Audition Success Workshop
July 16-29, 2017
Transform your audition arias in time for the Fall 2017 audition season! Through one-on-one voice, Alexander Technique, acting, and musical coaching, you will receive expert advice on how to bring your vocal and acting performance of three arias or songs to the next level. You will also participate in daily master classes and German lessons, plus receive guidance on how to audition in Europe.
This power-packed workshop features
- THREE videotaped auditions
- SIX voice lessons
- THREE musical coachings
- THREE Alexander Technique lessons
- TWO acting coachings
- Masterclasses in acting, stage deportment, overcoming stage fright
- Conversational German classes
- Daily movement warmups
- Career advice on managing your career in Europe
- Concert performance experience
THOMAS MICHAEL ALLEN - Voice
OPERA: Berlin (Staatsoper, Komische Oper), Zurich, Geneva, Paris (Champs-Elysees), Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stuttgart, Cincinnati, Handel Festival Halle, Lucerne Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Spoleto Festival, Cincinnati, Glimmerglass Festival
CONCERT: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony (Washington D.C), Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Les Arts Florissants, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academy for Ancient Music, Opera Lafayette, Les musiciens du Louvre
RECORDING: EMI, Sony/Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics, Chandos, Capriccio
TEACHING: 20+years private studio Berlin, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Singing Course Beveren (Antwerp), guest faculty Amsterdam Conservatory, faculty USC-Thornton School of Music (beginning August 2017)
EDUCATION: Davidson College, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Manhattan School of Music, Britten-Pears School
ABBIE FURMANSKY – Voice
OPERA: Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Munich (Bayerische Staatsoper), Los Angeles, Washington , Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Lucerne Festival, New York City Opera, Opera Canada
CONCERT: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio-Philharmonic
RECORDING: Sony/Red Seal, Nimbus
TEACHING: 20+ years private studio Berlin, Young Artists Program Berliner Staatsoper, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Greek Opera Studio, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), Ars Vocalis Mexico, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin
EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin, Juilliard School
ANN RODIGER – Alexander Technique
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR: Balance Arts Center, New York City
DIRECTOR: Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course
TEACHING: 30+ years private studio Alexander Technique with focus on voice in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), guest faculty: University of Hawaii, University of Illinois
SPECIALIST: Laban Movement Analysis
EDUCATION: University of Oregon, University of Ohio
PRODUCER: Conferences and Workshops: Freedom to Move, Act, and Sing, and the Act of Writin
JANET SCOTT – Acting
PERFORMANCE: Professional actress (AEA, SAG) for stage, television and film for 40 years. She is currently writing her second one-woman performance funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
TEACHING: Private Studio for 30+ years, Director Graduate Opera Workshop at University of Kentucky, former Associate Artistic Director of Actors Theatre Workshop in New York City. HB Studios (Uta Hagen) and Gene Frankel Neighborhood Playhouse (Sanford Meisner).
AWARD: 2005 National Society of Arts and Letters Arts Educator of the Year.
EDUCATION: Columbia University, student of Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory
JOHN NORRIS – Movement/Acting/Voice
John Norris uses his creative imagination and vast acting experience to help singers create a special atmosphere or mood in the room before they even begin to sing. By developing body awareness and a special relationship to the imagination, the singer begins to feel more in command and discovers an inner strength coming from the content or the character. An authentic expression emerges and John guides the singer and the audience in an adventure of freedom of expression and vocal connectivity.
TEACHING: 30+ years private studio, Young Artists Programs of MET, Bayerische Staatsoper. Berliner Staatsoper, Dresdner Semperoper, Neue Stimmen, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, American Conservatory Theater San Francisco, National Conservatory Theater Denver, Wolf Trap, Curtis Institute, former Director Mannes School of Music Opera Department, former Director Israel Vocal Arts Institute.
GARY JANKOWSKI – Voice
OPERA: Opéra Bastille Paris, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Polish National Opera, Bergen, Leipzig, Lübeck, Nürnberg, Halle, Freiburg, Kiel.
CONCERT: Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle, Chautauqua Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Crue Consort
TEACHING: Private studio Berlin, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), faculty Royal Conservatory Antwerp
EDUCATION: Indiana University
BYRON KNUTSON – Pianist/Coach
OPERA: Komische Oper (Director of Young Artists Program), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Kiel, Halle, Augsburg
TEACHING: Private studio for 20+ years, former faculty Albion College, current faculty Hanns-Eisler Conservatory, Berlin
EDUCATION: Cincinnati Conservatory
TOMOKO OKADA – Pianist/Coach
OPERA: Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Frankfurt Opera, La Monnaie Brussels, Opera di Genova.
COACHING: Private coach for over 20 years, guest faculty at Dennis O’Neill’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice and Welsh International Academy of Voice
EDUCATION: State Conservatory of Vienna (Diploma in Vocal Accompaniment), State Conservatory of Tokyo
DANIEL SUTTON – Pianist/Composer/Coach
COACHING: Private studio in Berlin, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Singing Course Beveren, Chautauqua, Juilliard Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, Israel Vocal Arts Institute
EDUCATION: Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory
WALEWEIN WITTEN – Pianist/Harpsichordist/Coach
OPERA: Barcelona, Duesseldorf, Kassel and Bremerhaven
COACHING: 15+ years private studio in Berlin, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium)
EDUCATION: Academy of Arts & Music Utrecht, Royal Conservatory the Hague
MARKUS ZUGEHÖR – Pianist/Coach
PERFORMANCE: Concert tours of Europe and Asia as Soloist and Accompanist. Musical Assistant to Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly and Morten Schuldt-Jensen
COACHING: UDK Berlin, Leipzig Conservatory, Halle Conservatory, University of Halle, UDK Berlin
EDUCATION: Leipzig Conservatory, Paris Conservatory
SUZANNA GUZMAN – Mezzo Soprano/Masterclass
As an Advocate for Arts Education she serves on the USC Thornton Board of Councilors, on UCLA’s Design for Sharing Board, on the Los Angeles Opera Education Committee and served as the Director of Community Engagement for the L.A. County High School for the Arts.
OPERA: Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera de Geneve, Dresden Opera, Opera Montpelier, Edinburgh Festival, Opera de Nice, Spoleto Festival
EDUCATION: California State University, Los Angeles, Occidental College (Honorary Doctorate)
ZENAIDA DES AUBRIS – Workshop
Zenaida des Aubris, based in Berlin, has over 30 years experience in artist management and production of classical music and opera in the United States, Europe and Asia. After a Masters in Sociology, she joined the San Francisco Opera. Here, she met stage director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, whom she managed 1980-1988, followed by personal management of Lorin Maazel. Zenaida was General Project Manager of Puccini's "Turandot in the Forbidden City”, Beijing, 1997/98 with Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou. Thereafter, she has consulted with various institutions in artistic administration such as the Hangzhou Grand Theater and Wu Promotions in China and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain.