JMU's German Opera Experience

Program Description

German Opera Experience

Session One (Undergraduate) and Session Two (Graduate) will invite 20 Students to come to Germany and perform as instrumentalists, soloists, choristers, dancers, repetiteurs, and understudies in the production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow. See roles and opportunities listed below. 

Students will have the opportunities to participate in extra concerts with orchestra and piano featuring arias, duets and songs from Opera, Operetta and Music Theater repertoire as well as special concerts in local churches featuring baroque arias of Händel, Telemann and their contemporaries. Repertoire will be assigned according to level and interest. As time permits, students may take personal excursions and activities to other area cities to see music theater productions.  Students will be responsible for all airfare, and food costs incurred while living in Schönebeck outside of the fees paid to JMU. Students will be required to stay until the end of final performances of The Merry Widow.  See calendar below.

www.mitteldeutsche-kammerphilharmonie.de/operettensommer.html

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Anita Bader, Executive Director of
Middle-Germany Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

Letter to Prospective Students

GOE Live Audition Tour Dates and Information: 

Saturday, January 18, 2020: Room #22, Ward Hall Close to the Basilica and Harewood Road. The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington, DC 20064. From 2:00 p.m. Contact for appointment time:  Dr. Syoung Jeong, 703-980-899, jeongs@cua.edu

Sunday, January 19, 2020: James Madison University, Music Building, Music Building, 880 S. Main, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807. Contact for appointment time:  Dr. Dorothy Maddison, 540-383-0325, maddisdx@jmu.edu

Friday, January 31, 2020: Masterclass and Auditions at Mississippi University for Women, Poindexter Hall, 1100 College Street, Columbus, MS 39701.  Contact for appointment time: Dr. Susan Hurley, 602-614-1903,      slhurley@muw.edu

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Auditions at 2019 Millsaps College 1701 North State Street Jackson, MS 39210. From 1:00 p.m. Contact for appointment time: Cheryl Coker, 601-974-1425, cokercw@millsaps.edu

Friday, February 14, 2020: Louisiana College Auditions at the Presser Recital Hall, 155 College Blvd, Pineville, LA 71360. From 2:00 p.m. Contact for appointment time:  Dr. David Hill, 318.484.8276, david.hill@lacollege.edu.

Saturday, February 15: In Louisiana, TBA. Contact David Hill above for details.

Sunday, February 16: Masterclass and Auditions at University of Louisiana Lafayette, the Choral Room, Angelle Hall, 601 E. St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503. Classrooms are available for warm-up. See contact info for David Hill above.

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Dates for Course:  May 17th (Arrival) | Monday July 20th (Departure)

Roles and chorus positions in 23 performances of Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow.”
Also concerts with orchestra and piano featuring arias, duets and songs from Opera, Operetta and Music Theater repertoire as well as special concerts in local churches featuring baroque arias of Händel, Telemann and their contemporaries.

Female Roles with Chorus and Solo performances:

  1. Hanna Glawari: Operetta Diva Soprano who must be able to dance and do German dialogue.
  2. Valencienne:  Soprano Soubrette who must be able to dance the Can-Can and do German Dialogue.
  3. 6 Grisettes, complete solo roles for all performances: Lolo, Dodo, Jou-Jou, Frou-Frou, Clo-Clo, Margot, both Sopranos and Mezzos to be cast.

Male Roles with Chorus and Solo performances:

  1. Vicomte Cascada: (with German Dialogue) Tenor/Baritone, (Baritenor range)
  2. Raoul de St. Brioche: (with German Dialogue) Tenor
  3. Camille Count de Rosillon:  High Tenor with a C
  4. Chorus Positions: A Total of Five Men:  2-3 Tenors, 2-3 Baritone/Bass 

Tentative Course Calendar:

Sunday, May 17:  Students arrive at Leipzig Airport

Monday, May 18:  Classes, Lessons and Rehearsals Begin

Friday, May 29: Concert at the open air Medieval courtyard, Burgruine Klein Rosenburg: From Vienna to Broadway: Magical Moments and Party Pieces from Opera, Operetta Musicals and Songs, including solos and duets.

Saturday May 30: Tentative Concert Date:  Details TBA

Sunday May 31: Concert at the open air Ringheiligtum Pömmelte, a recently restored 4000 year-old wooden version of Stonehenge: From Vienna to Broadway: Magical Moments and Party Pieces from Opera, Operetta Musicals and Songs, including solos and duets.

