AU Vocal Masterclass

Friday, October 27, 2017

If you are serious about vocal study and a high school student, take advantage of this free masterclass with Anderson University’s Vocal Performance faculty:

Voice professors Deirdre Welborn Francis and Dr. Tommy L. Watson Jr. will conduct an exclusive masterclass for high school vocalists at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the South Carolina School of the ArtsRSVP now for this free masterclass. Develop your musical skills, hear our students, meet our voice and choral faculty, and see how they work with singers and ensembles, all in a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Masterclass performers should prepare a solo from the standard vocal repertoire (a classical piece or a traditional folk or sacred song setting). If you are a high school senior interested in auditioning for the music department at the South Carolina School of the Arts, singing in the masterclass can meet the solo requirement. The event will conclude with dinner in AU's new student center.

Vocal Performance at The South Carolina School of the Arts

AU vocal students have received honors at the national, state, and regional levels of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions in both classical and musical theatre categories.

AU vocal students have opportunities to perform in a variety of solo, operatic, theatrical and ensemble settings, including opportunities to sing with orchestra.

AU voice faculty are active performers who have appeared in local, national, and international venues in both classical and contemporary commercial styles

AU voice faculty have professionally recognized credentials in both classical and contemporary commercial music pedagogy.

AU Vocal Masterclass Faculty

Voice Faculty

Professor Francis is a soprano who regularly performs in classical, musical theater, and jazz styles. She teaches AU’s Contemporary Vocal Lab and is sought-after as a choral and vocal clinician and choral conductor. Francis is certified in Somatic Voicework through Jeanette Lovetri and the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy. Read more.

Professor Watson is active as a concert and recital singer and vocal clinician. He uses pioneering contemporary and traditional teaching techniques and methods, including Somatic Voicework. Dr. Watson is also the director of Anderson’s opera workshop, which most recently presented Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Read more.

Choral Faculty

Professor Richard Williamson Director of Choral Activities, is a conductor, composer, clinician, and scholar. His choirs have appeared on four continents and performed in a variety of professional venues.  Their most recent recognition is being selected as a semifinalist ensemble for The American Prize.  Dr. Williamson won a Fulbright Fellowship to work with choral music at the Conservatorio Nacional de la Música in Lima, Peru, in 2014.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting Rutter’s Requiem in May 2016.  Williamson’s compositions are published by Lorenz Corporation, Shawnee Press, Beckenhorst Press, and others. Read More.

Professor Christopher Hansen is a choral conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and scholar.  Choirs under his direction performed at state-level music conferences as well as regional and national festivals and competitions.  Dr. Hansen is in demand as a choral clinician—he has conducted several county and district level honor choirs in North Carolina, including the All-State Charter High School Honors Chorus.  Dr. Hansen’s scholarly work focuses on factors that influence peoples’ perceptions of choral performance quality.  At Anderson University, Hansen conducts the Anderson University Choir and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education.

Event Information

We invite you, your family, and your voice or choral teacher to come learn more about our programs, meet our faculty, hear our students, and enjoy our welcoming campus and dinner. Here’s what the afternoon holds for you:

AU Vocal Masterclass Schedule
2:00 p.m.         Registration, Vandiver Lobby, Rainey Fine Arts Center*
3:00 p.m.         Welcome, Daniel Recital Hall
3:15 p.m.         Masterclass, Daniel Recital Hall
6:00 p.m.         Dinner and presentation

*Those auditioning for music study at AU may complete their theory placement test at 2:30 p.m.