Music & Dance

High School Vocal Day

Grand Valley State University

High School Vocal Day

Friday,  October 11, 2013

9 AM to 2:30 PM

With Guest Voice Teacher

Dr. Robert McIver

Eastman School of Music

“Learn more about vocal technique, performance/audition technique, and careers in music”

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Professor Dale Schriemer


Robert McIver – BM, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; MM ad DMA, West Virginia University; further studies, Westminster Choir College.  Studied with Richard Miller, Jon Crain, and James Benner.  Conductor, Westminster Festival Choir (1973,1974).  Director, Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and Evansville Chamber Singers (1981-97).  Clinician for Westminster Choir College summer session (1975-1987).  Minister of music to churches in Cranford, NJ, and Owensboro, KY. Conductor of numerous choral festivals and workshops throughout the United States.  Master Classes throughout the United States.  Master Teacher for the NATS Intern Program (Summer 2004).  Compositions published by Warner Bros., Choristers Guild, National Music, and Hinshaw.  Visiting professor, University of North Carolina-Greensboro (fall 1994).  Faculty member, Westminster Choir College (1972-81), Kentucky Wesleyan College (1981-1997), Eastman (1997-).

Tenor, Min Jin, has appeared in many of the major concert halls throughout the such as Carnegie Hall as a recitalist, opera performer, as well as an oratorio soloist with choral societies. As a soloist, he performed Haydn’s Creation, The Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Requiem, Dubois’s The Seven Last Word of Christ, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mass in C Major, and his Symphony No. 9, Frank’s Mass in A Op. 12, and Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, Mass in A-flat among others with Rochester Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, Yucatan Sinfonia, Geneseo Symphony, Toronto Sinfonia, Toronto Philharmonia, Eastman Philharmonic, Palisades Orchestra, Texas BC Orchestra and Quad City Symphony.

His opera performances include La Boheme (Rodolfo), Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo), Romeo et Juliette (Romeo), Carmen (Don Jose), L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino), La Rondine (Ruggero), La Traviata (Alfredo), Tosca (Cavaradossi), Otello (Otello), Manon (Des Grieux), Werther (Werther), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), La Vera Costanza (Masino) and several roles with New Jersey State Opera, Mercury Opera, Dicapo Opera, Academic Opera, Kwang Ju City Opera and Po Hang City Opera. He appeared with Aspen Opera where he sang the role of Duke in Rigoletto under the baton of Julius Rudel. Most recently, he performed the roles of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Mercury Opera.

He was a First Prize winner of the Artist International Music Competition, Korean Music Association Competition and a winner of the Heida Hermann International Voice Competition, the Caruso International Voice Competition, and the Oratorio Society Voice Competition. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Dr. Jin is an affiliate professor of voice at the Grand Valley State University

Dr. Art Joslin is an avid vocologist and voice pedagogue having earned the Certificate in Vocology, awarded jointly by the National Center of Voice and Speech and the University of Iowa. Joslin has presented lectures and workshops on a variety of voice science/pedagogy topics including “Care of the Professional Voice” at the Nairobi Conservatoire of Music, Nairobi, Kenya, “Introduction to Formant Tuning” at the University of Illinois School of Music, “The Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen in the Treatment of Voice Disorders” at Indiana University’s New Voice Educators Symposium, and “Teaching the Solo Singer – What Every Choral Director Needs to Know” at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Summer Choral Workshop.  He was recently invited to present a poster session at the 6th International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of the Singing Voice in Las Vegas.
 Joslin is the 2011 recipient of the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Vocal Pedagogy Award, and a 2010 recipient of a NATS Independent Teacher Fellowship. He is currently a member of the voice faculty of Cornerstone University and Grand Valley State University and previously served as a visiting instructor of voice at the University of Illinois. Dr. Joslin is a Consortium Member and the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the National Center for Voice and Speech in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Joslin holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with a cognate in voice science and pedagogy), the Master of Music in Voice from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Certificate in Vocology from NCVS & the University of Iowa, and Level III certification in the LoVetri Somatic Voiceworks™ Method.