Friday, June 5: Concert at Local Church (Venue TBA) featuring baroque arias of Händel, Telemann and their contemporaries.

Saturday, June 6: Concert at Local Church (Venue TBA) featuring baroque arias of Händel, Telemann and their contemporaries.

Saturday, June 6: Tentative Concert Date for a program, “Songs about the Moon” featuring Lieder and arias at the open air Ringheiligtum Pömmelte, a recently restored 4000 year-old wooden version of Stonehenge.

Sunday, June 7: Concert at Local Church (Venue TBA) featuring baroque arias of Händel, Telemann and their contemporaries.

Saturday, June 20 at 4:00 p.m.:  The Merry Widow Premier

Sunday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Wednesday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Thursday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Friday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Saturday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Sunday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Wednesday, July 1 at at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Thursday, July 2 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Friday July 3 time TBA: Open Air Concert at the Kurpark Schönebeck: From Vienna to Broadway: Magical Moments and Party Pieces from Opera, Operetta Musicals and Songs, including solos and duets.

Friday, July 3 at at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Saturday, July 4 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Saturday, July 4: Tentative Concert Date for a program, “Songs about the Moon” featuring Lieder and arias at the open air Ringheiligtum Pömmelte, a recently restored 4000 year-old wooden version of Stonehenge.

Sunday, July 5 at at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Wednesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Thursday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Friday, July 10 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Saturday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Sunday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Thursday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Friday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Saturday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Sunday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m.:  Merry Widow Performance

Monday, July 20:  Students Departure Day

Location

Schönebeck, Germany

Location Description

Schönebeck is a town in the district of Salzlandkreis, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Elbe, approx. 14 kilometres (9 miles) southeast of Magdeburg.

Check out the website:  http://www.schoenebeck.de  This is the official homepage of the city of Schönebeck. On the right menu you can find a rider called „Imagefilme Schönebeck“. Seven small films are posted where you can get an impression of the town and the surroundings.

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Director

Dorothy Maddison | maddisdx@jmu.edu | Music

Accommodations

Furnished apartments to be arranged with the Mitteldutsche Kammerphilharmonie gGmbH in Schoenebeck. Details TBA. Contact the director Dr. Dorothy Maddison for details after September 23rd.

Students will be responsible for their own meals and cooking. Apartments will have kitchens. Some meals may be provided during excursions when needed.

Additional Items to Consider

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Undergraduate: Students must enroll in 6 Credits total.

Choose GER 101 OR GER 490 by language level (4 credits each) 

 

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MUS 490: Special Topics in Music (2 credits)

Graduate: Students enroll in the 2 credit graduate course.

MUS 690: Special Topics in Music

Students will be providing funds for their own eating expenses during the course, although some meals and food will be provided at the beginning of the course until the students have time to go shopping.

This course answers the question: "What would it be like to work professionally in the German Theater system?" and its' emphasis is on the practical experience of performing within a professional opera house environment.

Although this course is primarily for students wishing professional level performance opportunities, research on topics for advanced students with special skill sets is encouraged through extra coachings and voice lessons as time permits.  Students who are sufficiently advanced may be offered the opportunity to audition for agents and conductors in the area.

Students will be asked to submit an audition package, including head and body shot photos, a typical "performer's" resume and two to three recordings of songs and/or arias appropriate to their singing level.  Students who are interested in auditioning as a Grisette should also submit a dance video enphasizing the steps used in a can-can. Pianists and conductors will be asked to produce a headshot only, and videos of their piano playing with singers and as soloists or conductors. This will involve a second application fee and be uploaded onto the GetAcceptd website for the German Opera Experience. This website will constitute a second "audition" for the directors and conductors from Germany who will be working with the students once they arrive. Live auditions will also be held during the month of November at JMU and at various locations in the USA.

Please contact the director of the course, Dr. Dorothy Maddison, to arrange for an interview either in person at an audition, or by telephone.  Applicants are NOT required to submit letters of recommendation, but should be prepared to submit a list of references such as voice teachers, coaches and professors they have worked with as well as a list of significant performing experiences they have already had.

Comments from Participants

Below are comments from Shannon Jennings Holman who has just finished singing the title role of Tosca with the Baltimore Opera. Pictures below represent her performance as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute. She is married to John Holman (JMU alum) who also sang Monostatos in the same production:

It was a pivotal moment in my life that affirmed my desire to pursue opera as a real and tangible career. I was inspired by all the incredible resident singers who were able to rehearse 2 shows during the day, and perform a 3rd piece that night. I was thrilled by the demands of singing 3 out of 12 performances with minimal rehearsal, with 3 different conductors, rotating cast members, and inventive staging like singing on a see-saw. And my life was made so much richer through meeting my husband in the cast. ♥️

It was also the summer when I first saw ‘Tosca.’ I already knew opera was anything but boring, but that was when I realized it could be cinematic and edge-of-your-seat gripping. The fact that I’m singing Tosca 9 years later is blowing my mind a bit.

