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April 19, 2014
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Intensive Studies in Voice

The Intensive Studies in Voice workshop is a unique non-academic (not for credit) opportunity for undergraduate and graduate-level singers who wish to continue intensive vocal studies attuned to their individual needs in a fashion not addressed by most other spring/summer programs. Singers typically enter post-secondary studies at a less advanced level of accomplishment than their colleagues majoring on other instruments. They are less advanced not just in technical ability but also in their awareness of the literature appropriate to their development as musicians. And, it’s not their fault. It’s the nature of their instrument. Singers entering post-secondary studies have only had their adult voice for a few years.

Intensive Studies in Voice at Laurier gives the student the luxury of access to:

  • concentrated one-on-one training for the equivalent of an additional semester each year
  • training that can be individually structured to meet the needs of each participant
  • training that assists students in meeting technical and artistic goals appropriate to their stage of development as singers

This unique program is structured in:

  • nine uninterrupted weeks of concentrated study with emphasis on voice technique and repertoire
  • two-and-one-half hours per week of individual instruction consisting of:
    • one hour per week with the designated voice pedagogue
    • one hour per week with the assigned coach
    • one-half hour per week of performance in master class
  • ensemble work will also receive some emphasis within this framework.
A series of recitals will allow further opportunity for performance and the development of the vital relationship between soloist and accompanist.

Course Information 

Start/End Dates: Monday - Thursday, April 29 - June 28, 2013

Location: Laurier's Waterloo campus
Fee: $1,775

Application for Audition

Please complete the online voice workshop application form here

For non-Laurier students, application for audition must be received online by Monday, April 15, 2013. Late applications will be accepted if space allows. You will be contacted to arrange your audition once the online registration form is completed.

Students currently enrolled at Laurier must submit the Application for Audition by Thursday, April 11, 2013. The April voice jury will serve as the workshop audition.

Please Address Program Inquiries To

Professor Elvera Froese
Voice Intensive Workshop
Faculty of Music
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3C5

Accomodation and Meals

For information on summer accommodation at Laurier, please contact Hotel Laurier.

Meal service is available Monday through Friday on campus for breakfast and lunch only. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the university.  

About the 2013 Instructors

Daniel Lichti, Voice Professor - on sabbatical

Acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest concert and oratorio singers, Bass-baritone Daniel Lichti, Associate Professor, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University since 1998, continues to perform internationally with major symphonic, choral and concert organizations. His connection to major American Bach Festivals continued in 2010 with performances for the 75th Anniversary of the Winterpark Bach Festival in Florida, and, the latest CD release of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, PA (ANALEKTA) featured Mr. Lichti as one of the soloists. In 2011 he will perform major works by Bach with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers, Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener and at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, Cleveland.

No stranger to the opera stage, having debuted at the Stratford Festival in 1974, he has performed widely in Europe and North America with, among others, the COC, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, L’Opéra de Montréal, L’Opéra de Québec, and Opera Atelier and is fresh off performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Hamilton

Adding to his extensive discography, ANALEKTA has just released Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch to follow his critically acclaimed Winterreise by Franz Schubert in 2009. In demand internationally as a recitalist and teacher, Mr. Lichti was one of a panel of judges and coaches on Bravo-TV’s Gemini Award winning Bathroom Divas.

Kimberly Barber, Mezzo Soprano

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber maintains an international operatic and concert career singing with major opera houses and ochestras throughout the world (Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, London Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival, to name a few), and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos and CBC Records. Increasingly in demand as clinician, pedagogue and panellist, Prof. Barber has worked with young and established artists at the COC Ensemble, the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program, the Universities of Toronto, Manitoba, Alberta and Yourk University and the Glenn Fould Professional School. She was a guest presenter at the 2004 ORMTA Convention and the Ambassador Teacher at Edmonton's Opera Nuova in 2007 and 2010, and was the featured commentator for CBC Radio's live broadcasts of the 2005 Montreal International Voice Competition. An Associate Professor of Voice, she has been on Faculty at WLU since July of 2002 and is Administrative Coordinator of the Opera Program.

Lynda Mieske

Lynda Mieske is a graduate of the first class of the Bachelor of Music program in performance voice from Laurier. She has performed as a soloist in concert, oratorio and opera, and has been a member of the voice faculty at Laurier for almost 40 years. Ms. Mieske is pleased to be part of the Spring Intensive Voice workshop, where students have the unique opportunity to focus exclusively on developing their voice and exploring new repertoire.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy 

  • notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to Continuing Studies in-person, by mail, or by email
  • a full tuition refund will be issued when notice of withdrawal is received up to two weeks prior to the workshop start date
  • a full tuition refund, less a $99 administrative fee, will be issues when notice of withdrawal is received between two weeks and one day before the workshop start date
  • after the start of the workshop, no refund will be issued

Please note that no refund of any sort will be given if the university is closed for any reason during your course.

Course Cancellation

Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to cancel a course in which there is insufficient enrollment. In the event of a cancellation, students will be informed and all fees will be refunded.