Kashudo Intensive Summer Sessions (KISS) Nyland-Sandslån

KASHU-DO INTENSIVE SUMMER SESSIONS (KISS). This Summer Kashu-do Studios optimizes its courses to focus more deeply on the individual student's experience as well as foster a group atmosphere that strengthens the impact of our philosophy of immersion. Obviously, we do not work with professionals and amateurs the same way, however, the process is similar.  We teach each invididual depending on his or her specific needs. As ever, our goal is to provide our participants an inspiring experience that helps each musician discover his/her unique vibration as artist and human being.  Our faculty is specifically trained to focus on the developing artist's needs. We discuss the daily experience of our participants and when needed will change our plans to accommodate the developmental needs of a specific participant.  For this reason, we realized the importance of keeping the program small and dynamic.  Instead of our usual two-week Summer Intensive, which has drawn upwards of 50 students in the past, we are limiting our participation to 25 students.  To accommodate the growing number of interested participants, we will have two separate sessions: 

SESSION 1-- 8-22 July (arrival 8 July - Departure 23 July) course begins on 9th.

SESSION 2-- 29 July-12 August (Arrival 29 July - Departure 13 August)  course begins 30 July.

Our growing family of teachers shares a philosophy of eternal development and inclusion.  Someone who understands the scope of the whole knows that it is not possible to know everything.  It is for that reason we have a team of very skilled teachers who understand the importance of honest collaboration, the need for open debate and above all humility before the greater art form.  Most importantly, our teachers are experienced pedagogues with a wealth of professional experience.  We are teachers! We are performers!

The program will provide:

  1.  vocal technique (at least one voice lesson every other day alternating with coaching with pianist)
  2.  musical coaching (at least one coaching every other day alternating with voice lessons)
  3. a total of 7 masterclasses for each session taught by our teachers (including 3 for each course by our special guests Bruce Ford and Rosalind Plowright)
  4. classes in physical fitness and mental focus (including Tai Chi, Meditation, Pilates)
  5. scenic interpretation and stagecraft (taught by Eric Gibson, American Stage Director and Professor of opera at Northern Arizona University)
  6. language and diction (taught by native speakers in our faculty of German, French, Russian, Swedish, English, and fluent speakers of Italian and Spanish)
  7. dance and personal development (Regina's The Audition Workshop focuses on the individual's specific challenges and helps him/her to take away blocks that stop them from free and confidence presentation or their artistry.  Beyond her classes, Regina will be observing the students in other situations, such as voice lessons and masterclasses, to help them address their difficulties in real time).
  8. Each singer or pianist will have the opportunity to take part in a Lieder/song/romans recital as well as a performance of arias and scenes at the end of the program  Pianists will work closely with singers and with our experienced piano faculty to develop their skills as collaborative pianists.

 

This year we have invited two special guests teachers who share our philosophy of continuous development and humility before the art form.  We are fortunate to have with us the extraordinary tenor Bruce Ford for the first Session, the sensational soprano, Rosalind Plowright for the second session.  Additionally, we welcome dancer and "artist whisperer," Regina for both sessions.  

 

 

OUR TEAM

Dr.  Jean-Ronald LaFond, tenor (Team Leader)  teaches upwards of 60 professional clients active throughout the world in opera and concert. He enjoys equally teaching dedicated emerging artists and amateurs. His teaching philosophy is holistic and draws from both traditional teaching philosophies and modern scientific developments. His training includes singing and singing pedagogy, orchestral and choral conducting and the martial arts. He speaks 8 languages and wants to learn more. His blog is read by thousands all over the world. "Teaching someone to sing begins with learning to know the person behind the voice..." Dr. LaFond will teach during both sessions.

 

 

 

SESSION 1 TEAM

Anna Niedbala, soprano, began her career as a mezzo-soprano singing such roles as Cherubino, Dorabella, Cenerentola etc, with Opera Illinois, Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater among others. She changed to soprano with the role of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and later Fiordiligi, Desdemona, and Santuzza. She made her European debut as Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) with Salzburg’s Landestheater. A gifted teacher, Anna was chosen as an inaugural member of the first Kashu-do Teacher Training Program and taught at the HSOAF in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She continues her performance activities in Germany where she also runs her vocal studio in the city of Dortmund.  She sang a soaring Tosca at the Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival last summer to critical acclaim.  "...Becoming a true artist means looking in the mirror and, instead of trying to hide your flaws and deficits, seeing them truthfully and committing every day to do the difficult work of improving them." 

