2016 Bel Canto Summer Voice Program – Munich






Dear Teachers and Singers,

What a summer!  Great response from students arriving worldwide to our Munich Opera Program and then an incredible ending with 3 students offered a rare opportunity to return after auditioning for the ZAV Kuenstlervermittlung Agents.

With all this positive news, we are excited to launch the 2016 Bel Canto Summer Voice Program.  Students can select from a variety of programs; and what better place than in Munich, the heart of Europe.  Germany has a rich and active tradition of art, culture and opera and our multi-faceted program assists students on their journey toward understanding these musical traditions and enhancing their performance skills.

Our international instructors are dedicated to nurturing and developing the talent of serious classical singers.  Bel Canto offers three levels of training tailored to the individual needs of the participants:  the Audition Training Program, Voice Study Program, Young Dramatic Voice Program and the Collaborative Pianist Program.  

All programs include:

  • Acting, Stage Craft
  • Scene Study
  • Group Coaching
  • German dialogue training
  • Master Classes / Performance Classes
  • Voice Lessons
  • German Resume Writing
  • Tours
  • NEW Stage Makeup Class
  • Attendance at numerous performances at the Bavarian State Opera and
  • End-Of-Program Concert.
  • A German Study Program is also available for an additional fee.
  • Agents feedback (Audition Training)

We have attached our poster for the 2016 session for you to offer your students or post on your information boards, as we are now accepting applications for the July 2nd to 28th, 2016 Session.  For more information and audition dates, please visit www.belcantosinging.com


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Narelle Martinez,
Artistic Director

Bel Canto Voice Program LTD.
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COSI Academy July 11th-21st, 2014

Centre for Operas Studies in Italy is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for:
COSI Academy — July 11th-21st, 2014

A one-week intensive enrichment program for singers and pianists between 17 and 18 years of age

Click here to apply to COSI Academy!

Centre for Opera Studies in Italy is pleased to offer a ten day intensive enrichment programme to singers and pianists between 17 and 18 years of age.  The Academy program offers the same extraordinary opera training as our other COSI programs through lessons and coaching with our world-class faculty in the heart of Italian culture, but caters to the younger musician not yet in university.
The Academy program includes:
  • Private lessons
  • Coaching
  • Italian classes
  • “Pilates for Singers” instruction
  • Courtyard concerts
  • Master classes
  • Day trips
Darryl Edwards, Artistic Director
Tania Puglielli, Executive Director (Italy)
Linda Kemp, Academy Principal
Laurie-Ann Goodwin, Program Manager
Applications for COSI Academy must be received  
by Feb. 14th, 2014.
PLEASE NOTE: Subscription to the YapTracker service is NOT required to view the application form, however non-subscribers will be required to sign-up for a free guest account. The registration page contains full options and information for both full and guest memberships; visit the Yaptracker registration page at www.yaptracker.com/register for more information.


COSI 2014 Announcement

Aaron Low Joins COSI 2014

Aaron Low, M.S., CCC-SLP
Aaron Low, M.S., CCC-SLP

The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy is pleased to announce Aaron Low as part of its 2014 faculty in Sulmona, Italy.  Director of The Voice Clinic, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Aaron is heading COSI’s “Voice Care and Pedagogy” team for COSI’s participants, including the COSI Independent Study for Voice Teachers.

COSI’s ISP for Voice Teachers Program includes voice lessons and lesson observation with COSI’s renowned voice faculty: Darryl Edwards, Wendy Nielsen, Timothy Noble and Patrick Raftery, Bodyworks classes with Jennifer Swan, Italian language classes from Tania Puglielli’s School of International Languages, voice pedagogy classes,  “Voice Teacher Forums,” and a personal voice analysis with Aaron Low. COSI also offers coaching to its participants from a team that includes such internationally acclaimed specialists as: Annet Andriessen, Rachel Andrist, Giuseppe Finzi, Michael McMahon, Steven Philcox, and Elizabeth Upchurch.

ISP Voice Teachers will receive personalized performance opportunities in COSI’s Courtyard Concerts, Opera Chorus, and Oratorio performances.  For more information about COSI’s ISP: Voice Teacher program and all COSI program offerings, visit www.co-si.com/programs.

An added feature for all interested COSI participants in all voice programs is participation in the qualifying round of the International Voice Competition, ‘s-Hertogenbosch! (www.ivc.nu). This will take place in the newly-renovated and beautiful Teatro Comunale – “Maria Caniglia.” (pictured below)

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Interested voice teachers may apply to COSI’s ISP: Voice Teachers  via Yaptracker at www.yaptracker.com/applications/cosi-2014.


To view audition schedule and live audition deadlines, visit www.co-si.com/admissions. Recorded audition deadline is November 28th, 2013.*  Please forward all inquiries to manager@co-si.com.

*Recorded submissions are considered on a case by case basis November 29th forward.

SongFest Mentor Program Scholarship Opportunity for NATS Members

National Association of Teachers of Singing is pleased to announce a new partnership with SongFest 2012.  SongFest has established a Mentor Program especially designed for voice teachers and coaches and is offering two full-tuition scholarships to NATS members (valued at $850, room and board not included) to attend SongFest 2012 “Breaking the Song Barrier.”

SongFest Mentor Program participants will enjoy the opening reception, attend specific performing classes, observe all master classes, optionally sing/play in two master classes, and learn from a selected faculty member in a private lesson/coaching session. The faculty members scheduled to participate at SongFest 2012 include William Bolcom, Amy Burton, Melanie Emelio, D’Anna Fortunato, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, Martin Katz, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Rosemary Hyler Ritter,  Lisa Saffer, William Sharp, Liza Stepanova, Jennifer Tung, Roger Vignoles, Lucas Wong, and Frances Young.

“NATS continues to expand its membership benefits, and this SongFest scholarship is yet another way for you to find value in your association with NATS,” says Allen Henderson, Executive Director.

SongFest takes place on June 5-28 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. We invite you to go to the website www.songfest.us for more information.

The deadline for NATS members to apply for a SongFest Mentor Program scholarship is Wednesday, March 30, 2012. Interested NATS members should download the Mentor Program informational flyer. Applications are being accepted on YAP Tracker (or download the paper application). Applicants should mark in the “comments” section that they are applying for the NATS scholarship. There is no need to audition live, two audio recordings should be submitted with the application.  SongFest and NATS will choose two NATS members to attend one or both Mentor sessions: Session I: June 6-17, Session II: June 17-28.

Founded in 1996 by Rosemary Hyler Ritter, SongFest is a unique program that focuses on the art of song.  Participants from all over the world, ranging in age from high school students to working professionals, gather each summer at Pepperdine University for an intense program to learn from experts in the field of classical art song.