Kingston Academy Newsletter

Kingston Academy Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you a rare opportunity for music teachers and vocal students in particular to participate in a special music day that the Kingston Academy of Music has arranged as part of the build-up to the celebration of its 10th Anniversary in the 2018/19 academic year.

Our music day will take place in Dalkey Castle on Sunday 20th May and will consist of three parts: a choral workshop, a master class and our annual concert. Those attending the choral workshop will have the opportunity to train with a professionally experienced vocalist and choral practitioner. They will develop their skills as singers and choral directors and gain further ideas for active and healthy vocalising. The master class, which is being directed by Robert Craig – a graduate of the Juilliard School, is about applying techniques to different styles of singing at different levels. The class will appeal to singers and to singing teachers that want to develop their skills.

Full details are given below.

As you may be aware, some of your students are also pupils of the Academy and they have asked that, like other schools, we share this opportunity with you.

We expect the day to have a wide appeal and for places to be taken quickly so I will personally follow-up this message with a call in advance of the Easter holidays.

Kind regards,

Audrey McKenna, Director

KAM – MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP AND ANNUAL CONCERT MAY 20TH 2018 – ANNOUNCEMENT

The Kingston Academy of Music will stage a special day of music featuring its Annual Concert and the launch a new series of Master Classes and Workshops on Sunday 20th May, 2018.

The special day will take place in the great hall of Dalkey Castle on Castle Street in Dalkey.

MASTER CLASSES

An explanation for those unfamiliar with Master Classes: a master class is a special learning opportunity given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline. Classes are usually associated with music but can also be given for painting, drama or any of the arts.

In a master class all the students, and usually an audience of observers, watch and listen as the director of the class takes one student at a time. Each student usually performs one piece which they have prepared; the director will give them advice on how to perform it, often including demonstrations about how to perform certain passages, anecdotes about the composer and guidance about avoiding common technical errors. The student is then expected to perform the piece again, with the benefit of the director’s comments.

The value of the master class is that all students, and the observers, benefit from the director’s comments on each piece which can include new interpretations of the music along with technical suggestions that can prove transformational for everyone in attendance.

The first of the Academy’s new series of Master Classes will be given by Robert Craig, a graduate of the Juilliard School.

The Juilliard School, informally referred to as the Juilliard, is located in the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in Manhattan in New York. Established in 1905, the conservatory is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading music and dance schools with some of the most prestigious arts programmes available worldwide.

Robert is an American tenor who received his musical training at the Juilliard and was awarded BMus and MMus degrees as well as performance scholarships, honours recitals, appearances with Juilliard Symphonies, and numerous Lincoln Center performance grants. His principal teacher, Oren Brown, published an authoritative singing text appearing in multiple editions: Discover Your Voice: How to Develop Healthy Voice Habits, 1996, Singular Publishing Group Ltd, San Diego & London.

While a student Robert appeared on Broadway (1984-85) at the Gershwin Theater and later at the Kennedy Center Opera House (Washington) performing the clown role of Balthasar and the song settings of Nigel Hess in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Tony award-winning Much Ado About Nothing: His first European performances, also in 1984, included the leading tenor role in the Aldeburgh Festival revival of Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave:

Additional North American awards include performance fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival; Bach Aria Group Festival (NY); Banff Festival of the Arts; Maryland Handel Festival (Washington); and the Tanglewood Festival (Boston Symphony Orchestra).

European credits include study at the Britten-Pears School (Aldeburgh) with Hans Hotter, Jan de Gaetani, Peter Pears, and Galina Vishnevskaya, performances at the Royal College of Music Recital Series at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Flanders Festival (Bruge), the Cork International Choral Festival, Händel-Festspiele (Halle), and Frühlingsfestival (Vienna).

Currently based in Cork, he is a lecturer on the CIT Cork School of Music BMus and MA courses teaching singing and related performance modules.Robert has appeared with the Cork Orchestral Society, sung the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Cork Chamber Orchestra, and both the Berlioz Te Deum and Grande messe des morts [Requiem] with the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Fleischmann Choir: he also has made many radio and television appearances around the world.

