Friday, January 17, 2020
8:00am Registration – Lobby of Choral Rehearsal Hall
8:30am Welcome and Introduction
9:00am Session: “Developing Tone and Promoting Vocal Health in the Choral Rehearsal”
(50-minute session) with Dr. Phillip Stockton (CRH)
One of the most challenging tasks as a choral director is teaching singers proper vocal technique while at the same time not sacrificing our instrument. We will explore tips and techniques to develop proper choral tone in rehearsal to achieve a richer sound. We will also discuss ways to promote and preserve vocal health for the singer and conductor.
10:00am Session: “Owning Your Voice in Style: Implementing Classical Singing"
Technique into Your Musical Theatre Sound” (50-minute session)
with Dr. Garrett Torbert and Dr. Christy Lee, pianist (CRH)
This presentation will provide a discussion and demonstration of the pedagogy and practice of musical theatre singing while engaging classical singing technique.
Rehearsal with Dr. Sophie Wang for master class participants
(Dr. Wang’s studio)
11:00am Lunch (on your own), 2-hour break
1:00pm Master Class with Indra Thomas (CRH)
(90-minute session) Internationally-acclaimed opera singer Indra Thomas will work with students on vocal technique,character, and expression, as well as sharing insights about the professional singing world.
2:30pm 15-minute break
2:45pm Session: “Music Therapy in Action” with Dr. Carmen Osburn (CRH)
(75-minute session) Description coming soon.
Rehearsal with Dr. Christy Lee for evening recitalists (First Baptist Church)
4:00pm Dinner (on your own), 3.5-hour break
7:30pm MVSI Recital featuring Indra Thomas and selected students
(First Baptist Church)
Saturday, January 18, 2020
8:30am Yoga Session: " Breathing to Calm the Mind and Body " with Kate Fabel (Band Hall) (75-minute session) Yoga practice focuses a great deal on the breath, particularly elongating the inhalation and exhalation to find inner calm both in the mind and the body. This session will feature yoga breathing exercises paired with gentle movements to encourage a peaceful mind and body.
Session: “Just Breathe!” with Dr. Jeanette Fontaine (CRH)
This session will feature discussion and exercises designed to improve breath control, as well as relaxing the mind and body.
9:45am 15-minute break
10:00am Q & A Session: “Professional Singing as a Business” with Indra Thomas (CRH)
(50-minute session) Indra Thomas is an acclaimed soprano who has performed internationally with such companies as the Hamburg State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Opera Africa in Johannesburg. In the United States, she has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera, and the world-famous Metropolitan Opera. She is currently the Director of Opera at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia and continues to perform worldwide. In this session, she will discuss her experiences as a professional singer and answer questions posed by students and faculty.
11:00am Wrap-up and Q&A with MSU Voice Faculty (CRH)
Indra Thomas, known for her lush and warm voice, Ms. Thomas has performed at many of the world class opera houses and venues, such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera; she has performed at prominent venues here in the US, France, Germany, Spain and England, including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Among numerous top orchestras with which she has appeared are the New
In the wake of her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in Messa di Requiem by Verdi, her work has been marked by rapturous public and critical acclaim. She soon blossomed into one the world’s truly great operatic and concert sopranos, with a particular affinity for Verdi roles. In constant demand, her performances are consistently distinguished by the striking vocal beauty and deep emotional impact of her singing—as well as her smoldering intensity as a singing actress.
While in her teens, she first came to wide-spread attention when she sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in the funeral scene of the Academy Award-winning film “Driving Miss Daisy”. Later, Ms. Thomas was Emmy nominated for her performance of the “Porgy and Bess Suite” on the New Year’s Eve Broadcast Live from Lincoln Center and also was Grammy Nominated for her recording of Michael Tippett’s “A Child Of Our Time” with the London Symphony Orchestra.
A minister’s daughter whose mother was a nurse and gifted, amateur singer, Ms. Thomas was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of Shorter College and of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Thomas is now Visiting Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Shorter University.
Carmen E. Osburn, MA, MT-BC, is Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy at Mississippi University for Women. Board-certified since 1994, she has provided music therapy services for children and adolescents in school, medical and psychiatric settings, as well as in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Her work with adult clients includes geriatric home health services, medical, psychiatr
Kate Fabel is originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan and has lived in both Memphis and Cincinnati before settling in Starkville. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for the last 6 years. This past year, she went through yoga teacher training at Balance Yoga and Wellness received the 200 RYT certificate in May of 2015. Kate believes that yoga is for everyone and should b