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CS Music Convention 2017
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Convention Schedule

Come for the Vocal Competition and stay for the incredible Convention events.

Come for 4 days of classes and auditions for emerging professionals, university, and high school aged singers. Classes are presented by invited masters, schools, and exhibitors. Attend everything with the Convention Pass.

The Convention Pass is $125, but free for Vocal Competition competitors (no registration required for competitors).

The +1 Pass is $35 and is for any accompanying parents and teachers. Each pass includes a ticket to the Sunday night concert. View Pass Options

Sign up to sing in one masterclass each day by visiting the presenter's table at the Expo. To sing in more than one class each day, volunteer in the class. Presenters are asked to give priority to singers who haven't yet sung. For Thursday classes, sign up lists will be at the Convention Registration Desk.

Each class has been labeled for genre and level to indicate who should sign up to sing in the class. All singers and +1s are invited to attend any class on the schedule.

Singer Level:   High School       University       Emerging Professional       All Singers

Music Genre: Classical Genre   Classical     Musical Theatre Genre   Musical Theatre     Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre   Both Classical and Musical Theatre

 

2017 Schedule

Thursday, May 25  
All Day Warm Up Rooms Available, pianos not provided
9 am - 6 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
Sign up to sing in any AFE and Convention Classes at the Registration Desk today!
11 am - 8 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Chicago Regional First Rounds, All Divisions
1 - 2 pm
Thursday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by Kristin Roach

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
The Road to Getting Managed
Presentation by Mark Stoddard
Show Description
We'd all prefer a manager take care of the details of getting us singing jobs, but remember managers only manage singers that have proven he or she will make them money. To prove you'll make them money there are tried and true steps to take and we'll discuss what you'll encounter on the road to getting a manager.
2:30 - 3:30 pm Thursday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by Kristin Roach

Classical Genre
Kent State University
Aria Interpretations
Masterclass by Marla Berg

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
The Road to Getting Managed - Hotseat Session
Presentation by Mark Stoddard
Show Description
Stoddard spends the hour with four singers answering their toughest career questions. Everyone is welcome to attend. We do not keep these private because the answers to one singer's questions are relevant to all singers. This has been a highly popular event for 16 years.

Classical Genre
University of New Mexico
College Audition Techniques
Masterclass by Kristin Ditlow
4 - 8 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Classical Divisions Second Round, Day 1
Musical Theatre Divisions Second Round, Day 1
4 - 5 pm Thursday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by David Richardson

Musical Theatre Genre
Broadway Artist Alliance
Don't Throw Away Your Shot - Broadway Confidence in Auditions
Masterclass by Jennifer Johns

Classical Genre
New England Conservatory
Straight Talk
Masterclass by Bradley Williams
Show Description
Known for his straight-forward approach to vocal instruction, international tenor and Assistant Chair of Voice at the New England Conservatory, Bradley Williams will hear singers and answer audience questions regarding all aspects of the singer's trek from high school through entering the professional arena post graduate school.

Classical Genre
Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College
Choosing Appropriate Repertoire for the Undergraduate Audition
Masterclass by Susan Hochmiller

Classical Genre
Texas State University
Don't Sing and Don't Act: How to Sing and Act on the Opera Stage
Masterclass by Samuel Mungo
5:30 - 6:30 pm Thursday Convention Classes

Musical Theatre Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by Myron Silberstein

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Dealing with Fear: Part 1 - Getting to Know your Inner Critic
Presentation by Marta Lettofsky, Inner Artistry

Classical Genre
Temple University
Preparing for Successful Auditioning
Masterclass by Christine Anderson
7 - 8 pm Thursday Convention Classes

Musical Theatre Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by Myron Silberstein

Classical Genre
Baldwin Wallace University
Masterclass by Nancy Maultsby

Classical Genre
Cleveland Institute of Music
Masterclass by Mary Schiller

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Dealing with Fear: Part 2 - Performing from Your Best Self
Presentation by Marta Lettofsky, Inner Artistry

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Texas Tech University
Performance Technique
Masterclass by Gregory Brookes

Classical Genre
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Masterclass by Nathan Krueger & Christian Bester

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Utah Conservatory
Acting Songs
Masterclass by Debra Cook & JoAnna Odom
9 pm Announce Chicago Regional First Round Winners


Friday, May 26  
All Day Warm-Up Room Available, pianos not provided
8:30 am - 6 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
9 am - 4 pm Expo Hall Open
Sign up to sing in any Convention Classes at the presenter's booth today!
9 am - 8 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Classical Divisions Second Round, Day 2
Musical Theatre Divisions Second Round, Day 2
10 - 11 am Friday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Opera House Auditions
Chicago Opera Theater

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
How to Work with Coaches, Accompanists, & Répétiteurs
Masterclass by Eric Trudel

Classical Genre
The Hartt School
Resonance Tools
Masterclass by Cherie Calauda

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
LaGrange College
Voice and Acting
Masterclass by Toni Anderson & Andrea Mueller

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
University of Alabama
The Singer's Body
Presentation by Susan Williams

Classical Genre
University of Michigan
Handel's "Julius Caesar"
Masterclass by David Daniels
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Opera House Auditions
Chicago Opera Theater

Classical Genre
Boston University
Using Breath and Vowels to Make Your Best Sound
Masterclass by Lynn Eustis
Show Description
Using breath and vowels to make your best sound.

