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Communicating the Song


Communicating the Song

Text and Subtext

Explore language, movement and style with

Gordon Ostrowski
 Assistant Dean/Opera Producer Emeritus at the
Manhattan School of Music
LeAnn Overton
Music Director/Vocal Coach Manhattan School of Music
Music Director/Vocal Coach Montclair State University

An 8 week classical music course specifically tailored for talented high school singers

Monday afternoons 4 – 6 p.m. NYC location
January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 12, 19, 2018

Application due date: December 11, 2017

Open Application here:

For more information contact
Gordon Ostrowski at: gfostrowski@gmail.com

LeAnn Overton at: leannoverton@gmail.com

Visit us on Facebook: “Communicating the Song”

Tuition: $400


We are happy to announce an 8 week course specifically designed for the talented high school singer interested in pursuing their vocal studies.  After more than 10 years working together for Manhattan School of Music’s precollege opera workshop, Assistant Dean/Opera Producer Emeritus, teacher and stage director Gordon Ostrowski and music director/vocal coach/pedagogue LeAnn Overton team up once again to share their expertise with this enthusiastic age group.

These two hour sessions will introduce basic skills required for today’s singer such as: how to build a character through text and subtext, where to find good word by word translations, how to investigate the musical setting to amplify the words and emotions and how to employ points of focus. Gordon will introduce basic stage comportment including moving 18th Century period movement and explication of style. We will provide informative handouts for the singer to take home on a variety of pertinent topics such as efficient practicing, maintaining vocal health, how to memorize, a singer’s self inventory, a valuable bibliography of books on artsong and operatic literature, and how to investigate a piece of music. 

We will also devote a class to audition techniques and stage mock auditions. The auditions will be videoed and evaluated. Parents are invited to an informative discussion of current requirements for today’s college applications and get a sense of today’s business.

Applications are due December 11, 2017. Open the application here and return to Gordon Ostrowski for the application form at: gfostrowski@gmail.com with a headshot, resume and a letter of recommendation from a trusted musical source.

Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday December 19th 4 - 7 p.m. at Opera America 330 Seventh Avenue between 28/29 Streets, NYC. 7th floor. Audition requirements are two pieces, one in English, the other in French, German or Italian. One must be an up-tempo. The singer must provide his/her own accompanist. Application fee is $25 payable by check or cash.

Acceptance. Singers will be notified by December 29th if they have been accepted into the program. Tuition is $400. Half deposit is due January 5th payable via Pay Pal to LeAnn Overton. This half deposit of $200 is non refundable. Final performance for friends and family takes place the last class session Monday March 19.  Maximum class size is 10 singers. Class schedule Monday evenings: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 12, 19th, 2018. Classes will not be rescheduled except for dangerous weather conditions.

Singers will choose two classical pieces to work on during the course.

Please contact Gordon Ostrowski at gfostrowski@gmail.com or LeAnn Overton at leannoverton@gmail.com for more information. Find us on Facebook “Communicating the Song”


Looking forward to a wonderful program!

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