High School Vocal Day

Grand Valley State University High School Vocal Day

Friday, November 3, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

With Guest Clinician

Dale Beaver – Alexander Technique Teacher

The Ohio State University

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

When & Where

Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00pm
Haas Center for Performing Arts
GVSU Allendale Campus

Choral Sessions

For more information & registration:

Contact Professor Dale Schriemer

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register early!


Dale Beaver, RMT, is a nationally known teacher of the Alexander Technique** who is currently director of the newly established wellness program for music students, faculty and staff at The Ohio State University School of Music.  In addition Dale teaches Alexander Technique for The School of Music, the Department of Dance and the Department of Theater.  Dale is known for his Alexander teaching in workshops with colleges and universities through the Midwest and well as extended workshops, clinics, and summer residential courses in Virginia and Washington.  He is also certified at the Advanced Practitioner Level in Nervous System Energy work.

Dale has been an organist and choir director for over 35 years, and runs a private vocal studio in Columbus, Ohio.

** Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination.  It enhances performance and is therefore a valued tool for actors, dancers, and musicians.

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.

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, Associate Professor, Director of University Arts Chorale, and Cantate Chamber Ensemble, 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 the University of Wisconsin, River Falls (1976-1979), Calvin College (1984-1985), Grand Valley State University (1987- present).

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’Hoffmann,  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 in Student 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.

For more information and registration:

Professor Dale Schriemer

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