St Mary's Music School to host Vocal Taster Day this May for budding singers aged 13-18

Created for budding singers aged 13 - 18, St Mary’s Music School will hold a Vocal Taster Day (5 May 2024) for their new Vocal Programmes expansion - an exciting opportunity for aspiring young singers and music lovers.

St Mary's Music School to host Vocal Taster Day this May for budding singers aged 13-18

About this event

Starts: Sunday 5 May 2024 10:00 AM

Ends: Sunday 5 May 2024 4:30 PM

At: St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh

St Mary’s Music School (an established internationally recognised specialist music school based in Edinburgh’s West End) has announced an exciting new two-part expansion to their music education: the Changing Voices Programme and the Senior Vocal Programme. 

These programmes will create opportunities for young singers who are interested in developing classical solo voice to the next level.

The Vocal Programmes are designed to support young aspiring singers in realising their potential. With a focus on expert coaching and teaching, these programmes run concurrently with the School's academic classes, reinforcing the School's reputation as a leader in shaping musical education.

Head of Voice Kate Aitken said: “The new vocal programmes at St Mary’s Music School are a fantastic and significant addition, not only to the School and its pupils, but to music education in Scotland. The programmes will give passionate young singers a place where they can thrive and hone their craft in a safe and supportive environment. Vocal education is not just about receiving great singing lessons, the creation of a complete programme for young singers will help to develop and inspire the next generation of singers: this has been a long time coming!”

As part of this expansion, a Vocal Taster Day will be held on 5 May 2024, opening the School’s doors to prospective pupils and their families who want to learn more about specialist vocal training for children aged 13 - 18. 

An immersive experience designed specifically to introduce components of the new programmes, the Vocal Taster Day will provide:

Performance Classes (including guidance in stage presence, audience interaction, and communication); one-to-one Coaching from Director of Music, John Cameron, who will offer support and advice in unlocking the unique potential of each participant’s voice); Ensemble Activities (including creating harmonies and musical connections via the Scratch Choir); and an end-of-day Concert (giving the opportunity to showcase your talent and new skills in a group and solo-singing performance).

An optional Advisory Clinic will be available on the day to support those who may be interested in a specialist music education. Attendees will be asked to perform one song to the Head of Voice, Director of Music and Headteacher in an informal setting. The panel will then advise you on the next best steps for your vocal development, which may include progressing to full audition to the School.

Director of Music John Cameron said: “To add a comprehensive programme for singers to sit alongside the instrumental training we offer is hugely exciting and speaks to the ambition of the School. Early exposure to movement, drama, languages and poetry as well as singing lessons and ensemble work is key to the development of young singers whilst the voice settles and grows. We look forward to being able to offer this new programme and look forward to watching it grow.”

If interested, please sign up to the Vocal Taster Day early to avoid disappointment.

St Mary’s Music School is an independent, specialist music school based in Edinburgh, Scotland and offers a world class standard of music and academic education for talented young musicians aged 9 –19. St Mary’s Music School aims to provide outstanding young instrumentalists, singers and choristers the opportunity to flourish and excel, musically and academically, in a safe, supportive and inspiring environment.

St Mary’s Music School will next be performing at Perth Concert Hall on 3 June, Queen’s Hall on 20 June and Glasgow City Halls on 24 June.

Header Image Credit: Nicola Dove

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