Voices of Summer

A unique summer course for singers that focuses on the interpretation of text before making music.

Patron: Frank Lopardo

Your Experience

Our Philosophy

This workshop asks participants to isolate texts and recite them in order to identify the meanings and emotional resources to portray them in music.

Our Schedule

This summer course includes daily tai chi, French conversation, text recitation class, two 45-minute voice lessons and coaching sessions each week and two student performances.

Our Teachers

Our voice and movement teachers include Mary Hill, Roy Cornelius Smith, Alison Wells, Veronica Grange, Cynthia Mace, Christian Raffoux and Myron Myers.

Our Alumni

Caitlyn Cavannaugh, mezzo-soprano, graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Theater in 2014. She studied secondary voice with Myron Myers. Immediately upon graduation, she was engaged as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" by the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and earned great reviews. In 2015, she will return to the same festival to perform leading roles: Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Viola in "Twelfth Night," and Antonia in "Man of La Mancha."
Ágúst Ólafsson (2006) studied music at the Sibelius Academy with the great baritone Jorma Hynninen. He made his debut with the Icelandic Opera in the title role of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and has subsequently performed Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Harlekin in Richard Strauss' Ariadne on Naxos, Baron Douphol in Verdi's La traviata, and Marullo in Verdi's Rigoletto.He has been nominated three times for the Icelandic Music Awards and received the 2011 Icelandic Music Performer of the Year.
Tenor Andrzej Stec (2004) was among the first students who took the Voices of Summer course in Vienna, Austria (called German Song Text Workshop in 2004). He took an undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, and an advanced degree from Northwestern University. He received a DMA in performance from Montreal University. He holds the title of Ambassador of Stalowa Wola, his native city in Poland. In the Chicago area, he has performed with the Bach Chamber Orchestra, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy International, Light Opera Works, Opera Moda and Chicago Opera Theater. In Montreal, he has performed with Ensemble Da Capo, Les Mélodines at Le Place des Arts, The International Festival of Poetry at Trois Rivières. His operatic roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Tom (The Rake’s Progress) and Lucano (L’Incoronzione di Poppea).
Katherine Bergman, soprano (2004), has founded a regional opera company called Main Stage Opera in Arlington Heights, Illinois. As te general director, she has organized opera, musical theater and cabaret production throughout the Chicago area. As a soloist, she has performed roles with DuPage Opera Theater, Genesis Opera, American Chamber Opera, Verismo Opera Theater. Her roles include Leonora (Fidelio), Tosca and Suor Angelica.

Manuel Garcia, “Hints on Singing”

“The pupil must read the words of the piece again and again till each finest shadow of meaning has been mastered. He must next recite them with perfect simplicity and self-abandonment. The accent of truth apparent in the voice when speaking naturally is the basis of expression in singing. Light and shade, accent, sentiment, all become eloquent and persuasive.”

Applications and Travel

Travel: from US to Charles de Gaulle Airport, train to Avignon, or to avoid Paris, flight to Marseille, train to Avignon.

Cost: $3,200 includes room and limited board

Application (no fee) and questions to: myron@voicesofsummer.com (Myron Myers) or myronmyers1@me.com.

Scholarships available, please inquire through our contact page

Include résume and two selections in an mp3 file.

Live auditions March 19th from 2-4 pm, Sherwood Conservatory, Columbia College Chicago, 1312 S. Michigan Avenue.