College of Visual and Performing Arts

College Vocal Audition Workshop

College Vocal Audition WorkshopCollege Vocal Audition Workshop for HS Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Saturday, November 21, 2015
12 noon to 5:15pm
IPFW Rhinehart Music Center
To register call 260-481-6059.
Cost: $49

You must mail, email or deliver a copy of your music and register no later than Saturday, November 14. To register online, click here. For questions or instructions on delivering your music, email Dr. Sam Savage .

Get the jump on the competition! Auditions to be accepted into university music programs are just around the corner. The College Vocal Audition Workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn in a supportive and schooled environment from university professors, those same people for whom you will be auditioning to get into college. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors will be given preference for placement in this workshop but freshmen will be able to take part if space permits. Participants will learn audition etiquette and what it takes to be a music major, plus will have voice lessons and rehearsals with IPFW faculty members, and auditions with customized feedback. Students should submit two prepared songs in advance (one in English and one in a foreign language) and bring dress clothes for the audition.

Meet the Instructors:
Dr. Samuel Savage, Dr. Vaughn Roste, Jodi Thomas and Kristofer Sanchack

Dr. Samuel Savage is a Pi Kappa Lambda Scholar who earned his D.M.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently coordinator of studio voice at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, he teaches private voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature and directs the opera ensemble. Students who have studied with Dr. Savage have appeared on and off-Broadway, in film and television, regional opera houses, national and international summer festivals, regional finalists at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the recipients of the highest national awards.

Dr. Vaughn Roste comes to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with more than a decade of post-secondary teaching experience at colleges and universities in Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Canadian by birth, he holds four degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Augustana University College, a Bachelor of Theological Studies from the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute (both of which are in Camrose, Alberta), a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University.

Jodi Thomas has performed roles such as Madame Silverklang (The Impressario, Houston) and Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus, Beaumont Opera, Texas). She was a soloist with Whitewater Opera Company in their Young Audiences programs, with Muncie Symphony, Southwest Chamber Orchestra (Houston), Symphony North of Houston, as well as chorus with Houston Grand Opera. She enjoys performing now as a professional piano accompanist, having played many musicals at Canterbury School and several years of ISSMA (solo and ensemble festivals, Indiana), as well as for IPFW voice students. She is currently a member of Music Teachers National Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing. Jodi particularly appreciates the training she received at Rice University (Houston) gaining her Master of Music in Voice Performance.  Her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy is from Baylor University (Texas).  She attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and participated in master classes with Gerard Souzay and Phyllis Curtin among others.

Kristofer Sanchack's wide-ranging musical career began with his study of piano with local teacher Evelyn Shaw. He was privileged to continue his studies through Curtis Institute of Music mainstay Freda Pastor Berkowitz, whose close colleagues included Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Sanchack received a B.M. in composition with honors and high distinction from Penn State University. While attending Penn State, Mr. Sanchack accompanied and/or performed with six different choruses, including women's, men's and mixed choruses, as well as the State College Choral Society, which performed Mendelssohn's Elijah with world-renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes. He holds an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he received an assistantship in accompanying, and he is currently pursuing the D.M. in choral conducting at Indiana University, writing a dissertation on the Berlioz Requiem. He is currently the accompanist for the statewide Melody Makers of Indiana.



The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the IPFW Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.

Parental Supervision Statement

IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.

Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults

The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The IPFW Community Arts Academy abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here: