Summer Voice Institute

W. Stephen Smith

June 24-30, 2018 (One-week session)
SuMTWThFSa, 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Final performance June 30 at 7:30 pm

Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

June 24-30, 2018


The Institute will be an exposé and application of the principles discussed in "The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing" by W. Stephen Smith (Oxford University Press, 2007) for singers and voice teachers.  For the singers it will include private lessons, master classes, acting classes, dramatic coachings, and a performance of opera scenes.  For the teachers it will include five two-hour seminars on voice technique and pedagogy in a lecture/master class format along with the opportunity to participate in the acting classes and to observe the singers' private lessons and master classes.  Lessons, master classes, and seminars will be taught by W. Stephen Smith.  Acting classes, dramatic coachings, and scene staging will be by Gene Roberts.  Singers should have completed at least three years of collegiate level training.  Teachers should have collegiate level voice teaching experience. Space is limited to 10 singers and 10 teachers. 

Available Credits

MUS_WKSP 310 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0 credit
MUS_WKSP 315 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0.5 credit

(additional charge to register for credit)


Participant Tuition: $650
Full Program Auditor: $400 (non-credit)

Audition Requirements

Singers - a digital video of two opera arias in different languages and one other selection of your choice (art song or music theatre piece). Teachers - a digital audio recording of three selections of your choice.

Expectations of Participants

See the full schedule and expectations

All participants are expected to purchase and read "The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing" before the Institute begins.

SINGERS will be expected to have assigned music learned and completely memorized prior to arriving. They will also be expected to attend the orientation, the first technique/pedagogy session, all four master classes, all three acting classes, their two private lessons, dramatic coachings as scheduled, and the scenes gala and dress rehearsal. They will also have the option of auditing the rest of the technique/pedagogy seminars.

TEACHERS will be expected to attend the orientation, the 5 technique/pedagogy seminars, the singers' four master classes, the gala dress rehearsal, and the gala. They also will have the option of observing any of the singers' private lessons, the dramatic coachings, and be participants in the acting classes.

How to Apply

All materials are to be submitted via the Summer Application (application closed). Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select "Summer Session" as their application type, and then select the workshop to which you are applying. This will ensure that your file is distributed to the correct reviewers. No separate application form is necessary--DO NOT submit an application to Northwestern University via the Common Application or Graduate Music Online Application. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed résumés as well as all audition requirements.

NOTE: No paper application will be accepted. Do not mail recordings as these will not be reviewed or returned. Do not mail recordings to the Bienen School of Music or to faculty, as these will not be reviewed or returned.

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