Vann Vocal Institute, 2013

March 7-10, 2013 will most certainly go down as a transformative and transitional year for the Vann Vocal Institute in Montgomery, Alabama.  As many now know, my connection to the Capital City goes back some 20 years.  Established in 2007 via gift/bequest from the late Roy D. Vann, the Vann Vocal Institute was created to assist aspiring young vocalists who wish to investigate further, and indeed pursue, the practice of the classical vocal arts.  Each year I bring an impressive faculty with me to help accomplish this task.

Montgomery will welcome its largest and most impressive group of musical professionals to date; 8 in all.  A weekend packed with lectures, coachings, masterclasses, social gatherings, and an Emerging Artists Recital that provides over $1,800 in prize money to four adjudicated participants, will be one of the local arts community’s most highlighted events of the year.  As the Program Director, a post which was offered to me as we established this forum, I take the development of our directive, our faculty, and our participants very seriously.

Originally designed to be an ‘Alabama only’ endeavor, we have now found ourselves experiencing what is known as “The Knock-On” effect.  That is to say, college/university and political officials from neighboring states have ‘knocked on our door’ so many times asking us to provide them with an opportunity to participate, that we simply can no longer refuse them.  As a result of this, we will also be welcoming our largest ‘participating class’ ever…over 80 strong.  Additionally, we will again welcome Beethoven & Co. to the campus of Hungtingdon College.  This is perhaps the South’s leading retailer of music and music books, with a panoply of wares available for purchase to enhance the development of our singers.

It is therefore with the utmost respect that I thank President Cameron West of Huntingdon College for providing his entire campus, music building, and its full performance and meeting facilities yet again.  President West does this as a public service to the community.  I must also thank the complete staff at the Montgomery Symphony who help me administrate this entire affair.  An impressive list of private donors and Foundations that provide funding, accommodations, hospitality, a private jet(!), plus an inexhaustible supply of volunteers, will make this entire event the most successful we have yet experienced.  Special thanks to Mayor Todd Strange, whose support (both politically and personally) has truly given us legs.

Never one to spoil a surprise, a major announcement regarding the future of the Vann Vocal Institute will be made on the evening of March 7, 2013 at our kickoff party/dinner at the home of one of our most ardent supporters.

Stay tuned,

Faculty for the 2013 Vann Vocal Institute:

Alan Held, Bass/Baritone
Kathleen Kim, Coloratura Soprano
Kimberly Jones, Lyric Soprano
Beth Clayton, Mezzo-Soprano
Susan Hult, Vocal Coach
Steven Crawford, Head Vocal Coach
Dale Williams, Masterclass Accompanist
David Cangelosi, Masterclass Instructor, Program Director


16 Comments so far

  1. mary C. March 3rd, 2013 1:09 am

    Written beautifully David…I am proud of your hard work and dedication…God bless you.

  2. Merle B. March 3rd, 2013 2:13 am

    what a gift you are giving these young singers mr cangelosi. i saw the faculty list; most impressive indeed.

  3. Treena W. March 3rd, 2013 4:15 am

    Mr Cangelosi: My daughter sang for you once and said that you changed her life. How wonderful that you continue to work with, and inspire these young ladies and gentlemen. When might you return to Ohio?

  4. Nina P. March 3rd, 2013 9:29 pm

    Beyond fantastic for these young singers

  5. Shanna L. March 4th, 2013 8:42 am

    This is really a special thing that you are doing.

  6. Anna O. March 4th, 2013 1:24 pm

    Wow; this sounds amazing

  7. Bernard T. March 4th, 2013 2:20 pm

    I hope these young hopefuls realize what they are getting David. This is a group of major artists that you are taking to that fine Southern city.

  8. Carlos M. March 4th, 2013 5:09 pm

    Young people need gracious artists like yourself to help inspire and guide them. Thank you for taking the time and having the inclination to do so.

  9. Carrie P. March 4th, 2013 5:55 pm

    This is great

  10. Kip O'B. March 5th, 2013 1:59 am

    This is a real gift you are all giving to the south!

  11. Warren S. March 5th, 2013 2:11 pm

    You will always be remembered for this, and so much of what you do on stage.

  12. Nat D. March 5th, 2013 7:14 pm

    David, this is wonderful and I am sure well aprreciated

  13. Diedre A. March 6th, 2013 4:46 am

    We are looking forward to your return to this area. You and your colleagues are such inspirations to our young people.

  14. John V. March 6th, 2013 7:19 am

    raelly great stuff you are doing

  15. Karrie G. March 6th, 2013 8:16 am

    Mr. Cangelosi:
    For the many of our children who benefit from wisdom and talent by such professionals; thank you!

  16. Frank J. March 6th, 2013 10:05 am

    You help so many with a program like this!

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