 

Dr. Katherine Osborne, mezzo-soprano is currently Instructor of Voice at Northern Iowa University. She has been featured in operas and oratorios from the Baroque to the 20th Century including most recently, the title role in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Mercedes in Carmen, soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, etc...A respected pedagogue and researcher, Dr. Osborne is the 2014 recipient of the coveted Van Lawrence Prize given each year by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing to one pedagogue who makes effective use of vocal science in his or her teaching. Dr. Osborne co-taught the first Kashu-do Teacher Training Program in 2015 with Dr. LaFond to a resounding success. She is a key member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers. "Investing in vocal development and cultivating a disciplined singing technique gives an artist an ever-expanding palette of expression and bridges the divide between imagination and communication."

Erik Enqvist, tenor is a member of the Gothenburg Opera and a member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers.  He's appeared as soloist in opera, oratorio and concert and in many Kashu-do sponsored presentations including as pedagogue at the last three editions of the Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival.  Students in our courses have described his teaching as: "...direct, uncomplicated and effective."

 

 

 

Raymond Ayers is among the great baritones of his generation. Most recently a member of the National Theater Mannheim, he has appeared in dozens of lead roles in Germany and in the United States. His concert appearances have taken him most recently to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw among others. A valuable member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers, he has appeared in all four Academies in Härnösand and featured in many Kashu-do sponsored concerts. He is currently a freelance artist performing throughout Europe, most recently the title role in Debussy's Pélléas et Mélisande.

 

Guest Teacher, Dr. Mira Yang appeared with the Altenburg Opera Orchestra in Altenburg Germany; AIMS Opera in Graz, Austria; Societa dei Concerti in Santa Margherita, Italy; the Korean Symphony Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall; Mount Vernon Opera in the Chapel; The Washington Opera; The Washington Concert Opera; The FMMC Chorale and Orchestra; and San Francisco Concerti Orchestra. She has performed in solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, the White House Christmas Concert; on tour in Korea; and in Wuppertal, Germany. Dr. Yang was the winner of the 1998 San Francisco Concerti Orchestra International Competition and also the Korean Foundation and Sarage Foundation career grant awards. She has performed lead roles in Abduction from the Seraglio, La Boheme, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Magic Flute, Lakme, L'Ellisir D'Amore, Don Giovanni, Orfeo et Euridice, Romeo et Juliette, Impressario, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor, Blue Margaritas (Libby), by Roger Trefousse, and the title role in the world premiere of Lan Ying at the Kennedy Center. Mira Yang earned her D.M.A. at the Catholic University of America and Master's of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and was a finalist in their competition. She also attended AIMS in Graz, Austria, and the Minnesota Opera Center with Wesley Balk. She taught music for grades K – 12 and has directed a number of school musical shows. Dr. Yang is Artistic Director for “Opera Ensemble” & “Bethesda Summer Music Festival” promoting Opera and Musical Theater repertoire. She teaches at the George Mason University, the Musical Theater Center, the JCC school of music in Rockville, Potomac School in McLean. She has been an Adjunct Professor at American University and voice faculty at the Catholic University of America. Currently, she is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Kennedy Center and on the Arts in Communities Advisory Panel for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Philipp Vogler, pianist/conductor, received his education at both the Hochschule für Musik in Köln and in Düsseldorf. He has been a conductor at the theaters of Saarbrücken and Augsburg in Zauberflöte and Barbiere among other works and has appeared internationally at London’s Royal Albert Hall conducting Carmina Burana and Holst The Planets. He was engaged at the Hamburg State Opera, first as répétiteur and then as Head of Music. Since 2003 Philipp Vogler holds the position of Music Director of the Opera Program at München’s Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künste, where he has conducted many local premieres including first showings of Bellini’s Capuleti e Montecchi Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Wax Works and Korngold’s Mute Serenade. Philipp records regularly as a piano soloist, with his wife, soprano Helene Lindquist as well as violinist Stephan Schardt. He and Helene Lindquist maintain The Art Song Project, a website dedicated to great but less known song repertoire. He is an invaluable member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers and will be available for both sessions.

 

Pianist-coach and composer, James Jenkins has been an invaluable member of our coaching staff during the last three Academies in Härnösand.  He has been responsible for the majority of our operatic scenes programs and has appeared in countless Kashu-do sponsored concerts.  He is currently coach-accompanist at Northern Iowa University where he collaborates often with faculty members, including his wife, Dr. Katherine Osborne.  James was surprised by the Vogler-Lindqvist duo when they performed the world premiere of his songs unannounced.  James will be active during both sessions.

