A Trip to Australia. "For the Love of Singing"

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A Trip to Australia. "For the Love of Singing"


Duax, Kathryn Proctor, Journal of Singing


THIS SUMMER is probably the only time I will be able to go to a place that has been at the top of my travel list for a long time-Australia. Every four years we singing teachers enjoy the opportunity to visit another country to experience a gathering called the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT). The Congress is hard to describe, but it is unique, different from any other conference. Perhaps it is because we visit a different country with different customs, or that we are out of our comfort zone, meeting people from all over the world. I enjoyed the ICVT that I attended in Vancouver, B.C. I made new friends and learned lots of new things. To be able to attend, I understand that things like family obligations and budget have to work, so I hope I can attend more ICVT conferences. Let's enjoy what Australia has to offer in culture, natural beauty, and talent. To enjoy Australia with some of my NATS friends would make it even greater!

THE 2013 ICVT

The Eighth International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) will be held in Brisbane, Australia from July 10-14, 2013. The conference is hosted by the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS). Brisbane, capital of the "Sunshine State" of Queensland, is a thriving cultural, artistic, and creative destination in Australia. Brisbane was awarded this major conference event at the 2009 Congress in Paris. The venue is The Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University on the South Bank of the Brisbane River. The theme for ICVT is "For the Love of Singing"-isn't that why we are all in this profession? This is why everyone should plan to travel to Brisbane in July 2013.

Key presenters, offering master classes and lectures, will be renowned Swedish baritone, Håkan Hagegård; British music theater voice teacher and coach, Mark Meylan; and Swedish researcher, song writer, and performer, Dr. Daniel Zangger Borch. The ICVT Committee recently announced that the Miller Lecture will be delivered by Professor Ingo Titze as an ICVT event in honor of the contributions of the late Professor Richard Miller to the field of voice pedagogy.

The four-day program will be anchored by almost 200 presentations to be given by ICVT members. These follow the themes of classical singing, music theater, contemporary voice, vocal health, voice research, choral singing, and performance. Every day, there will be performances featuring all styles of music, including new repertoire featuring both Australian and International performers. The brightest spotlight will be on these:

* Opera Queensland's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola featuring some of Australia's leading operatic performers.

* Trinity College Choir from Melbourne, conducted by Michael Leighton Jones.

* The Birralee Blokes, a teenage all-male group named by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as the Choir of the Year.

* In special presentations, ICVT will celebrate Benjamin Britten's 100th Birthday and introduce Dr. Roy Howatt's new edition of Mélodies by Gabriel Faurè.

Adele Nisbet, chair of the event, promises that her committee is working on even more wonderful ideas for ICVT. The invitation the Aussies gave at the NATS Orlando Conference was very welcoming and exciting! They said, "Come and join us! The weather will be beautiful sunny winter days, so book your trip now!"

A HISTORY OF THE ICVT

In 1984, NATS and the Association of Teachers of Singing U.K. (AOTOS) cosponsored a workshop in Dartington, England. The success of this experiment under the leadership of Bruce Lunkley, Ed Baird, John Burgin, and AOTOS members became the catalyst for what is now the International Congress of Voice Teachers. The first conference was in Strasbourg in 1987 and attracted over 600 people from all over the world. This was a novel idea at the time and the meeting generated enthusiasm for countries to develop and strengthen their own associations. Bruce Lunkley asked Marvin Keenze to chair the second conference, which was held in Philadelphia in 1991 with 722 in attendance. …

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