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12th Vocal Arts at DePauw program opens Sunday

Friday, June 17, 2011

The DePauw University School of Music will welcome 35 high school students to campus June 19-25 for the Vocal Arts at DePauw 2011 summer program.

Beginning Sunday, the students, traveling from locations throughout the United States and Canada, will participate in a weeklong intensive, studying voice, acting, dancing and other activities related to performance. 

"Vocal Arts is now in its 12th year and has been a tremendous recruitment tool for DePauw," said Caroline B. Smith, director of the program and voice area coordinator in the DPU School of Music.

"It is always a real treat to have such eager, talented vocalists on campus for the week, and see them discover and learn some of the many aspects that make DePauw so special. They really improve during the week with the voice lessons, acting classes, improvisation sessions, staging, and dance, to name but a few of the many offerings they get. I am looking forward to another fantastic week."

In addition to the activities and classes designed for the high school students, Vocal Arts at DePauw also includes three public performances:

-- The first, at 7 p.m. Sunday will feature faculty and staff members who will teach during the program. The program will feature both classical and musical theater works presented by Caroline B. Smith, Pamela Coburn, Valentin Lanzrein, Jay White, Steven Linville and Amanda Hopson.

-- On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., current DPU voice majors and recent graduates will present a concert of works ranging from the music of George Frideric Handel to current musical theater works from shows such as "Lestat," "The Last 5 Years" and "Next to Normal."

Vocal Arts at DePauw will conclude with a 10 a.m. concert on Saturday, June 25, featuring solos by all participants of the program, as well as two group numbers from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "The Phantom of the Opera."

All concerts will be in Thompson Recital Hall of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts and are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1884, the DePauw School of Music is one of the oldest in the nation, and it has a tradition of educating leaders in virtually every facet of music, including performers, educators, composers and administrators.

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