Summer School for the Solo Voice includes daily classes, master classes, choir and yoga. Everyone participates in the SSSV choir.
Several classes are offered at once to allow for personal choice that best suits each participant’s needs, interest and skill level.
Click on any individual class to read more about it.
Designed for beginner to intermediate level pianists, this will be taught in master class and lecture format. Please bring your music and feel free to
enlist the cooperation of a singer of your choice. You are welcome to participate in this class with or without a singer. Folk songs, Hymns, Exam and
Festival Repertoire, Art Songs etc are all fine choices. No previous accompanying experience is necessary.
It is a free-for-all question and answer period, you are welcome to ask any questions you may have about what you are learning. It is an
opportunity to ask questions that may not have been addressed in another class or to ask for more information about something you have had a
chance to think about after a class.
Stretch, breath, relax, refresh. Wear comfortable clothes to this class.
Always a challenge for singer, teacher and conductor, the maturing boy’s voice is often an area of mystery and concern. This class gives the physiological and psychological nuts and bolts of what’s going on as well as some repertoire suggestions.
This class will address the working of the voice in relation to your posture and breath. A very “hands on” class with many breathing and posture
exercises. Bring your music as there will be singing opportunities for those who wish to volunteer.
Under the direction of Professor Laurence Ewashko, you will learn repertoire
presented at the beginning of the week, and perform it at the end of the week. A
great opportunity to learn choral repertoire, practice skills you are learning, and
enjoy singing with others. All participants sing in the SSSV choir.
A look at repertoire and resources for different types of choirs.
How to plan a choral rehearsal from A to Z.
The Collaborative Arts classes are designed specifically for pianists who are interested in
accompanying singers and acquiring knowledge of art song repertoire.
Geared towards intermediate and senior level pianists and their singing
collaborators, this program focuses on the ensemble nature of Lieder (German),
Mélodie (French) and Art Song (English) in which pianist and singer are equal
Over the course of the week, Advanced Accompanists will improve their ability
to communicate with singers while working in a masterclass setting with assigned
partners (to provide a more enriching experience, Advanced Accompanists will
be paired with a different singer than they are working with in their pod). No
previous collaborative experience is required.
Pianists are asked to prepare two accompaniments (Lieder, Mélodie &/or Art
Song) of their own choice.
Although anyone is welcome to observe, only pianists registered in the Advanced Accompanist Program will play in this class. If you have questions or are in
need of help choosing repertoire, feel free to contact Naomi Suchan at
In addition to conducting patterns, this class will address how you communicate with your choir through your hands and body language.
An exciting variety of activities and creative responses including improvisation, movement, character development and stage deportment.
Could there be anything more exciting than an entire hour of intervals, chords, rhythms and clap-backs?
This class explores the importance of text and how we use our creativity, in conjunction with the brilliance of authors and composers, to honor it.
This class concentrates on technique from the neck up … tongue, jaw, face, neck, alignment … and how it affects sound and ease of production.
Bring your music also.
History, or as we affectionately call it, Cool Composers, is a captivating in depth look at composers, when and where they lived, what they did,
how they dressed, what they ate, what was happening around them, and how all of that affected the music they created.
The Jazz Singer and Jazz Pianist are repertoire based programs. Students will be
asked to prepare and memorize in advance the melody (one verse of text only)
to 2-3 jazz standards. Using these
standards participants will study:
The basics of jazz singing
The style and methods of great jazz singers
By comparing the “by the book” arrangements of standards with transcriptions
of the same melody done by a professional jazz singer, we can gain insight
into what makes them sound so great
How to slightly alter the melody of a standard every time it is sung
By the end of the course, singers and pianists will have developed a sense of melodic
freedom, a better ear for jazz, as well as starting their own repertoire of jazz
While anyone is welcome to observe, only participants registered in the Jazz
Program will sing or play in this class.
Please contact Paul Suchan at email@example.com. with any questions and to
A detailed look at this wonderful art form, how you prepare and perform it, and what kind of tools you can employ to make it most exciting for you
and for the audience.
This class provides a chance to perform in front of a small audience as well as
learn from the instructors and other singers in your class. It is a bit like
watching several mini-lessons in a row.
After everyone in the class has sung, you will be invited back to the stage to
try a few things the teachers have to suggest.