I’m so grateful for the experiences opera has allowed me to have, and the people it’s allowed me to meet. ♥️

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Shannon Jennings, Soprano

So many master-classes and concerts that we’ve gone too. They were all really cool. I love being able to see how the older singers perform and act during their pieces. I got the opportunity to work with Jana Büchner.  It made me feel like I was going somewhere and that I have a chance at being a performer. It’s very helpful to hear other people sing and work with people. The final concert at the Schumann house was awesome. I think I finally understand how much acting I actually need to do if I want to be a professional opera singer.

Arijana Lempke, Undergraduate Soprano

Through this all I have grown as a performer and person, have met wonderful people and made some good connections in the professional world, had the opportunity to perform a duet with the orchestra for the first time, and had the opportunity to be submerged into another culture.

Michelle Monroe, Undergraduate Soprano

 

Partner Websites for you to visit:

Middle Germany Chamber Orchestra Operetta Website:
www.mitteldeutsche-kammerphilharmonie.de/operettensommer.html

Official Homepage of the city of Schönebeck:
www.schoenebeck.de

On the right menu you can find a rider called „Imagefilme Schönebeck“. Seven small films are posted where you can get an impression of the town and the surroundings.

German Singer Summer:  https://germansingersummer.com

German Singer Summer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GermanOperaExperience 

Faculty/Staff  |  Instructors and Directors from the USA and Germany:

Dorothy Maddison

Dorothy Maddison, Director, received a BM degree St. Olaf College, her MM and DMA in vocal performance at Arizona State University, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. During her professional career in Europe as a lyric-coloratura soprano, she was a full-time soloist with the Stadttheater of Döbeln, Germany, where she performed the roles of Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Euridice in Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She toured Germany singing Christine in the Yeston-Kopit version of Phantom.  Dr. Maddison is co-author of Kein’ Angst Baby!, a book to help singers audition in Germany.   Her discography includes the CD Christmas Art Songs and Songs for Brenda and Bertha featuring the song cycles ME(Brenda Ueland) by Libby Larsen and Brautlieder by Peter Cornelius. She is an full professor of voice and opera at JMU. Off campus, she has performed in concert and oratorio in the USA, England, Germany and with the Camerati Amici Ensemble in Brazil, singing for Vice-President José Alencar at the Portuguese Embassy Palace in Rio de Janeiro. Most recently, she has performed Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah in London, England.  She collaborates with composer/pianist Larry Taylor, and has premiered one-woman monodrama/songcycle Marie Curie and the aged Psyche in his opera Eros and Psyche.  

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Jan Michael Horstmann, Conductor: Born as a son of a dancer and an actor, one of Jan Michael Horstmann’s greatest interests is to collaborate with the other sections at a theatre, and to create new ideas and concepts in programming concerts with actors and dancers.  Upon completing his conducting studies in Hamburg, Maestro Horstmann’s career led him to the position of Chief Conductor of Mittelsächsische Philharmonie (including three opera productions and eight symphony concerts per season) from 2004 to 2013.  Starting in 2012, he held the position of Head of the Opera and Chief Conductor of Landesbühnen Sachsen, which included stage direction. He is also the First Conductor of the famous dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a position that he has held since 1996. The Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin annually invites him to conduct concerts at Berliner Philharmonie or Konzerthaus, as well as numerous other orchestras in Germany who regularly invite to him as a guest conductor. 

His international guest conducting includes: Holland festival, with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra in 1995, Edinburg International Festival with Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 1996, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro in 1997, Teatro Real Madrid in 1998, Saitama Arts Theatre Tokyo with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 and 2001, Tchechov Festival Moscow with Moscow Symphony Orchestra in 2009, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona 2010, Sadler’s Wells Theater London in 2010, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival with Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2014. 

