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Lehrer Vocal Institute

Music & Theater / Star-Powered Artistry

Interested in Vocal Training?

The Lehrer Vocal Institute is the leading source to develop artists of impact and prepare them for a 21st century career in voice and vocal piano. Expert teaching artists collaborate and mentor participants to prepare them for on-stage performances— from a fully-staged opera production to public masterclasses — while also providing abundant training and dynamic opportunities to support both the on and off-stage experience.

25 vocal institute fellows enrolled per summer

Mirrorflores: Cinematic Opera

Training & Performance Opportunities

2023 Opera Production

The fully-staged production will be conducted by Daniela Candillari.

Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Compete for a $5,000 cash award, a Santa Barbara recital featuring a commissioned work, and more.

Private Lessons & Masterclasses

Study one-on-one with pedagogues from our world-class teaching artist roster.

Additional Opportunities

Participate in Chamber Concerts, Recital, and Acting and Performance Coaching.

Composer-in-Residence

A special vocal production will be dedicated to the works of a noted living composer

Industry Day

Singers and pianists will be heard by and receive critical feedback from prominent artist managers and casting directors.

Creative Project

Perform in a staged production just for the fellows to hone your character-building skills.

Innovation Institute

Offering seminars & entrepreneurial opportunities including the Fast Pitch Awards.

Compeer Program

Through our special “Compeer” program, each fellow is matched with community members for social events and more.

Wellness Program

Take advantage of wellness resources including exercise, yoga, counseling, and performance medicine.

Vocal Institute Teaching Artists

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John Churchwell
director of music, Vocal Institute
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Tom Cipullo
composer-in-residence
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Sasha Cooke
mezzo soprano, artist-in-residence
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James Darrah
creative producer of special projects
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Margo Garrett
faculty artist
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Martin Katz
faculty artist
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Peter Kazaras
opera director
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Hemdi Kfir
language coach
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William Long
assistant conductor & chorus master, opera
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Gerald Martin Moore
vocal pedagogue
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Nils Neubert
language coach
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Susanna Phillips
Mosher guest artist, soprano
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Laura Poe
vocal coach
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Nino Sanikidze
vocal coach
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Tamara Sanikidze
vocal coach
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Bill Schuman
vocal pedagogue
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Craig Terry
music director, Hahn Hall: 1922
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Sara E. Widzer
acting & performance coach
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Maureen Zoltek
vocal coach

Application Form, Audition Process & Repertoire Requirements

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The Music Academy requires all administration, faculty, fellows, and other constituents on campus to provide proof of COVID vaccination.

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