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For Voice Students from Pre-Teen to High School

June 25 – 29, 2018

Alina Kozinska, Director

Annapolis Campus
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Studio 201
801 Chase Street

This one-week intensive program is designed for singers in middle to high school to experience the professional discipline of preparing Italian/English art songs as well as poetry for a performance.  Our specialty is the exploration of the art song as a fusion of poetry and music. Focus on vocal technique, performance skills, diction for singers, vowel placement, acting, poetry, singer’s breathing and resonance, musicianship, pilates for singers, and dress rehearsal. The program culminates in a concert of art songs and poems on the last day of the academy.

Audition Requirements:

Open to voice students in middle to high school who have studied classical voice technique and art songs privately, and who wish to develop their vocal performance skills.  SVA students are accepted by audition only.

  1. A pre-screening CD, DVD or computer link to video performance of two art songs (one in English, one in Italian) is required Please include the student’s name, and the title and composer of both vocal solos.  CD/DVD auditions must be postmarked no later than May 2 to the following address:
    Peabody Preparatory Annapolis Summer Vocal Academy (SVA)
    c/o The Peabody Preparatory Annapolis Campus
    801 Chase Street
    Annapolis, MD 21401
  2. Auditions via computer links to video performances may be sent by May 2 to:, with the Subject heading: SVA Auditions.
  3. Once accepted, student will receive a poetry list, from which he/she should select a poem he/she would like to perform at the culminating concert.
  4. Students must visit our Registration Page for online registration by the deadline to be considered for acceptance with audition. The option to pay by credit card is also available in SIS instead of by check with your mail-in audition materials.

Completed registration is due by Monday, May 7, 2018.  Minimum of eight students.  Students applying after this date will be considered if space allows.


2018 Tuition: $600 prior to application deadline
$625 after the application deadline (depending upon availability)

Early registration is encouraged to guarantee a space. Late applications will only be considered depending upon availability.


Joanna Gilmer

A native of Poland, Joanna Gilmer began her journey with Pilates in 2011 in a fitness studio in Warsaw. She remembers her first day of class, when the teacher made an impression upon her with this quote by Joseph Pilates: "In ten sessions you’ll feel the difference; in twenty you’ll see the difference; and in thirty you’ll have a new body”. Originally a skeptic, Joanna experienced the truth of these words. She became a committed practitioner of Pilates, and is Comprehensively Certified by Balanced Body in Mat, Reformer, Tower and Chair classes. Through Pilates, she inspires and helps others to achieve suppleness of body, alignment, grace of movement, strength, and energy. In her spare time, Joanna also enjoys running, biking, cooking, reading, traveling with her husband, and spending time with family.

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. Her performances with symphony orchestras display depth and richness. A Washington Post critic said listening to her was “sheer rapture” her voice took flight.” Known for her beautiful movement and clear bel canto technique, Kozinska’s extensive linguistic abilities allow her to travel vocally from Russian to French to Polish, with style and skill.

Renata Plecha

A native of Baltimore, Renata Plecha graces the stage from Los Angeles to Minnesota to Washington, DC. A classically trained actor, Plecha holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. As part of the Guthrie Theatre’s New Plays Project, she originated the role of Penny in Melanie Marnich’s Calling All (a role written for her). In London, Plecha cultivated her love for the bard at Shakespeare’s The Globe and The National Theatre of London, where she studied with John Barton and Mark Rylance. Credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angels in America, Another Day on Willow Street (world premiere), As You Like It, Calling All, How He Lied to Her Husband, Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear, Macbeth, My Fair Lady, Our Town, Poe (world premiere), Poe and All the Others (world premiere), Romeo and Juliet, School for Scandal, Sense and Sensibility, Tartuffe, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Witches (world premiere). Film credits include: Deadly Sites, Drowning in Sorrow, Nick and Erin, The Callback. Plecha is a member of the Soli Vocal Ensemble of Columbia, and a former resident member of the Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles. In 2017, she performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland to a live/webcast audience of 7,000.

Ka Nyoung Yoo

Ka Nyoung Yoo has served as a vocal coach and master class pianist for Towson University’s Voice Division and Towson Choir since 2010.

She received her Master of music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Ensemble Arts/Vocal Accompanying from The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute where she studied with Eileen Cornett. She has performed in master class for Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett and Rodger Vignoles. She is a faculty member of Peabody Young Voice Student Summer Workshop since 2010. She is an active piano teacher and accompanist throughout Maryland area.

Ka Nyoung Yoo is from South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She graduated with honors from Hanyang University in 2004 with her Bachelor’s degree in Piano performance where she studied with Minsuk, Kim and Mikyung, Yoon. She had been working as a school pianist and opera accompanist throughout her undergraduate years at Hanyang University. She received a merit scholarship for the entire years. She holds a music education certification for middle/ high school students.