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Headed by Mary Schiller, soprano, the CIM Voice Department offers undergraduate and graduate instruction grounded in healthy vocal technique and oriented toward performance, with opera performance a special focus.
Through regular performance in opera and art song recitals, students learn to manage the many facets of stage craft while mastering a free, unforced vocal technique that produces exciting, lyrical singing without vocal fatigue.
A feature of a CIM education in general, and voice instruction in particular, is the individual attention, guidance, and nurturing given each and every singer. Voice students all are known by every faculty member in the department, as well as by faculty guiding the Opera Theater. Vocal coaching and diction instruction are provided by Kathryn Brown, Linda Jones, and John Simmons.
Two fully staged operas and one scenes production annually offer multiple opportunities during a student's CIM career to develop and cultivate outstanding vocal skill, acting ability, and stage presence. In addition, each voice student is provided with a collaborative pianist for a weekly rehearsal and the private lesson. Regular studio performances, both individual and combined, afford students weekly performance opportunities in a master-class setting.
Additionally, master classes and guest lectures have been given by such renowned artists as Elly Ameling, Stephanie Blythe, Janet Bookspan, Vinson Cole, Warren Jones, Jennifer Larmore, Frederica von Stade, and Dawn Upshaw.
The vocal curricula of the various degrees and diplomas feature the best of traditional class offerings with the added benefit of the instructional resources of Case Western Reserve University, whose language professors provide the two-semester Romance-language courses required of students. CWRU faculty members also teach the music history and general education classes required of CIM students. CIM offerings include theory and keyboard instruction as well as classes in diction, song, opera, oratorio literature, vocal pedagogy and opera workshop.
Although voice students do not have a choral participation requirement, they may take advantage of additional ensemble experiences through participation in one or more of CWRU's offerings, such as Case Concert Choir, Case Early Music Singers, or the Case University Singers. Advanced students are encouraged to obtain professional performance experience in the rich artistic environment of Cleveland led by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. CIM singers perform regularly with the many large religious institutions of the area that offer paid positions and with numerous regional symphony orchestras that hire local soloists.
- Bachelor of Music
- Master of Music
- Doctor of Musical Arts
- Artist Certificate
- Professional Studies
- Artist Diploma