 

 

Ekaterina Nokkert is among the most dynamic coach-pianists in Vienna.  She teaches chamber music and piano at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna, is the music director of Oper in der Krypta and is a very active coach.  She is a laureate of several Lied competitions including The International Competition for Duos in Bulgaria and the A. Dvorak Competition in the Czech Republic. Performances have taken her all over Europe.  She has produced two Kashu-do Masterclasses in Vienna and has been a valuable member of our coaching staff since the third Academy in Härnösand.

 

 

Eric Gibson is a rising name in stage direction who feels equally comfortable with opera, operetta, and musical theater.  His many productions, receiving constant critical acclaim, include Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon and a host of musical theater works including, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls and Into the Woods to name a few.  He is greatly in demand as a stage director throughout the University system in the United States and recently joined the acting and coaching faculty of The American Institute for Musical Studies, the renowned opera training program in Graz Austria.  He is based in Flagstaff, Arizona where he holds the post of Associate Professor of Lyric Theater at Northern Arizona University.  Mr. Gibson earned his bachelors degree at the University of Michigan and Masters in Opera Direction at Indiana University.  An excellent pianist and trained singer, his vibrant stagings stem from an intimate knowledge of the musical score. He made himself irreplaceable after leading our scenes programs and stagecraft classes at the fourth Academy in Härnösand.  We are overjoyed to have him for both sessions.

 

Meet me, Regina, a dance artist and coach, a sister and a friend. And most important, a curious and creative creature. Art has been the main thread in my life. I have vivid memories of when I held and 'played' a violin for the first time in primary school and remember the dream I had at night, after my first and only piano lesson. Feeling jazzier then jazz, I was Duchess Ellington. I then started dancing as a teen and from that moment my body became the instrument of choice.My creative journey led me from The Netherlands, where I was born, to London, New York, Tel Aviv as well as India and now Sweden, where I will be joining you for 1 week. I'll guide you on a trip into the unknown - the one thing I will be able to guarantee is that it will be expansive and fun. I promise! I love witnessing the growth of the people I work with. I believe that every person is naturally creative, resourceful and whole and am dedicated to supporting them in their quest to reach their full potential.Out of this dedication The Audition Workshop (TAW) was born. TAW is an active and reflective workshop where artists learn how to prepare themselves and make the most out of any audition scenario. Yet TAW is about more than that. It's about reminding you, of your amazingness, connecting you to your fearlessness. It's about making the most of each moment, about being authentic, regardless of what the situation is or who is in front of you. It's about showing up, being present and available, and about excepting and becoming aware of when you are not. It's about learning how to believe in yourself, even when that inner voice tells you something else. It's about learning to fail fearlessly and about understanding that there is no such thing as failure, just learning. It's about life, and living it to the fullest. It's about connecting through art, to ourselves and others. We will go on a journey of self-discovery and self-actualization. We will play, discuss, reflect, project, emote, and bring our future dreams into the present moment and have a ton of fun doing it. I look forward to meeting you. Regina will be with us for both sessions.

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SPECIAL GUEST TEACHERS

BRUCE FORD  (Session 1)

One of the finest Tenors to have graced the operatic arena, Bruce Ford first rose to fame as one of the pioneers of the hugely-significant Rossini revival. Since then he went on to stamp his credentials over a wide variety of repertoire, delighting both public and critics the world over and deservedly earning his unique place in operatic history.

