Take an inside look at "body singing," one of the SFYCA's core concepts.
Classes and Seminars
Your days at the SFYCA will be full, with an average of 8 hours a day of classes, rehearsals, and specialized sessions under the guidance of expert faculty. Sessions take place on the University of Oregon campus and at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene.
These classes start off the day at SFYCA. Through different warm-ups and exercises your vocal instrument is best prepared for the intensive full days of singing.
Classes help participants more fully understand music theory, history and choral conducting technique. What you learn will help you make informed decisions about your music-making, and help form knowledgeable attitudes and perspectives concerning the choral art.
Choral music is a full-body art form. Breathing/relaxation exercises, stretching and full-range movement helps you and your choir-mates be more comfortable moving, and to engage your body fully to sing better while rehearsing and performing.
Dr. Armstrong, Matthew Halls (OBF artistic director), Helmuth Rilling (OBF artistic director emeritus), and Cole Blume (SFYCA associate director) guide you through 60 hours of rehearsal in 14 days, taking you and the choir from sight reading new material to full-length, high-caliber concerts.
As part of the SFYCA experience, you’ll attend major concerts of the Oregon Bach Festival, featuring some of the world’s best choral singers, orchestra players, vocal soloists, and guest artists. Tickets are included with your fee.
At the SFYCA you’ll share good times with your new friends while you get a taste of college living and dining in Barnhart Hall, a University of Oregon dorm. Men and women reside on different floors, with staff activity directors on each floor.
The food is great and the dorm is comfortable. When you’re accepted into the SFYCA, you’ll get full details of what you need to bring (and leave behind).