The Classical Voice Conservatory is designed as a college preparatory program focused on vocal arts. The program is ideal for young singers interested in learning about the fundamentals of classical singing and those who may someday chose to pursue a career in singing or music teaching.
Modeled after well established national collegiate vocal-arts programs, the classical voice conservatory curriculum is balanced between performance-focused classes and academic music courses. Students in this conservatory are immersed in the fundamental elements of music, such as theory, musicianship, history, diction, and piano classes as well as classes focused on solo and ensemble singing such as art song literature, music of the theatre, opera scenes, choral ensembles, and class voice.
Students also benefit from the knowledge, experience, and high level of education of our faculty. The classical voice conservatory's faculty consists of music professionals who have a minimum of a master's degree in music and/or ten plus years in the professional music industry. Faculty experience varies from choral and chamber music to opera and musical theatre.
In addition to the wide variety of music courses and performances, students are also exposed to the professional world of music through ongoing master classes, guest lecturers, field trips, and collaborations with various professional ensembles and performers. Cheryl Studer, Delores Zeigler, Roberta Alexander, Steven Mercurio, John DeMain, LA Chamber Singers, Mark Lamanna, Ken Cazan, and Brent McMunn, are just some of the esteemed lecturers and ensembles who have workers with our students.
Graduates of the Classical Voice Conservatory have been accepted to prestigious universities and music conservatories throughout the country, such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory, and Chapman University, among others.
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Special Projects 2012-2013
Hansel and Gretel
In continuation with last year’s successful production of Dido and Aeneas, the Classical Voice Conservatory will once again stage a full-length opera; Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, directed by Mark Lamanna and conducted by our very own Lukas Swidzinski. Classical Voice students will bring this magical fairytale to life through Humperdinck’s beautiful music in the spring of 2013.
Private Voice Lesson Scholarships
The Classical Voice Conservatory is offering scholarships for private vocal instruction during the 2012-2013 academic year. Participants in the scholarship program will be carefully selected through an audition process.
Special Projects for 2011-2012
Dido and Aeneas
The Classical Voice Conservatory is proud to present fully staged production of Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell in April of 2012. This OCSA’s first full opera production in over seven years. After successfully directing Dido and Aeneas at the USC Thornton School of Music, opera director Mark Lamanna will direct OCSA Classical Voice singers in this tale of the doomed queen of Carthage.. Members of the OCSA Symphony Orchestra are led by music director Lukas Swidzinski.
Tour of London
Members of the Classical Voice Conservatory have been invited to join the OCHSA Symphony Orchestra on a 10 day tour of London in the summer of 2012. During this once in a lifetime trip, CV students will perform in three historic performance venues in London and Birmingham including the Town Hall Birmingham and the Westminster Center Hall . Over 40 singers have been selected to participate and they will be joined by other singers and instrumentalists form Europe and the United States.
Opera from Scratch
The Classical Voice Conservatory is now offering this new course giving junior high students the opportunity to write and compose an entirely original musical play – from scratch. Over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year, a group of 7th and 8th graders will be writing the libretto, music, of their original opera. This course culminates in a performance in the spring which will also be fully played, sung, and directed by the students of the class. An amazing opportunity for some of our youngest singes.