A masterful performer of the music of the Bel Canto era, examples of the countless highlights of his career so far include the title role of Rossini's Otello in Washington, London and Pesaro, ALMAVIVA in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Opéra National de Paris, DON RUIZ in Donizetti's Maria Padilla with the Minnesota Opera, Rossini's L'Assedio di Corinto with Baltimore Opera Company and Maometto II for the Vara Matinee in the Netherlands and La Scala in Milan. He was acclaimed for his superb ORESTE in Rossini's Ermione for Glyndebourne, directed by Graham Vick, in whose production he also sang the title role in Mozart's Mitridate at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Both operatic evenings have been judged among the most remarkable in recent history and are available on DVD. Mitridate became one of Ford's most successful roles, and he went on to add two other sovereigns, TITO in La Clemenza di Tito and the title role in Idomeneo to an already impressive Mozartean repertoire, including BELMONTE in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, ALESSANDRO in Il re pastore and FERRANDO in Così fan tutte in numerous productions world-wide, including La Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera. In addition Ford was a welcome guest at many renowned concert venues, such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Carnegie Hall in New York and the London Albert Hall, to name but a few.He has been an ambassador for opera for many years, bestowing on his many fans worldwide a unique and precious operatic legacy. His vast and award-winning discography includes the original version of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor for Sony Classics, as well as more than 30 issues on the Opera Rara label, including two solo albums 'Romantic Heroes' and 'Serious Rossini'. In addition, his numerous recordings of Opera in English for Chandos (The Barber of Seville among others) have encouraged a wider public to enjoy opera. Bruce has judged competitions, performed masterclasses, and - now that he has retired from the operatic stage - is passing on some of his considerable knowledge and expertise to the next generation of singers.

Eleni Calenos (Session 2)

Greek soprano Eleni Calenos is capturing critics' and audiences' admiration for the clarity, warmth and beauty of her voice, and her dignified characterizations. Of her performance as Tosca, Opera News said: "Eleni Calenos gave a performance for the ages, both vocally and dramatically", and The Wall Street Journal: "The real standout, however, was soprano Eleni Calenos' searing performance as Tosca--passionate, mercurial, heart-on-the-sleeve, with all the necessary vocal range, stamina and fire." Of her Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, the Houston Press said: "The phenomenon was the Cio-Cio San of Greek soprano Eleni Calenos, whose nuanced characterization was a true wonder to hear. She sailed through her dramatic arias as if buoyed by the stirring music."

Ms. Calenos recently had her debut in Germany with the Wiesbaden Staatstheater as Saida in Schönerland,  and another debut in her native Thessaloniki, Greece with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. Appearances of the last couple of years include Giorgetta in Il Tabarro (Opera Company of Middlebury), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Annapolis Opera and Ash Lawn Opera), Tosca (Opera Idaho and LOFT Opera), Mimi in La Bohème (Shreveport Opera and Palm Beach Opera), Desdemona in Otello (Phoenicia International Festival), Micaëla in Carmen (Palm Beach Opera), a New Year's Opera Gala at Athens' Megaron (Greece) with the Athens State Orchestra, Mimi in La Bohème and an Opera in the Park concert (Madison Opera), the role of L'Infante in Le Cid (Odyssey Opera), and Liù in Turandot(Opera Company of Middlebury).

This season, she also appeared as Giorgetta and Suor Angelica in Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica with Opera Delaware, and covered the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in Glyndebourne. In the fall, she will be the guest soprano soloist of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (Maria Callas gala), and will perform the role of  Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Santa Barbara.
In 2014 and 2013 ms. Calenos performed Silvia in Mascagni's Zanetto (Odyssey Opera), Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Palm Beach Opera), Lia in Debussy's L' Enfant Prodigue (Metro Chamber Orchestra of NY), Liù in Turandot (Shreveport Opera), Micaëla in Carmen(Opera Idaho), Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Tulsa Opera & Austin Lyric Opera), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra), and Nedda in I Pagliacci (Shreveport Opera).
Her 2012 and 2011 seasons include Gilda in Rigoletto (Sarasota Opera), Hanna Glawari in Die lustige Witwe (Zomeropera, Belgium), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera, Opera Idaho), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera), Mimi in La Bohème (Opera Idaho).

In past seasons, ms. Calenos performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Shreveport Opera), Liù in Turandot (Boston Chorus Pro Musica), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Heights), Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera in the Heights, OSH Opera of NY, and a cover with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival), Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte (Barbados Music Festival), Giorgetta in Il Tabarro (Harrisburg Opera Association), Medora in Il Corsaro (Hellenic Music Foundation, NY), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the title role of Suor Angelica, as well as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Of her performance, The New York Times said, "Eleni Calenos sang with a strong, clear soprano and was persuasive as a suffering yet haughty Donna Elvira."

As a concert/recital soloist, Ms. Calenos recently performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Queens College Choral Society), Verdi's Messa da Requiem with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Queens College's Choral Society, Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signore and Vivaldi's Gloria with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and sang Libby Larsen's cycle Try me, Good King (Hudson Soirees / National Opera Center of NY). She was also the soprano soloist in The Bells by Rachmaninov, and in Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2013, ms. Calenos appeared at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as the soloist in J.Rutter's Magnificat.

