Vocal Pedagogy Initiative

Vocal Pedagogy Initiative 2023-2024 • Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano

The Arizona Bach Festival presents its first year-long Vocal Pedagogy Initiative in a series of workshops, master classes, recitals, salon concerts, and private coaching with the renowned Dutch Soprano, Josefien Stoppelenburg. Solo vocal artists and ensemble members are invited to participate in one or all of the events of this program. In addition to the master classes, private study is available for a fee (see details below). Click here to download a PDF flyer that you can print, post & share!

The Melisma Course in September and Master Class in November were both successful and we look forward to the two more master classes at Orangewood Presbyterian Church (7321 N 10th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020) and a salon recital in the Spring! Ms. Stoppelenburg will work with singers and observers are welcome, as you will surely learn by watching. To register as a singer for the next Master Class (on Saturday, March 9) and/or to request private study that weekend, contact Chuck Sedgwick at .

Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg

September 22 and 23 – The Melisma—A course specifically designed for singers to master the art and technique of melisma found in solo and choral literature. Registration available both to individuals and choral ensembles. This event is in lieu of the normal masterclass and there is a fee for ensembles or individual registrants. Private study is available. Event Site: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Scottsdale, AZ.

November 10 – 11 – Master Class on Saturday morning with opportunities for private study on Friday. The Initiative will provide a Master Class collaborative pianist (participants must provide scores in advance). Event Site: Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, AZ. There is no fee for the Masterclass.

March 9 – 10 – Master Class on Saturday morning with additional opportunities for private study. The Initiative will provide a Master Class collaborative pianist (participants must provide scores well in advance). Event Site: Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, AZ. There is no fee for the Masterclass. This session is offered in conjunction with the festival concert Continuo Power on March 8th.

April 20 – 21 – Master Class on Saturday morning with additional opportunities for private study and a Salon Recital in the evening with performances by Ms. Stoppelenburg and Initiative Participants. There is no fee for the Masterclass. Event Site: Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, AZ.

Private Instruction Rates – payments may be made directly to Josefien Stoppelenburg at the beginning of each session. Registration for Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons will be available online.

  • $50.00 half hour session
  • $65.00 45-minute session
  • $80.00 one hour session

The Master Classes are offered by Arizona Bach Festival without charge to all participants. We recommend that two solo selections be prepared for each singer at each class, although not every work will be performed based on participation numbers and time limits. Registration for Saturday morning Master Classes will be online. Information required will be your name, complete address, cell phone number, and e-mail address, as well as the two repertoire selections you wish to perform. Observers are welcome without charge.

A collaborative pianist for Master Classes in Sessions, 2, 3, 4 will be provided. You may also provide you own accompanist if you wish. If using the ABF collaborative pianist, clear copy musical scores MUST be provided to Dr. Ann B. Nagell (scanned or photocopied) well in advance, indicating any cuts which will be observed. All submittals must be in the correct key – no transpositions will be provided. Dr. Nagell is a highly experienced coach and performing artist, has performed throughout the US and Europe, and has performed most operas, art songs, and Lieder. If participants feel that they must have collaborative rehearsals in the weeks prior to the master class, those sessions will be coordinated directly with Dr. Nagell, and at the singers’ expense paid directly to Dr. Nagell.

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