Classical Genre
Chapman University
Auditions
Masterclass by Peter Atherton

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Breath Management Made Easy
Masterclass by Carol Mastrodomenico

Classical Genre
Queens College
Repertoire and Resonance: Keys to Audition Success
Masterclass by Sherry Overholt

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Unexplored Opportunities for Professional Singers
Presentation by Susan Kane

Classical Genre
University of Puget Sound
Vocal Technique and Performance Presentation
Masterclass by Dawn Padula
1 - 2 pm Friday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
Cory Lippiello, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Classical Genre
BYU
Finding Vocal Freedom and Flexibility
Masterclass by Robert Brandt

Classical Genre
German Vocal Arts Institute
A Singer's Career in Germany and German Diction
Masterclass by Christine Menschner

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Taking Charge of Your Career - Part 1
Presentation by Mark Stoddard

Classical Genre
University of Michigan
Contemporary American Art Song for College Auditions
Masterclass by Stanford Olsen

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
University of South Carolina
Styles of Singing 101
Masterclass by Janet Hopkins
2:30 - 3:30 pm Friday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
Cory Lippiello, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Classical Genre
Boston University
Investing in the Text
Masterclass by James Demler
Show Description
Successful methods for making the words of a song or aria come to life.

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
How to Make Stage Fright Your Friend
Presentation by Nicholas Pallesen, Whole Artist Hypnosis

Classical Genre
Mannes
Audition Preparation
Masterclass by Beth Roberts

Classical Genre
McGill University
Masterclass by Joanne Kolomyjec

Classical Genre
Roosevelt University
It Takes a Village
Masterclass by Judith Haddon & Mark Crayton

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Taking Charge of Your Career - Part 1 - Hotseat Session
Presentation by Mark Stoddard
4 - 5 pm Friday Convention Classes


Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for University Programs

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Central Michigan University
Vocal Technique
Masterclass by Tracy Watson, Eric Tucker, Jeffrey Springer & Amanda Pabyan

Classical Genre
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Masterclass by Laura Osgood Brown

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Ithaca University
Bringing Your Text Alive
Masterclass by Brad Hougham & Patrice Pastore

Classical Genre
New England Conservatory
What Auditioneers are Really Thinking
Masterclass by Michael Meraw
Show Description
Intelligent repertoire choices for auditioners in high school, undergraduate, and graduate level auditions.

Classical Genre
Temple University
Preparing for Successful Auditioning
Masterclass by Christine Anderson

Classical Genre
University of Southern California
So You Want to Be a Voice Major?
Presentation by Lisa Sylvester
5:30 - 6:30 pm Friday Convention Classes


Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for University Programs

Classical Genre
Binghamton University
The Music of Language and the Language of Music
Masterclass by Mary Burgess

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Hartwick College
Musical Theatre or Classical Style - Is It Really That Different?
Masterclass by Steven Nanni

Classical Genre
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Masterclass by Catherine Cook

Classical Genre
University of New Mexico
Baroque Ornamentation, Style, and Improvisation
Masterclass by Kristin Ditlow

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Virginia Tech
A Beautiful Mind
Masterclass by Brian Thorsett

Classical Genre
Webster University
Dissecting the Song: Pulling It Apart to Really Put It Together
Masterclass by Martha J. Hart
7 - 8 pm Friday Convention Classes


Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Grad School

Classical Genre
Carnegie Mellon University
Putting It All Together
Masterclass by Maria Spacagna

Classical Genre
Penn State University
The German Lied - Text and Technique
Masterclass by Jennifer Trost

Classical Genre
Texas State University
Don't Sing and Don't Act: How to Sing and Act on the Opera Stage
Masterclass by Samuel Mungo

Classical Genre
UCLA
It’s About Time: Tempo, Rhythm, Rubato, Articulation, etc ...
Masterclass by Juliana Gondek

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Viterbo University
Collaboration in the Voice Studio
Masterclass by Dan Johnson-Wilmot


Saturday, May 27  
All Day Warm-Up Room, pianos not provided
8:30 am - 6 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
9 am - 4 pm Expo Hall Open
Sign up to sing in any Convention Classes at the presenter's booth today!
9 am - 12:30 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Musical Theatre Divisions Second Round, Day 3
9 am - 8 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Classical Divisions Second Round, Day 3
10 - 11 am Saturday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by Eric Trudel

