Anderson, Indiana

AU to offer Classical Improvisation Workshop

Mon, 2012-03-05 07:55 -- univcomm
March 5, 2012

The Anderson University School of Music will offer a Classical Improvisation Workshop May 29-31, 2012, 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.

Classes will be taught by Ann Baltz as well as AU faculty members Laurel Goetzinger and Shauna Steele.

“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 vital 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.”

This is the second year for the workshop. Teachers, opera directors, and coach/accompanists who participated in the 2011 workshop described their experiences in superlatives — amazing, intense, eye-opening, life-affirming, exceptionally useful, innovative, and fun. Participants said the step-by-step classes stimulated creativity and modeled skills and principles for life and performance.

Cost for the workshop is $395, which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee. On-campus housing is 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 University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. 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.