Voice Symposium

5717-2014VoiceSymposiumRotator_FINAL

 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Registration for the Voice Symposium is now closed.

2015 Voice Symposium Schedule   

ABOUT THE SIMPSON COLLEGE VOICE SYMPOSIUM

The Music at Simpson Voice Symposium & Scholarship Auditions is a day-long event that includes seminars, workshops, masterclasses, and career development opportunities designed to foster growth in singing, performing, and answer questions about the life of a musician beyond high school.  Seniors will also have the opportunity to audition for a music scholarship.

Who's Eligible to Attend: Engaging and interactive, this symposium is designed especially for serious junior and senior high school singers who plan to continue singing during their college years. 

Cost:  There is no cost or registration fee for this event.  

Where: The Amy Robertson Music Center on the Simpson College Campus, Indianola, IA.

Check-In Time: 8:00 a.m. in the Lobby of the Amy Robertson Music Center

**High school seniors may audition for music scholarship during this event.**

HELPFUL LINKS

2015 Voice Symposium Schedule
Audition Requirements
Campus Maps


The 2015 Voice Symposium workshops & forums are:

 

  • Stage Combat

  • Stage Movement

  • Ensemble Strategies for Serious Singers

  • Simpson Student Voice Recital

  • Music Major Panel Discussion

  • Masterclass for Singers 

  • Audition for a Music Scholarship 

 

Ensemble Strategies for Serious SingersTim-McMillin

This interactive session, led by Dr. Timothy McMillin and Dr. Kim Roberts, will focus on strategies for using a healthy vocal technique (even if you possess a voice with significant solo qualities) in an ensemble setting for the mutual gratification of the singer, the voice teacher, the conductor and the audience.  The session will also include a small lab performance and demonstration by the Simpson College Chamber Singers.

Dr. Timothy A. McMillin is chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Simpson College.  He is widelykim-roberts recognized for his approach to innovative and thoughtful rehearsal strategies.  

Dr. Kimberly Roberts teaches Applied Voice and Co-Directs the Simpson College Madrigal Singers. 

Committed to success, Dr. Roberts’ students are frequent finalists in state, regional, and even national levels of various NATS competitions, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and MTNA competitions. She believes in developing the entire person and strives to help her students find their place in the world of music.

Music Major Panel Discussion Matthew Lau

This panel discussion is an  opportunity for prospective students to meet and talk with current students to discuss all aspects of the Simpson experience. Professor Lau will moderate this discussion featuring the student perspective of areas of study offered at Simpson.  Campus life and activities will also be discussed.   The session will then be open for any questions from our visitors

Known for his charismatic portrayals, Bass, Matthew Lau, is among the most versatile performers on the American opera circuit today.  Career highlights include recent New York City premiers of Teatro Gratacielo’s La Cena delle Beffe and Robert Ward’s Claudia Legare.   His extensive career has made him a regular with many of the most prestegious opera houses across the country.

Mr. Lau can be heard on the grammy winning recording of ELMER GANTRYas Rev. Baines, and has just returned from Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

Masterclass for Singers

Led by Dr. Croskery, Mr. McDonald, Mr. Lau, Mr. Brown, Dr. Roberts, and Dr. McMillin

Perform a solo art song or aria for a pair of today's presenters in a small masterclass setting to receive feedback.  Accompanists will be provided.

Stage Combatbruce-brown

This workshop, led by Mr. Bruce Brown, covers the basic falls, hits, naps, and fencing positions that are used onstage.

Mr. Brown has performed in the United States with Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, Sacramento Opera, Eugene Opera, Mississippi Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Glimmerglass Opera, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, among others.

He was a member of the Houston Opera Studio and spent several years early in his career touring with Texas Opera Theater, Opera Iowa, and Opera Northeast.  Opera roles performed in the United States have included Danilo, Dandini, Papageno, Schaunard, Marcello, Don Giovanni, Dottore Malatesta, Escamillo, Belcore, Silvio, Maximilian, Achilla,  Sharpless, Valentin, and many others.

Stage MovementMatthew Lau

In this workshop, Mr. Lau will discuss and demonstrate the basic fundamentals of stage movement.

Known for his charismatic portrayals, Bass, Matthew Lau, is among the most versatile performers on the American opera circuit today.  Career highlights include recent New York City premiers of Teatro Gratacielo’s La Cena delle Beffe and Robert Ward’s Claudia Legare.   His extensive career has made him a regular with many of the most prestegious opera houses across the country.

Mr. Lau can be heard on the grammy winning recording of ELMER GANTRYas Rev. Baines, and has just returned from Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.