Classical Genre
Illinois Wesleyan University
College Auditions
Masterclass by William Hudson

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Pepperdine University
American Songs for Young Men
Masterclass by Keith Colclough

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Taking Charge of Your Career - Part 2
Presentation by Mark Stoddard

Classical Genre
Utah Valley University
Laryngeal Stability in the Young Singer
Masterclass by Isaac Hurtado & Melissa Heath

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Viterbo University
Collaboration in the Voice Studio
Masterclass by Dan Johnson-Wilmot

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Artistry for Young Singers: It's Your Song to Sing
Masterclass by Teresa Winner Blume
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Coaching by Eric Trudel

Classical Genre
Foothills Opera Experience
From Page to Stage
Masterclass by Steven Nanni & Mary Burgess

Classical Genre
The Hartt School
Resonance Tools
Masterclass by Cherie Calauda

Classical Genre
Northwestern University
Facing all the Fears of Auditioning and Performing
Masterclass by Karen Brunssen & Pamela Hinchman

Classical Genre
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Technical Efficiency in Breath Management and Support for Singing
Masterclass by Marilyn Mims

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Taking Charge of Your Career - Part 2 - Hotseat Session
Presentation by Mark Stoddard

Classical Genre
Westminster College, PA
Focus, the Eyes Have It
Masterclass by Anne Hagan Bentz
1 - 2 pm Saturday Convention Classes


Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Grad School

Classical Genre
Boston Conservatory
The Audition as Complete Performance
Masterclass by Patty Thom
Show Description
Auditions are opportunities to give your best performance. In this masterclass with Patty Thom the focus will be on those qualities of the audition which lead to a musical and artistic experience, both for the performer as well as for the audience. Thom will discuss dramatic choices, characterization, translation and the interpretation of text and poetry, physicalization, and making expressive and stylistic vocal choices. All auditions are a chance to perform beautifully and express yourself fully. Learn how to make that happen.

Classical Genre
Eastman Conservatory of Music
Training the Young Male Voice
Masterclass by Robert Swensen

Classical Genre
Illinois Wesleyan University
College Auditions
Masterclass by William Hudson

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
NATS
Using a Straw to Improve Vocal Efficiency
Presentation by Allen Henderson
Show Description
The straw is all the rage in singing circles today. Join Allen Henderson as he discusses semi-occluded vocal tract exercises using straws and how they can assist you in your vocal development. Straws provided!

Classical Genre
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Making Your Performance Count
Masterclass by Susan Bender & Matthew Markham

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
What are My Unique Strengths?
Masterclass by Susan Kane
2 pm Announce Musical Theatre Divisions Semifinalists
2:30 - 3:30 pm Saturday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for YAPs
Dan Novak, Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center

Musical Theatre Genre
Boston Conservatory
One Voice: Cross-over to Musical Theater
Masterclass by Kevin Wilson
Show Description
Crossover to musical theatre with a brief intro discussion on registration.

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
DePauw University
Masterclass by Caroline Smith

Classical Genre
Foothills Opera Experience
From Page to Stage
Masterclass by Steven Nanni & Mary Burgess

Classical Genre
Oberlin Conservatory
Masterclass by Oberlin Conservatory Staff

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Whole Artist Hypnosis
Fake News: Conquering Self-Doubt, Self-Sabotage and "Impostor Syndrome"
Presentation by Nicholas Pallesen

Classical Genre
William Lewis School of Opera
French Opera Arias and Art Songs
Masterclass by Frederique Added

4 - 5 pm Saturday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for YAPs
Dan Novak, Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Bookends and Other Secrets of Resilient People
Presentation by Debbie Riggs Wood
Show Description
Everyone has challenges. The life balancing required to be a singer can have you searching google for gymnastic lessons! Rejection sometimes seems like your closest friend ... on and on. Though it comes with the job description, some people seem to jump back in faster and with renewed energy and hope. The term for this ability is Resilience ... and it can be learned! In this interactive workshop you will be introduced to some skills and concepts that will help you become that resilient person.

