John Reid Coulter
Mary Joy Nelson
July 10—16, 2016 — North Battleford, Saskatchewan
July 9—16, 2016 for Advanced Singers, Advanced Accompanists, Jazz Singers and Jazz Accompanists
Summer School for the Solo Voice is week long intensive study and performance opportunity for singers, accompanists, teachers and choral conductors at beginner, intermediate and senior levels. It is a non-audition program open to participants aged eight and older, regardless of experience. For many adults and youth, this is their first time singing in public, while others have participated in music festival for years, and yet others are university students pursuing a career in music. Some adult participants have never sung outside of their shower, others are long time choristers, and some studied music years ago and are ‘coming home’ to it.
Summer School for the Solo Voice is able to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities by employing highly qualified instructors who excel both as teachers and as performers. Collectively these instructors offer three to eight classes simultaneously. Each participant is given personal choice for daily classes, enabling them to custom make their own program, specializing in the areas they find most interesting and useful.
Singers, accompanists, private and classroom teachers, as well as members of community, church and school choirs have all found this to be a valuable program.
Summer School for the Solo voice is a non-audition program that accepts applications on a first-come-first-served basis. Enrolment is limited to ensure a high teacher to student ration, allowing for individualized instruction throughout the week. Early registration is highly recommended.
The goal of Summer School for the Solo Voice has always been to offer the highest level of instruction for the lowest possible cost so as to allow anyone who is interested, the ability to participate. If you are interested in supporting this program directly or through a scholarship for someone from your community, kindly contact Lisa Hornung or Jaki Esquirol (see page).
Choose Your Program
$50.00 discount for registrations received on or before May 23rd
Summer School for the Solo Voice students are welcome to attend and observe all classes and all coachings in every program. However, you must be registered in the Musical Theatre, Jazz Singer, Jazz Pianist, Advanced Singer or Advanced Accompanist program in order to be an active participant in classes and activities specific to those programs.
All participants sing in the SSSV choir under the direction of Laurence Ewashko.
Children 8-11 — $450.00Children 8-11 have a set program with classes specifically designed for this age group. Their program includes exposure to Musical Theatre and Speech Arts. Extra supervision is provided. Participants are welcome to present up to 2 songs (one of which may be Musical Theatre) and 1 Speech Arts selection in master classes.
Teen 12-18 — $450.00Participants create their own program through personal choice of classes. Staff will be available at registration and throughout the week to assist in class choice. Participants are welcome to present up to 2 songs and 1 Speech Arts selection in scheduled master classes (additional master class opportunities will be available throughout the week). Songs may be RCM / CC repertoire, folk songs, church hymns etc. If you have questions or need of help choosing repertoire, please contact Lisa Hornung at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult (19-90) — $450.00To ensure the greatest degree of comfort and depth of learning for each individual, adults from beginner to more experienced levels of singing are grouped accordingly in master classes. Adults create their own program through personal choice of classes. Participants are welcome to present up to 2 songs and 1 Speech Arts selection in scheduled master classes (additional master class opportunities will be available throughout the week). Songs can be RCM / CC repertoire, folk songs, church hymns etc. New in the Adult program this year is a daily Small Ensemble Class (music and groupings will be chosen upon arrival) where participants will learn and coach a duet, trio or quartet etc. If you have questions or need of help choosing repertoire, please contact Lisa Hornung at email@example.com
Auditor (all ages) — $450.00Auditors take part in the week without any responsibility for solo presentation. They are not scheduled in master classes. They are welcome, and encouraged, to sing in the SSSV choir under the direction of Lawrence Ewashko.
Musical Theatre Program (all ages 15+) — $550.00Musical Theatre Students have a set program that includes master classes, small and large musical theatre ensembles, drama, staging and presentation of a Musical Theatre Gala the evening of July 15th. Participants are welcome to present up to 2 songs, 1 musical theatre piece and 1 Speech Arts selection in scheduled master classes. There is room in this program for personal choice of classes from the general program.
Jazz Singer or Jazz Pianist (all ages 14+) — $550.00
The Jazz Singer and Jazz Pianist programs include an extra day of study, beginning on July 9th.Participants will arrive with 2-3 well prepared selections. Jazz musicians receive daily master classes and coachings as well as theory classes specific to this genre. Jazz singers and pianists present solo repertoire in recitals throughout the week. See Jazz on the page for more details and for repertoire suggestions. To ensure the greatest benefit from this program, contact Paul Suchan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and for help in choosing repertoire that best suits you.
Advanced Singers (16-18 & 19+) — $650.00
The Advanced Singer program includes an extra day of study, beginning on July 9th.
Advanced Singers is designed for the serious student looking for an intensive study experience as well as a more formal performance opportunity. This stream has also been beneficial for teachers wanting to hone their skills. There are two categories to the Advanced Singers: 16-18 year olds with Grade 8+ repertoire and 19 and older with Grade 9+ repertoire.
Participants will arrive with 5 pieces well prepared and memorized. Students are assigned to a ‘pod’ with an accompanist / coach and a small group of singers they attend daily rehearsals and master classes with. Advanced Singers present solo repertoire in recitals throughout the week. Classes specific to this program include: Career Planning, All About the Audition, Professional Conduct, Repertoire Classes, Continuing Education.
This program includes participation in the Opera Ensemble classes and performances.
Collaborative Arts (Advanced Accompanists) (all ages 16+) — $650.00
The Collaborative Arts program includes an extra day of study, beginning on July 9th.Collaborative Arts is designed for the serious student looking for an intensive study experience as well as a more formal performance opportunity. Participants will arrive with 2 well prepared pieces (see Collaborative Arts on the page for details) and will be offered an opportunity to learn additional repertoire throughout the week. Students are assigned to a 'pod' with an accompanist / coach and a small group of singers they attend daily rehearsals and master classes with. Advanced Accompanists have an opportunity to play for Advanced Singers in recitals throughout the week. It is very beneficial for the Advanced Accompanist to pair with an Advanced Singer. Advanced Accompanists who do not register with an Advanced Singer will be matched with one. Every Advanced Accompanist is assigned to a Staff Accompanist for individual mentoring in addition to their master classes and Collaborative Arts classes. There will be opportunity for participants in this program to play for the Operetta Ensemble &/or the Opera Ensemble. If you have questions about this program or would like help choosing repertoire, contact Naomi Suchan at email@example.com .
$50.00 discount for registrations received on or before May 23rd
ClassesSummer School for the Solo Voice includes daily master classes, choir, yoga, and classes such as: Choral Techniques, Conducting, Breath & Posture, Singing Technique, Performance Anxiety, Interpretation, Rehearsal Techniques, Pedagogy, Physiology of the Voice, Sight-Reading, Theory, Ear-Training, History, Performance Styles, Festival Repertoire, Musical Theatre, The Aging Voice, Boys’ Changing Voice, Recitative, Drama, Speech Arts, Care of the Voice … See the page for more information.
A sample schedule of the week is available. Note that this is not the schedule for 2016. Classes and scheduling changes slightly from year to year to accommodate the specific needs and interests of that year's participants.