Friday Aug. 4, morning

Main hall (Kungasalen)

09.00-10.00 Keynote Sten Bunne

Get a music therapist’s wiew of singing and the supportive use of the specially designed Bunne Music Instruments. Headlines of the presentation:
1. Impact of singing on body and brain/mind
2. The Bunne Instrument family & method – new options!
3. Applications with target groups

10.30-11.00 Lara Semetko | Crossing the Genres: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Jazz

This presentation will break down the stylistic features of jazz vs. classical singing; discuss how the use of amplification affects the voice, articulation, breath, etc. It will also discuss the key steps to become a successful jazz singer. You will leave having a better understanding of how to effectively teach jazz voice healthily.

 Lara Semetko is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Illinois in Jazz Performance. She received her MM in Voice Performance & Literature from UI. Ms. Semetko has performed a variety of roles in opera & musical theatre.

Sarah Wigley Johnson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice for the Lyric Theatre department at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Johnson holds an MM in Voice Performance from Colorado State University.

Yvonne Gonzales Redman has enjoyed an 18-year career as a main stage soprano at the Metropolitan Opera including 199 onstage performances as a principal soloist. She is a grand prizewinner of the MONC and the Houston Grand Opera competition.

11.15-12.45 Masterclass George Shirley

Presentations, other venues


‘Rise and shine – your early- morning wake-up call’

Tai chi with Monika Kolasa-Hladiková


Gospel – getting in the groove

Getting In The Groove is an interactive workshop that will show teachers and singers how to address vocal training and style conditioning exercises for gospel, R&B/soul, and jazz music styles using the “iReal Pro-music book & play along” app. Exercises address Ear training, Endurance, Rhythm, Melodic phrasing, Scat singing, and Vocal runs/riffs.

Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin teaches jazz voice at Princeton University, serves on the national faculty of Gospel Music Workshop of America Inc., and is the author of the book So You Want to Sing Gospel.

Vocal technique | Lilla Salen

Round table: Teaching transgender singers

Our panel will speak about teaching transgender singers in academia and non academia and the many things that voice teachers need to know about what these students are going through physically and mentally.

Liz Jackson Hearns, MM, is a voice teacher and owner of The Voice Lab in Chicago. Liz is Co-Founder and Executive Director of ResonaTe, Chicago’s all-trans chorus. She works with transgender and gender nonconforming singers, helping them develop healthy singing habits during medical transition and beyond. “The Singing Teacher’s Guide to Transgender Voices,” which is a collaborative project with Brian Kremer, will be available soon.

Brian Kremer is an assistant professor of Music Theatre at Elon University as well as a professional singer, actor and voice instructor. He teaches courses in voice specializing in contemporary singing and performance styles including music theatre, rock, pop, country and R&B. Beyond the classroom, Brian is researching and writing “The Singing Teacher’s Guide to Transgender Voices.”

Loraine Sims is Associate Professor/Vocal Studies Division Chair at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she teaches Voice and Vocal Pedagogy. Recent presentations include “Comedy in Song: Humorous Art Songs in English” for the 2016 National NATS Conference in Chicago, and “Training the Terrible Tongue!”, for the 2012 National NATS Conference. Other presentations include “Teaching Lucas: A Transgender Student’s Vocal Journey from Soprano to Tenor” at the 2016 NOA/NATS conference and the 2016 National NATS Convention.

Rachel Inselman, soprano is a Professor of Voice at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has performed numerous opera roles as well as appearances as soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the United States including the Cleveland Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra  As a recitalist, Rachel has appeared in Australia, Italy, Costa Rica, Brazil, Turkey and Canada.

Pedagogy | Nathan Milsteinsalen

Discovering the Undiscovered: Contemporary American Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-first Century

Introduction to twenty-first century American repertoire for the solo singer. Repertoire will be examined as a vehicle for technical development in studio teaching and as literature for recital programming. Presentation will include a discussion of musical language; vocal technique/level of difficulty; accompaniment; and publication information.

Christine Anderson is Associate Professor of Voice at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She holds a B.M. from Illinois Wesleyan University and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Repertoire | Seminarie 1

Eight simple steps for learning vocal repertoire

A systematic method of learning vocal music quickly, accurately, and securely that works for singers of every age and proficiency. Participants will be guided through the method in an interactive workshop setting.

