Vocal Institute Residency with Lucy Dhegrae

Are you a singer who thrives on adventure, collaboration, and inspiration? Do you have a flair for the dramatic, and a love of complexity? Do you want to widen your range of expression, and take an active part in shaping the future of contemporary classical music?

Join contemporary music specialist Lucy Dhegrae for two weeks of intense study of solo contemporary vocal literature and chamber music. All levels of contemporary music experience are welcome. The specifics of the course will be designed around the individual abilities of each participant, but the goal of the institute is to provide exposure to the diversity of contemporary vocal repertoire; to explore various approaches to learning, memorizing, and performing contemporary works; and to empower each participant, strengthening their musical instincts and celebrating their unique abilities.

Singers of all levels – undergraduate, graduate and young professionals – are welcome. Knowledge of a broad body of repertoire from the Baroque through the early 20th century (especially Lieder and art song repertoire) is required.

Singers new to contemporary music: focus will be on both solo and group repertoire that will build a strong foundation to the approach of contemporary works:

  • Georges Aperghis: Récitations
  • György Kurtág: Joszef Attila Fragments
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Hvolf
  • Kaija Saariaho: Changing Light

Singers with contemporary music experience: focus will be on repertoire already in process. Technically advanced pieces to be considered will include

  • George Crumb: Apparition
  • Sky Macklay: Glossolalia
  • George Lewis: Anthem
  • Eve Beglarian: Robin Redbreast
  • as well as other repertoire ranging from Susan Botti to Kate Soper to Tonia Ko.

Performances in solo recital are an integral part of the Institute. In addition to the solo work, participants will join in the rehearsing and performance of new works for chamber ensembles, either discovering first hand what it is like to work with a composer to bring a new work to life or lending their experience to the piece and the composer.