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Fall 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


The Vocal Mechanism


September 18-December 8, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until August 31.


An advanced approach to the recognition of vocal problems and their resolutions, emphasizing student voices in grades 6-12. Learn how the voice functions by studying the physical and acoustic aspects of the voice through lecture, discussion and demonstration. Topics include body awareness, breath management, phonation, resonance, registration, vocal health, and the changing adolescent voice.

* This course is offered at two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll for the 500 course number. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register for the four digit course number. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at [email protected].


Chat Session

Students should attend 6 sessions on Zoom. The first chat session will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM CST. The following chat sessions will be determined by the class participants once the course begins.


Prerequisites for the course include some experience in singing such as private voice study or singing in an ensemble, and an interest in evidence based vocal pedagogy.

Required Text(s)

The Evolving Singing Voice by Karen Brunssen

Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Angela Presutti Korbitz

Associate Professor of Voice

Angela Presutti Korbitz holds degrees in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from The University of Illinois and Roosevelt University. She has also studied at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy and The Britten-Pears School where she studied art song with Elly Ameling. She is a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and The Grant Park Chorus. Angela has appeared as a soloist and small ensemble member with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, Bel Canto of Milwaukee, The Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, Salt Creek Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, and The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed recital programs for The Musicians Club of Women, West Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs, Fairmont Chamber Music Society, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She has also performed programs at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Angela also performs regularly with guitarist and husband Ron Korbitz. Their collaboration has led to performances on WFMT, The Chicago Classical Guitar Society and numerous recital series throughout the Chicagoland area. Recent performance highlights for Angela include a tribute to Leonard Bernstein on WFMT and The Messiah with the Elmhurst Choral Union and a tribute to Nadia Boulanger on WFMT. Angela is on faculty at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and North Central College in Naperville.

Angela’s goal as an educator is to help every singer find their most efficient and beautiful sound. She follows an approach that addresses the five systems of the voice: breath, phonation, resonance, articulation, and registration. This philosophy is based on voice science, motor learning principles, vocal pedagogy, and ideas she has gleaned from her teachers and experiences as a professional singer. She is particularly interested in the various body awareness disciplines as these practices encourage singers toward experimentation and guided discovery. Angela endeavors to help each person find their true voice and guide them in developing musicianship and artistry to their fullest potential.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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