The master class is about applying techniques to different styles of singing at different levels. The class will appeal to singers and to singing teachers that want to develop their skills. The class will last an hour and a half.

VOCAL PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

Many choral singers request help with vocal production issues or need a refresher on the basics of healthy, natural singing technique, breath control and support and posture. In this workshop, efficient ways for the body to support the voice will be explored using natural techniques, vocal exercises and warm-ups that enable the singer to use their body to maximise their vocal potential to support the voice.

Participants will explore what is essential for improving the choral sound of choirs, no matter their musical or vocal experience.

This workshop is relevant to both the conductor and the singer in the choir. The workshop will explore the sound that a choir makes and how the singer and/or conductor can contribute to that sound.

Tried and tested materials from educators and choral practitioners in Ireland and the United States will be used in the workshop. Sample materials will be included in a take home pack.

The workshop will be led by Fiona Flavin who is a lyric soprano and honours graduate of the Cork School of Music where she studied voice with Robert Craig (MMus Juilliard).

A native of County Limerick, Fiona began her music education at the Limerick School of Music where she learned piano and later began studying voice with Olive O’Brien. After receiving numerous awards as a young soprano at competitions such as Feile Luimni and Feis Maitiu she decided to pursue her vocal studies full time. During her undergraduate degree, Fiona excelled in vocal pedagogy and performance studies.

Fiona made her operatic debut in the Cork School of Music’s production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”. Since then Fiona has gone on to pursue a variety of professional work in this country and abroad including joining internationally acclaimed choral group, Anúna. She has also performed and worked with Irelands leading choral conductors.

Most recently, Fiona was awarded a place on the Masters of Music in performance practice programme at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she is continuing her vocal studies.

Fiona has many years’ experience in vocal coaching and delights in sharing, exploring and developing vocal skill and expression with her students and groups..

Fiona will be assisted by the Director of the Academy, Audrey McKenna.

The workshop is open to all, no previous singing experience is necessary. The workshop will last an hour.

ANNUAL CONCERT

The Academy’s Annual Concert will take place at 6.00pm on Sunday, 20th May in the main hall of Dalkey Castle. The concert will last 90 minutes and feature performances by participants in the master class and workshop and students of the Academy.

AUDITIONS

Auditions for the Master Class, Workshop and Academy Concert will take place in the Academy on Saturday 7th April. All those invited to audition will be advised of their audition time.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY

The programme for the day is as follows.

11.00am – 12.00pm Choral Workshop

12.30pm – 2.30pm Master Class

(3.00pm – 5.00pm Sound Checks )

6.00pm – 7.30pm Concert

HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND ATTEND

There are four options available to those wishing to participate and attend the Master Class, Workshop and Concert.

Option 1

Be a participant or observer in the Master Class with Robert Craig. 200 places are available. Please note that anyone who wishes to be one of the six participants must audition on Saturday 7th April at the Academy.

Cost: E25 (inc. VAT).

Option 2

Be a participant in the Choral Workshop. 200 places are available.

Cost: E20 (inc. VAT)

Option 3

Be a participant or observer in the Master Class with Robert Craig.

Be a participant in the Choral Workshop.

Cost: E45 (inc. VAT)

Option 4

A ticket for the Concert only.

Please note only a limited number will be available as priority will be given to participants in the Master Class and Workshop.

Cost: E15 (inc. VAT)

Demand is expected to be high for all three events and admission will be ticket only. Tickets will have to be purchased in advance from the Academy office. No tickets will be available on the day.

Applications and fee must be received in the Academy office no later than 12th May to secure a place as demand for places is expected to exceed supply, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

We hope that many students will take advantage of this special opportunity to improve their talents. If you require further information please contact your tutor or the Academy office.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 20th May.

The Kingston Academy of Music team.

