Jacqueline has given successful master classes all over the US, including The Mannes School of Music NYC, Duke University NC, Princeton University, NJ, University of Georgia at Athens and SUNYOswego, NY, working with students on opera, oratorio and song, everything from Bach and Handel to contemporary music. She has also on occasion combined a master class with a recital, performing music related to the master class and working with students/faculty from the music department and beyond. See below for a two hour master class proposal:
A two-hour master class is offered for singers interested in exploring the performance and interpretation of both early and new music. Students can choose to bring pieces written before 1750 and/or from the 20th and 21st centuries. A list of the music chosen should be sent two weeks in advance.
Special attention given to:
- Breathing and phrasing: e.g. what to do when Bach treats the voice like an instrument: how to make breathing an integral part of the phrase.
- Compositional difficulties: how to tackle rhythmic complexity, non-conventional vocal lines, extremes of range etc.
- Style and interpretation: what did the composer intend? What do we mean by an “authentic” approach?
- Communication of text: working with unconventional text choices; issues of vowel modification and diction; exploring ways to “get inside” the text.
- Pedagogical issues: how to approach difficult passages while maintaining healthy vocal technique.
“Thank you so much for sharing your insights and expertise with our students at the Mannes College of Music. The master class was so well received and beneficial for all of the participants. The atmosphere you created was very positive and encouraging. An enjoyable experience for all that we hope to repeat in the near future.”
(Beth Roberts, Head of Vocal Studies, Mannes College of Music)