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MISSION
To train young singers in the 'whole body' approach to singing using the best bel canto training along with the most up-to-date Body Mapping and acting techniques.
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Our program utilizes a team teaching method of four master voice teachers and four collaborative coaches.  The participants also work with a fitness and nutrition specialist and participate in several guest artist master classes while attending the program.  

Join us this coming summer on the shores of Lake Charlevoix in beautiful Boyne City, Michigan!

Voice Faculty

  • Matthew Chellis - Tenor, Associate Professor of Voice University of Colorado Boulder - General and Artistic Director, UNVI

  • John Seesholtz - Baritone, Associate Professor of Voice Colorado State University

  • Julie Simson - Mezzo-Soprano, Professor of Music Shepherd School of Music at Rice Univsersity

  • MaryJean Allen - Soprano, co-author of “What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body”

  • Rebecca Simone Schorsch - Lecturer in Voice, CCPA Roosevelt University - Director of Scenes

Coaches

  • Dana Brown - Associate Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching, CCPA Roosevelt University - Co-Artistic Director, UNVI (On sabbatical for 2018)

  • Jeremy Reger - University of Colorado Boulder

  • Elizabeth Avery - University of Oklahoma, Coach

  • Shannon McGinnis - Roosevelt University, Coach

  • Matthew Gemmill - Roosevelt University, Coach

  • Stephen Uhl - Pianist/repetatur

 
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UNVI is a sponsored program of the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan

UNVI is a sponsored program of the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan


Highlighted below are two of the many master classes offered every year.

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Master Class: Musical Theatre Workshop

In an age when music is breaking out of the standard genres and opera companies are beginning to produce musicals, singers need to be flexible in their approach and have a broader understanding of style. Rebecca Schorch will address the basics of singing Musical theater repertoire for the classical singer in both a one-on-one format and in a group setting during this two-part master class.

Master Class: Body mapping & Alexander Technique

During MaryJean's interactive workshops and classes, you'll learn how to reduce tension, improve tone quality, and enhance expressiveness with Alexander Technique and Body Mapping.  The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.  Body Mapping teaches students how to translate the anatomical facts of the musculo-skeletal system to free and healthy movement.

MaryJean Allen applying her magic Alexander Technique touch to one of our students 

MaryJean Allen applying her magic Alexander Technique touch to one of our students