Kingston Academy Hosts Music Workshop With JuilLliard Graduate Rob Craig And Academy Tutors In Dalkey Heritage Castle On The 20Th May 2018

Kingston Academy Hosts Music Workshop With JuilLliard Graduate Rob Craig And Academy Tutors In Dalkey Heritage Castle On The 20Th May 2018

We are pleased to share with you a rare opportunity for music teachers and vocal students in particular to participate in a special music day that the Kingston Academy of Music has arranged as part of the build-up to the celebration of its 10th Anniversary in the 2018/19 academic year.

Our music day will take place in Dalkey Castle on Sunday 20th May and will consist of three parts: a choral workshop, a master class and our annual concert. Those attending the choral workshop will have the opportunity to train with a professionally experienced vocalist and choral practitioner. They will develop their skills as singers and choral directors and gain further ideas for active and healthy vocalising. The master class, which is being directed by Robert Craig – a graduate of the Juilliard School, is about applying techniques to different styles of singing at different levels. The class will appeal to singers and to singing teachers that want to develop their skills.

Full details are given below.

As you may be aware, some of your students are also pupils of the Academy and they have asked that, like other schools, we share this opportunity with you.

We expect the day to have a wide appeal and for places to be taken quickly so I will personally follow-up this message with a call in advance of the Easter holidays.

Kind regards,

Audrey McKenna, Director

KAM – MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP AND ANNUAL CONCERT MAY 20TH 2018 – ANNOUNCEMENT

The Kingston Academy of Music will stage a special day of music featuring its Annual Concert and the launch a new series of Master Classes and Workshops on Sunday 20th May, 2018.

The special day will take place in the great hall of Dalkey Castle on Castle Street in Dalkey.

MASTER CLASSES

An explanation for those unfamiliar with Master Classes: a master class is a special learning opportunity given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline. Classes are usually associated with music but can also be given for painting, drama or any of the arts.

In a master class all the students, and usually an audience of observers, watch and listen as the director of the class takes one student at a time. Each student usually performs one piece which they have prepared; the director will give them advice on how to perform it, often including demonstrations about how to perform certain passages, anecdotes about the composer and guidance about avoiding common technical errors. The student is then expected to perform the piece again, with the benefit of the director’s comments.

The value of the master class is that all students, and the observers, benefit from the director’s comments on each piece which can include new interpretations of the music along with technical suggestions that can prove transformational for everyone in attendance.

The first of the Academy’s new series of Master Classes will be given by Robert Craig, a graduate of the Juilliard School.

The Juilliard School, informally referred to as the Juilliard, is located in the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in Manhattan in New York. Established in 1905, the conservatory is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading music and dance schools with some of the most prestigious arts programmes available worldwide.

Robert is an American tenor who received his musical training at the Juilliard and was awarded BMus and MMus degrees as well as performance scholarships, honours recitals, appearances with Juilliard Symphonies, and numerous Lincoln Center performance grants. His principal teacher, Oren Brown, published an authoritative singing text appearing in multiple editions: Discover Your Voice: How to Develop Healthy Voice Habits, 1996, Singular Publishing Group Ltd, San Diego & London.

While a student Robert appeared on Broadway (1984-85) at the Gershwin Theater and later at the Kennedy Center Opera House (Washington) performing the clown role of Balthasar and the song settings of Nigel Hess in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Tony award-winning Much Ado About Nothing: His first European performances, also in 1984, included the leading tenor role in the Aldeburgh Festival revival of Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave:

Additional North American awards include performance fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival; Bach Aria Group Festival (NY); Banff Festival of the Arts; Maryland Handel Festival (Washington); and the Tanglewood Festival (Boston Symphony Orchestra).

European credits include study at the Britten-Pears School (Aldeburgh) with Hans Hotter, Jan de Gaetani, Peter Pears, and Galina Vishnevskaya, performances at the Royal College of Music Recital Series at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Flanders Festival (Bruge), the Cork International Choral Festival, Händel-Festspiele (Halle), and Frühlingsfestival (Vienna).

