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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
Be a participant in the Choral Workshop. 200 places are available.
Cost: E20 (inc. VAT)
Be a participant or observer in the Master Class with Robert Craig.
Be a participant in the Choral Workshop.
Cost: E45 (inc. VAT)
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.