Her concert repertoire includes Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Queens College Choral Society, NY), Nielsen's Hymnus Amoris and the title role in Händel's oratorio Theodora (Hudson Valley Singers and the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra), as well as Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder (Cambridge Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Calenos has also sung Verdi's Messa da Requiem (Penn State University - Masterworks Chorale - Boston Symphony Hall with the Boston University Symphony - Colden Theater with the Queens College Symphony), Poulenc's Gloria, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and participated in the Meyerbeer Retrospective concert with Mo Eve Queler (Opera Orchestra of New York). In the spring of 2009, Ms. Calenos appeared as the principal soloist with Greek composer A. Paraskevas at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Her recordings include Mascagni's Zanetto with Odyssey Opera of Boston, and George Tsontakis' Mirologhia, which was released on the KOCH International Classics label with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Calenos won the Gerda Lissner Foundation award (2010), and the "Judges Award" from the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition (2009). She also won the Audience Favorite award at the Irma Cooper Competition in Columbus, Ohio (2008), the Schyler Foundation "Career Bridges" Award (2006-2008), and was a finalist of the Oratorio Society of NY competition (2010), the Renata Tebaldi International Vocal Competition in San Marino (2009), and the Concurso del Canto de Bilbao (2008).

She was a member of Boston University's Opera Institute between the years 2006 and 2008, and holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Queens College in New York, as well as a Diploma in Violoncello Performance form the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece."

 

 

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SESSION 2 TEAM

Meta Powell, dramatic soprano has received critical acclaim for her recent appearances as Brünnhilde from both Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung for Opera Forge at the Royal Festival Hall and at St. John Square (London). She appeared to critical acclaim as Ortlinde (Walküre) and Third Norn (Götterdämmerung) for Longborough Festival Opera and The Wagner Society of London. Future appearances include all three Brünnhildes (Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) for Opera Forge. An accomplished vocal pedagogue, she represents Kashu-do Studios in London and has the distinction to be one of two singers designated Gold Level Singer, the highest level of technical achievement in the Kashu-do System. Metal Powell has studied advanced forms of meditation, which contribute to her multi-faceted teaching style. Meta was among the teachers chosen for the inaugural Kashu-do Teacher Training Program and was a featured teacher at HSOAF 2015.

 

Helene Lindqvist, soprano is of Swedish and Egyptian descent. She began her vocal training in Stockholm with Florence Düselius. She then studied at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, Germany and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her teachers included Éva Marton and Bernd Weikl. From 1996 to 1999 she was a permanent member of the Saarland State Theater. There she sang such roles as Ännchen, Ilia Kriemhild in The Merry Nibelungs, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, the Hitomaru in the Die Reise. She appeared at Theater Regensburg between 2001 and 2010 where she sang Gilda Franziska Cagliari in Vienna Blood, Morgana in Alcina, Nuri in Tiefland and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Additional guest engagements followed at the Hamburg State Opera and the City Theater Augsburg as well as a regular ensemble contract in Ulm, where she returned last summer in the title role in Verdi’s Aida. Her extensive repertoire includes many Baroque operas, including by Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel and Claudio Monteverdi. She also sang the roles of Donna Anna, Contessa Almaviva, Fiordiligi, Violetta, Michaela and Desdemona. In 2011 Helene and her husband, pianist Philipp Vogler, developed a website called The Artsong Project, dedicated to bringing attention to great song repertoire by less known composers. 

Anna Niedbala, soprano, began her career as a mezzo-soprano singing such roles as Cherubino, Dorabella, Cenerentola etc, with Opera Illinois, Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater among others. She changed to soprano with the role of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and later Fiordiligi, Desdemona, and Santuzza. She made her European debut as Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) with Salzburg’s Landestheater. A gifted teacher, Anna was chosen as an inaugural member of the first Kashu-do Teacher Training Program and taught at the Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She continues her performance activities in Germany where she also runs her vocal studio in the city of Dortmund.  She sang a soaring Tosca at the Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival last summer to critical acclaim.  "...Becoming a true artist means looking in the mirror and, instead of trying to hide your flaws and deficits, seeing them truthfully and committing every day to do the difficult work of improving them."