Currently based in Cork, he is a lecturer on the CIT Cork School of Music BMus and MA courses teaching singing and related performance modules.Robert has appeared with the Cork Orchestral Society, sung the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Cork Chamber Orchestra, and both the Berlioz Te Deum and Grande messe des morts [Requiem] with the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Fleischmann Choir: he also has made many radio and television appearances around the world.

The master class is about applying techniques to different styles of singing at different levels. The class will appeal to singers and to singing teachers that want to develop their skills. The class will last an hour and a half.

VOCAL PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

Many choral singers request help with vocal production issues or need a refresher on the basics of healthy, natural singing technique, breath control and support and posture. In this workshop, efficient ways for the body to support the voice will be explored using natural techniques, vocal exercises and warm-ups that enable the singer to use their body to maximise their vocal potential to support the voice.

Participants will explore what is essential for improving the choral sound of choirs, no matter their musical or vocal experience.

This workshop is relevant to both the conductor and the singer in the choir. The workshop will explore the sound that a choir makes and how the singer and/or conductor can contribute to that sound.

Tried and tested materials from educators and choral practitioners in Ireland and the United States will be used in the workshop. Sample materials will be included in a take home pack.

The workshop will be led by Fiona Flavin who is a lyric soprano and honours graduate of the Cork School of Music where she studied voice with Robert Craig (MMus Juilliard).

A native of County Limerick, Fiona began her music education at the Limerick School of Music where she learned piano and later began studying voice with Olive O’Brien. After receiving numerous awards as a young soprano at competitions such as Feile Luimni and Feis Maitiu she decided to pursue her vocal studies full time. During her undergraduate degree, Fiona excelled in vocal pedagogy and performance studies.

Fiona made her operatic debut in the Cork School of Music’s production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”. Since then Fiona has gone on to pursue a variety of professional work in this country and abroad including joining internationally acclaimed choral group, Anúna. She has also performed and worked with Irelands leading choral conductors.

Most recently, Fiona was awarded a place on the Masters of Music in performance practice programme at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she is continuing her vocal studies.

Fiona has many years’ experience in vocal coaching and delights in sharing, exploring and developing vocal skill and expression with her students and groups..

Fiona will be assisted by the Director of the Academy, Audrey McKenna.

The workshop is open to all, no previous singing experience is necessary. The workshop will last an hour.

ANNUAL CONCERT

The Academy’s Annual Concert will take place at 6.00pm on Sunday, 20th May in the main hall of Dalkey Castle. The concert will last 90 minutes and feature performances by participants in the master class and workshop and students of the Academy.

AUDITIONS

Auditions for the Master Class, Workshop and Academy Concert will take place in the Academy on Saturday 7th April. All those invited to audition will be advised of their audition time.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY

The programme for the day is as follows.

11.00am – 12.00pm Choral Workshop

12.30pm – 2.30pm Master Class

(3.00pm – 5.00pm Sound Checks )

6.00pm – 7.30pm Concert

HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND ATTEND

There are four options available to those wishing to participate and attend the Master Class, Workshop and Concert.

Option 1

Be a participant or observer in the Master Class with Robert Craig. 200 places are available. Please note that anyone who wishes to be one of the six participants must audition on Saturday 7th April at the Academy.

Cost: E25 (inc. VAT).

Option 2

Be a participant in the Choral Workshop. 200 places are available.

Cost: E20 (inc. VAT)

Option 3

Be a participant or observer in the Master Class with Robert Craig.

Be a participant in the Choral Workshop.

Cost: E45 (inc. VAT)

Option 4

A ticket for the Concert only.

Please note only a limited number will be available as priority will be given to participants in the Master Class and Workshop.

Cost: E15 (inc. VAT)

Demand is expected to be high for all three events and admission will be ticket only. Tickets will have to be purchased in advance from the Academy office. No tickets will be available on the day.

