Boulder Music Institute Announces Boutique Summer Program
for Emerging Opera Singers, July 14 through July 18, 2014
The business of opera is changing at a rapid rate and young singers are facing challenges greater than ever before. In this fast-paced environment, young artists are expected to be impeccable musicians, technicians, actors, and business people right at the start of their careers. Taking on the mission to help singers prepare for the rigors of opera in today’s world, the Boulder Music Institute, a boutique summer program in Boulder, Colorado, is opening its doors on July 14, 2014, for a week’s worth of voice lessons, vocal coaching, character and musical development, and public events and performances. This program offers a comprehensive experience and personalized approach for emerging singers—and singers of any age—who are serious about developing their voice and their craft.
“Our primary goal for the Boulder Music Institute is to provide singers with tools to help them build a foundation for success,” said Katherine Olsen, the vocal coach for the Boulder Music Institute. “Of course, first and foremost, they must be able to sing well,” said Olsen founder of Encompass Arts, an opera management company out of New York. Olsen manages some of the brightest stars in opera including Marcello Giordani and Frank Lopardo.
Lauren Sawyer, founder of the Boulder Music Institute, is the primary voice teacher for the program. Sawyer, a dramatic soprano and accomplished vocal technician, runs a voice studio, Boulder Classical Voice, in Boulder, Colorado, and New York City, where her students have been finalists in international competitions, such as The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and are singing in major opera houses that include Washington National Opera, New York Lyric Opera, and Central City Opera. She knows first-hand how competitive world of opera is and understands how easily singers’ careers can get derailed when they don’t have the right mentors, proper training, and adequate performance experience.
Students enrolled in the Boulder Music Institute’s inaugural week will benefit from the tight working relationship between Sawyer and Olsen. “Katherine and I will be working closely together so we can identify issues that need to be addressed with our singers,” said Sawyer. “Our collaboration will be seamless and our feedback immediate so our students can realize marked improvement to their overall singing ability and performance presentation before the week ends.”
In addition to the week’s offerings of voice lessons and vocal coaching, Megan Marino, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, will present a workshop called "Bridging the Professional Gap," which will focus on helping singers prepare for young artist program auditions and know what to expect after landing the job. Marino will review and edit participants’ marketing materials, offer guidance in writing form emails, give pointers on how to dress, and discuss repertoire variety for audition lists. Singers will perform a mock audition at the end of the day that will be open to the public. One select singer from this workshop will be chosen to perform in the Boulder Music Institute’s public concert on Friday, July 18, with Lauren Sawyer, Megan Marino, Frank Lopardo and Katherine Olsen
There are a variety of ways to participate in the offerings of the Boulder Music Institute. Students can enroll for the entire week to receive three voice lessons from Sawyer, three coachings from Olsen/Lopardo and have access to all the lectures and master classes. Or they can elect to take individual lessons and have vocal coachings, where time in the schedule allows, and participate in the workshop presented by Megan Marino.
Events and performances, open to the public, are scheduled throughout the week:
Wednesday, July 16, Public Master Class, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 7:30 p.m., free.
· Public master class with Katherine Olsen, Frank Lopardo and select student singers enrolled in
Boulder Music Institute.
Thursday, July 17, Bridging the Professional Gap, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
· To register, contact Lauren Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 18, Performance, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, 7:30 p.m.
· Public performance with Frank Lopardo, Katherine Olsen, Megan Marino, Lauren Sawyer,
and select student singers.
Free to the public
For more information about the Boulder Music Institute, visit www.BoulderMusicInstitute.com