High School Vocal Day

2015 Instrumental Days and Festivals

Grand Valley State University

High School Vocal Day

Friday, October 30, 2015

From 9 AM to 3:00 PM


With Guest Voice Clinicians

Jane Bunnell – DePaul University

Marc Embree – DePaul University

Dr. Rachael Gates – GVSU/MSU


“Learn more about vocal technique, performance/audition technique, and careers in music and vocal health”


Information LetterRegistration Form, and Schedule
Questions:  Professor Dale Schriemer,  schriemd@gvsu.edu


Mezzo-soprano Jane Bunnell has enjoyed an illustrious international career for almost 30 years. She has an especially long association with the Metropolitan Opera where she has sung 30 roles in more than 350 performances, including new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Otello, Les Troyens, Faust and Roméo et Juliette and the Metropolitan Opera Premieres of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly. She has also recorded with the Met for Sony/BMG and has toured to Europe and Japan.

She has sung with the Saito Kinen Festival, and with the opera companies of Toulouse, Vienna, Cologne and Schwetzingen and with such American opera companies as Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera and New York City Opera. She has collaborated with such notable conductors as James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, Andrew Davis and Robert Shaw, and has appeared in concert with the Boston Symphony, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Ms. Bunnell was on the faculty of New York University for nine years and in 2006 joined the faculty at DePaul University School of Music.


A respected singing actor, Marc Embree was a principal singer with the New York City Opera for several seasons and has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. He has sung with many regional houses including Edmonton, New Orleans, St. Louis, Houston, Sarasota, Omaha, Kansas City and Virginia. His extensive repertoire boasts such roles as Wotan, Iago, Conte d'Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Scarpia, the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffman.

Mr. Embree received critical acclaim for his performance of Frank Marraunt in the Berlin Ludwigshafen production of Kurt Weill's Street Scene; filmed for television, it has been released on DVD and broadcast in Europe, Japan, Mexico and on the BRAVO Channel in the United States. Recent highlights include live television broadcasts of Wozzeck(Doctor) and Das Rheingold (Fasolt) from the Bellas Artes in Mexico City; Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe with the Augusta Opera and Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse with the Nashville Opera and Hindemith's Das Nusch-Nuschi at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra. His recordings include Carlos Chavez's The Visitors, Kurka's The Good Soldier Schweik, and the recently released Lincoln Center Production of Rain by composer Richard Owen.


Soprano, Opera Director and Singing Health Specialist, Dr. Rachael Gates has sung in Germany, Russia, Italy and throughout the United States. Dr. Gates was Assistant Opera Director at Northwestern University, has taught at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and has guest directed operas for Yale University where she served as assistant director to Sir Colin Graham. She belongs to PAMA, NATS, is published in The Journal of Singing, and is a member of the Musician’s Wellness Team at Michigan State University where she teaches vocal health. She pioneered what is now a Singing Health Specialization in vocal health at The Ohio State University Medical Center with laryngologist L. Arick Forrest, MD and Kerrie Obert CCC-SLP. Dr. Gates holds degrees in music from Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and The Ohio State University. Her book, The Owner’s Manual to the Voice: A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice Users was released in August 2013 with Oxford University Press and is available on Amazon.com and at The Metropolitan Opera Shop.


Tenor, Min Jin, has appeared in many of the major concert halls throughout the such as Carnegie Hall as a recitalist, opera performer, as well as an oratorio soloist with choral societies. As a soloist, he performed Haydn’s CreationThe Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Requiem, Dubois’s The Seven Last Word of Christ,Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mass in C Major, and his Symphony No. 9, Frank’s Mass in A Op. 12, and Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, Mass in A-flat among others with Rochester Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, Yucatan Sinfonia, Geneseo Symphony, Toronto Sinfonia, Toronto Philharmonia, Eastman Philharmonic, Palisades Orchestra, Texas BC Orchestra and Quad City Symphony.

His opera performances include LaBoheme (Rodolfo), Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo), Romeo et Juliette (Romeo),Carmen (Don Jose), L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino), La Rondine (Ruggero), La Traviata (Alfredo), Tosca (Cavaradossi),Otello (Otello), Manon (Des Grieux), Werther (Werther), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), La Vera Costanza(Masino) and several roles with New Jersey State Opera, Mercury Opera, Dicapo Opera, Academic Opera, Kwang Ju City Opera and Po Hang City Opera. He appeared with Aspen Opera where he sang the role of Duke in Rigolettounder the baton of Julius RudelMost recently, he performed the roles of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Mercury Opera.

He was a First Prize winner of the Artist International Music Competition, Korean Music Association Competition and a winner of the Heida Hermann International Voice Competition, the Caruso International Voice Competition, and the Oratorio Society Voice Competition. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Dr. Jin is an affiliate professor of voice at the Grand Valley State University

Charles Norris, Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His undergraduate work was completed at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. A thirteen-year veteran of K-12 music teaching, he brings practical experience into a variety of elementary and secondary methods courses at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Norris also teaches aural perception and sight singing, conducts GVSU Varsity Men and directs graduate research. His academic interests include aural perception, music education assessment and the vocal development of children and adolescents. Dr. Norris’ research and scholarly articles are published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal and the Michigan Music Educator. Dr. Norris has not only presented clinics and sessions at numerous state, regional and national conferences but also appeared with GVSU Varsity Men at regional and national conferences of MENC and Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses. He currently holds memberships in MENC: The National Association of Music Education, Michigan Music Educators and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Dr. Norris is the immediate Past-President of the Michigan Music Educators Association and currently serves on the editorial board of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and the executive board of the Michigan Music Conference. In addition to the aforementioned professional activities, Dr. Norris enjoys working with area high school singers and serving as the music director at First Presbyterian Church of Holland, Michigan.


Ellen Pool, Director of Choral Activities at GVSU, studied with Maynard Klein at the University of Michigan where she received M. M. and B. M. degrees in choral music education. She had additional advanced choral conducting study with Donald Neuen at Eastman School of Music. In addition to conducting University Arts Chorale, the Select Women’s Ensemble and Cantate Chamber Ensemble and coordinating the choral program, Professor Pool teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting classes. Pool was selected as SSAA State Honors Choir conductor in 2005 for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Active as an adjudicator and clinician, Professor Pool is a member of the American Choral Directors Association serving on the State Board and is a member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.


Baritone Dale Schriemer made his debut with the Minnesota Opera as Maximillian in Bernstein’s Candide along with Judas in The St. Matthew Passion, Armchair in L’Enfant et les sortileges and Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tiresias.  As an active recitalist and concert performer, Schriemer has been seen as Baritone soloist in Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, Adam in The Creation, Baritone soloist and Jesus in St. John’s Passion(Bach), and Baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah

Faculty member University of Wisconsin, River Falls (1976-1979), Calvin College (1984-1985), Grand Valley State University (1987-).

Other operatic roles include Mercutio in Romeo et Juliet, Schaunard in La Boheme, Padre in Man of LaMancha, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tiger Brown and Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera, and Spalanzani in Les Contes D’Hoffman,  Captain Tarnitz, Student Prince.

Further studies as a protégé of Wesley Balk at the Minnesota Opera; Vocal coaching with Mark Markham, Arlene Shrut, Giulio Favario; Alexander Technique study with William and Barbara Conable and Dale Beaver; voice studies with Andrew Field and Audrey Langford in London, England; acting with Martha Schlamme, Alvin Epstein, and famed film actress Jean Arthur.  BM, North Carolina School of the Arts, BA, Michigan State University.


Dr. Kathryn Stieler, soprano, operatic roles includes Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Cinderella in Cendrillon, Kathie inStudent Prince, Marenka in The Bartered Bride and Frasquita in Carmen. As a featured soloist, Ms. Stieler has performed the Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Bach St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn Elijah and St. Paul, Schubert Mass in G, Handel Messiah, and Fauré Requiem. She has premiered contemporary works by Cincinnati composer, Bonia Shur, St. Louis composer, James Hegarty, and Grand Rapids composer, Andrew Bergeron. She is winner of the Metropolitan Opera District Competition,

Stieler is presently an Associate Professor of Voice at Grand Valley State University.She has served on the faculty of Webster University (St. Louis, MO), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Mount St. Joseph College (Cincinnati, OH) and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Summer Training Camp for Young Artists.

Dr. Stieler received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University. Additional study was completed at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France.


Robert Byrens has been on the faculty at Grand Valley State University 1992. He is currently an affiliate faculty member and collaborative pianist serving as vocal coach. Mr. Byrens was formerly a member of the string faculty, leading the viola studio and performing with the Perugino String Quartet. Mr. Byrens also serves as rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for Opera Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 1994. He acted as the Associate Artistic Director for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck from 1998 to 2008. He was formerly the principal violist with the South Bend and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Battle Creek Symphonies.

Mr. Byrens received his musical training at the American Boychoir School, the Geneva Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, Indiana University at South Bend, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Olivet College. His principle teachers include Dalton Baldwin, Ivan Frazier, and Ronald Gorevic. He has performed in vocal master classes with Elly Ameling, Gerard Souzay, Phyllis Curtin, and Jessye Norman.