VPA Course Descriptions

Theatre

The Theater program offers a wide varied of experiences for Students:

VOICE & DICTION - IMPROV - TEXT ANALYSIS - MOVEMENT - INTRO TO SHAKESPEARE - CONTEMPORARY ACTING - DEVISED THEATRE 

SPECIAL TOPICS: playwrighting, stage combat, children’s theare, ancient Greek theatre, commedia dell’arte, comedies of manners, musical theatre, acting for television and camera

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

VOICE & MOVEMENT - DESIGN AND BUILD - AUDITION INTENSIVE - BUSINESS OF ACTING - LIGHTING AND SOUND - SCENE STUDY -RIGGING AND SAFETY 

Recent Faculty: Glenna Grant, Caroline Price, Michael Boynton, Zach Bacon, Robyn Berg, Molly Hood

Music

Comprehensive  Musicianship: courses in Theory, Ear Training, Style & History taught by members of the GovSchool Music Faculty. Special sessions in Sight Reading, Rhthym, African Drumming, Circle Singing, Music and Motion are also part of the GovSchool Comprehensive Musicianship course.

Special Sessions and Guest Artists: throughout the four weeks of GovSchool, special guest musicians, conductors, and composers will make appearance and work with students. Guests in the 2017 session included Maestro David Stewart Wiley, Pulitzer Prize winning composer Augusta Read-Thomas, and renowned African Drummer Attiba Rorie.

Chamber Choir
Dr. Meredith Bowen

Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber choir literature in several languages.   Special focus is on the cultivation of each student as an independent musician.This course is required for Governor’s School for the Arts Vocal students.

Music for the Stage
Dr. Meredith Bowen

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

Vocal Practicum: 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
Dr. Wayne Gallops, Kris Hale, and Dr. Dayl Burnett

Students will be guided through chord scale relationships, technique development, melodic improvisation and the basics of chord/scale voicings towards the acquisition of  improvisation skills.  Open to Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music Students.

Chamber Music
Dr. Dayl Burnett, Vladimir Kromin, Kris Hale, and Appied Wind/Percussion Faculty

Intensive, daily instruction and practice in the practice and performance of chamber music.  Ensembles will include:  string quartets, brass quintest, guitar small ensembles, percussion small ensembles, piano trios, woodwind quintets/quartets/octets.Required of all Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music Students.

Instrumental Practicum
Dr. Dayl Burnett, Vladimir Kromin, Kris Hale, and Appied Wind/Percussion Faculty

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
Dr. 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. 

Symphony Orchestra                                                                                               

Dr. Dayl Burnett, Dr. Wayne Gallops, Vladimir Kromin, and guest conductors

The GovSchool Symphony Orchestra combines all string and winds to perform major works for Orchestra. Our Instrumental Conductors and various renown collegiate and professional guest conductors work with the Symphony Orchestra throughout the four week residential GovSchool.

Chamber & String Orchestra
Vladimir Kromin

The Chamber & String 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

Dr. Dayl Burnett , Dr. Wayne Gallops and guest conductors                                   

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. 

OUR GOVSCHOOL MUSIC SHOWCASE is performed for parents and friends on the last day of GovSchool. This “Prism” style concert incorporates Vocal and Instrumental large and small ensembles in a seamless and exciting performance!

Weekly “Works In Progress” Concerts and Recitals for all Residential GovSchool Students feature Vocal and Instrumental Soloists and Ensembles in an in-house workshop setting. The “Works In Progress” performances are not open to the public.

Recent Music Faculty & Staff: Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, Dr. Dayl Burnett, Vladmir Kromin, Dr. Meredith Bowen, Dr. Youngmi Kim, Kwan Yi, Cara Modisett, Kris Hale, Dr. Sheldon Johnson, Dr. Mark Cramer, Peter Shanahan, Jeff Kresge, Rob Schoos, Bill Parish, Rebecca Meisel, Brian Peters, Ben Wyant, Justin Johnson. Dr. Matt Cataldi, Peter Shanahan, David Perry, Mark Biggam, John Smith, Julia Hartlage.

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 and the region has to offer. Check the faculty page for bios on the following:

Courses and Experiences:

Modern, Improvisation, Composition, Contact Improvisation, Repertory, Somatics

Dance Technology, Documentary and Performance

Ballet, Pointe, Pas de deux, Repertory

Modern, Afro-Modern, Jazz, Horton Technique, Auditioning

Modern, Choreography, Contact Improvisation,  Comp/Partnering

Ballroom, Musical Theatre Dance

Modern, Improvisation, Yoga Dance

Recent Faculty include: Rachel Rugh, Crystal Lewis, Amy VanKirk, Salvador Barajas, LeeAnn Walker, Kiera R. Amison, Amy Elizabeth,and Katie Wells

Visual Art

Through a combination of 2-D, 3-D, Photography, Videography and Installation courses, students in the Visual Arts experience remarkably diverse opportunities to produce art in a multitude of media.  The culmination of this work is a student curated and installed Visual Arts Showcase. 

3-D/ Installation Art: Knic Umstead

Drawing: Shaun Whiteside

Watercolor: Sidra Kaluszka

Photography/ Videography: Kaitlynn Slaughter

Exploration of Artistic Intent (with Kaitlynn Slaughter) Through the use of digital photography, videography, the crafting of artist statements and personal-branding, the students will delve into their identities as an artist. They will explore the concept of self and just what drives their passions for art.

Form, Subject, and Composition (with Shaun Whiteside) Students will refine their fundamental skills of depiction using graphite and related drawing media/processes. We will also focus on organizing effective compositions in order to optimize their communicative abilities. This will include discussing historical art movements and artworks so as to inform our themes and imagery to meet the context and concerns of our era.

Color and Light (with Sidra Kaluszka) This class will start with a building block foundation in watercolor.  We will be exploring color mixture, creation of texture, lighting, and overall contrast.  Which sets the tone for additional course work around the creation, building, and combination of color, in tandem with the depiction, and or use of light.

Space, Time, and Materiality (with Knic Umstead) The student will explore the interlinked concepts of time and space, how meaning is revealed through the passage of both. Ostensibly a sculpture and installation course, we will be examining how the materiality of form creates its own meaning, and how this can be utilized, manipulated, masked, and/or subverted. You will be using a range of material, to construct, shape, and install work of your own and with a varying number of collaborators.

Visiting Artist/Teachers also enhance our core Visual Arts GovSchool faculty through regular visits.