Charles Norris, Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His undergraduate work was completed at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. A thirteen-year veteran of K-12 music teaching, he brings practical experience into a variety of elementary and secondary methods courses at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Norris also teaches aural perception and sight singing, conducts GVSU Varsity Men and directs graduate research. His academic interests include aural perception, music education assessment and the vocal development of children and adolescents. Dr. Norris’ research and scholarly articles are published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal and the Michigan Music Educator. Dr. Norris has not only presented clinics and sessions at numerous state, regional and national conferences but also appeared with GVSU Varsity Men at regional and national conferences of MENC and Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses. He currently holds memberships in MENC: The National Association of Music Education, Michigan Music Educators and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Dr. Norris is the immediate Past-President of the Michigan Music Educators Association and currently serves on the editorial board of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and the executive board of the Michigan Music Conference. In addition to the aforementioned professional activities, Dr. Norris enjoys working with area high school singers and serving as the music director at First Presbyterian Church of Holland, Michigan.

Ellen Pool, Director of Choral Activities at GVSU, studied with Maynard Klein at the University of Michigan where she received M. M. and B. M. degrees in choral music education. She had additional advanced choral conducting study with Donald Neuen at Eastman School of Music. In addition to conducting University Arts Chorale, the Select Women’s Ensemble and Cantate Chamber Ensemble and coordinating the choral program, Professor Pool teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting classes. Pool was selected as SSAA State Honors Choir conductor in 2005 for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Active as an adjudicator and clinician, Professor Pool is a member of the American Choral Directors Association serving on the State Board and is a member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

Dale Schriemer –Schriemer made his debut with the Minnesota Opera as Maximillian in Bernstein’s Candide along with Judas in The St. Matthew Passion, Armchair in L’Enfant et les sortileges and Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tiresias.  As an active recitalist and concert performer, Schriemer has been seen as Baritone soloist in Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, Adam in The Creation, Baritone soloist and Jesus in St. John’s Passion (Bach), and Baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah

Faculty member University of Wisconsin, River Falls (1976-1979), Calvin College (1984-1985), Grand Valley State University (1987-).

Other operatic roles include Mercutio in Romeo et Juliet, Schaunard in La Boheme, Padre in Man of LaMancha, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tiger Brown and Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera, and Spalanzani in Les Contes D’Hoffman,  Captain Tarnitz, Student Prince.

Further studies as a protégé of Wesley Balk at the Minnesota Opera; Vocal coaching with Mark Markham, Arlene Shrut, Giulio Favario; Alexander Technique study with William and Barbara Conable and Dale Beaver; voice studies with Andrew Field and Audrey Langford in London, England; acting with Martha Schlamme, Alvin Epstein, and famed film actress Jean Arthur.  BM, North Carolina School of the Arts, BA, Michigan State University.

Dr. Kathryn Stieler, soprano, operatic roles includes Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Cinderella in Cendrillon, Kathie in Student Prince, Marenka in The Bartered Bride and Frasquita in Carmen. As a featured soloist, Ms. Stieler has performed the Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Bach St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn Elijah and St. Paul, Schubert Mass in G, Handel Messiah, and Fauré Requiem. She has premiered contemporary works by Cincinnati composer, Bonia Shur, St. Louis composer, James Hegarty, and Grand Rapids composer, Andrew Bergeron. She is winner of the Metropolitan Opera District Competition,

Stieler is presently an Associate Professor of Voice at Grand Valley State University. She has served on the faculty of Webster University (St. Louis, MO), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Mount St. Joseph College (Cincinnati, OH) and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Summer Training Camp for Young Artists.

Dr. Stieler received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University. Additional study was completed at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France.

Robert Byrens has been on the faculty at Grand Valley State University 1992. He is currently an affiliate faculty member and collaborative pianist serving as vocal coach. Mr. Byrens was formerly a member of the string faculty, leading the viola studio and performing with the Perugino String Quartet. Mr. Byrens also serves as rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for Opera Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 1994. He acted as the Associate Artistic Director for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck from 1998 to 2008. He was formerly the principal violist with the South Bend and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Battle Creek Symphonies.

Mr. Byrens received his musical training at the American Boychoir School, the Geneva Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, Indiana University at South Bend, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Olivet College. His principle teachers include Dalton Baldwin, Ivan Frazier, and Ronald Gorevic. He has performed in vocal master classes with Elly Ameling, Gerard Souzay, Phyllis Curtin, and Jessye Norman.

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