Monday, February 27, 2012

Growing vocal arts program offers exceptional training

Excitement for our vocal arts program has spread.

Since the appointment of music chair Gregory Ruffer, the vocal arts program at the Patel Conservatory has experienced phenomenal growth.

Given Ruffer’s background as a singer, conductor and choral director, it’s no surprise. From adding new instructors to new summer intensives, Ruffer has helped create extraordinary opportunities for aspiring singers at the Conservatory.

Private Voice Lessons
Within the past year, the number of students taking private voice lessons has exploded from just a few to more than 40! This is truly exciting!

“We have some pretty amazing teachers whose students have been very successful,” said Ruffer. “It’s interesting that, despite the big musical theater following we have, in general, our private voice students are interested in a different type of music.”

Many students taking private voice lessons are interested in a classical music career, said Ruffer. Students range from advanced high school and college singers to professionals.

Instructors offering private lessons include Ruffer, Stella Zambalis, Mark Lubas, Guedye St. Jean and Christopher Romeo.

Junior and Senior Choirs
Working closely with the theater department, Ruffer has helped incorporate voice training into our musical theater classes.

Theater students are becoming more accomplished singers by joining one of our choir classes as part of their musical theater curriculum. As a result, more than 70 students are enrolled in the Junior and Senior Choirs, directed by Allison Novak and Deborah D. Lynch, with artistic oversight by Ruffer.

Choir classes are open to all interested students.

Summer Intensives
In addition to new faculty and programs, we’re also offering incredible opportunities for voice students throughout the summer, including housing options for the new Classical Voice Intensive.

Registration is now open for the following summer voice programs:

Ages 16 - 25
July 9 - 20, 2012
For serious singers who wish to pursue a professional singing career. Nationally recognized artist-teachers guide students through the study of arias, art song, opera and musical theater scenes, diction and group and private voice lessons. This program includes lessons, performances, master classes and workshops. Audition required. Housing options are available.

Grades 5 - 8
June 18 - 29, 2012
Learn to become a well-rounded performer in this two-week camp. Learn to sing in parts, sing in English and other languages, read music, improve vocal technique, develop character and dance. Daily choir and musical theater rehearsals are integrated with group voice classes and instruction in comprehensive performance skills.

Grades 9 - college
July 23 - Aug. 3, 2012
Work with distinguished voice teachers from around the country in this two-week program. Students study solo singing (art songs and arias), languages, choral music, musical theater, acting for singers and dance for singers. Daily choir and musical theater rehearsals are integrated with group and solo voice lessons, language study and instruction in comprehensive performance skills.

Voice training will also be incorporated in our summer musical theater intensives.
For questions, or to register, please call 813-222-1002.

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