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Plattsburgh Department of Music!
Lessons by all the applied voice faculty begin the week of
Please contact your applied teacher to arrange your lesson time.
As an applied voice student you will be receiving the equivalent of thirteen lessons (1/2-hour lessons for 1 credit or 1-hour lessons for 2 credits) from Ms. Sophie Bjerke, Mr. Timothy Morningstar, or Ms. Jo Ellen Miano. There is a Music Fee of $150 for 1-credit lessons and $300 for 2-credit lessons.
Each applied voice student must sing in an ensemble during the semester that she or he receives lessons. Choral groups include College Chorale, Cardinal Singers and Choral Union. Visit links for each group from my faculty homepage.
Students also must perform at least once as a soloist in one of the following settings:
Voice Studio Classes
meet on designated Fridays from 2-2:50 pm. All three Studio
Classes (March 1, April 12, May 3) will be held in MFA 324.
The studio classes will be structured like a "master class," in which students will perform and get immediate feedback from "master" teachers (the three voice teachers) and peers. Traditionally, there are fewer performers in each class (as compared to a Performance Class), thus providing more time with each student to improve aspects of his or her performance in the class and to incorporate the input given. It is our intent that this format will benefit each performer, as she/he continues to develop as a soloist.
In addition, this semester there
is one student Performance Classes scheduled in Krinovitz Recital Hall (April 30) at 7:30 pm. These classes offer a more formal performance opportunity
for those applied students (instrumental and vocal) deemed ready by their
Periodically, a Friday Gallery Concert
or a Formal
Student Recital is scheduled for a more public performance opportunity.
Students for the Friday Gallery Concert series are selected by the music faculty. This fall's Friday Gallery Concert will be on Friday, March 29@ 12:15 pm in Myers Room 300--please note the change of venue for this spring.
Voice student Todd Lawson will present a Senior Voice Recital on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm in Krinovitz Recital Hall.
At the end of each spring, our Senior Seminar students present public oral presentations during their class time. These presentations summarize the capstone projects that each has designed. Periodically, one or two students share a public performance time in order to present some additional representation of their capstone projects. The faculty member leading the Sr. Seminar will announce any upcoming public performances.
Please note that you are required to attend the Senior Voice Recital, all three voice studio classes, the student Performance Class, the Friday Gallery Concert, and any public vocal performances associated with Senior Seminar. The voice faculty will keep all applied voice students informed of upcoming vocal events.
In addition to your attendance at each of the required events mentioned above, you are required to attend five (5) Music Department events throughout the semester. The performance event requirement will not be difficult for you to fulfill, since you will already be performing in your ensembles on many of these events. Please keep either a written log or collect concert programs. Then, at the end of the semester, you need only submit that record to your private voice teacher.
**Musicians always have the challenge of keeping their many obligations clear in their minds. Take the time to enter these dates in your calendar, so that you can keep your schedule straight.
REMEMBER ABOUT AUDITIONS!! The audition policy has been revised for our three courses of music study: the Music BA, the music concentration, the music minor. You may now declare your course of study at any time, without an audition. This way, your course of study will appear on your CAPP. You will be required to complete an audition on your applied instrument before your Junior Year in your program. Please speak with your music advisor and your applied teacher to discuss your audition plans for the Music BA, music minor, or music concentration.
Complete the music department audition paperwork and submit it to Mrs. Karen Parrotte in the Music Office--MFA 220. See our department website and posters throughout MFA Building for deadline dates.
Should you have any further questions about voice studio requirements, do not hesitate to contact J. Miano, S. Bjerke, or T. Morningstar. We each use a different applied voice syllabus.
Periodically, we have a
ticket or two available for purchase, allowing you to come along to see one of
the following operas on our schedule for this season. Sometimes we learn
of free tickets for students, given by subscribers who find they cannot attend a
particular performance. Please let J. Miano know, if you would like to be
included on a wait list to be notified of tickets for sale or otherwise! You will receive
your ticket to the opera (seating will vary, according to price), a free round
trip on our deluxe charter bus, a free catered box supper on the bus, snacks,
good company and a wonderful opportunity to see a live opera performance.
Please put your name on the wait list for one or all of the operas by contacting J. Miano ahead of time. You should note that these seats for students most likely appear at the very last minute. So if you put yourself on the waitlist, plan to keep your schedule open, so that you can hop on board the trip when you learn of the opening. The 2012-2013 opera season is:
Other choral/vocal events will be added to this webpage link, as they are scheduled.
Your attendance is
taken at each of the required events mentioned above.
you are required to attend five (5) Music Department events throughout the
semester. The performance event
requirement will not be difficult for you to fulfill, since you will already be
performing in your ensembles on many of these events.
Please keep either a written log or collect concert programs. Then, at
the end of the semester, you need only submit that record to your private voice
**Musicians always have the challenge of keeping their many obligations clear in their minds. Choral/vocal performances, performance classes, and other events scheduled for Spring 2013 semester are listed on the schedules&updates link. Take the time to enter these dates in your calendar, so that you can keep your schedule straight.
And a reminder
to be sure to update your stats on BANNER, so your PSU email account is
forwarded to your preferred email address. Important Music Department
messages will be
sent to your PSU account.
Important Music Department messages will be sent to your PSU account.
Applied Music lessons are granted to deserving students following an audition with the individual applied faculty member. Each student enrolled in the Applied Music Program must meet the following requirements:
in one of the following ensembles: Cardinal Singers, College Chorale, Choral Union, Jazz Ensemble,
Mambo Combo, Sinfonia,
Symphonic Band, or Guitar Ensemble.
Attend the scheduled Performance Class and any Studio Classes scheduled by your applied teacher. Don't forget to keep designated Friday 2 pm time slots free for Voice Studio Classes.
Attend 5 of musical performances presented or sponsored by the Music Department. Concert schedules will be distributed at your first lesson meeting with your applied teacher. Students are responsible for saving concert programs and turning them in to their applied teachers at the end of the semester
a solo performance each semester. Although this typically will be a
selection on a Performance Class, in a Studio Class, or for a jury, the
choice rests with the individual applied music instructor.
In addition, students who are interested in paid usher positions should speak to SUNY Plattsburgh production manager Barry Brown (564-2322) as early in the academic year as possible. A paid training course is required for usher positions.
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