Theatre Of Art Song
Theatre of Art Song/Collaborative Piano Studies
June 2-26, 2013
“VISI is far and away the most comprehensive summer program I have attended”.
“All of the faculty was so inspiring, honest, warm and friendly and most of all their passion for art song showed immensely.”
– VISI TAS students
• Advanced Performance Studies (APS)
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• Young University Artists (YUA)
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Theatre of Art Song (TAS) is VISI’s central 3-week program for the interpretation and performance of Art Song. TAS combines intensive studies in traditional recital preparation with explorations of new approaches to performance innovation. The many classes, workshops, coachings, and concerts combine to enhance your deep connection to poetry and to your authentic engagement with your audiences.
Studying at VISI brings artistic rigour into a relaxed, enjoyable, and supportive environment. A large roster of great performance teachers, acting coaches, directors, writers, and other experts in Art Song topics fill the weeks with ideas and inspiration.
VISI is a place to explore creative innovation in an atmosphere of encouragement and curiousity.
If you are seeking intensive masterclasses in style, diction, interpretation, and performance practice, the daily schedule provides rich opportunities for all of those elements. If you are also interested in reaching beyond existing practices, TAS provides opportunities and encouragement to expand your creative imagination.
Each Program stream has its own faculty. Please click on your program stream (APS, YUA) for a full faculty list.
Daily schedule includes:
- Small group classes, public masterclasses and/or private coaching
- Lectures and/or workshops in topics such as: Art Song Poetry, Collaboration Skill-building, Career development, Stage Presence, Art Song history, Vocal Improvisation, and other topics. Our lectures are presented in accessible styles designed for artists’ interests. Discussion is encouraged at all sessions.
- Dramatic diction
- Poetic recitation
- Staging and improvisational theatre
- Special presentations from the Art Song Lab program offers new ideas about venues for Art Song performers.
- Career Development consultations and workshops with Dr. Arlene Shrut, Artistic Director of the New Triad for Collaborative Arts.
- Special presentations by Jake Heggie, world-renowned contemporary Opera and Song composer; Karl Paulnack, Dean of the Boston Conservatory, and other exciting presenters.
OUR FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WILL BE ONLINE IN MAY, BUT UPDATES WILL BE POSTED THROUGHOUT THE NEXT MONTHS.
SOME ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Professors Gayle Shay (Vanderbilt), David Walsh (University of Minnesota), Gayle Murphy (UBC), and other theatre experts offer explorations in theatricalized Art Song approaches, including Poetry Recitation, Dramatic Diction, Movement, Improvisation, other media explorations. If you are interested in an intensive Art Song Theatre production program, please see our SONGFIRE Theatre Apprenticeship program.
COLLABORATIVE PIANO STUDIES
Pianists participating in the Theatre of Art Song program have classes and coaching focusing on their areas of craft. Please click here for more a more detailed description of the course content.
Multiple performances in the beautiful Roy Barnett Recital Hall at UBC are provided for all students. Please note that many performances take place in the final 5 days of VISI, so if your summer plans necessitate an early departure please let us know when you apply.
As a TAS artist, you are welcome to audit any other activities in any VISI program when you are not signed up for your own classes. There are at least 3 other concurrent program during the 1st two weeks of VISI, with lots of exciting classes available for your interest. VISI RECREATION VISI is a densely scheduled program. However, there will be recreational time for you to explore our beautiful beaches, mountains, botanical gardens and other sites. The UBC campus has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, running tracks, and hiking trails.
TO APPLY AND FOR SPECIFIC PROGRAM INFO:
Please click here for Young University Artists
Please click here for Advanced Performance Studies