July 11-15, 2022 (Remote) & July 18-22, 2022 (In-Person)
Week 1 of the Singing Down the Barriers (SDtB) Institute (held remotely) is an intensive introduction to the vocal repertoire of African American composers for the college student, apprentice, voice teacher, coach, choral conductor, arts administrator or professional singer.
Week 2 of the SDtB Institute (in-person) is designed as a follow-up to Week 1 (or last summer’s SDtB Institute) and will focus on performance aspects and practical applicability of information from Week 1. Daily coaching and lessons, as well as guided readings and discussion groups, will continue to enrich knowledge of repertoire from artistic, administrative and vocal practitioner stances.
SDtB Institute is an adult summer intensive of the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and is offered in partnership with the Hampsong Foundation via the Classic Song Research Initiative.
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In tandem with a directed curriculum of readings, resources, recordings, reflective exercises, and performance, the Institute seeks to help participants overcome the barriers that prevent successful engagement with and performance of African American concert repertoire including art song and spirituals.
Attendees will take part in lectures and panels with scholars and artists specializing in this repertoire, join in discussions on practical topics, and explore repertoire in small group breakout sessions. From poetry analysis and historical background to surveying the songs of contemporary African American composers today, attendees will leave with a stronger understanding of the cultural context and performance practices needed to successfully sing, teach, coach and present this repertoire.
SDtB Institute is an adult summer intensive of the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and is offered in partnership with the Hampsong Foundation via the Classic Song Research Initiative.
Week 1 (Held Remotely) = July 11 – July 15, 2022
Week 2 (Held In-Person) = July 18 – July 22, 2022
Week 1 (Held Remotely) = $300
Week 2 (Held In-Person) = $500
*Tuition for “Singing Down the Barriers” covers all instructional classes, events and materials. Housing / meal costs for those participating in Week 2 (in-person) of the program are the responsibility of the participant
Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Admissions Notification: June 1, 2022
More information forthcoming!
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