The vision for the WAAPA International Art Song Academy is to promote art song as a musical, poetic and artistic art form.
The Academy aims to develop the training and performance of art song to the highest standards of excellence through the mentorship and guidance of internationally renowned visiting artists, representing the peak of elite art song practice.
The WAAPA International Art Song Academy aims to fulfil its vision by providing intensive training to young singers and pianists who demonstrate a special affinity and ability for art song performance.
Based on the time-honoured tradition of the European and North American 'Summer School', this antipodean 'Winter School' will be held each June/July at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Western Australia. The Academy will run as a week-long series of master classes and discussions, culminating in a Gala Concert of exclusively art song repertoire.
The master classes will be conducted by guest artists of international reputation who have attained the highest standards of excellence as performers and pedagogues. These master teachers will pass on the benefits of their unique skills and experience to the next generation of singers and pianists.
The Academy will attract young professional and pre-professional singers and pianists from conservatoria, performing arts institutions and opera companies throughout Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.
In order to gain the most value from the master classes, the participants will be auditioned and will be expected to demonstrate a high level of practice in their respective disciplines. The classes will also be open to interested observers, including teachers and coaches, students, professional performers, scholars and music-lovers.
“The students and teachers from Adelaide with whom I attended were all utterly inspired and I hope to attend any future festival with an even larger contingent! … the master classes had a spirit of warmth and positivity that contributed much to the experience. I cannot thank you enough for bringing these world class teachers to Australia and providing us with such an inspirational opportunity. I hope it is the first of many.”
- Penelope Cashman, répétiteur, Elder Conservatorium
“I gained so much personally and musically from the week and I know that it fully prepared me for the competition rounds in Sydney … Happy to let you know I have been selected as a finalist in both Opera and Arts support group Scholarship and the McDonald's Operatic Aria competition”
- Ashlyn Skye Tymms, mezzo soprano, Perth
“Working with Deborah and Graham is something I will treasure for a lifetime … it was wonderful to meet other singers, make contacts and find out about other avenues to pursue for further study and work.”
- Jordie Howell, soprano, Melbourne
“It was good to hear some wonderful maturing voices and also to see the younger singers learn so much over the week”
- Rosalind Martin, Lecturer in Voice, University of Adelaide