As a devoted teacher and pedagogue, he has worked with different kinds of youth and student orchestras, from very young people at the Telemann-Konservatorium Magdeburg to the the very famous Landesjugendorchester Sachsen, with students from 12 to 24 years old, to student orchestras at universities. In 2011 he directed a concert with a string orchestra at James Madison University at Contemporary Music Festival. He has have given several conducting masterclasses and also lead and worked with younger conductors at the theatres where he has been a chief conductor.  From 2004 to 2013, I led, in close collaboration with Dr. Dorothy Maddison and Dr. William Reber, the Summer Program of James Madison University in Saxony, Germany, including annual masterclasses with singing and conducting students at several universities in the USA, as well as working with the students on opera performances and concerts in Germany. 

He now lives in Schönebeck, Germany where he is the chief conductor with Mittledeutsche Kammerphilharmonie with his wife, soprano Miriam Sabba and their twin children, born in December of 2018.

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Angela Przemus, German Language Instructor is a freelance German instructor who also is the executive director of the LeseZeichen Zentrum für Legasthenie und Dyskalkulies (Bookmarks for Dyslexia and Mathematical Disability Center) in Schönebeck, Germany.  She graduated from the Magdeburg Teachers College with a double degree in History and German Education.  Further qualifications include Post Graduate Diplomas in Montessori methods, Dyslexia training, and certification from the Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI), studying the teaching methods originally developed by Ronald D. Davis for dyslexia, attention focus issues, difficulty with mathematics, and autism spectrum. In 2012 she received the Dyslexia Quality Award for her book, Bildwörterbuch für die Worterarbeitung, (Pictorial Dictionary for Word Development), furthering her commitment to create new materials to help teach students with dyslexia. Her hobbies include diving, reading and gardening.

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William Reber

William Reber, Conductor, and Accompanist-Coach, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Opera and Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin.  He was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera Theatre and Professor of Music at Arizona State University, and where retired recently as a Professor Emeritus.  From 1993 through 2004, he was head of the vocal coaching program for AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies), in Graz, Austria. In addition to conducting symphony and chamber orchestra concerts in the United States and Europe, he has served as Music Director/Conductor for more than 125 productions of operas, musicals and ballets. Former Music Director of the Minnesota Opera Studio and conductor for the Minnesota Opera, he also served as conductor and vocal coach for the Altenburger Musiktheater Akademie in Altenburg, Germany.  He was Music Advisor to the StaatsOperette Dresden, Assistant Conductor for Arizona Opera's two productions of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, and a member of the music staff for the Minnesota Dance Theatre. Dr. Reber also served as Music Director for both the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at California State University, Fullerton, and was a member of the conducting faculty of The University of Texas at Austin where he founded the Chamber Orchestra and conducted productions of the Opera Theatre. As a recital accompanist, he has performed with singers and instrumentalists in Germany, Austria, Macedonia and throughout the United States. A frequent lecturer on opera and symphonic repertory, he has presented lectures to audiences and classes in Macedonia, Austria, Germany and several U. S. cities.  For Arizona Opera, he created and presented introductory lectures for more than twenty different productions and well as a series of special topic lectures for their two productions of Wagner’s Ring.

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Katharina Kutil, Stage Director Katharina Kutil is not only a stage director, but also an actress and published author, as well as an acting teacher in Vienna. She has written librettos for children’s plays such as Pinocchio, as well as children’s versions of operettas for the Mitteldeutschen Kammerphilharmonie including Pariser Leben, Madame Pompadour, Der Vetter aus Dingsda, Die Zirkusprinzessin, Maske in Blau, Im Weißen Rössl.  She has written novels, short stories and crime thrillers for Brighton Verlag GmbH since 2015, including Emma denkt, Oidweibasummer, Kurze Geshichten von kleinen und grossen Gemtzeln, Land unter, Ker Kuss der Tosca, Die Bienenkönigin, Still ist der Wald , Der Möder war immer der Weinachtsmann and dreihundertfünfundsechzig plus eins, which was nominated for an Austrian Book Prize in 2019.  As an actress, she has performed in Austrian TV series, works regularly for the Wiener Kriminalitaeten Theater as both a director and actress, and performs character actress roles with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie summer operetta program. 

During the Summer 2020 JMU German Opera Course, she will direct the performance of The Merry Widow as well as acting lessons for enrolled students. 

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Co-Director Dr. David Hill is a pianist, conductor, educator, and opera coach with performance experience in throughout the United States and in Germany. As a pianist, David performs solo and collaborative recitals regularly. This past fall, he performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe with tenor Stephen Spilger. He has performed with various orchestras, including the Mittelsächsisches Philharmonie (whom he also conducted in concert in 2014), the Landesbühnen Sachsen, and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. 

