|AIMS Vocal Program|
|How AIMS Works: Singers participate either in the OPERA STUDIO or the CONCERT STUDIO
(German Lieder). Both include the Audition Training Seminar, a course in auditioning (in
English and German) and communication techniques that are individualized for your career plans. This unique course
is very helpful to musicians at the college/conservatory level and a necessity for those beginning a career in classical music.
Attending AIMS allows you to compare yourself to peers from North America
and other countries and provides invaluable networking opportunities through the contacts you make.
The curriculum involves extensive work in vocal technique, diction, psychological, musical and dramatic preparation for performing and auditioning, body movement, literary and historical studies, and the stagecraft to present the classical repertoire. The AIMS approach fosters a professional attitude toward the art and business of vocal music throughout the program. Participants are exposed to the practices and competitiveness of the music world. Advanced participants may be asked to audition for artists agents. No other program offers more for singers than AIMS in Graz.
Opera Studio for Singers
The Opera Studio prepares singers for performing opera at the professional level. This studio is for singers at all stages of development, from those finishing degrees to the professional level. Concentration is on the standard operatic repertoire (German, Italian, French) with emphasis on the works of Mozart and Strauss. Operetta is offered as an optional elective. Opera Studio participants work closely with European and American opera coaches, conductors and stage directors. There are performance opportunities in the AIMS Recital Series and the Concert Series featuring the AIMS Festival Orchestra, master classes, the Meistersinger Vocal Competition and special events. Students may receive certification or grades in courses and apply for academic credit at the institutions in which they are enrolled. The following courses and events are offered for Opera Studio singers:
Concert Studio for Singers
The Concert Studio deals with the preparation and presentation of the German Lied repertoire. Singers study the vocal technique required for presentation of the German Lied, the German language, German diction, the poetry of the Lied, composers of Lieder, and explore European standards of style and execution. Concert Studio participants work with established professional coaches and pianists. The culmination of the Concert Studio experience is the presentation of a Liederabend in Graz.
The Harold Heiberg Liedersänger Preis
A prize is presented annually to the outstanding Lieder singer honoring the beloved AIMS Lieder coach, Harold Heiberg, who taught at AIMS for 34 summers. His renown as a Lied scholar, pianist, coach and accompanist spread throughout the United States as students came to Graz to study. All Concert Studio singers are eligible for the prize. The "Liedersänger" prize winner is chosen by a panel of faculty members based on the final Liederabende performances of the Concert Studios. The prize carries a cash award of $500 and will be presented to the winner at the final concert of the summer, The Meistersinger Concert.
The following courses and events are offered to Concert Studio singers:
Students may receive certification or grades in courses and apply for academic credit at the institutions in which they are enrolled.
Cost for Singers
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