Voices of Summer

Bring your interpretation to life.

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Words are the gateway to musical interpretation.

Voices of Summer / Voci d'Estate is a unique summer course for singers and pianists, focusing on the abilities of both performers to express, as actors, the texts of the songs and arias before performing the music, thus ensuring precise understanding of the texts and discovering colors and intensities that deepen the artistry of the final musical performance.

Voices of Summer. Study in Chicago.

In this 7-10 day intensive we tie movement, the spoken word and the sung text together so that it not only fulfills the desires of the composer, but so that the singer inhabits the drama and music in way unique to that individual performer. For college students and early career singers who have mastered the fundamentals of lyric diction in German, French, Italian and English, or students who speak one or more of those languages,

Voci d'Estate. Study in Italy.

In this two week course, you will immerse yourself daily in Italian language and culture, recitation of texts both in individual arias and in scenes, and the kinesthesis that develops between movement, recitation and singing, working toward cultural, dramatic and musical fluency. For operatic performers who wish to take their performance to a deeper, more authentic level. The course focuses on--but is not limited to--the language and music of Italy and Italian composers.

Paint your words.

The distinguishing feature of a fine singing artist is the way in which the text, whether libretto of an opera or the poem of an art song, is painted. The technique of singing has this as its end: the expression in sound of the words.

Deepen your understanding.

Voices of Summer seeks to deepen the understanding of singing and collaborative artists by a thorough examination of the texts, in great detail. In this course, singers and pianists are first asked to tie their breathing to the sounds they make through Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Myron Myers, Executive Director

Myron Myers has performed with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and has recorded for Telarc, ABC and Musical Heritage Society. His operatic roles include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Rocco (Fidelio), Ramfis (Aida) and Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), and he has sung under the batons of Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Raymond Leppard, Roger Wagner and Lukas Foss, among many others.

A Not for Profit Corporation

Voices of Summer NFP (Not For Profit) and its subsidiary, Voci d'Estate, are incorporated under the Illinois State Not For Profit Corporation Act. Tax exempt status has been granted by the State of Illinois Attorney General. The application for 501c3 status with the United States Internal Revenue Service is pending. Donations toward the 850 IRS application fee through this website would be appreciated greatly! Please contact us for more information about donating. We would like to thank the following for their continued financial support: Patricia Deckert, Ke-Yin Kilburn (Federation of Mid-American Chinese Academic Organizations), and Cheryl Porter (http://www.cherylporter.com). Myron Myers Executive Director/Treasurer