Vocal music teachers who direct or coach their high school musical must be able to choose, model and teach a healthy, belting singing technique to their students. This weekend course will address the anatomy and functions of the singing systems in belt, classical and mixed singing styles. Through group and mini-lesson formats, class attendees will sing and model age-appropriate exercises to encourage healthy belting techniques in their students. In addition, a master class will be offered where participants are encouraged to bring two or three students to the class to perform. Live and recorded demonstrations will be provided.

Instructor: Dr. Karen Wicklund

Wicklund,_Karen_headshotDr. Karen Wicklund, Soprano, has sung leading roles with the San Francisco, Santa Fe, Lake George, Omaha, Hinsdale, and other American opera companies in productions including The Magic Flute, La Boheme, Cosi fan Tutte, and others. She has appeared in concert in Chicago and Minneapolis Orchestra Halls, and has been a soloist under conductors David Willcocks, Semyon Bychkov, John DeMain, Thomas Hoekstra, and others. She has also appeared in concert at the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and with the West Suburban, Adrian, St. Paul Civic, Grand Rapids and other regional symphony orchestras. Dr. Wicklund is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Music in Voice and is the Coordinator of Music Theater Voice at Western Michigan University, and also directs the Chicago Center for Professional Voice in Chicago.
A former faculty member at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Washington State University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Trinity Christian College, Prof. Wicklund is currently Associate Professor of Voice in the Music Department, and Clinic Supervisor in the Charles Van Riper Clinic at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She is also an adjunct practicum supervisor for Governors State University. She received a D.M. in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, and a B.A. Cum Laude in Voice and French Horn from St. Olaf College. She also has an MHS in Speech Pathology from Governors State University, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA, and has a subspecialty in treating singers and speakers with injured voices. An internationally known vocal pedagogue and singer's wellness specialist, Prof. Wicklund was chosen as one of only 12 singer/teachers worldwide to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program in 1995. Additionally, health education positions for the National Cancer Institute office in Chicago and MacNeal Hospital's Women's HealthCare and Wellness Centers have inspired her research interest in singer's wellness. She has presented her research papers at the national conventions of the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, and the American Speech and Hearing Association, Occupation Voice Foundation in London, and has published articles in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, NATS Journal of Singing, Liturgy 90, American Organist and Women of Note Quarterly and Voice Notes of NYSTA. She was also named to the 2000 edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Her textbook "Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Guide for the Voice Teacher and SLP" is available from Delmar Cengage Publishing through Amazon.com. Her text was called "a monumental addition to the field of vocal health" by NATS Journal of Singing reviewer Debra Greschner.
Dr. Wicklund is the winner of numerous awards, among them the First Place Winner of the San Francisco Opera Center Auditions, Metropolitan Opera Regional Semi- Finalist, National Finalist in the American Opera Auditions and Emma Roe Award Winner, Ragland Opera Fellowship at Northwestern University, Emma Roe and Union League Awards, and National Finalist in the 1981 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards.
Dr. Wicklund's performances have included a Messiah at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Sheremetyevsky Palace,a Carmina Burana in Austin, Texas, and solo appearances with the WMU Orchestra/Grand Chorus in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Requiem. She presented a session called "It Takes a Team-Managing Voice Disorders" at the 2010 NATS national convention, workshops on Stress Managment for Singers at the NATS Winter Workshop in Tuscon, and New Zealand as keynote speaker for the Richard Miller workshop. Dr. Wicklund is a regular presenter on vocal health and healthy belting techniques for Vandercook School of Music in Chicago.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288