Have fun with music and theater
Imagine the genius of Mozart, the fun of Saturday Night Live style sketches, dancing, singing, improvisation and your kids all mixed up in a journey of theatrical adventure and discovery.
August 4-8 (intensive, 5 hours a day, any age)
With the help of professional, conservatory trained musicians and performers, children experience the joy of creating, refining and performing an original show from scratch. These programs are designed to keep class sizes small, ensuring that each child has a chance to make his or her own individual contribution.
Music Theater Builders Summer Camp is designed to bring out the unique vision of each child. With the help of professional, conservatory trained musicians and performers, children experience the joy of creating, refining and performing an original show from scratch. These programs are designed to keep class sizes small, ensuring that each child has a chance to make his or her own individual contribution.
In Musical Theater Builders your children will use imaginative play, simple props, and improv games to create a story. They will learn and sing famous Operatic, Symphonic, and Musical Theater hit tunes arranged with new lyrics created by the instructor, based on the stories and sketches that the children have created all by themselves! These programs are designed to keep class sizes small, ensuring that each child has a chance to make his or her own unique contribution.
Each day will start with a group meeting and warm ups. From there, children will engage in a rich variety of activities including group and solo singing, movement, dramatic play, and improvisational theater games. Children will also spend time creating a “character journal” full of artwork, and descriptive words and ideas to help them delve deeper into the creative process.
At the end of each program, parents and friends are invited to arrive a few minutes early at pick up to enjoy a short presentation of the children’s songs and sketches.
Musical Theater Builders, Lead Teacher; Boulder, CO) Hungarian-born sopranoSzilvia Schranz's voice has been called "breathtakingly perfect" and "expressive and pure". Her passion for oratorio and orchestral repertoire as well as art song has taken her throughout the US and Europe, performing significant works such as Bach’s oratorios, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony among many others at such venues as London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. Szilvia has worked with such renowned ensembles as the Takacs String Quartet, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Columbine String Quartet and Mahler Festival Orchestra and such renowned musicians as Annamaria Karacson, Tamara Goldstein, Larry Graham, John Lidal, Vanessa Perez, Suzanne Farrin and Sebastian Zubieta among many others. She has toured with the American Virtuosi performing works of Bach combined with photography of Pulitzer Prize nominated conflict photographer, Chris Hondros. She performed Britten’s Les Illuminations in Budapest under the baton of Gabor Takacs-Nagy with the MAV Symphony Orchestra which was broadcast over Hungarian National Radio. She has recorded Su Lian Tan’s River of the Trunk for Arsis Recording with Margo Garrett and others.
Szilvia has been teaching Choir and Solo Performance Class at The School at Columbia University for 10 years. She also runs a private singing/piano studio in Manhattan, all while pursuing her own singing career and continuing her studies with Irene Gubrud.
Madeline Bender (Musical Theater Builders Founder, and Lead Teacher) has had a rich career as international opera singer, arts educator and producer. She has worked with some of the top stage directors, conductors and singers in the classical music profession.
As an educator, Madeline developed the Musical Theater Builder's, and Musical Theater Builders, Jr. programs, which she has taught through the After School Program at the School at Columbia University for the past five years. She also teaches a variety of Musical Theater Builders summer camps, holiday camps and classes at the Peter Norton Symphony Space. These classes have proven hugely popular with students and parents alike. There is consistently a long waiting list to get into these innovative classes. Madeline also teaches a small private studio of voice students.
As a producer, and cultural activist, Madeline is the Founder and General Director of Voices of Hope. Voices of Hope is an opera gala event that raises tens of thousands of dollars each year to provide life changing education to severley underprivileged children around the globe.
As a performer, Madeline has been praised by the New York Times for her "dramatic stage presence", her "voluptuous soprano" and "theatrical flair”. Her extensive performing career spans 15 years. She has graced many of the world's leading operatic stages. Highlights include performances as Euridice inOrphee’ e Euridice at the Le Theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conducting; Helene in A Midsummer Night's Dream at La Monnaie, the Royal Opera House in Brussles, as well as with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Konstanza in Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with the Baden Baden and Aix en Provence festivals; Violetta in La Traviata with Santa Fe Opera, as well as performances as soprano soloist for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic, and Handel's Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis.
Madeline recieved her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She lives in NYC with her husband, operatic bass Paul Whelan, and their five-year-old son.