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2014 Music Courses

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Inspiring the Complete Singer

July 21 — 25, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall PONCHO, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

This course is currently full. If you have any questions, please contact us. Make sure to specify which course you're writing about.

  • Ages
    14 – 19
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Course Description
The goal of our workshop for young singers is to help them find their path in the complex world of becoming a vocal performer.  Singers need to learn many skills – musical and stylistic literacy, vocal technique, acting, movement and self-awareness.  We know that one cannot learn all these skills in one week – but we will expose the participants to these different disciplines and give them guidance on their journey to achieve a life as a performing artist.
There will be daily movement/yoga classes, vocal coaching, acting/performance sessions, master classes and guest speakers, and a final presentation of Instant Pastiche Episodes on day six. All those interested in Classical and Musical Theater Performance are encouraged to apply.

Faculty will include renowned opera performer/teacher John Duykers, USC Vocal Coach/pianist Lisa Sylvester and rising star Laura Bohn (Holland’s Vokaal-Lab performer and Yoga/ViewPoints instructor). 

Participants will work to develop episodes incorporating their songs/arias into short scenes developed through improvisational techniques developed in the acting/performance classes.

Who should enroll?
Singers ages 14-19 seeking to develop their overall craft.

Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements
None. Open for enrollment to students, ages 14-19.

John Duykers

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John Duykers

JOHN DUYKERS made his professional operatic debut with the Seattle Opera in 1966. Since then he has appeared with many of the leading opera companies of the world including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Netherlands Opera, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, London’s Royal Opera, San Diego Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Greater Miami Opera, Canadian Opera, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Studio. His standard operatic repertoire encompasses more than forty roles, and he has appeared in more than 85 20th and 21st Century operas, including fifty one premieres. In 1987 he created the role of Mao Tse Tung in John Adams' Nixon In China for Houston Grand Opera. Nixon in China was telecast over PBS "Great Performances" for which it won an Emmy Award. The subsequent recording for Nonesuch followed suit by winning a Grammy. Philip Glass has written three operas for Mr. Duykers, including The White Raven, In the Penal Colony and Galileo Galilei, in which he played the title role. A noted interpreter of contemporary music, John Duykers has received critical acclaim in numerous productions of George Coates Performance Works, the Paul Dresher Ensemble and Agape Performance Group. In 2009 he created First Look Sonoma with director Missy Weaver and together they have created 4 new vocal performance works, including Caliban Dreams (Clark Suprinowicz and Amanda Moody), Daughter of the Red Tsar (Lisa Scola-Prosek), D’Arc, Woman on Fire (Moody and Cloidt) and Hand to Mouth (Miguel Frasconi/Weaver/Duykers). Mr. Duykers has had extensive experience both as a teacher and administrator. His teaching credentials include Cornish College of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts and University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has given master classes at CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge, UT Austin, UNLV, Northern Illinois University, Wellesley Collage, USC, UCLA and for the Metropolitan Opera National Council San Diego District; he has private voice studios in Oakland CA and Pasadena CA. He was the music administrator for Cazadero Music Camp (1977-79), Cornish College of the Arts (1979-81) as well co-director for Port Costa Players (1972-79), Agape Performance Group (1990-2007) and First Look Sonoma (2008-present).

Laura Bohn

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Laura Bohn

Soprano Laura Bohn is making her mark as a compelling presence in the new generation of operatic performers, lauded as “an amazing blend of vocal splendor and physical virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle). A dynamic performer praised by Opera News for her “warmth, sensitive phrasing and well-focused” singing, she inhabits her roles with the versatility of a dancer, embodying the cutting edge of operatic performance. The American soprano was seen in over 30 northern European stages in 2014 in DJMozart, an original pastiche dance opera based on Mozart’s life and works, and the second c0-production of VocaalLAB Nederland and the renowned Dutch cross-over company ISH. This production closely followed the 2013 reprise tour of MonteverdISH, a breakdance inspired adaptation of “L’incoronazione di Poppea” in which she sang and danced the role of Nerone. MonteverdISH toured internationally in 2011 including Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg, Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Konzerthaus. Other roles in recent seasons include the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Bessie in Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, Ariel in Caliban Dreams, Micaëla, Pamina, Juliette and Musetta. She was a young artist at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at Syracuse Opera in New York, and is a graduate of the Dell 'Arte International School of Physical Theater and the Manhattan School of Music. Laura has taught workshops in physical theater and movement for singers at the Kaufmann Center in New York, Art-EZ Conservatory in the Netherlands and The California Institute of the Arts. She is a certified yoga teacher and has taught extensively in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Amsterdam.

Lisa Sylvester

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Lisa Sylvester

Lisa Sylvester, pianist/vocal coach, is on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she is a vocal coach and teaches courses in Diction and Song Literature. She has also been on the faculty of OperaWorks, a summer training program for singers directed by Ann Baltz. Sylvester has long been associated with the acclaimed Long Beach Opera where she has served as assistant conductor/orchestral pianist on numerous twentieth century operas by composers such as John Adams, Philip Glass, Leos Janacek, Alejandro Golijov, among others. She has given presentations for the L.A. Opera’s Community programs and served as music director with L.A. Opera Young Artists in workshop performances of Anthony Davis’ new opera, Revolution of Forms. Together with John Duykers and Melissa Weaver, Ms. Sylvester collaborated in the Opera/Theater Performance Project class at the California Institute of the Arts (1999-2004) where they produced five composite-opera/theater works. Also with Duykers and Weaver, Sylvester served as assistant conductor for two world premieres produced by First look Sonoma: Caliban Dreams by Clark Syprynowicz in 2011 and Daughter of the Red Tsar in 2012 by Bay–area composer Lisa Scola Prosek.