 

 

Dr. Katherine Osborne, mezzo-soprano is currently Instructor of Voice at Northern Iowa University. She has been featured in operas and oratorios from the Baroque to the 20th Century including most recently, the title role in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Mercedes in Carmen, soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, etc...A respected pedagogue and researcher, Dr. Osborne is the 2014 recipient of the coveted Van Lawrence Prize given each year by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing to one pedagogue who makes effective use of vocal science in his or her teaching. Dr. Osborne co-taught the first Kashu-do Teacher Training Program during the HSOAF 2015 with Dr. LaFond to a resounding success. She is a key member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers. "Investing in vocal development and cultivating a disciplined singing technique gives an artist an ever-expanding palette of expression and bridges the divide between imagination and communication."

Raymond Ayers is among the great baritones of his generation. Most recently a member of the National Theater Mannheim, he has appeared in dozens of lead roles in Germany and in the United States. His concert appearances have taken him most recently to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw among others. A valuable member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers, he has appeared in all four Academies in Härnösand and featured in many Kashu-do sponsored concerts. He is currently a freelance artist performing throughout Europe, most recently the title role in Debussy's Pélléas et Mélisande.

 

 

Marek Ruszczynski, coach-pianist has given recitals across Europe in concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Berlin Philharmonie and the Musikverein. He has worked and performed under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne in the programme The Song Continues both in Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Opéra de Bastille in Paris. Marek was very lucky to grow up in the fascinating era when communism was declining and cultural influences from the ‘passionate’ East and ‘enlightened’ West were confronting one another. He received his formative musical education from Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, in Gdansk, Poland and at 19 he was awarded a prize from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Education for Musical Achievement, and a Gdansk and Brussels Rotary Club Prize for the Best Conservatorium Graduate in Northern Poland. He came to London a year later. Driven by a passion for vocal music, Marek acquired the skills of supporting opera singers,     learning the craft from a number of distinguished artists including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Christa Ludwig, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. During his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he was awarded the Gold Medal Accompanist Prize in both 2009 and 2011. Further success followed when he won the Prix de Piano in the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition 2012 in Paris. Marek is a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and an alumnus of Academie Musicale de Villecroze where has been now working as an accompanist for Teresa Berganza. He has held a position of a vocal coach at both the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Supported by the Opera Awards Foundation he trained as repetiteur at the National Opera Studio in London. In 2015 he worked as the language coach for the production of King Roger for the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Currently, he is a member of the music staff at the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and he works as a vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music and for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Marek has given masterclasses at the Trinity College of Music in London and the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a freelancer, he also works as a recitalist in Europe and the United States and sits in a jury of the Manhattan Voice Competition. Beauty of tone, visceral empathy with musical emotion and passion are the hallmarks of his performances. Marek joins us for the first time and will be available during the second session.

Philipp Vogler, pianist/conductor, received his education at both the Hochschule für Musik in Köln and in Düsseldorf. He has been a conductor at the theaters of Saarbrücken and Augsburg in Zauberflöte and Barbiere among other works and has appeared internationally at London’s Royal Albert Hall conducting Carmina Burana and Holst The Planets. He was engaged at the Hamburg State Opera, first as répétiteur and then as Head of Music. Since 2003 Philipp Vogler holds the position of Music Director of the Opera Program at München’s Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künste, where he has conducted many local premieres including first showings of Bellini’s Capuleti e Montecchi Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Wax Works and Korngold’s Mute Serenade. Philipp records regularly as piano soloist, with his wife, soprano Helene Lindquist as well as violinist Stephan Schardt. He and Helene Lindquist maintain The Art Song Project, a website dedicated to great but less known song repertoire. He is an invaluable member of the Kashu-do Team of Teachers and will be available for both sessions.

 

Pianist-coach and composer, James Jenkins has been an invaluable member of our coaching staff during the last three Academies in Härnösand.  He has been responsible for the majority of our operatic scenes programs and has appeared in countless Kashu-do sponsored concerts.  He is currently coach-accompanist at Northern Iowa University where he collaborates often with faculty members, including his wife, Dr. Katherine Osborne.  James was surprised by the Vogler-Lindqvist duo when they performed the world premiere of his songs unannounced.  James will be active during both sessions.

 

 

Pianist-coach and conductor, Brandon Eldredge is the pride of Kashu-do.  He first joined as a student at the second Academy and quickly became one of our most valuable teachers.  He led our featured production of Tosca in 2017 after joining the faculty at Kapellsberg Opera Studio at Härnösands Folkhögskola.  He has been coach-pianist for several Kashu-do courses alongside, Anna Niedbala, Meta Powell and Dr. LaFond. Brandon will join Philipp Vogler as co-pianists for our concert performances of Wagner's Die Walküre between 14 and 19 August 2018.

