Musical theater voice workshop planned for August

Bel Canto/Can Belto, a musical theater voice workshop for adult singers, speech-language pathologists and teachers of singing presented by Penn State College of Arts and Architecture faculty, will take place Aug. 12-15, Penn State's University Park campus.

The workshop is a four-day vocal intensive designed to acquaint singers and voice teachers with the techniques specific to singing for musical theatre, including the ever-controversial style called belting. Topics covered include identifying the sounds currently heard on Broadway, how those sounds are produced, differences and similarities between male and female vocal technique, how to make appropriate vocal choices for musical theatre repertoire, how to keep musical theatre voices healthy, and how to teach sounds you might not be able to make yourself. All participants have an opportunity to “try out” those sounds themselves in a supportive environment.

The workshop is led by voice faculty from the Penn State School of Music and the School of Theatre’s Musical Theatre program, including Mary Saunders-Barton, Norman Spivey, Raymond Sage and Beverly Patton. Cost is $400 per person. To register, go online.

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Last Updated June 15, 2011