2008 Convention

From Studio to Stage: Integrating Dramatic Tools Into Singer Training

The 2008 National Convention was held January 4-7, 2008, in Los Angeles in collaboration with The National Association of Teachers of Singing 2008 Winter Workshop.

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday

2:30 PM: NOA Executive Committee Meeting/Board of Directors Meeting

7:00 PM Operas for Schools: Performance of Robert Chauls’ opera Alice in Wonderland

 

Friday

7:30 AM Registration opens, and continues through the day

8:00 AM Wake-up Session, sponsored by NATS:
JUDITH CARMAN: Yoga and Singing: Introduction and Techniques.

9:00 AM:Exhibits Open

9:00 AM Plenary Session, sponsored by NATS
ELISE KIRK: American Opera in a New Light. Important political and cultural influences on the historic styles and composers of our nation's opera.

10:15 break

10:45 AM Plenary Session, sponsored by NOA
DANA GIOIA, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts

Reception celebrating NATS and NOA Together in LA

1:30 PM Breakout Sessions
(NATS) The Singer as Character: A Stanislavsky Inspired System for the Preparation, Exploration, and Performance of Operatic Characters (Nova Thomas)
(NOA) Opera Scenes coached by Ryan Edwards

2:45 break

3:15 PM Breakout Sessions
(NATS) Intimate Opera in Small venues: How to stage an opera in the privacy of your own home. (Patrick Newell)
(NOA) Collaborative Arts (Alan Smith)

4:45 - 5:00 PM: wrap-up

7:00PM Performance Session
NOA Chamber Opera Competition Winner Production: Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast

9:00PM Performance Session and Dessert Bar
NOA presents “Cabaret Gershwin!”

Saturday

8:00 AM Registration opens, and continues through the day

8:00 AM Wake-up Session, sponsored by NATS
JUDITH CARMAN: Yoga and Singing: The Role of the Breath.

8:00 AM NATIONAL OPERA ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

9:00 AM Exhibits Open

9:00 AM 29th Annual NOA Vocal Competition

9:00 AM Plenary Session, sponsored by NATS
NOVA THOMAS: The Pedagogy of Dramatic Study: Inspiring Dramatic Choices That Can Positively Inform and Partner the Vocal Process

10:15 break

10:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Poster Session 1, sponsored by NOA

10:45 AM Breakout Sessions
(NATS) Opera Budget 101. Making and spending money for your opera production. (Patrick Newell)
(NOA) Sacred in Opera – Britten’s Abraham and Isaac, Canticle II

12:00 lunch

1:30 PM Plenary Session, sponsored by NOA
ANN BALZ: Operatic Improvisation I: What is THAT?
With John Duykers and Patrice Pastore

2:45 PM break

3:15 PM Breakout Sessions
(NATS) Humanizing the Character. The quest for integrity in modern American opera. (Elise Kirk)
(NOA) Young Artist Programs Panel

4:45 - 5:00 PM: wrap-up

6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
Vocal Competition Winners Concert
Annual Legacy Gala Banquet

Sunday

8:00 AM Registration opens, and continues through the day

8:00 AM Wake-up Session, sponsored by NATS
JUDITH CARMAN: Yoga for Singers: A 50-minute Class Suitable for Inclusion in the University Voice Lesson Credit

9:00 AM Exhibits Open

9:00 AM Plenary Session, sponsored by NATS
PATRICK NEWELL: Unsung Opera: Scenes for Presentation from Uncommon Repertoire

10:15 break

10:15 AM– 12:30 PM Poster Session 2, sponsored by NOA

10:45 AM Breakout Sessions
(NATS) American Chamber Opera. Small gems with special theatrical brilliance. (Elise Kirk)
(NOA) Opera Improvisation II: Let ME Try! Ann Balz, John Duykers and Patrice Pastore

12:00 lunch

1:30 PM Plenary Session, sponsored by NOA
JOHN DOUGLAS: Winning Auditions

2:45 break

3:15 Breakout Sessions
(NATS) Method or Madness: An “Issues” Session to Discuss the Nuts and Bolts of Dramatic Study for the Young Singing Actor (Nova Thomas)
(NOA) Operas for Female Voices, Granger’s Bluebeard’s Castle (presented by Georgia State University Opera Workshop Dwight Coleman, director)

4:45 - 5:00 wrap-up

6:30 PM NOA Closing Board Meeting


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