This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Tune in to see John De Haan, voice chair at the University of Minnesota, work with three young artists to develop their vocal talent. You are invited to watch these artists share their musical gifts and join them in learning about some of the techniques necessary to excel as a professional vocalist!
Master classes present a special opportunity to share, learn, and perform in a safe and supportive environment—in the format of a special type of music lesson.
During the master class, the musician has an intensive lesson, or coaching, in front of a group of people. Oftentimes, it is a special event where musicians have the opportunity to perform a song for a renowned professional. As the master class instructor works with each vocalist, he or she may ask them to sing a particular part of the song again (or again and again!). He or she may ask the artist to try a new warm up or even engage in a physical activity. Some instructors also like to engage the audience in their reaction or impressions.
As a result of the master class, each artist has a unique opportunity to grow and apply new techniques or processes of performance in a short period of time. Some singers come out of master classes completely transformed!
SCVO's inaugural March Master Class will feature mezzo-soprano Amy Sheffer, tenor Jake Olson, bass Will Esch, and pianist Skip James. All are welcome for this engaging educational experience.
Amy Sheffer Western
Guest Vocal Clinician
John De Haan
Be sure to share your photos and videos of you and your household enjoying the Master Class by tagging @scvopera and the hashtag #SCVOMC