 

 

 

Eric Gibson is a rising name in stage direction who feels equally comfortable with opera, operetta, and musical theater.  His many productions, receiving constant critical acclaim, include Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon and a host of musical theater works including, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls and Into the Woods to name a few.  He is greatly in demand as a stage director throughout the University system in the United States and recently joined the acting and coaching faculty of The American Institute for Musical Studies, the renowned opera training program in Graz Austria.  He is based in Flagstaff, Arizona where he holds the post of Associate Professor of Lyric Theater at Northern Arizona University.  Mr. Gibson earned his bachelors degree at the University of Michigan and Masters in Opera Direction at Indiana University.  An excellent pianist and trained singer, his vibrant stagings stem from an intimate knowledge of the musical score. He made himself irreplaceable after leading our scenes programs and stagecraft classes at the fourth Academy in Härnösand.  We are overjoyed to have him for both sessions.

 

Meet me, Regina, a dance artist and coach, a sister and a friend. And most important, a curious and creative creature. Art has been the main thread in my life. I have vivid memories of when I held and 'played' a violin for the first time in primary school and remember the dream I had at night, after my first and only piano lesson. Feeling jazzier then jazz, I was Duchess Ellington. I then started dancing as a teen and from that moment my body became the instrument of choice.My creative journey led me from The Netherlands, where I was born, to London, New York, Tel Aviv as well as India and now Sweden, where I will be joining you for 1 week. I'll guide you on a trip into the unknown - the one thing I will be able to guarantee is that it will be expansive and fun. I promise! I love witnessing the growth of the people I work with. I believe that every person is naturally creative, resourceful and whole and am dedicated to supporting them in their quest to reach their full potential.Out of this dedication The Audition Workshop (TAW) was born. TAW is an active and reflective workshop where artists learn how to prepare themselves and make the most out of any audition scenario. Yet TAW is about more than that. It's about reminding you, of your amazingness, connecting you to your fearlessness. It's about making the most of each moment, about being authentic, regardless of what the situation is or who is in front of you. It's about showing up, being present and available, and about excepting and becoming aware of when you are not. It's about learning how to believe in yourself, even when that inner voice tells you something else. It's about learning to fail fearlessly and about understanding that there is no such thing as failure, just learning. It's about life and living it to the fullest. It's about connecting through art, to ourselves and others. We will go on a journey of self-discovery and self-actualization. We will play, discuss, reflect, project, emote, and bring our future dreams into the present moment and have a ton of fun doing it. I look forward to meeting you. Regina will be with us for both sessions.

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The week after the second session, our teachers will present performances of Wagner's Die Walküre, on locations in the north of Sweden.  Students of both courses whose voices are appropriate to Wagnerian repertoire will be chosen to sing the Ride of the Valkyries in the 3rd Act of the Opera.  Additional students who have appropriate voices for the lead roles will receive coaching of those roles and if appropriate will be invited to do a student run-through of those parts.

 

Kashu-do Intensive Summer Sessions (KISS) are open to singers of all levels (amateur to professional) and pianists who desire to develop their skills in working with singers.    We pride ourselves on addressing each singer's personal objectives and thereby helping them to take the next important steps in their own development.

Application and Registration

To apply, please proceed to the application form by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the button Go to Application Form. (application fee: 400 SEK). Once accepted, students will receive the link to register and pay for the course.  Application Deadline is 15 June 2018 or until all spots are filled.  The courses are limited to 25 singers and 5 pianists per course.    We anticipate that spaces will go quickly. Do not wait until the last minute! Acceptance to the program will be announced shortly after the deadline along with repertoire assignments.

Video:  The application form asks for a link to a video of the applicant performing.  This helps the faculty to have an idea of your skills and to prepare for your instruction. The video does not need to be fancy. A smartphone video is sufficient as long as the picture is clear and the sound is of decent quality (the video requirement may be waved in the case of students who have attended previous Kashu-do Sponsored courses).  Post the video to Youtube or Dropbox and provide a link (Links will only be shared with teachers of the course in order to make application and repertoire decisions).

