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Adult Acting for Singers Workshop

Feb 17/18/19 2018 (in collaboration with Adult Continuing Education)

Weekend seminar offers essential tools and processes for experienced and intuitive singers/actors, as well as for singers with no acting experience. Explore some of the unique challenges of sung acting, focusing on techniques to build dramatic expression. Please see catalog for further information.

Lessons are offered Downtown, Towson, Annapolis, & Howard County.

Adults and young singers ages 13 and older may audition for private voice lessons. Students will participate in a departmental repertoire class and recital each semester. Students may also audition for voice certificates, Signature Recitals, Voice Honors, and view or participate in annual Master Classes with special guest teachers.    Students interested in private voice lessons must schedule a placement audition by calling 667-208-6640. After the placement audition, students will either be placed with a private teacher (depending on availability of the faculty) or recommended for a group voice class. Registering online for private voice lessons alone without going through placement auditions will not guarantee you a spot. Click here to register.

Basics of Singing (group voice class) is offered for all age groups.  This small, friendly class is recommended for those without prior vocal experience, for young singers under 13, and for adults who wish to establish or refresh foundation vocal skills before continuing to private study. No placement audition is required.

Additional classes available include Audition Preparation & Techniques, Acting for Singers,  Diction for Singers,  and periodic open workshops – these are open to all interested students (you do not have to study privately with a Peabody voice teacher to enroll).  Please call the office or check the catalog for specific information about availability and locations.

Younger children and teens without any previous musical training are recommended to build musical and language skills in preparation for individual voice lessons by:

  • singing in an ensemble for children such as the Peabody Children’s Chorus;
  • taking small group classes such as Basics of Singing or Chorus Prep;
  • taking private lessons on an instrument such as piano, violin or flute;
  • participating in theory classes.


Madeleine Gray

Mezzo soprano Madeleine Gray (BA, MMus, PPRNCM) was born in New York, but for many years made her home in the United Kingdom. She attended Loyola Marymount (BA) and Surrey (MMus) universities before completing her musical education with an artist diploma (PPRNCM) at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Carol Cavey-Miles

BM and MM Voice Performance Peabody Conservatory; BA English University of Maryland. Cavey-Miles is a faculty member and coordinator of Voice Minor Studies for the Peabody Conservatory.

Alina Kozinska

Whether in Cannes, Barcelona, or Washington, Alina Kozinska's singing sweeps audiences into an emotional journey. At home on the stages of the cultural capitals of the world, Kozinska moves with ease from opera to oratorio.

Devonna Rowe

Devonna B. Rowe, soprano, is a performing artist and educator. The soprano received her DMA in Vocal Performance from Catholic University of America, a MM from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Music Education from St. Augustine’s University.

Robyn Stevens

Robyn Stevens, Mezzo Soprano, is a performing artist, choral conductor, and teacher. Beltway venues include Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Merkin Hall, the National Cathedral, the National Presbyterian Church, Washington National Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera.

Kristen Toedtman

Kristen Toedtman, contemporary voice, leads her own band and choir singing original bluesy pop songs, appears on numerous soundtracks (Frozen, Big Hero 6, Minions, Godzilla), and appears as back-up singer with various artists including Duncan Sheik and David Poe.