Savannah Choral and Voice Institute [CANCELLED due to unexepected circumstances]

presented by

The Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble

in residence with

Georgia Southern University


June 9-16, 2019 in Savannah, Georgia

In this intensive eight-day workshop for singers and conductors, Choral and Voice Institute Participants receive lessons and coachings. In addition, master classes will be given by institute voice faculty members and guest artists (TBA). Participants all perform in a group recital, as well as rehearse daily with the festival chorus, culminating in the final choral concert at the conclusion of the week. Opportunities also include potential choral solo performances in the final concert. Choral Festival Participants work with conductors and clinicians daily throughout the week.  Choral Conducting Interns receive intense mentorship with conducting faculty (individually, and in festival choir rehearsals), with the potential of conducting a selection on the final concert. Don’t miss out on one of the most affordable world-class summer institutes offered anywhere!

Download the flyer here.

Conducting Faculty:

Howard Helvey – Conductor of Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, World-Renowned Composer, Chief Editor of HW Gray Publishing, Organist/Choirmaster of Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, Pianist

Dr. Gregory Fuller – Director of Choral Activities/University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Mack Wilberg - Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, World-Renowned Composer

Voice Faculty:

Daniel Weeks, tenor – Voice Faculty/College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati), National Metropolitan Opera Winner, Concert Artist, CFE Artist, MCVI voice faculty chair

Mary Southworth Shaffer, soprano – Voice Faculty/College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati), Concert Artist, CFE Artist

Susana Diaz, soprano – Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Concert Artist, CFE Artist

Dr. Gwen Coleman Detwiler, soprano – Voice Faculty/College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati), Concert Artist, Songfest Faculty, CFE Artist

Audrey B Luna, soprano – Voice Faculty/Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), CFE Artist, Concert Artist, Songfest Faculty, AMSAT Certified Alexander Technique teacher

Dr. Allen Henderson, baritone – Professor of Voice/Georgia Southern University, Executive Director of National Association of Teachers of Singing

Kurt Ollmann, baritone - Grammy Award Winner, International Opera and Concert Artist

Vocal Coaches:

Brad Caldwell, piano – Artistic Director/Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, Concert Artist, award-winning collaborative pianist, clinician, SCVI Artistic Director/Coaching Chair

Dr. William Averill, piano – Vocal Coach/Texas Tech University, Wolftrap Opera, San Diego Opera

Choral Conducting Institute Division:

Choral Conducting Internship Program – Undergraduate, Graduate/Professional
Application requirements: Video links of you conducting a choir (preferably two contrasting selections or excerpts, 4-8 minutes total)

Voice Institute Division:

High School, Undergraduate, Graduate/Professional
Application requirements:
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL:  TWO ARIAS and TWO Art Songs each of contrasting style & language
UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION: ONE ARIA and TWO Art Songs of contrasting style and language
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:  TWO Art Songs of contrasting style and language

Festival Chorus Division:

High School, Proficient Amateur, Undergraduate, Graduate/Professional
(No formal application requirements; see below PDF application link)

Live Audition Sites:
November 1, 2018 - Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

     TBA - Georgia Southern University, Statesboro/Savannah, Georgia
     April 5, 2019 - Cincinnati, Ohio
April 13, 2019 - Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Please e-mail to request live audition times and locations:

Choral Conducting Internship tuition: $750
Voice Institute tuition: $750
Festival Chorus Participants: no charge, except for modest concert music fee (music fee is included in institute tuition)
Application registration fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Note: Tuition does not include travel and accommodations.
Accommodations are available through Georgia Southern/Armstrong Campus for
$40 per day. (2 and 4 private bedroom apartments with full kitchens for adults, 2 bedroom apartments with kitchenette for High School participants, free laundry)

Applications below in PDF form:

Conducting Application
Festival Choir Application
Voice Application


Feel free to send any questions to Brad Caldwell via email: