ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong

Let your voice be heard for two phenomenal weeks.

Since 2010, ArtsBridge Summer has given high school performing artists the tools to perfect their craft and audition approach, guided by top college arts faculty and industry professionals. ArtsBridge Summer programs are designed to hone the skills of students who pursue acting, musical theater, and classical music as they prepare for college level auditions.

In the ArtSong program, high school voice students concentrate on solo classical vocal skills within the art song repertoire. The curriculum is focused on vocal technique, diction and language, repertoire, acting for singers, and performance and audition skills.

With this mission in mind, we are launching ArtsBridge Summer Virtual 2020. Given the current circumstances with COVD-19, we feel it is the safest choice for our students, faculty and staff. We have kept as much programming from our physical programs as possible and also taken advantage of the amazing opportunities that virtual teaching and learning can offer. 

Our robust virtual curriculum will include one-on-one lessons and coaching, small group instruction, and large group classes in real-time. Content is designed from both an artistic and an admissions perspective including everything from lessons/coachings and acting classes, to sessions related to the college admissions process. 

Normally, our programs culminate in a live mock audition for all faculty. Our virtual programs will culminate in video mock auditions, which will be reviewed by faculty. After the program, students will receive a written report from the faculty discussing their strengths and areas to improve in their videos as well as additional notes from their work in their online sessions.

Students will leave with a greater understanding of the college process from both an artistic and admissions perspective. 

ArtSong Course Descriptions 2020

ArtSong Sample Schedule (in-person program, applicable for 2021)

July 25 – August 7, 2020

*Please note that some programs for ArtsBridge Summer Virtual may have limited instruction beginning a few days prior to July 25th. This is TBD and will be communicated to enrolled students in advance of the program.

Tuition: $3,150

*Please note that this tuition amount reflects changes made for ArtsBridge Summer Virtual for 2020, including the removal of room and board and a reduction in tuition.

Apply & Audition Online 

Applications are now closed for 2020.

*Need-based scholarship is available

ArtSong 2020 Faculty

Class Descriptions

*Please note that the following class descriptions apply to our in-person ArtSong program. Class descriptions for ArtsBridge Summer Virtual are similar and can be found here.

ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong is designed to give you the keys to create your own best audition and, by extension, your own best solo performance. This program was created to help you find your own unique and individual performances of the repertoire that you love to sing. Singers are offered an intense schedule with courses that address physical performance, vocal technical awareness and confidence, understanding of the text, facility of diction, comfort and ease in the body, and creative and coordinated application of all of those aspects of singing to your performance. When you leave this program we hope that we have given you the tools to help you find joy and confidence in performance and in auditioning.

  • Audition Techniques: What sort of impression do I make in an audition setting and why? What is the best repertoire for me to present in an audition? How can I prepare to audition well and experience auditioning as an enjoyable performance? This course will provide you with feedback on every aspect of your audition and help you create the audition you want to give.
  • Performance Skills Seminar: How do I take the ideas I have about my repertoire and turn those ideas into a physical, vocal, and musical performance that is expressive and communicative? How do I get out of my own way and let those ideas come through in my singing? Exploring all aspects of performance, this class gives you the tools to better assess and create your own performance.
  • Lyric Diction: How can I clearly convey my meaning and intent in languages that aren’t my own? How do I know whether my diction is accurate and actually sounds like the language I’m singing in!? Having the tools for beautiful and expressive diction lead to beautiful and expressive singing.
  • Vocology (Structure and Function of the Singing Voice): How do the systems of the voice function and how do I feel and experience that in my own body and in my singing? Knowing how the voice actually works helps young singers to interpret the range of instructions they receive from teachers, coaches, conductors and directors, and to find results in their own body and instrument.
  • Song Repertoire: Where did this music come from? What makes it great? Which came first, the poetry or the music? And how do I make sense of poetry, even in my own language, much less in a language that I don’t fully understand. Song Repertoire class is about giving singers the tools to understand what is on the page, and how to give it life in their performances.
  • Voice Lessons and Coachings: One on one time with a trusted mentor/teacher is key to discovering the voice and the performer within, helping a young singer to better understand his or her instrument and to bring the voice out into the world. Each student in ArtsBridge ArtSong will receive two voice lessons and three coachings during the two week session.
  • Acting: How do I convey the meaning, intention, and emotion behind a song in more ways than just with music and text? Acting skills are essential in creating the most compelling performance or audition.
  • Movement: Awareness of the body, how it moves, and why it doesn’t is vital for all performing artists, but it is crucial for singers. In this course learning to be aware, to pay attention, to control and to release control will be key elements to finding freedom in physical expression and in singing.

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