Christopher Mitchell, bass-baritone, is an Associate Professor of Music at Murray State University in Kentucky, where he teaches applied voice and directs the Racer Men’s Chorus.

Ellen Rissinger is an American Vocal Coach/Accompanist on the music staff of the Sächsische Staatsoper (Semperoper) in Dresden, Germany. She is the producer and host of The Diction Police podcast.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 2

KinEmission – conception of voice release through movement

New authorial conception of complementary voice training in singing or speech is attempt to answer the question how movement and physical culture influences the voice liberation. Method has been developed in collaboration with a physiotherapist. Workshop will include specific exercises with devices (fit-balls, rubber tapes and Aerial-Yoga hammocks.

Izabela Jezowska, mezzosoprano, dr hab., professor at the Academy of Theatre, Puppetry Department in Wroclaw. Lecturer at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Performed in Poland, Italy, Austria, Japan, Mexico and USA.

Vocal technique | Movement room

Writers’ forum

Svarta lådan

10.00-10.30 Morning Coffee


Vocal e-learning – an interactive demonstration on the use of a Video-Blog

Blogs create a network within peer groups; making research, presentation, documentation and communication for students, teachers and supervisors, easy and quickly accessible. The Video-Blog is an interactive tool for independent learning, researching and reflecting. We learn how to use, upload and publish videos.

Hans-Jürg Rickenbacher performed as lyric tenor all over Europe, North- and South-America. He is Professor at the University of Lucerne and president of EVTA.CH, the Swiss section of the European Voice Teachers Association.

Pedagogy | Lilla Salen

All shook up: an update on the latest research on vibrato, with practical applications for teachers

This presentation aims to share the results of five studies on vibrato led by the presenter and to share some evidence-based teaching ideas for addressing vibrato problems with students.

John Nix, tenor, is Professor of Voice at the University of Texas at San Antonio, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Singing, and Vice President of the Pan-American Vocology Association.

Research | Seminarie 1

Singers and Sizeism: Obesity and Anorexia from Opera to Pop

This session will explore sizeism in singing, examining views on high and low weight through discussion of the issues faced by singers like Deborah Voigt, Jessye Norman, Maria Callas, Karen Carpenter, Amy Winehouse, and Adele. Both classical and pop singers now face increased scrutiny of their weight in an industry where both voice and size matter.

Linda Lister is the author of the book Yoga for Singers and co-author of Voice Secrets and Red Rock Mantras. She is Associate Professor of Music and Opera Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Health | Seminarie 2

Shannon Coates: Teaching Very Young Singers

The presenter will merge current research with extensive experience to outline reasons independent voice studio teachers should teach very young singers, to articulate appropriate expectations for very young singers, to provide tools and resources for independent voice studio teachers to use when teaching very young singers, and to demonstrate how to incorporate the instruction of very young singers into voice pedagogy curricula.

Shannon Coates is the first person to be awarded a DMA in Voice Pedagogy from a Canadian university; the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Lorna MacDonald. Presented research at international voice conferences, including The Voice Foundation’s Symposium in 2012 and the 8th ICVT. Teaches undergraduate voice pedagogy courses at two universities in Ontario, Canada, manages a thriving independent voice studio, adjudicates widely, is a Subject Matter Expert in Voice for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is the President of NATS Ontario.

Pedagogy | Movement room



Sing Bossa Nova: a guide to the performance of the Brazilian Contemporary Commercial Song

Brazilian urban song, which includes bossa nova, is a genre commonly related to jazz singing outside Brazil. Therefore, it can be of great interest to performers and voice teachers alike to know more about the voice technique and interpretation of this music, which is innovative, challenging and infused with passionate energy.

Luciano Silva has been singing bossa nova and jazz for more than thirty years. He holds a doctorate in voice from Michigan State University. Since 2014, he is a professor of voice with UNILA.

Interpretation | Lilla Salen

Jean Sibelius and his Muses: Songs inspired by sopranos Ida Ekman and Aino Ackté

Two women inspired Jean Sibelius to write most of his over 100 songs. In this retrospective of sopranos Ida Ekman and Aino Ackté, the presenters will offer a lecture recital examining the differing voices and temperaments of the two, their relationships with the composer, and a performance of some of the most important songs created for them.

