561/7645 The Vocal Mechanism 6-12


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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.
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 4th, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
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.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Instructor: Angela Presutti Korbitz

Presutti_Korbitz,_Angela_headshotAngela Presutti Korbitz has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus for  21 years and a member of the Grant Park Chorus for  14 years. She has appeared with the CSO as a choral soloist and small ensemble member.  She has been a soloist with other orchestras and choruses 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. Angela received her musical training at The University of Illinois and Roosevelt University where she graduated with honors.  She has also studied opera at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy and art song at the Britten-Pears School in England.  She was a winner at the Bel Canto of Milwaukee competition, a finalist at The Palm Beach Opera Competition, a three time regional finalist at the N.A.T.S. Artist  Awards Competition and a semi-finalist at the Oratorio Society of New York Competition.  Highlights of her solo career include “Serenade to Music” with Sir Andrew Davis, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Duain Wolfe,  “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” with the cellists of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  “Moses und Aron” with Pierre Boulez, “Carmina Burana” with Vance George, and an Andrews Sisters Tribute with Erich Kunzel and Doc Severinsen. Since 1998,  Angela has performed with guitarist and husband Ron Korbitz. Their work together has included concerts and recitals for performing arts series including The Chicago Classical Guitar Society, Unity Temple, Fourth Presbyterian, Dame Myra Hess, and several live broadcasts on WFMT.  They have also released their debut CD “Love does not Like Delays”.  Angela enjoys working as an adjudicator and clinician for organizations such as I.H.S.A, N.A.T.S., and various vocal festivals. She is an associate professor of voice at VanderCook College of Music and is an adjunct voice instructor at North Central College.   



2021 Humanity in Music Education Conference Details


In-person registration fee:
Early bird prior to July 1: $150
After July 1 and on-site: $200

Registration forms coming soon!

Registration includes continental breakfast for both days and cocktail hour.

College students: $50

For 1 graduate credit: $150

Remote fee: $100

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Course Information

561/7645 The Vocal Mechanism 6-12 (Online)
MMEd students (2-credit option): register for 561
2 graduate credits: $1,071 tuition, due in full with registration
MECA students (3-credit option): register for 7645
3 graduate credits: $930 tuition, due in full with registration
The Vocal Mechanism 6-12 has two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll in online courses at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register at the 7000 level. 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

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