Voice Symposium

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2014 Voice Symposium Schedule

  The Music at Simpson Voice Symposium 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.  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. on November 14, 2014, in the lobby of the ARMC. **High school seniors may audition for music scholarship during this event.**

The 2014 Voice Symposium will include the following workshops & forums:

  • Stage Combat

  • Stage Movement

  • Vocal Health and Hygiene

  • Ensemble Strategies for Serious Singers

  • Careers in Music: 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.

Careers in Music: Panel Discussion Matthew Lau

Mr. Matthew Lau will moderate a discussion regarding the different career options available to musicians.  Come with your questions! 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.

 

 

Vocal Health and Hygiene virginia-croskery-296x167

This session, led by Dr. Virginia Croskery with guest Joy Hesse, will concentrate on  healthy vocal hygiene. We will discuss how to keep your voice in top performing health.  Diet, exercise, rehearsal techniques, hydration, allergies and pharmaceuticals can all have an effect on vocal health.  We will investigate topics such as these as well as questions from participants.

Virginia Croskery holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and is an alumna of the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago Opera Center.

Joy Hesse, M.A. CCC-SLP   is a speech language pathologist with The Iowa ENT Center, PLLC.  She has worked with singers and professional voice users for more than 20 years.  Her specialties include evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, swallowing and head and neck cancer.  She has lectured locally and nationally on the care and treatment of the professional voice user.