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All sessions take place at the Conservatory Orchestra Hall (Level 3) unless otherwise stated.

Friday 15 March Schedule
Time Event
11.00am-1.00pm Conference participants registration, YST Lobby, Level 1 Entrance
1.00pm-1.30pm Welcome and Keynote Address
"Teaching Voice in the 21st Century: Can We Be All Things To All Singers?"
by Dr Allen Henderson
1.30pm-2.30pm Session 1: "Chamber Opera for the 21st Century"
by Mr Reuben Lai
2.30pm-3.30pm Session 2: "Teaching Men to Soar"
by Prof Alan Bennett
3.30pm-5.30pm Allen Henderson Voice Masterclass
5.30pm –7.00pm Buffet Dinner
7.00pm-8.30pm Roundtable Discussion: Classical Voice Teaching in Southeast Asia
Moderator: Prof Alan Bennett
Participants include Dr Jessica Chen, Dr Su Sun Wong, Dr Thomas Manhart, Ms Slyvia Wiryadi, Mr Jonathan Charles Tay, Mr Keane Ong and Mr Reuben Lai.
Saturday 16 March Schedule
Time Event
9.00am-9.45am Coffee and mingle
9.45am-10.45am Session 3: “Private Voice Teacher”
by Dr Thomas Manhart
10.45am-11.45am Session 4: "Using the Straw to Increase Vocal Efficiency"
by Dr Allen Henderson
11.45am-1.00pm Buffet Lunch
1.00pm-2.30pm Session 5: "Body Mapping for Young Voices"- an overview and hands-on session
by Dr Su Sun Wong
2.30pm-4.30pm Alan Bennett Voice Masterclass
4.30pm–6.00pm Session 6: "Training Female Voices"
by Dr Jessica Chen
6.00pm-7.30pm Buffet Dinner
7.30pm-9.00pm "OPERACALYPSE NOW!!" by L’arietta Production at Concert Hall, Level 1
9.00pm Close of Conference

Session Synopsis

Session 1: “Chamber Opera for the 21st Century” by Mr Reuben Lai

Opera is a genre that spans many forms. From love stories and historical dramas to forays into the absurd, opera is about the human condition. This talk explores the genre of chamber opera and the relevance of the art form going forward for singers, audiences and companies.

Session 2: “Teaching Men to Soar” by Prof Alan Bennett

Young male singers usually struggle with upper register singing from the beginning. This presentation will discuss common challenges faced by studio teachers, offer suggestions for approaches which have proven effective, citing current and traditional sources for insights. Includes demonstrations by students.

Allen Henderson Masterclass

Program details to be announced here.

Round-table Discussion: Classical Voice Teaching in Southeast Asia

Moderator: Prof Alan Bennett

Participants: Dr Jessica Chen, Dr Su Sun Wong, Dr Thomas Manhart, Ms Slyvia Wiryadi, Mr Jonathan Charles Tay, Mr Keane Ong and Mr Reuben Lai.

Session 3: “Private Voice Teacher” by Dr Thomas Manhart

"Private Voice Teacher" as full-time job: building, maintaining and surviving with a private voice studio in Singapore. 

Session 4: “Using the Straw to Increase Vocal Efficiency” by Dr Allen Henderson

The straw has become a useful tool in using semi-occluded vocal tract postures to assist with increased vocal efficiency and also to recover from heavy voice use.  Henderson will share a variety of uses of the straw and ideas for application in the studio, choral rehearsal, and other settings.

Session 5: “Body Mapping for young voices” by Dr Su Sun Wong

Part 1 “An overview of the benefits and practice of Body Mapping in young developing voices”

Singing is an act of dynamic balance amongst the various systems of the singing body. This session provides an overview of the importance of exercising inclusive awareness, develop acute kinaesthetic sensations, and knowledges in body mapping for diagnosing and adjusting vocal, mental, and physical inhibitions.

Part 2 “Experiencing and embodying the essence of expressivity and precision in  vocal music via Song through Movement “

This is an experiential session where the speaker will lead participants to explore, listen, move, discover, recognise, form, and conceptualize music, vocal, physical concepts, patterns, and characteristics found in a song through the practise of Eurhythmics, Solfége, and Improvisation. 

Note: please wear loose clothing (no short skirt). No noisy accessories on the body during the exercise. Do some physical stretching prior to attending the session. 

Alan Bennett Masterclass

Program details to be announced here.

Session 6: “Training Female Voices” by Dr Jessica Chen

Dr Jessica Chen will share concepts of head voice, falsetto, chest voice and mixture as they apply to the female voice.

Final performance: OPERACALYPSE NOW!! by L’arietta Production

Find out more here.