SongFest Los Angeles
During the entire month of June 2016, I was one of 21 Studio Artists and over 100 singers in all to participate in the only summer voice program dedicated exclusively to art song in the country. Housed at the Colburn School of Music in the heart of the arts district of downtown Los Angeles, the month was a testament to exhausting work and exhaustive adventure. While collaborating and learning from over 30 top-tier teachers and coaches from institutions such as Juilliard, The Mannes School of Music, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and of course CCM, I got the chance to work with America's most celebrated art song composers on their own works, familiarize myself with a plethora of repertoire, and make lasting friendships with some of the most promising students in the country. It was truly a month I will never forget. A detailed blog of the experience is kept on the Blog page of this website, and a duet recital inspired by experiences of the month will be performed by classmate Natalie Sheppard and I in CCM's Werner Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Please enjoy some professional pictures from the month below, courtesy of Jeanine Hill Photography.
The Florence Voice Seminar
From mid-May to mid-June of summer 2015, I attended a classical voice seminar in Florence, Italy run by Westminster Conservatory. The world-class faculty of Kevin Langan, Sally Wolf, and Benita Valente handled 23 students providing voice lessons to each of them every day, and with the help of two coaches and a dramatic coach, prepared us all for two public performances at St. John's American Episcopal Church in the heart of the city. The performances were entirely in Italian, of course, and much Italian singing style and language study was also a part of the program. We were given many opportunities to meet locals and find our favorite shops/restuarants by where we lived. We also had a lot of opportunity for domestic travel. We visited Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Rome, and Castiglioncello (a beach town). All in all, the program was an incredible experience. I feel that the progress I made over the course of only three weeks was astounding, and I know that I will be seeing/working with some of the other students/teachers in the future. While there, I kept a detailed blog of the experience, which is still catalogued in the Blog page of this website. A couple of my favorite pictures are below. Please enjoy!