Vann Vocal Institute

Vann Vocal Institute

Founded in 2007 as a program of the Montgomery Symphony Association, the Vann Vocal Institute was established to encourage excellence in the classical vocal arts. Serving as Artistic/Program Director, David Cangelosi brings the world’s finest Opera Stars, Conductor/Pianists, and Coaches to Montgomery, Alabama each year. The four-day intensive includes master-classes, lectures, and private instruction for select singers.

The Institute is made possible through the bequest of Roy D. Vann and generous long-term support from the NIB Foundation, the Pauls Foundation, Jim Wilson & Associates, the Wilson Family, and a variety of private donors.


Past and current faculty members include Alan Held, Steven Crawford, Kathleen Kim, Clifton Forbis, Lori Phillips, Raymond Aceto, Kelly Kuo, Maureen McKay, Thomas Muraco, Mary Phillips, Dinyar Vania, Patricia Risley, Franco Pomponi, Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Delavan, Beth Clayton, Christopher Feigum, Kimberly Jones, Marco Panuccio, Elizabeth Buccheri, Maria Zifchak, Laurie Rogers, and Rachele Gilmore.

The Institute

The Institute remains free of charge for eligible students and has awarded tens of thousands of dollars at the conclusion of the ‘Emerging Artists Recital Competition’, which features the finest student participants chosen via consensus by the faculty.

Additionally, each year the Vann Vocal Institute faculty performs a free concert for the public. The famed ‘Celebrity Recital Series’ has become the most highly anticipated classical event of the season in Montgomery, Alabama.

Artist in Residence

All Institute activities take place on the campus of Huntingdon College, where David Cangelosi serves as the Glenn and Betty Seymour Perdue ‘Distinguished Artist in Residence’.

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