  • Singers:  Provide a video of yourself performing two pieces including one operatic aria of your choice in original language and key. Second piece maybe another aria or a song, preferably in your own language. 
  • Pianists: Provide a video of yourself playing a solo piece that shows the level of your pianistic skills and of you accompanying a singer in a song or aria (It is understood that pianists will have good sight-reading skills).
  • Room and Board: All participants will reside at the Sandslån Vandrarhem och Camping, a picturesque residence directly on the Ångerman River, directly across the water from Tingshuset (The Courthouse) where lessons and classes will take place.  Many different kinds of living arrangements are available from private hotel rooms to shared dorm rooms. Arrangements will be made directly through Sandslån Vandrarhem och Camping, by phone (+46 (0) 612 50076) or by email, by clicking the hypertext here.  Course participants will receive a 20 percent discount from normal prices. The location is a five-minute drive from the Courthouse and transportation by van will be provided to and from the courthouse several times a day. We are thinking of renting bicycles for those who may want to ride to and fro because the area is extraordinarily beautiful during the summer months.  Sandslån Vadrarhem och Camping can provide breakfast, lunch, and supper or any combination thereof.  The residence is furnished with several kitchens in case participants wish to prepare their own meals. Contact Sandslån Vadrarhem och Camping for more details.

     

     

    Fees: Each 2-week course costs 15.000 SEK. A discount will be considered for participants who take both courses.

    Individual Lessons

    During the course time, we offer individual lessons to those who cannot attend all sessions.  Experienced teachers will be available to offer vocal, musical, dramatic coaching as well as career counseling to students of all ages and levels of experience:

    1-2 lessons: 800 SEK per lesson

    3-4 lessons 700 SEK per lesson

    5 or more lessons 600 SEK per lesson

    Special guest teachers will set their own fees for individual instruction.

    For more information email Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond.

     

    Travel to Nyland

    Book travel as early as possible to get good rates.

    By car or by bus: The E4 travels from south to north through the High Coast.  From E4 take route 90 towards Kramfors and Lunde and follow signs to Nyland. Daily buses from Stockholm to Kramfors with http://www.ybuss.se. The busses are of a high standard.

    By train: http://www.sj.se

    By air: Those traveling from outside of Sweden should arrive at Stockholm Arlanda airport. There are direct flights from Stockholm-Arlanda to Sundsvall-Timrå Airport.  From there, a Taxi can be arranged to Härnösand Central Train Station (25 minutes) and from there, hourly trains are available to Kramfors or Västeraspby Stations (Half-hour ride. More trains travel to Kramfors Station but Västeraspby is more convenient). Students would be picked up from Kramfors or Västeraspby Station to the residence.  Another Alternative from Stockholm is to fly to Umeå Airport.  From Umeå Airport, a taxi or bus to Umeå Östra Train Station takes 10 minutes.  From there a 90-minute train ride to Kramfors or Västeraspy.  Students would be picked up at either train station.  Finally, a 4 1/2 hour ride from Stockholm Arlanda Airport train station travels directly to Kramfors or with a change over in Sundsvall Central Train Station.  In case of a change in Sundsvall Central, the second train often stops at Västeraspby Station, which is closer.  Students would be picked up from Kramfors or Västeraspby station.

    Enjoying Nyland’s Peaceful Environment and the Breath-taking Nature of Sweden's High Coast

    The picturesque little village of Nyland borders the Ångerman River leading to the Baltic Sea.  It offers lovely walks by the water as well as hikes in the nearby hills and forests—As with all Kashu-do workshop settings, Nyland provides an environment that inspires artistic work.  Sandslån Vandrarhem och Camping (5-minutes ride) is planning several entertaining activities for participants during off times including, a cruise on the Ångerman River on the River Boat Ådalen III, a cookout, fishing, a concert at the brewery/restaurant home of international award-winning BOX Whiskey Company. a car race on the Airport Tarmac and more in order to give visitors to the area a taste of what makes this beautiful region special.  We are planning on a day off when longer excursions are possible such as mountain hikes to the High Coast and excursions to nearby waterfalls, etc.

    Nylands Tingshus (Courthouse), a former municipal courthouse is home to Kashu-do Opera Studios, Courthouse Music and other artistic entities under the umbrella of the company iOpera AB. Managed by celebrated Swedish Composer, Fredrik Högberg, and international voice pedagogue, Jean-Ronald LaFond, “The Courthouse” has become synonymous with artistic activity.  The superior acoustics of the former courtroom (turned into a concert hall), equipped with high definition recording equipment (including a green screen) makes it a popular destination for professional recording projects.

    For traveling advice assistance and other details, contact: Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond: kashudosv@gmail.com