2015 Winter Workshop - The 21st Century Voice Teacher

January 8 - 10, 2015


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Session Descriptions

Hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University, this NATS Winter Workshop offers sessions whose focus is on the combination of old and new knowledge, skills, and tools needed by the 21st Century voice teacher. New awareness of vocal tract acoustics will provide practical tools to tune-up singing and teaching techniques; Feldenkreis “awareness through movement” will help bring unity and balance to the interaction of body and voice, leading to that singing fundamental, free release of the breath; and exploration of ways to release and nurture the creative spirit will open a path to the vital artistic goal, compelling performance.

Learn how to understand somatic awareness, our body map in voice production and training. Marina Gilman will help build a bridge between an intuitive approach to whole body awareness in singing and current research in the science of the singing voice. Through lecture and interactive sessions, Gilman will help us to recognize impediments to free use of the breath, in ourselves as well as in our students, and share proven strategies for releasing the breath and achieving balance.

Tap into your expressive side and release our personal creativity using improvisation techniques that we can employ both as singers and as teachers. Based on her years of experience working with singers in the OperaWorks program that she developed, Ann Baltz will also teach us a variety of specific techniques that can help us to remove impediments to more compelling performances in any genre.

Learn the acoustics of vocal registration and how this understanding can significantly enhance studio and choral pedagogy as well as one’s own singing. Topics addressed by Kenneth Bozeman will include female/treble resonance strategies, male passaggio training, the acoustics of belting, and useful studio/classroom technologies. Attendees will have opportunity to explore these principles in their own voices and observe their application in masterclass settings.

Bonus Sessions

arcadiaCruiseShip_2449967b.jpgThe Cruise Ship Scene with Nick Herman. Herman, who works regularly as a music director/vocal coach for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, will do an introduction course to building careers in the modern cruise ship industry, including  just what these gigs require today, how to prepare live or video auditions, current pop practice in diction and articulation, singing in pop styles without experiencing vocal fatigue, and working with a click track as opposed to a live orchestra. He will also teach a master class in preparing audition repertory,  plus a group experience in singing through excerpts of typical cruise ship show repertory in a variety of music styles.

Four-Arts-Celebration.jpgThe Teaching Legacy of Bel Canto Technique: Virginia Zeani to Marilyn Mims to Virginia Mims. Renowned, international soprano Virginia Zeani, her former student Marilyn Mims, and Marilyn's student (and daughter) Virginia Mims will demonstrate how the bel canto singing technique has been transmitted from teacher to student through several generations. Local Workshop Coordinator Lloyd Mims will moderate an open conversation between teachers, singers, and workshop participants as Virginia Zeani describes what she learned from her own teachers that she then successfully transmitted to her many students at Indiana University over a teaching career that spanned more than 20 years. 

Venue Information

Palm Beach Atlantic University

The workshop will be held in Vera Lea Rinker Hall (VLR), 326 Acacia Road, W. Palm Beach, FL 334401
(This is a GPS locating address, not a mailing address)

Workshop Registration and Information
Lobby area of Helen K. Persson Recital Hall on the first floor of Vera lea Rinker Hall.

Palm Beach Atlantic University campus map

Vera Lea Rinker Hall (VLR) is building #11 on the campus map at the following link. Nearby parking is clearly indicated. http://www.pba.edu/maps-and-directions

Hotel Information

Hawthorn-Suites-logo---WEB.pngHawthorn Suites by Wyndham
301 Lamberton Drive
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
Phone: 561-472-7000



Shuttle from Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

NATS has contracted with Molly’s Trolleys ( http://www.mollystrolleys.com/ ) to provide transportation to PBAU in the morning and back to the hotel at the end of the workshop sessions each day. There will be two trolley runs each morning and two runs following the end of the final sessions according to the following schedule (Printable Version):


Registration Start

First Session Start

Run I

Run II

Session End

Run I

Run II

Thurs. 1/8

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

Fri. 1/9

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

8:10 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

7:30 p.m.

7:45 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Sat. 1/10

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

8:10 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

5:15 p.m.

