Opera Theatre of the Rockies Presents the 2018 Summer Vocal Arts Festival
NEWS RELEASE June 18, 2018
Contact: Susanne Wheeler
Who: Generously sponsored by The Adventure Culture Fund Opera Theatre of the Rockies is excited to announce “the Summer of WOW,” a special project initiative of the 2018 Vocal Arts Festival presented July 8-29, 2018 at Colorado College.
What: To bring increased national recognition to the seventeen year old Vocal Arts Festival and Young Artists Intensive Training Program, this special effort will enable the creation of the Mentorship program along with the new “WOW” cash awards for outstanding participants. Students will benefit from residencies and Masterclasses by three national experts in addition to the amazing training provided by a nationally recognized staff.
** Opera Theatre would also like to thank the Colorado College Music Department, El Pomar Foundation, its 2018 Season Sponsor and Pikes Peak Opera League as it presents this popular summer Program on the Colorado College campus. Events of the 2018 Vocal Arts Festival include two scenes concerts, one Grand Finale concert, three Masterclasses and the Participant Hearings and are all open to the public, presented at Packard Hall, Colorado College.
- Participant Hearings on Sunday, July 8 at 1:30 pm, with each student singing one song or aria.
- Two staged, costumed and choreographed concerts with scenes from opera & Broadway:
- Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 pm “Let’s Make a Scene”
- Sunday, July 22 at 3:00 pm “Scene Stealers”
- Grand Finale Concert with excerpts from opera & Broadway:
- Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm Grand Finale concert
- Three Master Classes with National Mentors
- Friday, July 13 at 7:00 pm Craig Terry, Chicago Lyric’s Ryan Center’s Music Director
- Friday, July 20 at 7:00 pm Peter Randsman, Randsman Artist Management, NYC
- Friday, July 27 at 7:00 pm Bryce Pinkham, Tony-nominated Broadway Star
Festival Description: Forty-one voice students and young performers ranging in age from high school through post-college/young professionals will participate in a three-week intensive program of individualized voice coaching and singing, acting and dance classes as well as public performances at Colorado College, July 8-29. With this year’s Mentorship Program adding a week, there will be time for singers to network with Craig Terry, current Director of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Artists Training Center, Peter Randsman, an Artist Agent of the Randsman Artist Management of New York City and Tony-nominated Broadway star, Bryce Pinkham. The “WOW” awards will be given at the Grand Finale concert to outstanding Vocal Arts Participants including an Audience Favorite Award.
Where: All events are open to the public and will be held at Packard Hall, Colorado College, on the SW corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street, Colorado Springs. This includes the opening Participant Hearings, two Scenes Concerts, the grand Finale Concert and the three Masterclasses.
Cost: The Participant Hearings on July 8 are $10 per person; the three Concerts on July 15, 22 & 29 are $15 for Adults; $10 for Students. The three Masterclasses on July 13, 20 and 27 are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online at www.operatheatreoftherockies.org, by calling 719-646-3127 or at the door.
Web Site: For more detailed information, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org
July 8 – 29, 2018
Background: Founded by Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ Founder and Artistic Director, Martile Rowland, this distinctive professional program is renowned nationwide. In its seventeenth summer, the Vocal Arts Festival and Young Artists Intensive Training Program is a three week intensive in voice, dance and acting held annually at Colorado College. The singers range in age from high school through post-college/young professionals who come from all over the U.S. to participate in intensive training sessions with voice, acting and dance coaches. Expert faculty and three visiting mentors will present individualized coaching and classes all day every day from Sunday, July 8 to Sunday, July 29. Gifted local artists participate as teaching staff. Public performances and Masterclasses enhance the Region’s music offerings throughout the month of July. Open to the public, all events are held at Packard Hall, Colorado College. Audiences enjoy coming back to each concert to see the progress of these young artists as they work hard to hone their singing, dancing and acting skills. There are specialized tracks in both opera and musical theater so performers have a choice based on their interests, with engaging cross-over classes provided.
This year’s Festival features the opening Participant Hearings on Sunday, July 8, three concerts on Sundays, July 15, 22 and 29 and three Masterclasses on Fridays, July 13, 20 and 27. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with the exception of the Hearings, which cost $10 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org or call 719-646-3127 or you may buy them at the door.
Opera Theatre of the Rockies is proud to cooperate with Colorado College and offers its appreciation to the Music Department for its sponsorship of this fine program. Many emerging artists who received professional training and stage experience have gone on to successful worldwide opera careers attributed in part to their Vocal Arts Festival experience. One nationally recognized Festival singer wrote, “I spent four summers working with Martile Rowland at the Vocal Arts Festival at Colorado College. It was where I first learned stagecraft, movement and preparation of a role…which later became very important in my singing career. I [received] so much individual attention; performed in opera scenes carefully selected to [so I could] work on my voice. I got to know different operas and was exposed to so much music. I learned who I was as a performer, and cannot say enough about what a gift that has been to me in my career!”
Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, Opera Theatre of the Rockies is dedicated to advancing opera throughout southern Colorado through education, training and performance. The organization supports aspiring Colorado singers by offering professional training and performance opportunities in main stage opera productions (2018 Aida), smaller operas (2018 Trouble in Tahiti) and opera concerts (Coming September 23, Emerging Artists). Audiences enjoy Opera Theatre’s Outreach Ensemble at year-round events.
Additional Festival Sponsors include the Tiemens Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, KCME 88.7 FM and Jazz 93.5 FM. For more information or tickets, visit www.operatheatreoftherockies.org. Come to a Festival performance or Masterclass in July or the fall Emerging Artists Concert, all held at Packard Hall to experience the magic that talented Opera Theatre singers gift to the Community.