voice teacher working with a singer.
Oberlin Conservatory voice professor Timothy LeFebvre works with a vocal academy student in Bibbins Hall. Photo credit: Dale Preston '83

July 5 - 9, 2021

Application Deadline: March 15

All applications will be reviewed after the March 15 deadline.

The Oberlin Virtual Voice Intensive is a rigorous workshop for dedicated high school voice students considering a future in vocal performance. This program is ideal for students who want to explore the many facets and opportunities available to singers, as well as learn important techniques and strategies applicable for auditions, performances, and collaborative experiences.


Faculty for the Vocal Academy for High School Students include conservatory voice and opera faculty and those from other distinguished music schools. Academy faculty draw from a wealth of pedagogical and performance experience, including study and training in renowned conservatories and performances and recordings with highly regarded orchestras, ensembles, and opera companies.

Thomas BandyThomas Bandy teaches collaborative piano, English, Italian, and German lyric diction for voice majors, and seminars at the conservatory in Czech and Russian lyric diction and vocal repertoire. He also teaches classes in lieder and mélodie. Bandy has overseen the musical preparation of Oberlin’s mainstage opera productions. He has also been on the faculty of the summer Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico as Czech, Russian, and Italian coach, and regularly gives master classes for singers and pianists at Notre Dame. Bandy studied with the renowned Martin Katz at the University of Michigan.

Salvatore Champagne.Salvatore Champagne ’85 is a conservatory associate professor of singing. He began his singing career in 1988, when he was chosen to be the tenor soloist in a European tour of Leonard Bernstein's Songfest conducted by the composer. Immediately thereafter, he joined the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany, appearing in a wide range of leading tenor roles. For the next 10 years, he was engaged as a guest artist in many of Europe’s finest opera houses and concert halls.

Kendra Colton.Kendra Colton '83 is an assistant professor of singing in the conservatory. She has performed with the orchestras of Boston, Indianapolis, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Minnesota, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Adept at a wide range of repertoire, Colton has developed a niche in oratorio and sacred works from Bach to Brahms, and is recognized for her interpretation of contemporary chamber music and championing of little-known works written in the last century.

Jonathon Field.For more than 20 years, Jonathon Field has directed groundbreaking productions at Oberlin Conservatory, keeping the school in the forefront of contemporary opera. His 2004 exchange with Teatro Colon brought Oberlin singers to Buenos Aires for a multimedia production of Dido and Aeneas to a sold-out auditorium. In 2009 he directed the world premiere of Harvey Pekar’s jazz opera Leave Me Alone, which was one of the first operas to broadcast live on the internet. He directed the American premiere of Lost Highway, an opera based on the David Lynch film that played to sold-out performances at the Miller Theatre in New York. In January 2016, he took Oberlin alum Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom to Black churches throughout Northeast Ohio as well as a performance in a packed Finney Chapel.

Katherine Jolly.Soprano Katherine Jolly emphasizes physical and mental well-being in her teaching, principles instilled in her as a young dancer and through years of yoga and mindfulness studies. An avid performer in a wide range of settings, Jolly was a winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals. She has enjoyed leading coloratura and soubrette roles with companies including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, and American Lyric Theater.

Timothy LeFebvreTimothy LeFebvre is associate professor of singing at the conservatory and teaches private voice and oratorio repertoire for singers. His is a nationally acclaimed baritone, and his musical experiences range from the operatic stage to the concert hall. He has performed extensively as a soloist and in concerts with such groups as the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and others.

Lorraine Manz.Lorraine Manz is a conservatory professor of singing, with a special interest in voice pedagogy. A mezzo-soprano, she has been featured as soloist in orchestral, oratorio, recital, and chamber music settings. She has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland), New Hampshire Music Festival, and many others. In 2014, she was elected to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.

Christopher MirtoChristopher Mirto is an assistant professor of opera Theater at the conservatory and has worked as a freelance actor, director, and producer. His career highlights include performing in two of Richard Foreman's plays at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre in New York City and directing a revival of Dionysus in 69 at the Performing Garage. Mirto has directed operas at Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute, and with the Longfellow Chorus in Portland, Maine.

Gregory Ristow.Gregory Ristow directs the Oberlin College Choir and Musical Union and teaches courses in vocal chamber music and conducting. He has conducted with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Houston's Foundation for Modern Music, the Voices chamber choir in Rochester, N.Y., as artistic director of Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis, and as assistant conductor of the Gregory Kunde Chorale in Rochester. In addition to his work as a choral conductor, Ristow is in demand as a teacher of Dalcroze eurhythmics, a method of teaching music through movement. He earned a DMA in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he taught undergraduate and graduate conducting and was assistant conductor of the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus.

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop, or tablet to the internet using an ethernet cable, a strong, stable wi-fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your wi-fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio.

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

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