Columbia College will present a Vocal Master Class on July 15th and 16th from 10AM to 5PM. Dr. Robin Fisher, Cal-State University, Sacramento, vocal professor, will lead the class. Early registration fees are $60 for both days. After June 30th, the fee will increase to $75. Participation is limited to 24. Participants will sing in large and small groups, plus perform solos under Dr. Fisher’s care and instruction. Click here for details: Vocal_Master_Class_Registration
The Vocal Master Class is designed to help singers of all abilities improve their voices and performance capabilities. Singers will be grouped according to their experience and background. In addition to the singing, Dr. Fisher will also be giving classes on Basic Vocal Technique, Vocal Pedagogy, and Vocal Warmups.
Dr. Fisher will help students identify vocal problems and then work to give participants tools to improve their vocal production. An internationally acclaimed soloist and respected voice teacher, Fisher has taught and presented classes on a variety of subjects including Singing Style and Performance, Vocal Techniques, Poetry and Song, and The Writings of John Duke. Her students consistently earn top prizes in vocal competitions, and are performing throughout the United States. She has extensive performance experience as a soloist in Europe with such groups as the Salzburg Festival, Opera De Paris, the Vienna String Ensemble, and in the United States with the Downer’s Grove Oratorio Society (Chicago), The Sacramento Choral Society, and the Townsend Opera Players (Modesto). She has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin, a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude from Smith College, and a Diploma from the Vienna State Academy for Music and the Performing Arts.
“We have so many singers in this community!” states John Carter, Professor of Music at Columbia College. “From schools, and community groups to musical theatres and churches. We’ve invited Dr. Fisher because I thought this would be a great opportunity for these singers in our Central Sierra Region to work with a skilled, inspiring and positive Master Teacher without having to drive a long distance and paying a lot of money.” Priority for registering will go to Calaveras and Tuolumne County residents, but others out of the area are also welcome.
These classes are appropriate not only for singers but for voice teachers, school and church choir directors, and the general public who wish to watch a Master Teacher at work and improve their skills in voice. Dr. Fisher will be working with individuals and groups throughout the two days so there will be many opportunities to sing and observe. To attend as an observer, fees are $15/day or $25 for both days.
The Workshop will also include Columbia College Psychology Professor, Bill Wilson who will present a session on The Psychology of Performance including studies that have proven helpful in enhancing performance skills from athletes to musicians. Mr. Wilson was awarded Teacher of the Year at Columbia College in 2009.
Participants will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Students of all ages, from novice to advanced levels, are welcome to attend. Carter says “I expect there will be a wide range of experience, from students with some solo singing experience to very advanced-level singers.” Carter assures that in spite of their diversity, all participants will share a common interest in growing vocally and serving their communities better through music and song.