Guest lecture, Get a Move On!: Coloratura singing building blocks

Free webinar, open to the public

MSU Opera Theatre Guest Lecture, sponsored by the Worthington Family Foundation

Did you ever want to know how singers manage all the vocal fireworks found in Handel, Mozart and bel canto? This lecture will be an interactive lesson in how to do just that.

MSU Opera Theatre is proud to present Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, co-founders of Belcanto Boot Camp, an inspirational and instructive online practice diary for singers.

We encourage students, faculty, musicians and friends of the arts to tune in. Click here to join this Zoom webinar. Friday, October 16, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Rachelle Jonck, co-founder, Belcanto Boot Camp
Derrick Goff, co-founder, Belcanto Boot Camp

About the visiting artists

Rachelle Jonck is a South Africa-born coach/pianist/conductor based in New York City. She is the Music Director of Baltimore Concert Opera, Principal Coach of Teatro Nuovo, and teaches at Westminster Choir College. Above all these her first love is her private coaching studio. While her main field of study is bel canto, she often explores the wider applications of its principles in other styles and languages. Last summer she led Rossini’s La gazza ladra at the Rose Theater from the fortepiano as part of Teatro Nuovo’s 2019 season. She received an honorable mention in the Conducting Category of the Annual Excellence in Opera Awards (aka a Freddie). She was amazed that she made it onto quite the illustrious list of conductors while sitting down and not conducting. She is technologically challenged so this entire endeavor is basically a miracle brought about by an amazing team of people – she can take no credit for anything making it all the way from her brain to computer and phone screens around the globe! If she is not busy with Bel Canto Boot Camp she is doing Kinstretch® or cooking her way through her favorite cookbooks.

Derrick Goff is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and will return to the MET music staff as an Assistant Chorusmaster next season.  Derrick has recently accompanied art song recitals at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York and at Caramoor. He has enjoyed many years of collaboration with Rachelle and Will Crutchfield at Teatro Nuovo, a continuation of the young artist program of Bel Canto at Caramoor, where he is resident as a coach, chorusmaster, and Italian teacher. Despite mostly now being paid to play the piano, he holds degrees in organ and voice from Westminster Choir College. Derrick is always looking for something new to learn about a foreign language (сейчас он хочет говорить по-русски) and can often be found with an alarmingly large iced coffee struggling to finish the NYTimes crossword.

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