Friday, January 26, 2018
Antonello Hall, MacPhail Minneapolis Campus
James E. Ericksen grant winner Victoria Vargas will be sharing her research acquired over the past year on functional training for Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM). The program will begin with a brief lecture on pedagogical differences and similarities between CCM and other singing styles followed by a workshop featuring students from MacPhail’s Voice Department.
Mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas has been teaching at MacPhail Center for Music since September 2013, and Carleton College since September 2015. Her teaching is a combination of her research on the vocal mechanism and its function in balanced singing, teachings of her former and present
teachers, and her practical application of technique used on stage in various genres and styles of repertoire. In 2016, Mrs. Vargas was awarded the James E. Ericksen grant for pedagogy research on how classical voice instruction differs from Contemporary Commerical Styles. She recently attended the
Shenandoah University CCM Vocal Pedagogy Summer Institute. Mrs. Vargasis a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has taught master classes at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and MacPhail Center for Music.
Mrs. Vargas’ credits include performances with the Minnesota Opera and has sung across the country with
Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Ash Lawn Highland Festival and others.
Upcoming in 2018 she will be singing the roles of Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking and Giovanna in
Rigoletto for Minnesota Opera. Equally comfortable in concert work, Mrs. Vargas has sung with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN), Mankato Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, St. Cloud Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Wayzata Symphony, La Jolla Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.