2017 TEACHING FACULTY
Scott Piper, tenor,
Voice Festival Director
Rosa Mercedes, Choreographer
Joseph Mechavich, vocal coach
Yi-Lin Hsu, soprano
Anne Jennifer Nash, soprano
Moon-Sook Park, soprano
Angelique Clay, soprano
FEES & DEADLINES
Deadline: February 28, 2017 - April 1, 2017*
$30 If application received by February 28, 2017
$45 if application received by April 1, 2017
* Admission decisions after the April 1st deadline will be made on a rolling basis.
The Brancaleoni International Music Festival Voice Studies program is a two-week intensive educational experience that aims to provide the highest caliber of training for the young singer. This year's select group of singers will study, coach, and perform in the idyllic setting of the mountainous Northeastern region of Italy. The concentrated curriculum includes regular voice lessons, coachings, a production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, opera scenes, workshops, daily Italian language/diction classes, masterclasses, student and faculty recitals, and more. Day trips to cities in Italy are also included in the cost of tuition. For more information, visit the Information page.
During the 2017 season the vocal program will present a staged production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. Students will be cast in lead roles or the chorus, providing a rare opportunity to prepare and rehearse a complete opera under the guidance of our world-renowned artist-faculty members, including Howard Watkins from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, internationally acclaimed staging director Jeffrey Buchman and choreographer Rosa Mercedes, and our Voice Program Director, Scott Piper, from the University of Michigan. The opera production will be presented on an outdoor stage in the Brancaleoni Castle's main courtyard. Students are required to arrive at the festival memorized and ready to start rehearsals and coachings on the first day of the festival.
All students cast in the chorus of L'elisir d'amore will also have the opportunity to perform in the opera scenes production, which will be performed at the Brancaleoni Castle. The opera scenes will be directed by Howard Watkins from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, giving students a chance to work one-on-one with one of the world's most renowned vocal coaches and directors. Students will be notified of scene assignments three months prior to the festival start date. Students are required to arrive at the festival memorized and ready to start scene rehearsals and coachings on the first day of the festival.
A limited number of selected voice students will be able to participate in the Chamber Music Studies program, rehearsing and coaching chamber music with students from the String and Piano Studies programs, which will culminate in a performance on one of the Chamber Series concerts. Students will be notified of repertoire assignments three months prior to the start of the festival. Make sure to select your interest in chamber music on the Application Page. Memorization of the chamber music work is not required.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE CLASSES Interactive learning modules focusing on Italian language and culture will be provided by the instructors of the Scuola Arte e Cultura Appennino, totaling approximately 33 hours of instruction. Each instructor is a certified professional with a minimum of a Master's degree in Italian language studies who specializes in teaching Italian to non-native speakers. Each learning module will focus on a specific topic which will accumulate in a hands-on activity, including making your own pasta and pizza, going shopping at the local market, and more!
ENGLISH FOR THE STAGE AND STUDIO
For our non-native English speaking voice students who are interested in improving their English language skills, we are offering a new course this year, English for the Stage and Studio. This course will take place over seven sessions and will focus on essential vocabulary and concepts needed as a young professional working in an English-speaking environment. Students will also receive English diction coachings on select repertoire and introductions for mock-auditions. This course will be taught by the festival’s Assistant Director, Sarah De Cock, who holds a Master’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance, and a Master's of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who elect to take the English for the Stage and Studio course offering will participate in all of the same excursions that the students in the Italian course will take including learning how to make homemade pasta and pizza, in addition to exploring the public market. If elected, this course will be offered in lieu of the Italian language course.
A voice student's typical day at the festival:
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HOW TO APPLY
Click here to apply to the 2017 BIMF Voice Studies Program
Recent video or audio recordings that comprise 2 contrasting works representative of the student's current level and ability. The selections have to include: one aria from an oratorio or opera, and one art song or aria in a different language from the aria (one foreign language and English suggested). Recordings have to be available for viewing on an online streaming website, such as YouTube or SoundCloud. If a student is unable to upload their recordings, files can be emailed directly to the festival as attachments. Students of the 2017 Artist-Faculty can have the audition recording requirement waived by their teacher. In order to be considered for a lead in the opera, an audition recording has to be submitted.
Includes lessons, coachings, daily Italian language classes, masterclasses, concerts, practice facilities, presentations, day trips, transportation from and to the Bologna airport and concert venues. Full tuition payment is due by May 1st, 2017.
Two week stay in fully equipped student apartments (kitchen and washing machine available). To be paid during the first week of the festival.
Deposits are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit the deposit within one week of admission notification. Accepted deposits or full tuition payments formally guarantee student participation in the festival. The deposit amount will be credited towards tuition.