AU Vocal Masterclass

Friday, November 4, 2016

If you are serious about vocal study and a high school student, take advantage of this free masterclass with Anderson University’s Vocal Performance faculty:

Voice professors Deirdre Welborn Francis and Dr. Tommy L. Watson Jr. will conduct an exclusive masterclass for high school vocalists at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the South Carolina School of the ArtsRSVP now for this free masterclass. Develop your musical skills, meet our voice and choral faculty, and see how they work with students and ensembles, all in a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Masterclass performers should prepare a solo from the standard vocal repertoire (a classical piece or a traditional folk or sacred song setting). If you are a high school senior interested in auditioning for the music department at the South Carolina School of the Arts scholarship auditions, singing in the masterclass can meet the solo requirement. That evening, masterclass attendees will enjoy a concert featuring award-winning AU vocalists and the AU Concert Choir led by Dr. Richard A. Williamson, Director of Choral Activities. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall.

Vocal Performance at The South Carolina School of the Arts

AU vocal students have received honors at the state, regional and national levels of National Association of Teachers of Singing(NATS) auditions in both classical and musical theatre categories.

AU vocal students have opportunities to perform in a variety of solo, operatic, theatrical and ensemble settings, including opportunities to sing with orchestra.

AU voice faculty are active performers who have appeared in local, national, and international venues in both classical and contemporary commercial styles.

AU voice faculty have professionally recognized credentials in both classical and contemporary commercial music pedagogy.

AU Vocal Masterclass Faculty

Professor Francis is a crossover singer who performs in classical, musical theater, and jazz styles. She teaches AU’s Contemporary Vocal Lab and is sought-after as a choral and vocal clinician and choral conductor. Francis is certified in Somatic Voicework through Jeanette Lovetri and the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy.

Professor Watson is active as a concert and recital singer and vocal clinician. He uses pioneering contemporary and traditional teaching techniques and methods, including Somatic Voicework. Dr. Watson is also the director of Anderson’s opera workshop, which most recently presented Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Professor Williamson is a conductor, composer, clinician, and scholar. His choirs have appeared on four continents and performed in a variety of professional venues. Their most recent recognition is being selected as a semifinalist ensemble for The American Prize. Dr. Williamson won a Fulbright Fellowship to work with choral music at the Conservatorio Nacional de la Música in Lima, Peru, in 2014. He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting Rutter’s Requiem in May 2016. Williamson’s compositions are published by Lorenz Corporation, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press, and others.

Event Information

We invite you, your family, and your voice or choral teacher to come learn more about our programs, enjoy our welcoming campus and dinner, and hear an inspiring concert. Here’s what the afternoon holds for you:

AU Vocal Masterclass Schedule
2:00 p.m.         Registration, Vandiver Lobby, Rainey Fine Arts Center*
3:00 p.m.         Masterclass, Daniel Recital Hall
6:00 p.m.         Dinner and presentation
7:30 p.m.         Concert, Daniel Recital Hall: La Notte del Bel Canto (Night of Beautiful Singing)

*Those auditioning for music study at AU may complete their theory placement test at 2:30 p.m.