The American University of Rome is proud to announce the inaugural session of the Summer Vocal Institute program: June 2 - 28, 2014, in collaboration with renowned American opera singer Marilyn Horne. This four-week program will provide the following: Daily Instruction in the Italian Language, Applied Voice Lessons, Italian Operatic and Song Repertoire, Master Classes with Great Artists and Concert Performances at various venues.
Join this intensely unique vocal and musical experience in the Eternal City. Internationally acclaimed voice teachers and Italian coaches, combined with professional acting coaches, will provide individual music care and stage craft skills to talented young singers and budding professional artists.
Deadline extended to May 1.
Audition recordings must be included with your application.
Eight to twelve minute recording of arias and/or art songs that represent you at your best.
Below is a note from Professor Timothy Martin, Summer Vocal Institute Program Director and Adjunct Professor of Music at the American University of Rome.
This summer, you will have a rare opportunity to work with one of the greatest singers of all time. Marilyn Horne's colossal singing career on stages throughout the world is no secret. Since retiring from the stage, she has generously dedicated herself to sharing her supreme artistic wisdom and vocal expertise with promising young singers. We are truly honored to have her with us this summer for three public Master Classes and a series of private voice lessons. The first Master Class will be held in the magnificent Villa Aurelia of the American Academy in Rome. Special guests associated with the Metropolitan Opera of New York and local agents are expected to attend.
If you want to sing Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, you will need to spend time in Italy, the birthplace of opera. Hearing the language spoken every day, experiencing the culture, the nuances of the music come to life. In no other country can you see the trappings of opera unfolding in front of you. Study in Europe is essential to the development of any singer. While still a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, I attended the A.I.M.S program in Graz, Austria, my first summer aboard musical experience. I was never the same again. I was finally speaking German as opposed to just figuring out the grammar. I returned to Oberlin with a deeper sense of music and of myself. Later, I participated in the summer program at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then the Britten – Pears Young Artist Programme, Aldeburgh, England - thankful for every moment of my artistic journey.
But none of these precious, life-changing opportunities can compare to the spellbinding beauty of Rome, Italy, my last stop in Europe. The architecture and ancient ruins alone will enchant you before even stepping inside the many museums. Your daily intense study of the Italian language, Italian diction, followed by a lunch break, included in the program fee, will continue with private voice lessons and coachings in the afternoon, culminating with the early evening Opera Workshop sessions. All the while, your learning experience will continue with constant interaction with the Italian people, guided tours of Rome and excursions to Italian summer opera festivals such as Teatro Caracalla and the Spoleto Festival. Last but not least, a 20 minute train will have you bathing on the nearby Mediterranaen beaches of Rome, and Florence and Naples can both be visited by train in less than two hours.
If singing is an important part of your life, a trip to Italy is an essential part of your training. You’ll be a better singer and artist because of it!