Have you bought your tickets to our Summer Workshop yet? If not, you still have time!
If you’ve already come to our workshops in summers past, you know what a great experience they can be. If not, here’s what you need to know.
WHERE AND WHEN ARE THE WORKSHOPS BEING HELD?
August 23, 2014
9 am to 4 pm
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA 22181 (closest Metro stop is the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU station, north exit is closer if walking, but we recommend taking a cab).
HOW MUCH WILL I PAY?
Masterclass ticket (limited to 8 per workshop) $135
General ticket $85
General Half-Day $42.50 (come either in the morning or the afternoon)
Lunch is available for $12
(NOTE: Additional processing fees apply for online ticketing.)
Walk-ins are welcome, but buying a ticket ahead of time helps us plan a better coffee break!
WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS?
WHAT DO THE WORKSHOPS OFFER?
VCS vocal workshops are a day-long immersive experience (9 am to 4 pm) designed to help singers:
- Improve vocal technique
- Enhance sight-singing skills
- Strengthen musicianship
A full day of workshop options in vocal production, rhythm and notation, and music theory will be offered, along with Masterclasses that give hands-on coaching application for singers and listeners. All who register attend the Masterclass. Those who pay for a Masterclass will have a dedicated coaching session with the instructors, and perform in front of the whole workshop.
Masterclass attendees are strongly encouraged to come with a prepared piece of music.
What exactly happens in a Masterclass, you ask? To quote our director, Jennifer Rodgers:
Now, I’m realizing that many folks don’t know what a masterclass is and how it works. First off – YOU don’t have to be the master. That’s supposed to be me…I get to be called a master teacher!
The singers who perform should bring a piece to sing, ideally with accompaniment unless you plan on singing without. This doesn’t have to be a big, new challenge…something to put out in front of an audience and let us see you on the spot. We’re really nice and we don’t bite. It’s okay if you’re a mess and it’s okay if you’re a chanteuse!
WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE?
- 9:00 – 9:30 am Arrival and Registration
- 9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome, Introductions, Overview
- 9:45 – 11:15 am SESSION 1 – Vocal Production Keynote (with Jennifer Rodgers and Greg Graf)
- 11:15 – 11:30 am Coffee Break
- 11:30 am to 12:30 pm MASTERCLASS 1
- 12:30 – 1:15 pm Lunch
- 1:15 – 2:45 pm SESSIONS (2a – Music Theory Basics and SightreadinG/SESSION 2b – Advanced Music Theory) – these sessions will run concurrently.
- 2:45 – 3:00 pm Coffee Break
- 3:00 – 4:00 MASTERCLASS 2
WHY TAKE A VCS SUMMER WORKSHOP?
If you’re a singer, the answer is obvious – you learn to sing better!
But at VCS we believe that singing isn’t just for “Singers.” It’s for everyone who wants to be better at what they do, whether it’s music or anything else.
When you sing with us you learn to breathe, project, be with a group, take the stage on your own, pivot when the music isn’t going according to plan, connect and communicate with the audience, and find your voice.
Singing is full of life lessons. If you’re a professional, get better at your craft. If you’re not a professional, get better at being you.
All voices and skill levels welcome.