VPA Course Descriptions

Theatre

VOICE & DICTION (C. Price)

IMPROV (Z. Bacon)

TEXT ANALYSIS (C. Price)

MOVEMENT (R. Berg, Z. Bacon asst.)

INTRO TO SHAKESPEARE (C. Price, Z. Bacon asst.)

CONTEMPORARY ACTING (R. Berg)

DEVISED THEATRE (C. Price)

SPECIAL TOPICS: playwrighting, stage combat, children’s theare, ancient Greek theatre, commedia dell’arte, comedies of manners, musical theatre (R. Berg, Z. Bacon asst.)

*in week 4, this final class period becomes showcase rehearsal for all and there are no break-out options

VOICE & MOVEMENT (C. Price, Z. Bacon asst.)

DESIGN AND BUILD (S. Price)

AUDITION INTENSIVE (C. Price, Z. Bacon asst.)

BUSINESS OF ACTING (C. Price)

LIGHTING AND SOUND (S. Price, Z. Bacon asst.)

SCENE STUDY (C. Price)

RIGGING AND SAFETY (S. Price, Z. Bacon asst.)

Music

Chamber Choir
David Otis Castonguay

Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber choir literature in several languages.   Special focus is on the cultivation of each student as an independent musician.

The 2015 course will focus on the music of Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds Literature will feature solos and choruses from Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas performed with chamber orchestra.  The performance of the Purcell will include stylized movement and dance.

This course is required for Governor’s School for the Arts Vocal students.

Music for the Stage
David Otis Castonguay, Youngmi Kim

With coaching from music faculty, students will hone performance skills by integrating singing, acting, and movement.  The class will employ both studio training and performance projects from the musical theatre, operetta, and opera repertoire.

The 2015 class will include the study and performance of excerpts from Candide – Leonard Bernstein; A Little Night Music – Stephen Sondheim and Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan

This course is required for Governor’s School for the Arts Vocal students.

Vocal Practicum
David Otis Castonguay, Youngmi Kim
Collaborative Piano Artists: Kwan Yi and Richard Masters

Daily instruction of individual voice technique and literature through intensive small group and individual coaching.  Students will learn and perform advanced solo and duet literature in several languages. 

Extensive listening exploration of exemplary performers and literature will use the 20,000 recordings available through the OPUS X digital library in the Covington Center for the Performing Arts.  The use of a digital listening device utilizing iTunes is most desirable (iPod, phone, laptop).

Foreign language pronunciation will be facilitated through the International Phonetic Alphabet(IPA).  Students will have access to the Radford University subscription to IPA Source.com in theCovington Listening Center.

This course is required of Governor’s School for the Arts Vocal Students.

Improvisation
R. Wayne Gallops and Dayl Burnett

Students will be guided through exercises in technique development, ornamentation, melodic modification and the basics of chord/scale applications towards the acquisition of functional improvisation skills in all professional settings.   Students will use computer-assisted instruction to practice outside of class (SmartMusic, Band-in-a-Box).

Open to Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music Students.

Chamber Music
David Allen, Dayl Burnett, Vladimir Kromin, Kwan Yi

Intensive, daily instruction and practice in the practice and performance of chamber music.  Ensembles will include:  brass quintet; guitar small ensemble; percussion small ensemble: piano trio; string quartet; woodwind quintet.

Required of all Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music Students.

Instrumental Practicum
David Allen, Dayl Burnett, Vladimir Kromin, Kwan Yi

Daily instruction of individual instrumental technique and literature through intensive small group and individual coaching.  Students will learn and perform advanced solo and duet literature from a wide variety of historical periods. 

Required of all Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music Students.

Jazz Ensemble
Dayl Burnett

The jazz ensemble will perform works from traditional swing, latin, fusion, and modern big band genres.

This course is open only to Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music students. 

Chamber Orchestra
Vladimir Kromin

The Chamber Orchestra will perform orchestral literature for strings and winds from the Baroque period through the 20th Century.

This course is open only to Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music students. 

Wind Ensemble
Faculty: Dayl Burnett                                                    

The Wind Ensemble will perform traditional literature for mixed ensemble of winds and percussion from the Baroque period through the 20th Century.

This course is open only to Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music students. 

Dance

The dance curriculum is varied and vigorous. Students will be instructed in improvisation, modern, jazz, ballet, and ballroom by the best dance instructors Radford University has to offer. Check the faculty page for bios on the following:

Crystal Lewis: Modern, Improvisation, Composition, Contact Improvisation, Repertory, Somatics
Salvador Barajas: Dance Technology, Documentary and Performance
LeeAnn Walker: Ballet, Pointe, Pas de deux, Repertory
Kiera R. Amison: Modern, Afro-Modern, Jazz, Horton Technique, Auditioning
Amy Elizabeth: Modern, Choreography, Contact Improvisation, Repertory, Comp/Partnering
Amy VanKirk: Jazz, Ballroom, Musical Theatre Dance
Katie Wells: Modern, Improvisation, Yoga Dance, Repertory

Visual Art

2-D
Knic Umstead

Jewelry Making
Dr. Alison Pack

Ceramics
Dr. Drew Dodson