College of Visual and Performing Arts

College Vocal Audition Workshop

College Vocal Audition WorkshopCollege Vocal Audition Workshop for High School Juniors and Seniors

Saturday, January 17, 2015
12 noon to 5:15pm
IPFW Rhinehart Music Center
Register online or call 260-481-6059.
Cost: $59


Click here to see media coverage of the January 11, 2014, workshop and what the participants had to say.

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 juniors and seniors will be given preference for placement in this workshop but freshmen and sophomores 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 bring two prepared songs (one in English and one in a foreign language), comfortable clothes for movement and dress clothes for the audition.

Meet the Instructors:
Dr. Samuel Savage, Ashlee Bickley, Julie Donnell, Mark Stachofsky

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.

Ashlee Bickley performs and teaches various genres across the classical singing medium. As an oratorio soloist, Ashlee has been featured in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, St. Matthew Passion (Part 2), and Mass in B Minor (Credo), Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Händel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Schubert’s Mass in E-flat.  She has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony, Delaware Valley Opera Company (PA), and sings regularly with the Heartland Chamber Chorale and Bach Collegium.  Ashlee holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University and is on faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Trine University.

Julie Donnell earned her B.M. in vocal performance from DePauw University and her M.A. in German literature from Bowling Green State University. In addition, she studied at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Donnell has been a member of the New Organization for Vocal Artistry (Chicago) and maintains a private voice studio in addition to serving as a member of the IPFW voice and French faculty. In addition to applied voice, Ms. Donnell teaches French and German diction in the IPFW Department of Music.

Mark Stachofsky earned his B.M. from Boise State University and a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mark has performed with the Cleveland Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Boise Opera, numerous churches and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Mark teaches the “Bel Canto” style of singing, which means “beautiful singing.” It is a simple and direct approach to developing the singing voice. He is a limited term lecturer for the IPFW Department of Music in vocal instruction.


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: