Music Theatre & Opera Program

 Music Theatre & Opera Program

Learn to Sing in Italian, French, and German!

Vocal Performance Training For The 21st Century Singer.

June 16 – June 28, 2018 – For Students Ages 8 – 18
Offering exceptional training in music theatre and operatic repertoire.  Designed for singers of all ages & skill levels: from the beginner to the pre-professional.


The magical worlds of music theater and opera combine music, theater, dance, poetry, and visual spectacle. Join us as we teach young musicians to captivate the sensibilities of the audience as they learn to create beautiful music!

Participants in the PIMF Music Theatre & Opera Program will perform a variety of selections from beloved vocal masterpieces, which include music appropriate for every age! The students will receive hands-on training to discover the many levels of preparation and production that are required to create compelling music and opera theatre performances.

Work With Internationally Acclaimed
Singing Artists On Scenes From:

Alan Menken
     Beauty and the Beast

Stephen Sondheim
     Into The Woods

Clark Gesner
     You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Leoš Janáček
     The Cunning Little Vixen

Gustav Mahler
     Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn)

Elton John and H. Zimmer
     The Lion King

W. A. Mozart
     Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)

Maurice Ravel
     L’Enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Spells)

Giuseppe Verdi

Deidra Palmour, vocal faculty

Deidra Palmour
Program Director

Deidra Palmour is a celebrated American opera singer, pedagogue, and director. A Metropolitan Opera National Council winner, she has won the Baltimore Opera, Eleanor Steber, Loren L. Zachary Society, and NATS Artists Awards competitions, which launched her career as a leading American opera singer and recitalist. The LA Times has called her a “Dream Goddess….” for her work in Die Walküre with Long Beach Opera. She has sung major roles with thirty-six American opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera. Internationally, she made her debut with L’Opèra de Nice in France and has sung in the Netherlands… Read more!

Daily instruction will focus on the essentials of vocal health and technique, how to present a character and convey emotions through stagecraft and acting skills, the importance of music theory and how it affects the dramatic impact of the performance, set construction, costumes and makeup, and much more. Group instruction (as well as optional private voice lessons) will encourage the singer to love the performance experience by finding his or her true voice. A variety of repertoire will be selected to match the abilities of young singers. All campers will participate in either group or solo performances in the Grand Finale Showcase.

Who Can Attend:

Students of all ages (8-18) and skill levels – from the beginner to pre-professionals – are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Vocal Performance Camp Overview:

This program includes: daily musical theatre & opera scene rehearsals; small group and break-out sessions focused on vocal health, singing technique, music theory, and aural development; musical theater history lessons from opera to Broadway; staging/blocking sessions; group vocal and acting lessons; physical and concentration-based exercises (to teach the singer both technique and self-awareness); set design and creation; optional private voice lessons; and more. Advanced singers may be awarded opportunities to perform in student recitals. The festival concludes with a Grand Finale concert, allowing all campers to showcase their prepared scenes.

Audition Information:

Although no audition is required for acceptance, singers interested in major roles must upload required audition materials. Soloists will be sent music selections two to three weeks prior to the start of the Festival and are expected to arrive prepared. See audition requirements below for details.

Daily Schedule

All participants will meet each day on the Main Stage for group rehearsals.  Small group sessions will break-off during this time to allow campers to receive more personalized guidance.  These sessions will focus on vocal health and singing approaches, music theory and aural development, acting and movement methods for the stage, costuming and make-up techniques, as well as set design and creation.

  • 9:30am-12:30 pm: Vocal Performance and Scene Rehearsals/Break-Out Sessions
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 12:50 pm-3:00 pm: Group Lessons, Opera Workshops, & Break-out Sessions
  • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm: Vocal Performance and Scene Rehearsals/Break-Out Sessions
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 7:30 pm: Concerts featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Instrumental or Voice Master Classes, Student Concerts and Competitions, Festival-Wide Talent Show, Off-Campus Trips to Philadelphia Orchestra Concert(s), Ocean City New Jersey, and more!

Auditioning for Major Singing or Acting Roles:

Audition files are required of those students wishing to audition for major singing roles only. Please do not upload auditions prior to registering for the Philadelphia International Music Festival Vocal Performance Program.

Please note that audition files may be made informally through cell phone or other video methods and should include a minimum of two songs which best represent your skills and abilities. Auditions may be accompanied or unaccompanied. For more information, please visit our Audition Information page.

We believe that many of our participants will come to us desiring a small role, but will develop skills and confidence very quickly!  Our expertise and flexibility will allow for some roles to be double cast, if needed, and for the awarding of additional stage time to those who desire such. Know that we will allow (and encourage) all singers to grow as much and as they can!

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