DATE:  June 2 , 2004
CONTACT: Leonor De Los Santos, Community Outreach Programs, (361) 825-5967; Rachel Adams, Public Affairs, (361)825-2181

Vocal Workshop to Help High School Students Prepare for UIL Competition

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Department of Music will host a vocal workshop to help prepare high school students for the upcoming University Interscholastic League (UIL) Solo Competition.

The workshop, taught by Flicka Rahn, assistant professor of music at A&M-Corpus Christi, will be held weekdays from June 14 through June 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

Participants will receive eight group lessons, and high school students preparing for UIL Solo Competition for the 2004-05 school year will learn phonation, resonation, diction, stage presence and other traits of accomplished singers. Students will receive a CD for practice and vocal warm-ups. The workshop will culminate with a recital on Friday, June 25. Each student will also receive one-on-one coaching by Rahn to help them cope with any fears they may have of singing alone.

“There is a lot of fear around that, so I very gently lead them through. Fear creates vocal tension and that is counterproductive to beautiful singing,” said Rahn.
Rahn has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera and Philharmonic Symphony, the San Antonio Opera and Symphony, the Austin Symphony and at the American Repertory Ballet and Carnegie Hall in New York.

The workshop is $125 and is open to all high school students. Some scholarships are available based on need. For more information on the vocal workshop, contact Leonor De Los Santos at(361)825-5967.