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Music Academy Chorus

Join an amateur, but committed chamber choir with lofty ambitions. Sing a variety of classical and ethnic music from America and around the world while improving your singing voice. Dr. Lyashenko’s approach ensures a voice lesson within a rehearsal. The ensemble collaborates with NU vocal, conducting and orchestra programs for an exciting season including:  Schubert’s “Mass in G” in fall, Poulenc’s “Gloria” in winter, and Mozart’s “Requiem” in spring.

Tuition: $100 per quarter
Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Start Date: Rehearsals begin Sept. 26, or the first week of fall, winter, and spring quarters
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, 70 Arts Circle Drive, McClintock Choral and Recital Room
Conductor: Natasha Lyashenko

Voice class

Adult voice classes concentrate on basic vocal technique including registers, breathing, range, and diction. Unique teaching methods and small class size produce good results after a short period of time. The class is recommended not only for people interested in singing, but also for adults who would like to improve their speaking voice.

Tuition: $345/11 weeks (50-minute sessions)
Day/Time: Separate men’s and women's classes: Mon., Tues. and Wed., based on student availability
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, 70 Arts Circle Drive, room TBD
Instructor: Natasha Lyashenko


 

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Music Academy Voice Faculty

Adult Voice Class Coordinator, Academy Chorus Director

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Natasha Lyashenko

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Adult Voice Class Coordinator, Academy Chorus Director

n-lyashenko@northwestern.edu

Natasha Lyashenko received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Novosibirsk State Conservatory, Russia. After completing her studies, she was invited to teach there and to work at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater. She subsequently lived for two years in Kyoto, Japan where she had a large private voice studio and was affiliated with the Sakai City Opera Company. Since coming to the United States, she has taught at Iowa State University, Roosevelt University, and, since 1997, at Northwestern University. At NU, she teaches voice classes and a performance seminar to non-music major students, and works with the opera chorus.

Natasha Lyashenko

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Adult Voice Class Coordinator, Academy Chorus Director

n-lyashenko@northwestern.edu

Natasha Lyashenko received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Novosibirsk State Conservatory, Russia. After completing her studies, she was invited to teach there and to work at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater. She subsequently lived for two years in Kyoto, Japan where she had a large private voice studio and was affiliated with the Sakai City Opera Company. Since coming to the United States, she has taught at Iowa State University, Roosevelt University, and, since 1997, at Northwestern University. At NU, she teaches voice classes and a performance seminar to non-music major students, and works with the opera chorus.


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Fall Quarter

September 24
Lessons begin (Some lessons will begin earlier in the month
September 25
Chorus rehearsal begins
October 14
Faculty Recital (Sunday) Galvin Hall, 70 Arts Circle; 3:00
November 22-23
Thanksgiving Holiday - lessons rescheduled individually.
December 3
Last week of lessons
December TBD
Chorus Concert
Dec. 10 - Jan. 6
Winter Break

Winter Quarter

January 7
Lessons Resume
January 8
Chorus Rehearsals resume
March TBD
Chorus Concert
March 18
Last week of lessons
March 25-31
Spring Break

Spring Quarter

April 1
Lessons Resume
April 2
Chorus Rehearsals resume
May 27
Memorial Day Holiday – lessons rescheduled as needed
June TBD
Chorus Concert
June 10
Last week of lessons
June 17
Summer Quarter begins (8 weeks, ala carte billing for private lessons)

Note: recital dates and times subject to change

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Registration

Students register for each new academic year in late spring with a non-refundable deposit. Families may also register for a flexible summer session with ala carte billing.  

Tuition

Tuition is billed on a quarterly basis and paid in full each term. A 5% fee is assessed when late bills are mailed mid-term. Northwestern’s bank charges a $30.00 service fee on returned checks. Families who need assistance may apply for financial aid scholarships prior to fall quarter. Full-time benefits eligible NU faculty and staff may apply for a discount each year as part of their benefits package.  

Refunds

Full refunds will be offered when a student withdraws before the beginning of a quarter. Partial refunds on a percentage basis may be offered only if the student withdraws during the first few weeks of each quarter. Withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the Academy Director and approved before a refund or credit is issued.  

Missed Lessons

If notified prior to the lesson, teachers may offer one makeup lesson each quarter for student absence due to illness or school music related activity (must have 24 hr notice). Lessons missed for vacations, sports activities, or events other than student illness will not be made up. Teachers who miss lessons are responsible for making up the time. In the event a teacher is unable to teach due to illness, weather, etc. every effort will be made to notify parents by phone and e-mail ahead of time.  

Dismissal

The Academy reserves the right to dismiss any student due to delinquent payment of tuition, frequent absences, failure to practice, behavioral problems, etc.  

Late Arrivals

Please arrive on time to your lesson. Students who are late cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time.
Teachers reserve the right to end a lesson early if a student arrives unprepared or without their books or instrument.  

Weather Related Cancellations

In the event Northwestern University closes for inclement weather, Academy lessons will also be cancelled and an announcement will be placed on the school’s voice mail message (847-467-2698). Any classes or lessons cancelled due to the official closing of the school will be rescheduled.  

Performances

Each June there will be a voice recital to showcase student talent and hard work during the year. All students are highly encouraged to participate.

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