Driving to Palm Beach Atlantic

From the Florida Turnpike, take Okeechobee Boulevard (Exit 99) east for five miles.

From I-95 exit at Okeechobee Blvd.(Exit 70) and proceed east.  Turn right on Olive Ave. Proceed three blocks and turn right on Acacia Ave and Vera Lea Rinker School of Music is on your left (south) side.  You may park on the street or the PBA parking lot(s) on your right.

Parking at PBA: Parking is free on the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus.
PBA Parking Map (online)  l  PBA Parking Map (printable)

Featured Presenters

Ann_Baltz-WEB-175x153.pngAnn Baltz is Founder and Artistic Director of OperaWorks, and has been recognized as one of the leading opera educators in America today.  She is a frequent clinician at national conferences including NATS, Classical Singer, and for Opera America where she was also a member of the National Singer Training Forum steering committee. Ms. Baltz conducts master classes and residencies on performance training and opera improvisation at conservatories throughout the U.S. and in Australia.  Her diverse professional background includes over 40 productions as assistant conductor and chorus master, and as a collaborative pianist on tour with Columbia Artist Concerts and Minnesota Opera. Through her deep commitment to new and experimental works, Ms. Baltz has served as Music Director of composer-librettist studios, and she has performed musically improvised one-act operas in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. She is a frequent adjudicator for vocal competitions, and is the recipient of a Red Carpet Award from “Women in Theatre” recognizing her outstanding achievements in theater in Los Angeles. 

Bozeman-Web-175x153.pngKenneth Bozeman Professor of Music, holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona, and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Munich.  He is chair of the voice department at Lawrence University, where he has received two awards for excellence in teaching. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation for his interest in voice science and is the chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing. His students have sung with major houses, including Houston Grand, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco, the Metropolitan, and Santa Fe. He has been a frequent presenter at voice science conferences, has written several articles on voice acoustics, especially in training the male passaggio, and a book, Practical Vocal Acoustics:  Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers.  Mr. Bozeman was a master teacher for the 2013 NATS Intern Program at Vanderbilt University.

Marina-Gilman-WEB-175x153.pngMarina Gilman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University, Master of Music degree from Ithaca College, and a Masters of Art in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University. She is a singing teacher, performer, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, and a licensed speech pathologist with specialization in voice. She has taught voice at Cornell University, Syracuse University, and in the Theater School at DePaul University Chicago. She has also taught at the School at the Steppenwolf Theater Company summer program. In her capacity as a licensed speech pathologist Marina has worked at major medical voice centers in Chicago and is currently part of the interdisciplinary team at the Emory Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology, in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 35 years she has developed her interest in somatic aspects of voice training through her clinical, academic, and studio teaching. Marina Gilman’s performing career includes recitals as well as leading operatic roles with regional opera companies. Marina regularly teaches workshops for actors, singers and voice therapists at professional voice and medical conferences. She has published research on voice in medical voice journals and is the author of Body and Voice: Somatic Re-education.

Registration Rates

  • NATS Member - $265^
  • Non-NATS Member - $285^
  • Non-NATS Member/Spouse/Joint Member or guest of registrant - $225^
  • Student (Non-NATS Member with valid student ID) - $115^
  • NATS Member (daily) - $150*^
  • Non-NATS Member (daily) - $170*^
  • Student (daily) - $75*^

^ Full registration includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions. Also includes shuttle service to PBAU and back once each day. Attendees must have registered for the workshop in advance to access shuttle service. 

Online Registration is now closed.  You can still attend and will be able to register on-site at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests will be honored through December 1, 2014. The NATS Executive Office must be notified of your intention to cancel in writing at the following address: 9957 Moorings Drive, Suite 401, Jacksonville, FL  32257.  Notice may also be sent by fax to 904-262-2587. Cancellations are not accepted by phone or e-mail.  

All refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $25.00 USD. Refunds cannot be applied to subsequent workshops. Refund & Cancellation Deadline is December 1, 2014.