CATS - Training Seminar
CASTLETON ARTISTS TRAINING SEMMINAR (CATS)
A unique feature of Castleton is that every participant becomes part of a network for the future. The artistic leaders of the CATS program offer ongoing advice and guidance to alumni beyond the Seminar and shape the Festival’s programming decisions to fit the needs of the outstanding talents they have identified.
This training program combines education with the opportunity to build the student’s resume through performed and covered roles. Each of the members of the Seminar is guaranteed to appear in our mainstage opera productions, either as a member of the ensemble or in comprimario or cover roles. The Seminar consists of a seven-week session with vocal training, classes in European languages, acting and performance skills, monologue studies, Alexander Technique, dance, stage combat, career preparation, audition techniques, digital marketing, and multiple performance opportunities. Visiting international agents and Artistic Directors of renowned opera companies nationwide give masterclasses and audition opportunities. Castleton faculty members are leaders in the field academically and onstage, and living in such close harmony with all members of the Festival allows for unprecedented personal attention. Previous faculty have included such luminaries as Denyce Graves, Carol Vaness, James Morris, Richard Stilwell, Neil Shicoff, Alessandra Marc, Eduardo Chama, and Richard Leech.
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Tuition - $3,000
Eligibility for a principal role
Eligibility for a cover role
40 hours of acting training with Dietlinde Turban Maazel
Weekly vocal lessons
Masterclasses with guest faculty
Career Strategies & Preparation
Room & Board - $1,500
Three meals a day
6-mile walking path and 7-mile hiking trail
Acting: each participant is guaranteed 40 hours of group acting class with Artistic Director Dietlinde Turban Maazel. She has appeared on stage, television, and film in the United States and her native Germany, and is the winner of the 1983 Bambi Award for Best Actress, the oldest award for media given in Germany. www.dietlindeturban.com/
Weekly vocal lessons: each participant will have a weekly voice lesson from the faculty of famous singers and technicians on-staff at the Festival.
Coachings: each participant will receive coachings on assigned repertoire for the Festival and on private audition repertoire.
Language: each participant has the option to receive instruction in diction and language (German & Italian)
German Lieder: each participant has the option to participate in this class, which focuses on the interpretation of German Lieder, taught by Dietlinde Turban Maazel.
Masterclasses: each participant will have the opportunity to attend and the option to participant in multiple masterclasses with visiting guest faculty. In the past, these classes have included vocal masterclasses with coachings and also career management and preparation classes.
Movement: Each participant will have the option and opportunity to study a variety of movement for stage techniques, including Alexander Technique, Stage Combat, and Yoga.
Career Strategies & Preparation: each participant will have access to classes and personnel to give guidance in audition techniques, repertoire choices, career management, and marketing.
Headshots: each participant will have the opportunity to have professional headshots taken for promotional use.
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2016 Audition Dates:
September 25: NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (Application Deadline: September 12)
September 26: CASTLETON, VA (Application Deadline: September 12)
October 2: CINCINNATI, OH (Application Deadline: September 12)
October 3: HOUSTON, TX (Application Deadline: September 12)
October 9: NEW YORK CITY, NY (Application Deadline: September 19)
October 10: CHICAGO, IL (Application Deadline: September 19)
October 16: SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Application Deadline: September 19)
October 17: LOS ANGELES, CA (Application Deadline: September 19)
October 30: ANN ARBOR, MI (Application Deadline: October 9)
October 31: SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Application Deadline: October 9)
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. The 2016 Castleton Festival season announcement will be made the beginning of October. For any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.