PHILLIP ADDIS & EMILY HAMPER, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
The Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy launches its sixth season in 2020. We are an intensive study program for professionally-trained singers and for pianists with a keen interest in pursuing careers as coach/accompanists. Our internationally recognized faculty focuses on the perfection of musicianship, language and technique within a supportive and creative atmosphere. This year we offer the course in two sections; Opera and Oratorio (July 20 – 29), and Art Song (July 30 – August 5). Applicants may apply to one or both of these sections. Applicants should either be in a degree/training program with a university, conservatory or opera company, or have recently completed such training. All participants will perform in a Finale Concert as well as at other events TBA. We welcome applicants from all countries, but foreign applicants must be responsible for their own travel and visa requirements. Participants are required to be available during the entire course. Participants will be billeted in central Stratford homes hosted by friends of Stratford Summer Music and members of Music & Opera Appreciation. Each will have a private room, with breakfast. Participants will be responsible for their other meals and for their own transportation to and from classes. Finally, all participants will be offered opportunities to attend other arts activities which make summer in Stratford such a rich cultural experience.
The application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1, with notices of acceptance expected by Friday, May 15.
“I can’t tell you the wonders your program did for my singing, outlook and most of all my confidence in pursuing this career.” -Sarah Schabas, 2017
“Thank you again for a wonderful experience – I would highly recommend the Vocal Academy to any young singer.” – Sarah Parkin, 2017
“I really appreciated working on oratorio arias at the Stratford VA as I have had the opportunity to be the soloist in various oratorios including Haydn’s Creation, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass and Handel’s Messiah.” – Anna Boyes, 2018
“Your program really stretched me and made me grow as a musician and as a person. I was able to quickly learn the scores based on the knowledge I gained while at the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy. “ – Aude Urbancic (pianist), 2018