Ensemble Singer Track

We heartily welcome experienced ensemble singers from around the world who are interested in attending in a non-conducting capacity. Singers who enjoy a chamber ensemble environment and/or who are specifically looking to learn more about ensemble vocal techniques, rehearsal strategies, and conducting will find this workshop experience appealing and artistically fulfilling. Those on the ensemble singer track will sing side-by-side with members of the UMass Chamber Choir and have opportunities to take part in vocal chamber music coachings and performances.

24 singers will be selected for the ensemble singer track. To apply for this track, applicants must submit a bio or resume and performance video via YouTube link. The performance video should include one solo piece. A folk song, hymn tune, art song, or operatic selections are acceptable.

Private voice lessons with Dr. Jamie-Rose Guarrine will be available to singers and conductors for an additional fee.

Mini-Intensive: Performance Techniques for the Choral Athlete

Dr. Jamie-Rose Guarrine will present this exciting Mini-Intensive on Wednesday, July 27. Those enrolling in the ensemble singer track are encouraged to attend. 

Description: In this session, we will explore strategies to gain efficiency in vocal production, work on vocal flexibility and dynamic contrast, and discuss breath management and its connection to vocal stamina. We will use repertoire from the choral masterclasses as vocal examples in order to prepare singers for the week ahead. Singers will learn strategies for creating their most beautiful and authentic sound, from the rehearsal room to the performance. 

As we return to singing in a spirit of community, music making, and togetherness after so much time apart, we will explore any vocal habits that may have emerged after months of singing online, in masks, or outdoors.