OperaWorks is renowned for our unique, life-changing “inside-out” approach to performance training.

Our Approach

As The Artist and The Person are undeniably linked, the education of creative artists must involve all aspects of the individual: the creative, dramatic, musical, physical, mental and emotional. To learn more about our approach, read about our philosophy and meet our faculty.

Types of Programs

OperaWorks offers a wide range of programs, serving performers, teachers, coaches and more. Our acclaimed Singer Programs run in January and June-July. New in 2018 are two certification programs for Teachers and Coaches. Our year-round national workshops and master classes continue with new programs in the works!

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In contrast to production-based programs, OperaWorks develops complete artists in a process-oriented environment. Each program teaches essential stage and business skills rarely offered in performance degrees and programs. Classes and productions focus on developing the ability to express freely – musically and dramatically – with the voice and the body, decrease negative self-talk, regulate anxiety in high-pressure situations, and market one’s strengths in the evolving performing arts industry.

Emerging Artist Program

The Emerging Artist Program is designed for young singers with healthy vocal techniques, who want to strengthen their performance skills, expand their stage experience, and learn how to market themselves. Singers perform in multiple classes every day to explore new expressive options, eliminate negative self-talk, build confidence, and achieve artistic freedom.

Advanced Artist Program

The Advanced Artist Program is geared toward professional artists and career-oriented graduate students who want to fine-tune their performances on stage and in auditions, and who want to become more marketable. This program features a strong audition, business, marketing, and career planning module. Singers perform in multiple classes every day to explore new expressive options, eliminate negative self-talk, build confidence, and achieve artistic freedom.

Winter Intensive Program

The Winter Intensive Program is an invigorating two weeks of professional artistic development, career planning, and performances. Singers work with an expert faculty in a non-competitive environment to achieve greater freedom on stage and increased confidence. OperaWorks shifts the focus from solely on vocal beauty to integrating singing-actors into engaged, confident and vibrant performers.

Teachers in this Teaching Certification three-level program often come from environments that focus primarily on vocal technique. This program will teach additional proven techniques of performance pedagogy for their own studios and classrooms, and is conducted in tandem with the Performance Programs. This program is an expansion of our Teaching Artist programs 2007-2016, and alumni of those programs will enter at the second level.

New in 2017, the Opera Coach three-stage curriculum provides collaborative pianists and/or coaches with necessary techniques to be effective rehearsal pianists, repetiteurs, and vocal coaches.  It focuses on working with singers vocally, artistically, and personally via positive reflection, thoughtful inquiry, and healthy physical engagement. This program is conducted in tandem with the Singer Programs.

This program addresses the needs of performers contemplating professional alternatives to performing as a primary career. Traditional arts education does not consistently introduce the ways in which students can participate in the performing arts in non-performing roles early enough in their academic careers to inform the paths students take through their training.

Workshops and master classes offer students and teachers an opportunity to reap some of the benefits that occur during the longer residency programs listed above. Workshops can include: Performance Techniques, Musical Improvisation for singers and pianists, Acting Improvisation, Private Coachings, Expressive Conducting for Singers, Visualization, Yoga, Physical Theater & Movement, Career Planning, Social Media Marketing, and Learning and Teaching Styles. Each topic can be taught as a single workshop or in combination.

Testimonials

My experience at OperaWorks was truly life changing. Striving to strengthen the whole person, not just the singing voice, opens up creativity and expression I never knew existed. – Clinton Stoffberg

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