REY 2. Collaborative practice for singers and composers

Build and perfect your vocal technique and performance skills through collaboration

Period of the EOA module in 2020-21:

January – May 2021 (Term dates: January 11- May 21, 2021)

Open for:

  • 1-3 singer
  • 1-2 composers

Description of the EOA module:

For you as a singer this is a unique opportunitie to take an active part in the composition process and present your voice and its possibilites. You will be asked to present a piece or an aria from any era that you love to sing and is typical for your voice type.

Together BA singers and composers join in discussion and analysis of vocal music repertoire, where the specialist knowledge of each group informs the other. In the second half of the course composers will either – and this will be based on the will and chemistry of the group – be paired up with vocalists to create a new work of vocal music, or, the group will collaboratively create a single work together. By the end of the term, the will be public performances of new music.

This module will also consist of:

  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Public lunchtime recital series managed by students

Possible extras:

  • Dramatic Interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Performance of scenes from operas or an entire opera (TBA) (2-10 ECTS)
  • Experimental music ensemble (4ECTS)

For composers a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on students’ needs.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

A. For singers

The special feature of this module is to get the chance to work with a composer and take an active part in the creative process. Also to influence and have a discussion about how to write for the voice and about content and context like text or other inspirations for the composition. In the end to perform a piece written especially for your voice. Apart from this you will build your vocal technique and interpretive skills while working with a team of expert voice teachers who work in tandem empowering you to clarify your goals and make your own choices. As well you may make use of the department’s numerous performance opportunities, performing song, oratorio and opera repertoire.

B. For composers:

The composition department has been flourishing in recent years and graduated composers have enriched the music scene in Iceland and abroad. Every student is met where he is at and diversity and individuality is fostered. This makes the department an exciting place for aspiring composers who are interested in collaboration and working with the voice.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:

  • Thora Einarsdottir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson (composer, director)
  • Hróðmar Sigurbjörnsson (composer)
  • Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir (composer)
  • Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir (voice and performance)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)

Up to 20 hours pr. week

14 ECTs

For composers a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on students’ needs.

Possible extra’s beside the module:

Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

https://www.islit.is/en/art-and-culture-in-iceland/music/

Entrance examination:

  • Deadline: April 15
  • by submission of unedited video, performing 3 contrasting arias or songs in at least two different languages
  • Motivation letter.

(Second application date September 15)

VIL 2. Experimental Opera Incubator

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • January 15th – April 15th of 2020

Open for

  • Min. 2, max. 5

The Incubator invites singers, composers and other artists to develop experimental opera projects during the three months in Vilnius in Spring of 2020.

Applicants should submit original, strong and creative concepts which cross traditional opera genre boundaries and can be characterized as interdisciplinary ‘voice in landscape’ project realized in the contemporary context.

Concept proposal should be presented by the end of September of 2019.

Selected authors of projects will be invited to the Incubator for concept development, creative interdisciplinary collaboration and realization of the creative project in a chosen venue in Vilnius.

Creative projects such as short opera, performing art production, sound or interdisciplinary installation, contemporary music theatre, musical action and other form of multidisciplinary work that discover new ways of artistic expression, explore new spaces, community contexts, promote innovative communication and create new audiences, are welcome.

Incubator provides assistance in concept and dramaturgy development, visual solutions, performance coaching, improvisation, technical and artistic production. Projects that require involvement of music & digital technology (electronics, spatial sound, etc.), interactive recordings, installations will be assisted by a technical and creative staff of Music Innovation Studies Centre, www.misc.lmta.lt.

Creative laboratory and production / singers, composers, directors, other artists / English language

Development and production of the original creative opera projects in interdisciplinary teams is unique. The Incubator promotes broader conceptual approach of the opera genre, which leads to experimentation and development of strong creative ideas. Module trains creativity, interdisciplinary cooperation, and cultural entrepreneurship.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module

Team of assistants for project development and production: (depends on the concrete creative project):

  • Artistic production: Ana Ablamonova
  • Composition and electronics: Mantautas Krukauskas
  • Concept development: Mantautas Krukauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas
  • Dramaturgy: Gabrielė Labanauskaitė
  • Improvisation: Liudas Mockūnas, Arnas Mikalkėnas
  • Lighting design: Giedrius Gurevičius
  • Music and digital technology: Julius Aglinskas, Jonas Jurkūnas
  • Performance coaching: Vykintas Baltakas, Indrė Baikštytė

Possible extras

  • Vocal coaching: Algirdas Janutas, Asta Krikščiūnaitė Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

120 contact hours

240 hours of individual creative work 15 ECTS

Description of the final examination

  • Public Performance

Entrance examination

  • Creative project applications (free format) should be sent during the week 39 (last week of September).
  • Evaluation takes 2 weeks; selection results will be sent to all applicants. Invitation Letter will be sent by week 42.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included / excluded in this price

  • Fee ranges from 900 Eur to 1500 Eur.
  • Total price depends on the complexity of production, size of supporting team, and selected extras.

VIL 1. Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • 3 intensive weeks during Autumn semester (October, November), or
  • 3 intensive weeks during Spring semester (March, April)

Open for

  • 1-5 EOA students

Practical training course of Suzuki Method is recommended for any stage performer. It aims at improving acting, dancing and other performing skills. Suzuki Method of Actor Training was originally created by Tadashi Suzuki and is designed to regain the perceptive abilities and powers of the human body.

Studies include unique theoretical knowledge as well as exploring individual creativity through the rigorous approach to physical training that allows the student to challenge his/her center of gravity by presenting physical obstacles within a given structure. It concentrates on the lover body, legs and feet, giving the student more awareness of the entire body, breath and voice.

Topics of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training intensive course

  • body centre (gravity) and body tension analysis
  • body control, focus and concentration, breathing
  • energy control
  • body power and speed, willpower
  • physical and emotional expression
  • movement in the space, body composition
  • acting for audience: attention maintenance

Skills

  • will be able to control the body in the most efficient way
  • will be able to control the amount of energy and to direct it to a certain point
  • will be able to concentrate and focus on the main goals
  • will be able to understand the form and composition
  • will discover new approaches to body and gesture, image and emotion

Practical training / singers and other stage performers /English language Name of profesor:

  • Assoc. Prof. Vesta Grabštaitė, head of Department of Acting and Movement of the Academy and actor at Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre (OKT).

Possible extras

Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

32 hours

3 ECTS

Final examination

  • Pass/fail (required minimum: 70 % attendance of practical training classes) Entrance examination:
  • none

Total expenses of the EOA module per student (when contract)

  • 267 eur for 3 weeks intensive course