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Classical Singing

Summer School for adults

Introduction

This Classical Singing course is an intensive week of classes and coaching in vocal technique, performance skills and repertoire for adult singers, whether student, professional or amateur.

During this summer school, you can take advantage of a varied programme of activities with classes being delivered by highly experienced, successful artists of international renown.

You will benefit from individual singing tuition from a team of expert vocal tutors, where any aspect of your skills can be considered.

You should apply for this course if you are at least 16 years of age and have reached a minimum of around ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent in order to fully benefit from this intensive summer school.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • a singer who is preparing to audition for courses in music conservatoires
  • an amateur or semi-professional singer wishing to refresh their singing skills and performance abilities
  • singers already studying at a music conservatoire who are considering applying for post-graduate learning

The course will culminate in an informal sharing of work for family and friends on the final day.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 23rd July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This Classical Singing course is an intensive week of classes and coaching in vocal technique, performance skills and repertoire for adult singers, whether student, professional or amateur.

During this summer school, you can take advantage of a varied programme of activities with classes being delivered by highly experienced, successful artists of international renown.

You will benefit from individual singing tuition from a team of expert vocal tutors, where any aspect of your skills can be considered.

You should apply for this course if you are at least 16 years of age and have reached a minimum of around ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent in order to fully benefit from this intensive summer school.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • a singer who is preparing to audition for courses in music conservatoires
  • an amateur or semi-professional singer wishing to refresh their singing skills and performance abilities
  • singers already studying at a music conservatoire who are considering applying for post-graduate learning

The course will culminate in an informal sharing of work for family and friends on the final day.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 23rd July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

During this Classical Singing summer school you will:

  • develop and refine your vocal technique
  • improve your performance skills
  • gain greater insight into repertoire artistry
  • achieve a better understanding of yourself as a singer

Each day will begin with a group warm- up session and a practical class on a specific aspect of singing technique such as breathing and support. This will be followed by a presentation on a different topic each day so that by the end of the week each student will have revised his/her working knowledge of vocal technique.

Topics for the week will include the anatomy of breathing, Alexander Technique, resonance in singing, and expert diagnosis of registration issues using state-of-the-art, computer-based equipment.

Students will be coached in French Mélodie, German Lieder, Italian and English Song as well as appropriate operatic repertoire. There will also be classes on acting for opera. These classes will enable singers to develop as artists and enhance their skills as performers.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Indicative schedule

A typical day on the Classical Singing School will look like this:

  • 09.30: Qigong/Alexander Technique
  • 10.00: Group vocal warm-up
  • 10.15: Vocal Technique 1: The Motor – anatomy of breathing and support.
  • 11.30: Break
  • 12.00: Individual singing lessons or German/French/Italian Repertoire Class
  • 13.00: Lunch
  • 14.00: Individual singing lessons or German/French/Italian Repertoire Class or Individual voice analysis or Group A acting workshop
  • 15.30: Performance Class
  • 17.30: Break
  • 18.00: French phonetics class

 

Entry requirements

Students will be required to submit a recording for consideration by the Course Leader in advance of being accepted to the summer school.

Please record and send a solo piece, of no longer than four minutes duration which you feel comfortably, demonstrates your strengths as a singer.

Recordings can be uploaded to your online application form as an unlisted YouTube link or mp3. This can be done using your mobile phone, tablet or any hand held recording device. No need to worry about recording quality, it is to access whether this course is best suited to your current level.

Preparing for your course

You should arrive for the course with a reasonable quantity of repertoire memorised so that you can fully benefit from the range of classes. Advice on this aspect can be sought in advance from the Course Leader.

Near to the course start date we will be in touch to request piano accompaniments be sent in PDF format.

At a glance...

Classical Singing 10am - 5pm 20180824 505 Application Deadline: 20180723

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look!

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

How to apply

Please note a deposit of £50 will be required upon application to this course, this deposit will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful. Payment of the balance of the tuition fee is payable once applicants have been notified that they have been successful in their application to the course and have been sent the second-stage booking link.

Teaching staff

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson was previously a tutor at the Conservatoire du Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris and also at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama(GSMD), London. He studied voice at the GSMD under David Pollard, graduating in 1997 and subsequently completed a PGCE and MA (graduating with Distinction) at London University, Institute of Education. He taught music in a secondary school for several years, and for 11 years was also organist and Director of Music at a parish church in Essex.

Attracted by the collegiate nature of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and by the many innovative and vibrant events taking place inside the institution, Scott is now a full-time Lecturer in Vocal Studies at RCS. He works as a principal study tutor and teaches classes in vocal pedagogy and performance; beyond this he maintains a passionate interest in current and historical pedagogical perspectives on vocal performance, including an interest in the role that technology may have to play in enhancing training for singers.

Scott has adjudicated at several competitions and music festivals and is a regular summer school tutor, previously at AIMS, now at the Royal Conservatoire.