Anderson, Indiana

School of Music to offer Classical Improvisation Workshop

Thu, 2011-02-10 08:05 -- univcomm
February 10, 2011
The Anderson University School of Music will offer a Classical Improvisation Workshop May 24-26, 2011, with Ann Baltz, founder and artistic director of OperaWorks in Los Angeles. The workshop is designed especially for voice teachers, coaches/accompanists, and opera directors. ann-baltzThe intense three-day workshop will introduce voice teachers, coaches/accompanists, and lyric theatre directors to the techniques of Classical improvisation, and offer classes in practical ways to incorporate those techniques into voice lessons, studio class settings, coachings, and lyric theatre workshops and rehearsals. [Photo: Ann Baltz, founder and artistic director of OperaWorks in Los Angeles.]

Classes will be taught by Baltz, as well as Patrice Pastore, voice faculty member at Ithaca College, and Laurel Goetzinger, associate professor of music at Anderson University.

"Improvisation is a staple in the training for actors, dancers and jazz musicians, but for classical musicians it is still a relatively new idea," said Goetzinger. "Ann Baltz has been pivotal in developing this new field. Having seen with our own AU students how uniquely positive and pivotal classical improvisation can be for singers and instrumentalists, we wanted to offer this training to teachers here in the Midwest so that they could learn to incorporate classical improvisation into their teaching as well."

The cost for the workshop is $395, which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee. On-campus housing is also available for an additional fee.

For more information and registration details, visit the Classical Improvisation Workshop website at

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.