MA in Advanced Vocal Studies
By virtue of its limited student intake the Academy is able to operate an intense and personalised programme.
Most students will have already succeeded at other Universities and Conservatoires and possibly have some professional experience. WIAV seeks to complement those experiences with a programme of demanding study at a professional level.
There are thirty weeks of study and performance over two semesters, with three week breaks at Christmas and Easter. Students will be enrolled at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
The emphasis is on critical musical and vocal aspects of performance. The dramatic elements of performance are also studied ,particularly in preparation of our public performances through regular group sessions in the Stanislawski method. This work will form the basis of all staged or semi staged performances.
Students receive regular one to one tuition,in Vocal Technique, Art Song,Concert repertoire, Languages and Operatic repertoire central to their careers. They will be required to master and memorise two new Operatic roles in the original language. There are also group events in audition technique and preparation,, recitative classes and ensemble work. Importance is given to developing a thorough knowledge of repertoire and of concert and recital material and the research and selection of the same, to develop self reliance and self awareness with artistic confidence.
The Director leads the vocal technique team giving regular individual lessons. Our coaches and repetiteurs with whom each student will learn their repertoire, are drawn from the leading companies of the UK and we also bring in specialist coaches from other parts of the world. All our language coaches are from international opera houses and teach the method of idiomatic delivery of text in a singing legato line.
Of great importance is the system of regular masterclass days given by national and international celebrities, These give an opportunity of working at a professional level and the opportunity to reflect on the work of fellow students encouraging understanding and a critical ear. In addition, distinguished lecturers will visit in related subjects such as the physiology of singing, performance styles in different eras, etc.
An additional unique teaching method is our one to one weekly sessions studying historical peer performance, relevant to the student’s repertoire and study, through the medium of historical recordings both in sound and on video. The Academy has an enormous collection of this material at its disposal.
The University has a very successful performing Arts reputation with several important courses and excellent facilities. The Academy will work closely with these programmes as an active part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
These performance facilities will be available to the Academy, along with other local facilities and venues for public performance. Many of the performances will take place at the University’s campuses in Carmarthen and Lampeter, and occasionally in Cardiff where the Academy is based. Our method provides the students with the same preparation for performance as professionals receive.
The Academy recognises that the best teacher is the stage itself and our many activities involve several weeks of pure performance. These will involve staged or partially staged scenes from Opera, when programming is constructed around the voices of the group and not voice category, enabling all singers as equal an opportunity to perform as possible.
Other performances will include Sacred works, Opera Galas and recitals of Art Song. Performances will be frequent and used to assess progress and standards Whenever practical, performances will be open to the public.