Opera Academy

Kapellsberg Music Department at Härnösands Folkhogskola Summer Opera Academy

Explore your operatic potential this summer in beautiful Härnösand, Sweden!   In cooperation with Kashu-do Studios, Härnösands Folkhogskola offers a Summer Opera Academy that will provide the ever-developing singer an opportunity to hone in the many skill-sets required of an operatic artist in an environment that is as supportive and genial as it is focused and challenging.

The program will provide daily classes in physical fitness and mental focus, vocal technique, musical coaching, scenic interpretation, language and diction, body-alignment/muscular balancing and ensemble singing. Additionally each singer will have the opportunity to perform in daily master classes and take part in a performance of arias and scenes at the end of the program as well as a final concert with the faculty.  Pianists will work closely with singers and with our experienced piano faculty to develop their skills as collaborative pianists.

Kashu-do (歌手道): The Way of the Singer is a philosophy of vocal artistry developed by Dr. Jean- Ronald LaFond. In short, it is a process that opens the developing singer to the awareness of the many elements that must be mastered in order to achieve true competence as a vocal artist, with particular emphasis on opera. 

Dates: July 8-20, 2014

Application and Registration: To apply, please proceed to the application form by clicking the button below (application fee: 220 SEK). Once accepted, students will receive the link to register and pay for the course.  Application Deadline is 1 June 2014 or until all spots are filled (40 singers and 6-9 pianists--As of 14 March 2014 close to half of the spots have been filled.  Earlier application is better!

Video:  The application form asks for a link to a video of the applicant peforming.  This helps the faculty to have an idea of your skills and to prepare for your instruction.

  • 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: All participants will reside in student apartments (double occupancy 2000 SEK, or single occupancy 2500 for 12 nights) equipped with kitchen.

    Board: Students have the option of buying their own food and cooking in their apartments or may opt for the campus food service (3 meals and two snack sessions [Fika] daily for 3700 SEK)

    Fees: The 12-day Academy costs 7000 SEK. The total cost to students (excluding travel) including PayPal processing fee and room and board will be 12.920 SEK (€1.457 or $2,002) or 13.420 SEK for single occupancy (€1.513 or $2,079).  Costs without board will be 9.220 SEK (€1.010 or $1,396) and 9.720 SEK (€1.065 or $1,472) respectively.

    Partial Sessions

    The Summer Opera Academy offers two half sessions (July 8-13 and July 14 to 19) for a tuition fee of 4200 SEK.  Room and board will be available on campus for a price to be determined by Härnösands Folkhögskolan.  Participants will enjoy daily lessons and coachings and will participate in a recital on July 13 and 19 respectively.  For further details email Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond.

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