Summer Voice Institute - Part II
July 1-3, 2019 (Three-day session)
Schedule: MTW 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
The Naked Voice For Teachers - Part II
This three-day workshop, taught by W. Stephen Smith, is open only to teachers who have participated previously in The Naked Voice Institute for Teachers and Singers. The purpose is to further develop the pedagogical principles outlined in W. Stephen Smith’s book, The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing (Oxford University Press, 2007), particularly focusing on the final four Inventions.
Enrollment is limited to 9 participants. Each participant will receive two 30-minute voice lessons and sing in one of three master classes. The daily schedule will begin with a 2-hour pedagogy/technique session, followed by a lunch break, and then individual lessons and a master class. Carol Smith will be the pianist. Steve and Carol will host a dinner at their home after the master class on the final day.
MUS_WKSP 333 Sec 20 Performance Workshop, Three days 0 credit
Participant Tuition: $390
Full Program Auditor: $250 (non-credit)
(Only checks, money orders or cash will be accepted for auditor fees)
How to Apply
NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for 2019.
Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application. 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.
The deadline for participant application is April 15, 2019. Those accepted for participation will be notified by May 1, 2019. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is May 31, 2019. No refunds for cancellation after this date.
On-campus housing is available for participants 18 years of age and older. Participants who have not yet reached the age of 18 must either commute to campus each day or find alternative housing options.
W. Stephen SmithClose
Baritone. W. Stephen Smith previously was a faculty member at the Juilliard School for thirteen years. Prior to that appointment he taught at the University of Houston and was Chair of the Voice Department at the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music. Professor Smith also served as a vocal instructor for the Houston Grand Opera Studio from 1990 to 2003 and has held a position on the voice faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1996. His book, The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.
Professor Smith’s students include many of today's most noted artists such as Christine Brewer, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and Marietta Simpson. His students have performed leading roles in major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and La Scala, and have won numerous prestigious competitions. Many have placed in the District and Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and have been national finalists. Among the apprentice programs where his students have studied and performed are those at the Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Chautauqua Operas, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and Wolf Trap.
Professor Smith has performed over forty roles in opera and musical theater and has been a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Oklahoma Symphony. He has also stage-directed 22 different productions and served as music director and conductor for several shows.