Mimmi Fulmer is the editor of “Midnight Sun”, an anthology of Nordic songs, and author of a book about “Vision and Prayer”. She is Professor of Voice and Opera at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Soprano Kathleen Roland-Silverstein is a Fulbright scholar, author of a Swedish song anthology, music reviewer for the Journal of Singing, and a member of the faculty at Syracuse University.

Pianist Russell Miller is Professor of Vocal Coaching & Repertoire at Eastman School of Music. He has performed internationally, notably with Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, Julia Broxholm & Jan Opalach.

Repertoire | Nathan Milsteinsalen

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Singing: A Presentation and Demonstration (until 12.15)

The methods and goals of a pedagogy for singing are significantly different from those of a pedagogy for voice science. Neither can effectively substitute for the other. A voice pedagogy must be grounded in fact but singularly focused on the kinesthetic experience of the singer. Kinesthesia connects cognition with essential functions of refined singing–a natural pedagogical bridge between science and singing.

Dr. Karen Tillotson Bauer, Chicago, Professor Emerita, pedagogue, and author of The Essentials of Beautiful Singing: A Three Step Kinesthetic Approach, critically acclaimed nationally and internationally. Published in JOS and Classical Singer.

Pedagogy| Seminarie 1

Building character in song

With today’s hyper-visual/aural demands, singers must learn to give nuanced performances and interviews about their characters and works. Dr. Dechance presents a model for Song Character Study adaptable to a variety of training environments and music styles, along with techniques for implementing and applying the study to performance practice.

Dr. Yvonne René Dechance [] has taught in independent, commercial and university voice studios, and is an active performer, academic and clinician. She resides in Paris, France.

Interpretation | Seminarie 2

Therapeutic Singing and support by the Bunne Instrument family (11.45-12.45)

A try-out-the-instruments workshop of the Bunne Instrument family & method.

Sten Bunne is a Swedish music therapist since 1983. MoA Music pedagogics. Head MT program Dalarna Univ/Coll. Chairman PASCAL. Creator of the Bunne Instruments/methods for children, elderly, stroke, dyslexians a. o.

Workshop | Svarta lådan



Complete Vocal Technique – 15 years later

Being the pioneer of CVT (C. Sadolin) in Sweden, Annika Holmberg has applied it with thousands of singers, taken part in refining the pedagogy and seen it and its community evolve. After a short practical run-through of CVT, she will lead an interactive discussion together with colleague Ville Laaksonen (Finland) about this and other methods.

Annika Holmberg – Authorized CVT Teacher & highly sought vocal coach with an interdisciplinary approach and extensive experience, also as a touring and recording singer and songwriter.

Ville Laaksonen (MMus) – Forward-thinking voice pedagogue and Authorized CVT Teacher running a popular studio in Helsinki. He is also an artist and songwriter.

Vocal Technique | Lilla Salen

Western overtone singing technique and its artistic application

Overtone singing is a voice technique where it seems like one person sings two notes at the same time; this can be achieved through filtering and amplifying the overtones in the human voice in a specific way. Overtone singing can be used like an instrument with clear notation or as a sound effect.

Anna-Maria Hefele is a singer, musician and an overtone-singer and -teacher. She studied music & dance education at Carl Orff Institute, Mozarteum Salzburg.

Vocal technique | Nathan Milsteinsalen

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Singing: A Presentation and Demonstration (continued)

Pedagogy | Seminarie 1

Development of the Russian art song: tracing folk roots in Russian romansiy, 1850-1950

Four major elements of traditional Russian folk music demonstrated in songs of Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev. Elements: protyazhnaya (melismatic melody), znamenny chant, plyacobaya (dance rhythms), and gypsy influence. Multi-media format: slides of contemporaneous russian paintings descriptive of scene, emotion of song performed.

Dr Sherri Weiler, associate professor of music at American university Sharjah, UAE, coached Russian vocal literature for 12 years with Moscow Conservatory piano professor. Doctoral treatise: Difficulties encountered in Russian diction by American singers.

Repertoire | Seminarie 2

12.45-14.15 Lunch Break

This is a preliminary programme and is subject to change.