Music Westmont Academy for Vocal Excellence
Westmont Academy for Vocal Excellence
I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. ~St. Paul
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. ~Psalm 142
Singers entering grades 10, 11, and 12
(for the 2019-2020 academic year)
Watch for details to come for Summer 2020!
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb
Life is a song. Love is the music. ~Author Unknown
Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin
God respects me when I work; but God loves me when I sing. ~Rabindranath Tagore
As long as we live, there is never enough singing. ~Martin Luther
The total person sings, not just the vocal chords. ~Esther Broner
Westmont Academy for Vocal Excellence (WAVE) is an intensive 8-day program intended for young singers to significantly improve their vocal technique and musical artistry. This will help prepare for students' auditions for voice programs, roles in operas and musicals, and positions in the choirs. WAVE is founded and offered by Westmont College, a beautiful 111 acre campus located in Montecito, Santa Barbara. Students will use the recently renovated and all-Steinway music building. Our distinguished teaching faculty consists of outstanding singers, choral conductors, and teachers, who will teach, inspire, and mentor the students in their lessons, performances, workshops, and classes. Besides daily lessons and classes in musicianship, students will perform in recitals, participate in the academy choral ensemble, and attend master classes dealing with such topics as vocal technique, repertoire, artistry, and language and diction. Other skills to be emphasized include working and communicating with other musicians, preparing to perform under pressure, practice techniques, preparation for college, and college application do's and don'ts. Each student will thoroughly prepare two or more pieces which may be used for their college pre-screenings and auditions for music programs.
Total Tuition: $1500, including housing and meals on the Westmont College campus.
Commuter Tuition: $1,000, including lunch and dinner on the Westmont College campus.
The full balance is due on TBD.
Daily voice lessons
Academy choral ensemble
Dr. Michael Shasberger
Dr. Grey Brothers
Dr. Nichole Dechaine
Dr. Robert Rockabrand
Mrs. Sara Rockabrand
Visiting Artists and Master Clinicians (TBA):
Please mail all application materials to:
Attn: Dr. Michael Shasberger
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108