When you are not scheduled to sing in a master class, you are certainly
encouraged to attend as an audience member. There is much to learn from
watching and listening to others.
Well prepared, memorized music affords you the best and most confident
performance and learning opportunities.
A look at the many creative tools at our disposal for imagining, building and maintaining musical line. Bring your music as this class has time for
volunteers to sing.
This class will focus on staging and character development. Your music must be memorized. Be prepared to talk about your character, who they are
what they are up to. To ensure ample working time, please choose or edit repertoire to be about three minutes or less.
This class will explore Musical Theatre through different styles and time periods.
Time will be devoted to repertoire ideas for different ages, personalities and skill
Bring your music and enjoy a few minutes with an accompanist to learn a section that is giving you a rough time or to hear the accompaniment
before a master class. You are also welcome to take troublesome choir passages to work on. There will be a pianist available for whomever shows
A look at some famous and more familiar arias and their fantastic performers. This class includes recordings and videos.
Another look and listen class that will include suggested opera arias that are appropriate for younger singers.
Do stage fright and nerves have you undone?
Does your mouth get dry, do your knees shake, do all your words
fall out of your head?
Does your stomach roil and your head swim at the mere mention
of an audience?
This is the class for you as it addresses why you get nervous and
how to harness all that energy and make it work in your favour.
This class is all about how to get on and off the stage with grace and
What to wear
How to present and conduct yourself
How and when to bow
An in depth look at differences in phrasing, ornamentation and style, from Renaissance to Romantic music.
This class will address how the voice is built and the way it works.
Dr. Gore-Hickman's lectures are accompanied by many pictures and video clips
taken by a laryngoscope.
For your viewing pleasure and entertainment, there are videos of Lisa's vocal
cords while singing correctly and incorrectly, with vibrato and without,
coughing, laughing, speaking properly and speaking improperly, singing with
tension and without…
These classes go wherever your many questions take us.
This class will expose teachers and students to repertoire for vocal exams and
Feel free to bring the RCM and CC books if you own them. This is not
necessary as music will be available to look at in class. Bringing your own
books may make taking notes and singing through pieces more convenient for
Time will be devoted to listening to music, and discussing who it is best suited
to and why.
An historic look at this sometimes perplexing form, how and why it came into being, its purpose and how to handle it. You are welcome to bring
your recitatives to look at and use as singing examples in this class.
An overview of information and resources available to teachers and singers. Many books will be available for participants to page through. Feel free
to bring your resources and ideas to share with others in the class.
A great ‘how-to’ nuts and bolts for beginning teachers as well as ideas for seasoned professionals. This class will address etiquette, ethics, payment plans and practice requirements.
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a wonderfully efficient and effective
tool in learning to pronounce any language.
Attention will be given to fundamental sound differences between languages.
Not your run of the mill lecture class – be prepared for fun and innovative
ways to learn IPA!
Text and character development being such an integral part of singing, makes
this class an important consideration for all singers.
Recitation employs very many of the same skills we need as singers.
Being outside of the confines of set time, pacing and pitches, Speech Arts
gives us a vehicle to explore and develop theses skills more fully.
These classes will be presented in both lecture and master class format.
Theory classes are tailored to meet the needs of the participants.
Everything from beginner-I-can't-read-a-note classes to advanced work for
seasoned theory students will be available.
Bring your theory book if you own one.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced theory books will be available for
purchase at registration if you do not already have one.
The pencils are always sharp and the candy bowl always full!
The point of all our hard work in theory is what?
How to use the language and skills you have learned in theory to analyze and
more fully discover the beauty and intrigue in your music.
An important class in leaning how and why to communicate particular forms of
line, phrasing and intent.
How to approach, study and learn ‘new music’.
Learn more about maladies that plague the singer / actor / speaker … what different problems look like, sound like, feel like … and what to do about them. Dr. Gore-Hickman includes many pictures and videos of vocal illness and disfunction as well as a game plan for correction and/or healing.
Brain fried from the huge amounts of information you are taking in? Sit back and relax while you watch an inspiring musical performance video.
There is a yoga class at the end of every afternoon.
Really these classes should be entitled “Stretch and Breathe with Holly”.
No previous yoga experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.
Where comfortable clothing and prepare to relax and unwind.