Studying Classical Vocal Performance
Employing vocal techniques and performance skills used by world-class singers, we educate our students in musical history, theory, languages, movement, and stagecraft. Our voice faculty collaborate in teaching a consistent vocal technique in intensive private lessons. Moderating voice majors additionally benefit from complementary vocal coaching that ensures a diversity of musical perspectives. Together, our priorities are to meet the individual vocal needs of our students and to offer a thoughtful variety of performance experiences.
Performance opportunities include: fully staged opera excerpts with orchestra; recitals in conjunction with moderation and senior projects, performance workshops, and the baroque ensemble; and choral concerts featuring a wide range of repertoire. Students are also encouraged to create their own opportunities by seeking collaboration with their peers. All performance opportunities prioritize a supportive creative environment that encourages students to observe and learn from each other while building their own confidence through practice and experience.
Classical Vocal Performance FacultyJames Bagwell (chair) – Choral Conducting and History
Teresa Buchholz – Classical Voice, Opera Workshop
Ilka LoMonaco – Classical Voice, Opera Workshop, Vocal Pedagogy, Feldenkrais and the Voice
Rufus Müller – Classical Voice, Opera Workshop, Performance Class
Erika Switzer – Vocal Coaching, Diction, Collaborative Piano
David Sytkowski – Vocal Coaching, Opera Workshop Music Director, Collaborative Piano