College of Visual and Performing Arts

College Vocal Audition Workshop

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2014 Summer Music Camps

Click the links for details. For proper placement, please use the student's grade level in the fall of 2014.

CAA Piano RecitalGene Marcus Piano Competition

Application Deadline: May 7, 2014
First-Round Auditions: Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, 2014
Final Round: Saturday, June 7, 2014

IPFW Gene Marcus Piano CampGene Marcus Piano Camp for Intermediate to Advanced Students

Priority Scholarship Application Deadline: May 7, 2014
Sunday-Friday, June 15-20, 2014

CAA Beg Piano CampPiano Exploration Camp for Beginners

This piano camp is a great opportunity to see if a student has an aptitude and interest in private piano instruction. It is not required that a student have a piano at home in order to take part; in fact this class may help a family determine if that is a good investment for the future. Students will learn in a small-group setting and will cover basics such as learning notes and major and minor five-finger patterns, triads and arpeggios. This camp is led by IPFW faculty member Carol Hahn, who has taught piano privately for 50 years and has taught Suzuki for the past 29 years. This camp runs from 10am to 11am. Additional time slots will be added as registration fills. Please call Melinda at 260-481-6059 to register for this camp.

Grades 4-5: Monday-Friday, June 16-July 3, 10-11am
Fourteen 1-hour sessions: $199
Rhinehart Music Center Room 234

CAA Summer String CampSummer String Camp

June 23-27, 2014

IPFW/Sweetwater Music Tech Audio Recording Camp

CAA IPFW Sweetwater Music TechStudents will produce a professional recording session from performance and tracking to mix down. They will choose the musical content, perform at whatever capacity they are comfortable with, record individual tracks, apply audio effects and processing (e.g., reverb, EQ and compression), add virtual instruments if desired, mix down to stereo and burn a CD. The IPFW facilities include a Pro Tools HD 3 system with an automated 32-channel control surface and professional-quality microphones and pre-amps.  The Rhinehart Recital Hall will be used as the tracking studio. Students will learn about mics and placement, how to use a patch bay, how to use the industry-standard Pro Tools digital audio workstation and other skills required in the contemporary recording studio. This camp will be led by Christopher Rutkowski, professor of music composition and technology and director IPFW/Sweetwater music technology program at IPFW.

Grades 9-12: Monday-Friday, July 14-18, 9am-5pm  Click to register or call 260-481-6977.
Five 8-hour sessions: $129
Rhinehart Music Center, Room 228         

Vocal Audition WorkshopCollege Vocal Audition Workshop for

High School Juniors and Seniors

Saturday, January 11, 2014

(Check back for the 2015 date)

12 noon to 5:15pm

Rhinehart Music Center

$59 for a half-day session

Call 260-481-6977 or click to register.


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, comfortable clothes for movement and dress clothes for the audition.

Meet the Instructors: Dr. Samuel Savage, 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.

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.