In the field of musical theater, David has conducted various operas, operettas and musicals, including Puccini’s la bohème, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, and the new musical the Hiding Place. He’s worked with various opera companies, including Bel Cantanti opera and the Charlottesville Opera and appeared on the staff of educational opera programs, including the German Opera Experience, James Madison University Opera Theater, Pensacola Christian College Opera Workshop, Louisiana College Opera Workshop, and Spotlight On Opera. 

David enjoys a special affinity for art song—German Lieder in particular. He studied German Lied with Eckart Sellheim, Kevin McMillan, and Gabriel Dobner. He was selected as a young artist in the Staunton Music Festival’s SpringFest in 2010. In Spring of 2018, he coached art song in the Roger Vignoles Mentorship program at Vanderbilt University. 

David earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University in 2015. He now holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Louisiana College.

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Dr. Susan Hurley, soprano, has performed in Europe and the United States in repertoire that ranges from opera and musical theatre to concert and recital literature. A prizewinner at the 2002 Meistersinger competition in Graz, Austria, she has sung 25 principal operatic roles, including “Zerbinetta” in Ariadne auf Naxos, “Gilda” in Rigoletto, “Sister Constance” in Dialogues of the Carmelites, "Musetta" in La Boheme, and numerous others.

As a concert soloist, she has soloed internationally with orchestras in Germany and Austria. In the United States, she has appeared with the MusicaNova Orchestra, ASU Symphony and ASU Wind Ensemble in Arizona, the Princeton Pro Musica and Voices Professional Ensemble in New Jersey, and the Starkville Symphony and Columbus Choral Society in Mississippi. In addition to numerous recitals in the U.S., she has sung in Graz, Austria and Dresden and other cities in Germany.

She is the founding Artistic Director of Phoenix, Arizona’s annual AIDS Quilt Songbook performance project, now in its sixth year. The concert, performed each year in conjunction with a display of panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, is the launch event for a week of World AIDS Day commemorations. She has commissioned several new solo and chamber compositions for this concert series. Three have been given their World Premiere performances. Susan has presented talks and lecture recitals on the history and song literature of the AIDS Quilt Songbook for the Mississippi Music Teachers’ Association and the Southern Regional conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. This November, she will present a lecture, masterclass, and recital featuring the AIDS Quilt Songbook at the University of Mississippi.

She is Assistant Professor of Voice at Mississippi University for Women where she teaches applied voice, opera/music theatre workshop, performance techniques, diction for singers, and music literature. In Freiberg, Germany, she has been a stage director, script-writer, and voice teacher with the German Singer Summer advanced training program.

She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University where she completed her doctoral research on the theories of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, founder of audio-psycho-phonology. She has presented lectures and workshops on aspects of her research to the 9th International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, the Mississippi Music Teachers’ Association, and the Valley of the Sun National Association of Teachers of Singing in Phoenix. Her writing about audio-psycho-phonology for singers will appear as a chapter in the forthcoming book, “So You Want to Sing with Awareness,” available in March 2020.

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Leah Stewart-Hill, soprano, is a vocalist and voice teacher based in Central Louisiana. She has more than nine years of experience teaching voice on the collegiate level. Her students have won numerous awards for excellence in singing and been accepted into undergraduate and graduate voice programs across the United States. 

In addition to teaching, Leah maintains an active performing schedule, appearing in recitals, concerts, and opera/musical theater productions. Her roles in the U.S. include Betsie, in Stephen Burke’s original musical, The Hiding Place, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Bel Cantanti Opera, Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Principal Female Soloist in the New York

City premier of Jeremy Beck’s award winning opera, Review, The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Young Psyche, a role written for her, in Larry Taylor’s contemporary opera, Eros and Psyche.  

Leah is an alumnus of James Madison University’s German Opera Experience. While a member of the program, she made her European operatic debut with the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany singing the role of Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Leah also sang Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica in connection with JMU’s GOE and the Mittelsächsisches Theater.  Additionally, she has appeared in concert with the Mittelsächsisches Theater, the Landesbühnen Sachsen Theater in Radebeul, Germany and the Zwichau-Plauen Opera Theater in Zwickau, Germany.   

Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Voice Performance from Pensacola Christian College. She received her Master of Music in Voice Performance from James Madison University, where she studied with Dr. Dorothy Maddison. She is a member of MTNA and LMTA.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Application Process

JMU's German Opera Experience Application Process: The Three Steps

  1. Live Audition if possible, but if not, applicants can go straight to step two. Performers should plan a live audition at one of the sites listed at the bottom of this page in January and February.  Singers should be prepared to sing an opera aria and/or a musical theater piece, and preferably one art song in German. Singers should also bring a professional resume with experience and educational background listed.

  2. Apply on GetAcceptd. If accepted, applicants then proceed to step three. If a live audition is not possible, singers, pianists, and singer/dancers should apply online at the GetAcceptd Website:  https://app.getacceptd.com/jmuabroad GetAcceptd has more open access for all directors, coaches and teachers, both in Germany and in the USA who need only to see your 'professional' credentials, with the opportunity to upload a live audition video. Singers upload a video of an opera aria and/or a musical theater piece, and preferably one art song in German.  If accepted after a live audition, singers, dancers and pianists will also be asked to apply on this website, including uploading two pictures, one headshot and one full body pose. Pianists should upload a solo recording as well as an example of collaborative piano work with a singer.

  3. Apply on Terra Dotta website before March 1st. Once a singer/pianist has been accepted for the program on GetAcceptd, students will be contacted to finish submitting information of a more personal nature to JMU. You MUST apply on both sites to complete the application for this program. This is a two-part application because the JMU Terra Dotta website is for personal and confidential information needed to process you as a student for the course.  Information required for this final step will include transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. that are required by a college institution, but not the recordings, pictures or resumes needed for professional training programs. The buttons to click on to start this are below.  You only need to enroll in one of the two programs, either the Undergraduate (Session I) OR Graduate (Session II) program.  Do not enroll in both.

To be considered for this program, students must fill out 2 applications – one below via the purple APPLY NOW button, and one on the GetAcceptd website: https://app.getacceptd.com/jmuabroad  

We look forward to hearing from you, and if you have any further questions, please contact the course director, Dr. Dorothy Maddison at maddisdx@jmu.edu.

Application Process (Terra Dotta-JMU)

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Audition Videos and Professional Portfolio
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Additional Contact Information
For support with JMU's Study Abroad Application (jmu-abroad.terradotta.com), please contact:studyabroad@jmu.edu. For assistance with the Acceptd portal, please contact support@getacceptd.com or call 1-888-275-2122, ext. 2. 

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*On this page there are application links to two separate programs. Please be sure to apply to the appropriate program.

JMU's Undergraduate Student German Opera Experience (Session I - Undergraduate Students) 

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JMU's Grdauate Student German Opera Experience  (Session II - Graduate Students)

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GetAcceptd Application and Audition Information -

Auditions:  These can be made live and all students will have to apply both through the JMU website as students and through the Acceptd website:  https://app.getacceptd.com/jmuabroad to be considered for a role offer.

GOE Live Audition Tour Dates: 

GOE Live Audition Dates:

Saturday, January 18, 2020: Room #22, Ward Hall Close to the Basilica and Harewood Road. The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington, DC 20064. From 2:00 p.m. Contact for appointment time:  Dr. Syoung Jeong, 703-980-899, jeongs@cua.edu

Sunday, January 19, 2020: James Madison University, Music Building, Music Building, 880 S. Main, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807. Contact for appointment time:  Dr. Dorothy Maddison, 540-383-0325, maddisdx@jmu.edu

Friday, January 31, 2020:  Masterclass and Auditions at Mississippi University for Women, Poindexter Hall, 1100 College Street, Columbus, MS 39701.  Contact for appointment time: Dr. Susan Hurley, 602-614-1903, slhurley@muw.edu

Saturday, February 1, 2020:  Auditions at 2019 Millsaps College 1701 North State Street Jackson, MS 39210. From 1:00 p.m. Contact for appointment time: Cheryl Coker, 601-974-1425, cokercw@millsaps.edu

Friday, February 14, 2020: Louisiana College Auditions at the Presser Recital Hall, 155 College Blvd, Pineville, LA 71360. From 2:00 p.m. Contact for appointment time:  Dr. David Hill, 318.484.8276, david.hill@lacollege.edu.

Saturday, February 15: In Louisiana, TBA. Contact David Hill above for details.

Sunday, February 16: Masterclass and Auditions at University of Louisiana Lafayette, the Choral Room, Angelle Hall, 601 E. St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503. Classrooms are available for warm-up. See contact info for David Hill above.

Contact Auditions Co-ordinator, Dr. Dorothy Maddison at maddisdx@jmu.edu for further information.

Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

GER 101: Elementary German I (4 credits) OR GER 490: Conversational German (4 credits) AND MUS 490: Special Topics in Music (2 credits)

MUS 690: Special Topics: German Opera Experience (2 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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