hill Voice Faculty.

Questions? Please contact TERESA WINNER BLUME at TBLUME@WALNUTHILLARTS.ORG.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts reserves the right to cancel a course that fails to meet the required minimum enrollment. All payments are due in full at the time of registration and non-refundable. Refunds will only be issued in the event of program cancellation due to low enrollment.