Apply Now – 2018 Bethesda Summer Music Festival

The 2018 Bethesda Summer Music Festival offers word-class musical coaching.  The instruction focuses on  diction, interpretation, improvisation, movement, dance, and master classes. Participants may also take part in Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera musical theatre scenes, opera scenes, an Opera to Pop concert, and an Art Songs Recital. The program ends with two main productions of The Sound of Music and Cosi fan tutte. All roles will be double cast.

Stage Director, Lee Kimball ( Opera Delaware); Conductor, Samuel Bill ( Dicapo Opera)

Master classes with Ron Gretz ( Annapolis Opera), Patricia Miller (GMU), Kyle Pfortmiller ( Metropolitan Opera), Joe Walsh ( Lyric Opera of Virginia)

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Quick Facts

When:        Program dates: June 18 through July 1, 2018
Live audition date: Saturday, March 10, 2018.
You may send in mp3/CD by Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.
To secure the major roles, we encourage the early applications.

Where:      Bethesda, MD  (Washington DC-Metro area)
Who:          College-age and Young Professionals
Talented High School Students interested in age appropriate participation

Costs:          Application fee: $40 ( non-refundable and will be deducted from the tuition)
Program cost (tuition): Non-Refundable after May 1st, 2018.
Lead roles: $1,000
Supporting: $800

Children: $400

Housing:     Information/help available upon request.

Aid:             Limited scholarship and financial aid is available.
Apply early for best consideration.


Sample Day’s Schedule
2:45 pm – Check In.
3:00 pm – Guest-Artist Event/Master Class.
5:00 pm – Short Break/Dinner.
5:15 pm – Music Coaching for Opera/Staging Rehearsal for Musical.
7:50 pm – Short meeting with Faculty/Break.
8:00 pm – Music Coaching for Musical/Staging Rehearsal for Opera.
10:00 pm – Participants released.

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Each individual schedule will be different depending on participation.

Sample Special Events Schedule for Singers
Monday: Body Movement with Singing with Mira Yang
Tuesday: Technical Proficiency Master class with Guest Teacher
Wednesday: Audition Technique class with Ron Gretz, Annapolis Opera
Thursday: Mock Audition with Joseph Walsh, Lyric Opera Virginia
Friday: Mock Audiiton with Kyle Pfortmiller, Metropolitan Opera
Monday: Master Class: Monologue with Dramatic Coach
Tuesday: Performance Technique with Guest Teacher
Wednesday: Vocal Health Seminar with Guest Pedagogue
Thursday: Vocal Pedagogy Class with Guest Pedagogue
Friday: Audition Technique class with Guest Executive Opera Director
Mater Classes schedule for 2018. Flyer

“The Master Classes and Seminars were beyond what I expected.
The wide variety of topics and presenters made for a
great summer of growth in my singing.”

Brendan Sliger, Festival Participant, 2007
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