Midwest Institute of Opera (MIO): Preparation meets Opportunity!
Program Dates: Sunday July 23, 2017 to Saturday July 29, 2017
Performance Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tuition: $499 (does not include room/board or campus parking ($20 extra per participant))
What will the emerging singer gain from doing this program?
1) The opportunity to refine, perfect and practice audition repertoire from a fresh perspective!
2) The opportunity to perform audition repertoire, in a variety of settings.
3) The opportunity to put together an audition package that makes sense for the singer at his or her level that will make the singer’s auditions a showcase of the many talents and gifts that they bring to the characters they create.
4) The opportunity to study one of the roles in depth that they present in their audition repertoire through scenes, therefore having a clear understanding of the character.
5) The opportunity to explore the characters they present with a variety of opera professionals culminating in an in-depth character study they can access when they are performing the full role or auditioning for it.
6) The opportunity to prepare for auditions and to sing portions of the roles they present.
7) The opportunity to feel confident and effective in auditions because they are prepared.
What will my day be like at the program?
1) Mornings will start with yoga classes and relaxation techniques that will help you before you do an audition or a performance.
2) Breathing sessions with Prof. John koch
3) You will get one vocal coaching and one dramatic coaching every day by one of our seasoned professionals.
4) When you are not in a private coaching you will be participating in staging rehearsals, character development and audition preparation classes that will happen in the afternoon.
5) While in dramatic coachings you will study the time, location and lifestyle of your character and create the character by combining all these elements with what you personally bring to the character.
6) Every evening we will have master classes with the staff that will focus on a specific topic. Example: “Having a Confident Audition” or “How to Dramatically Prepare a Role Once You Get the Role”. Everyone will get the opportunity to participate in master classes.
MIO STAFF 2017
Heidi Skok, mezzo soprano (Metropolitan Opera, Resonanz Opera)
Prof. Yvonne Gonzalez-Redman, soprano (Metropolitan Opera & University of Illinois)
Dr. Carren Moham, soprano (Vocal Pedagogue & Alexander Specialist)
Tracy Marie Koch, lirico spinto & Opera Director (MIO Co-Artistic Director)
Prof. John M. Koch, baritone (MIO Co-Artistic Director, Illinois State University)
"The Midwest Institute of Opera is a program that young artist and young professionals around the country should experience. MIO gives you the opportunity to work with first class directors, conductors and coaches who help you strive for excellence. The attention to detail in the rehearsal process gives a true feel of a professional work setting. Putting together three fully staged operas in two weeks is a true testament of hard work and dedication by John and Tracy Koch. MIO has been a very rewarding experience for me and I believe that this program will mold some of the next generation of singers."
~Joshua Conyers, baritone, title role in Falstaff, MIO 2016