The Vocal Music Division introduces students to ‘bel canto singing technique’ and various vocal works in classical music literature, most of which are performed in their original languages (i.e. Italian, English, German, and French). Emphasis is placed on the process of preparation and performance of this repertoire for the weekly performance classes, master classes and recitals. Students learn basic vocal techniques of proper posture, breathing, head and chest resonance and good diction. Students learn proper pronunciation rules for singing in Italian, French, German and English as well as vocal repertoire in each language.
Audition Expectations: Auditioning students are expected to demonstrate a singing voice with professional potential by singing one prepared and memorized song from any of the 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries by G.Schirmer such as “Caro Mio Ben,” “Sebben Crudele” or one of these English songs: “Danny Boy” or“Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes.” Also, they must have the ability to match and select pitches and sing a major scale in tune and demonstrate sight-reading skills and be able to repeat back with accuracy simple rhythmic or melodic sequences. All students also need to pass a written music theory test as part of their audition.
Students currently in 8-11th grades are eligible to apply.
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