Classical Genre
Mannes
Audition Preparation
Masterclass by Beth Roberts

Classical Genre
McGill University
Masterclass by John Mac Master

Classical Genre
New England Conservatory
Perfecting Your Audition Technique
Masterclass by Karen Holvik

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Acting vs. Schmacting - Working the Text for Strongest Auditions
Masterclass by David Ronis
4 - 8 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Musical Theatre Divisions Semifinal Round
5:30 - 6:30 pm Saturday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
William Florescu, Florentine Opera

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
DePauw University
Masterclass by Kerry Jennings

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Hofstra University
Audition Repertoire and Why Liberal Arts??
Masterclass by Tammy Hensrud & Donna Balson

Classical Genre
University of Miami
Vocal Technique and Breath Support for Singers
Masterclass Robynne Redmon

Classical Genre
William Lewis School of Opera
Opera Arias for Male Voices, Concentration on Passaggio and Cover
Masterclass by William Lewis
7 - 8 pm Saturday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
William Florescu, Florentine Opera

Classical Genre
Binghamton University
College Audition Performance
Masterclass by Thomas Goodheart

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Ithaca University
Masterclass for Male High School Singers
Masterclass by Brad Hougham & Patrice Pastore

Classical Genre
Lawrence University
The Acoustic Advantage
Masterclass by Kenneth Bozeman

Classical Genre
Louisiana State University
Freeing Your Vocal Technique as a Means to True Artistic Expression
Masterclass by Loraine Sims

Musical Theatre Genre
Musical Theater Songs
Crossover Auditions
Masterclass by Steven Gross
Show Description
Are you a classically trained singer? Do you enjoy also singing great Broadway repertoire? Learn how to select the right "crossover" repertoire, approach Broadway repertoire differently than classical pieces, find your "look" for an audition, sing in your mother tongue, work with the accompanist, and prepare your music. In addition, this class will answer questions about the "biz" of Broadway auditions, movement and the dance call, selecting monologues, and on-camera techniques.
9 pm Announce Classical Divisions Semifinalists
Announce Musical Theatre Divisions Finalists


Sunday, May 28  
All Day Warm-Up Room, pianos not provided
8:30 am - 6 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
9 am - 1 pm Expo Hall Open
Sign up to sing in any Convention Classes at the presenter's booth today!
9 am - 12:30 pm
CS Music Vocal Competition
Classical Divisions Semifinal Rounds
10 am - 12 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Musical Theatre Divisions Final Round

Three singers from each division will advance to the Grand Finale Concert & Awards Round at 6:30 p.m. where they will perform one song. Judges will select the First, Second, and Third places winners. These names will be announced approximately 60 minutes after the round ends.
10 - 11 am Sunday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
Nicole Cabell

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Bookends and Other Secrets of Resilient People
Presentation by Debbie Riggs Wood
Show Description
Everyone has challenges. The life balancing required to be a singer can have you searching google for gymnastic lessons! Rejection sometimes seems like your closest friend ... on and on. Though it comes with the job description, some people seem to jump back in faster and with renewed energy and hope. The term for this ability is Resilience ... and it can be learned! In this interactive workshop you will be introduced to some skills and concepts that will help you become that resilient person.

Classical Genre
Vanderbilt University
Successfully Preparing for College Auditions
Masterclass by Amy Jarman

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Calming Performance Anxiety through Finding Your Strengths
Masterclass by Angela Gooch
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Sunday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
Nicole Cabell

Musical Theatre Genre
Arizona State University
Masterclass by Carole FitzPatrick
Show Description
#hottestMTprogramintheUS

Classical Genre
Pepperdine University
Freeing the Upper Register for Female Singers
Masterclass by Melanie Emelio

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Using Technology in the Practice Room
Presentation by James Nova
Show Description
This technology masterclass shows how with a simple laptop, inexpensive USB microphone and free software you can use both fun and effective methods to work on basics of rhythm, intonation, and musicianship. In addition, you can produce some fascinating recordings, all in the privacy of your own practice space! Check out Nova's soundcloud page to hear some examples: www.soundcloud.com/jimnova.
1 - 2 pm Sunday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
William Florescu, Florentine Opera

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Becoming Your Own Manager so You Never Sing for Free Again
Presentation by Mark Stoddard

Classical Genre
University of Tulsa
Masterclass by Judith Pannill Raiford & Brady McElligott
1 - 4 pm
CS Music Vocal Competition
Classical Divisions Final Round

Three singers from each division will advance to the Grand Finale Concert & Awards Round at 6:30 p.m. where they will perform one song. Judges will select the First, Second, and Third places winners. These names will be announced at approximately 5:00 pm.
2:30 - 3:30 pm Sunday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Audition Feedback Experience
Auditioning for Opera Houses
William Florescu, Florentine Opera

Classical Genre Musical Theatre Genre
Becoming Your Own Manager - Hotseat Session
Presentation by Mark Stoddard
4 - 5 pm Sunday Convention Classes

Classical Genre
Nicole Cabell Masterclass
Sign up to work with Ms. Cabell at the Convention Registration Desk.
6:30 - 9 pm CS Music Vocal Competition
Grand Finale Concert & Awards Round
Classical & Musical Theatre Divisions

Tickets for the concert are available for purchase at the Registration Desk throughout the Convention. One ticket is given with each Convention Pass and +1 Pass.

 

Updated 4/20/17. And as always ... this schedule is subject to change. Thank you.











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