Applications and fee must be received in the Academy office no later than 12th May to secure a place as demand for places is expected to exceed supply, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

We hope that many students will take advantage of this special opportunity to improve their talents. If you require further information please contact your tutor or the Academy office.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 20th May.

The Kingston Academy of Music team.

Kingston Academy Newsletter August 2018

Kingston Academy Newsletter August 2018

Good afternoon students and parents and friends of the Academy,

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new academic year.

The start of the new year is always a hectic time for all concerned with the Academy as students and tutors settle into new timetables, lessons and relationships. The following paragraphs should help clarify any questions that you may have in advance of September.

ACADEMY MUSIC DAY AND CONCERT – VIDEOS

The Academy’s annual concert was part of a special Music Day held at Dalkey Castle on Sunday. 20th May and contributed to the Academic year finishing on a wonderful high ( Short clip of highlights below ).

 

A Choral Workshop was followed by a masterclass led by Robert Craig, a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Both were very beneficial and enjoyed by those that took part.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day was the evening concert which was judged by members of the audience to rank among the best the Academy has ever staged. Video coverage of the concert can be viewed by clicking on the links on the Academy’s website.

RIAM EXAMINATION RESULTS

The results of the recent Royal Irish Academy of Music examinations have arrived and we’re delighted to tell you that our students have achieved an average pass rate in excess of 85 per cent once again. Some students have excelled with percentages in the 90s and many students taking their first ever music examinations have achieved great success.

The Academy’s tutors and I are very proud and appreciative of the hard work of our students in achieving such outstanding success, in some cases against the odds.

The Academy will be open from Monday 13th August each afternoon for anyone who wishes to come and collect their exam results and finalise paperwork for the next academic year.

TEACHING STAFF – UPDATE

A second round of interviews has taken place with shortlisted candidates with a view to augmenting the Academy’s teaching staff.  The qualifications and experience of those we have interviewed were of a high standard. Offers have been made and accepted so we’re confident that we will have an enhanced teaching capability for the new academic year.

Details of the Academy’s 2018/19 teaching staff will be on our website as soon as references and security checks have been completed.

FOCUS ON GUITAR AND PERCUSSION FOR 2018/19

Guitar and Percussion lessons and related activity will feature in the Academy’s programme for the new academic year starting in September.

The decision to focus on them follows the success of a similar focus on voice lessons and activities in the year just ended.  This culminated in the Masterclasses on 20th May, one of which was conducted by Juilliard graduate Robert Craig – see below.

New experienced tutors have been engaged to deliver lessons in both disciplines.  Both have exciting plans for their subjects.

Anyone interested in taking up classes in guitar and percussion and benefitting from the attention on both should download an enrolment form and submit it as soon as possible.

ENROLMENT FOR 2018-19 – REMINDER

Enrolment for lessons and courses requires an Academy enrolment form to be completed and signed by parents or guardians and returned to the office with the appropriate deposit or full payment.

When completing the form bear in mind that the more flexible you are in terms of times you are available, the better your chances of securing a place on your course. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis based on the date of receipt of the completed enrolment form. Many courses fill up quickly so early enrolment is encouraged.

Please note that verbal advice to a tutor of the intention to continue a course is insufficient notice of intent, only a completed enrolment form will secure a place.

FEES FOR 2018/19 AND REDUCTION FOR ADVANCE PAYMENT

The Kingston Academy of Music is a private business and does not receive any public funding or support from national or local government or from any other source. Like every other business we’re faced with an increasing cost base that is driven by inflation and rising rents, business rates and utility costs in particular that are especially onerous.

Our Advisory Board has reviewed our current and anticipated cost base for the new academic year and decided that the Academy’s tuition fees will remain at the current level.

In order to recover the rising costs associated with everything from utility, rent and rates to downloading original music, photocopying, supplying a range of consumable items from pens and pencils to notebooks, and examination related administration expenses, the Board has decided to introduce an Administration fee for each student attending the Academy.

Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

  • 30 minute class €30
  • 45 minute class €45
  • Administration fee per student: €85

Deposits

  1. 30 minute lessons: deposit is €120 per person per instrument (equivalent to four lessons at the revised fee of €30 per 30 minute lesson).
  2. 45 minute lessons: deposit is €180 per person per instrument (equivalent to four lessons at the revised fee of €45 per lesson).

Please note that deposits can only be redeemed against payments of the fee due for the second (spring/summer term) 2019 providing all fees due to that date have been paid in full.

For students paying per term, the fee for the first term of 16 classes plus the deposit must be paid on or before the 28th August 2017 at the above rates. A late payment fee of five per cent per week of the outstanding amount will be added to the overdue balance.

View Calendar for the Academic Year 2018-19 (Provisional)

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE ACADEMY

The Academy strives to communicate effectively and frequently with all pupils and parents.

Communication with adult students and parents is normally direct via email or text message. To facilitate this especially in this era of GDPR legislation, please ensure that the Academy always has up-to-date contact details, including email addresses and mobile telephone numbers.  You are encouraged to check for emails from the Academy and to ensure they are not treated as junk mail by your security software.

In addition, The Academy’s website is updated regularly as are our Facebook and Twitter channels.

If you require any further information about any of the above, please contact the office.

ACADEMY’S SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY

The Academy will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its foundation in September 2019.  We are working on a programme of events and activities that will take place during the academic year to mark this special milestone.  Watch out for further details, including some special concerts in prestigious venues, in future newsletters.

Audrey McKenna

Director

Kingston Academy Newsletter August 2019

Kingston Academy Newsletter August 2019

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new academic year 2019-20.

The start of the new year is always a hectic time for all concerned with the Academy as students and tutors settle into new timetables, lessons and relationships. The following paragraphs should help clarify any questions that you may have in advance of September 2nd.

NEW BANK DETAILS

As we prepare for the year ahead, we wish to advise that the Academy has new banking arrangements for the operation of the business. The Academy has moved its bank account from AIB to Bank of Ireland. As a result, we will be grateful if EFT payment of fees for 2019/20 be made to the new Account.

Fee Payment Options

Invoices will be issued from Monday 19th August.

Fees may be paid either:

a) In full by Friday 30th August 2019.
b) In half by Friday 30th August 2019 and Friday 10th January 2020.
(Please reference the student name on payments by EFT.)

We much appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to seeing you in the new term.

RIAM Examination Results

The results of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Summer examinations have arrived over the Summer holidays and we’re delighted to tell you that our students have achieved an average result rate in excess of 86 per cent once again. Some students have excelled with percentages in the 90s and many students taking their first ever music examinations have achieved great success.

The Academy’s tutors and I are very proud and appreciative of the hard work of our students in achieving such outstanding success, in some cases against the odds.

The Academy will be open from Monday 19th August each afternoon for anyone who wishes to come and collect their exam results and finalise paperwork for the next academic year.

Enrollment for 2019-20

Enrollment for lessons and courses requires an Academy enrollment form to be completed and signed by parents or guardians and returned to the office with the appropriate payment.

When completing the form bear in mind that the more flexible you are in terms of times you are available, the better your chances of securing a place of your choice. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis based on the date of receipt of the completed enrollment form. Many courses fill up quickly so early enrollment is encouraged.

Please note that verbal advice to a tutor of the intention to continue a course is insufficient notice of intent, only a completed enrollment form will secure a place.

Communications from the Academy

The Academy strives to communicate effectively and frequently with all pupils and parents.

Communication with adult students and parents is normally direct via email or text message. To facilitate this especially in this era of GDPR legislation, please ensure that the Academy always has up-to-date contact details, including email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. You are encouraged to check for emails from the Academy and to ensure they are not treated as junk mail by your security software.

If you require any further information about any of the above, please contact the office.

Yours Sincerely,

Audrey McKenna

Directo