Voice Department - Core Philosophy
|Voice Department Chair - Emily Browder Melville|
Welcome to the Voice Department! There are so many reasons to sing: artistry, entertainment, worship, self-expression, and just plain fun. Whatever your reason, the South Shore Conservatory voice department is here to encourage and guide your growth as a singer. We are committed to excellent vocal education that brings out your musical best while nurturing your “voice” in its widest sense. With private lessons, group classes, ensembles, recitals, open mics, and more, there are many opportunities to join in the song.
Group instruction is an excellent and affordable option for the beginning singer. We offer classes specific to youth and adults that feature age-appropriate vocal training and repertoire, an upbeat learning environment, peer support, and successful performance opportunities. Class offerings are listed below.
Private lessons provide the highest level of individualized instruction and mentoring. Since the relationship between teacher and student is integral to the learning experience, we carefully match students with instructors. Private lessons are appropriate for all levels of student – shy beginners to professionals. Private lessons are particularly useful to students with targeted goals such as auditions (e.g., community choirs, SEMSBA, college entrance) and performance (open mics, recitals, shows).
Voice Evaluations and Trial Lessons
We offer a voice evaluation service to determine which of our offerings best suit your needs. Appointments with the voice department chair are 30 minutes in length and cost $35.00. These “getting-to-know-you” mini-lessons provide lots of opportunity for questions and discussion so you get a sense of what voice study is about at SSC. To schedule a voice evaluation, please contact Lorna Jane Norris, Director of Private Instruction.
Full-length trial lessons with recommended teachers are also available.
Voice Department - Class Offerings
Basic Musicianship Workshops
Vartan Aghababian, Edwina Li, Margaret Li
Basic Musicianship is offered to all private lesson and Suzuki students to supplement their music literacy. These one hour classes review and teach basic elements of music.
Drum and Sing
A music class that develops basic music skills Level I ages 4-5 Level II ages 6-8
Emily Browder Melville, Grant Randall
A vocal skills class for children ages 7-9 who love to sing!
Emily Browder Melville, Jennie Mulqueen, Maria Marini
A vocal skills class for children ages 10-13 who love to sing!
Musical Theater Prep NEW!
Singers grades 6-9
Pop/Rock Vocal Tech NEW!
A class for singers age 13+
An a capella group for students age 13 and up.
Saturday Stage Club
Musical theatre workshops for ages 10-18
Pure Treble and Pure Harmony
Auditioned children’s choruses
SSC Community Voices
a choral opportunity for individuals 16 and over with developmental delays
American Songbook NEW!
Adult singers work to improve their vocal technique, expand their repertoire and polish their performance skills.
Kaleidoscope Adult Choir NEW!
A mixed-voice adult chorus performing a variety of music styles from classical to Broadway and beyond depending on abilities of singers.
Woman Song is an ensemble for women who love to sing.
Golden Voices NEW!
A vocal ensemble for adults age 55+ with a focus on care for our aging voices and finding health and well-being through music.
Chamber opportunities are available in strings, percussion, woodwind, brass, voice and mixed instruments with or without voice.
Voice Department Special Events
Voice Day - November 3 from 1-4 at the Duxbury campus
Student recitals - Voice Spotlight, June 9, 2013
William P. Söderberg Song & Aria Competition
Voice students compete. Click for details
Students compete. Click for details
Financial aid is available for those who can document financial need.
Financial Aid deadlines and application.