Musical Theatre

June 10 & 11, 2021

Join us for an exciting one-day in-person event on our beautiful Urbana-Champaign campus! ISYM Musical Theatre is comprised of workshops designed to prepare interested singers and actors for the musical stage. Students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Lyric Theatre at Illinois faculty, sing in a masterclass, attend workshops, and tour music facilities. Students may choose their preferred date (June 10th or 11th) on the ISYM registration form.

Format: In-person instruction in Urbana, IL.

Eligibility: For students completing grades 8-12

Tentative Musical Theatre Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Registration
10:00 – 10:30 AM: Meet and Greet
10:30-11:00 AM: Vocal & Physical Improvisation Exercises
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: “From Purcell to P!nK” Contemporary Voice Workshop
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 PM: Facilities Tours 
1:45 – 2:30 PM: Q & A – “What is Lyric Theatre?”
2:30 – 3:00 PM: “Who’s Got the Blues?” Vocal Improvisation Workshop
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Masterclass
4:30 – 5:30 PM: Final Q & A and Wrap-Up

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2021.

Tuition: $125 – Participant

Program Faculty

Dawn Harris, Instructor of Voice, University of Illinois

Dawn Harris is a versatile artist who has won critical acclaim for her performances of opera, operetta, concerts and musical theatre works in a wide range of repertoire. Performance highlights include the title role in Massenet’s “Manon “with Baton Rouge Opera and Zerlina in “Don Giovanni “with Arizona Opera, both under the direction of bass Giorgio Tozzi; dancing Jerome Robbins’ original choreography alongside Broadway veteran Bebe Neuwirth in Cleveland Opera’s production of “West Side Story”;and singing the soprano solos in Poulenc’s “Gloria “with the New Orleans Symphony. In her many seasons at Ohio Light Opera, Ms. Harris was featured in over 30 roles written by major operetta composers. Some of her most memorable roles include Fiametta in “Boccaccio”, Kathy in “The Student Prince”, Pepi in “Weiner Blut”, Christel in “Der Vogelhaendler “, Natalie in “The Merry Widow” (opposite Paul Groves), Bessie in “Merry England “and Gabrielle in “La Vie Parisienne”. Having distinguished herself as an expert interpreter of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, Ms. Harris has sung nearly all the female roles. She is most noted for her portrayal of Yum-Yum in “The Mikado”, a role she has performed more than 50 times at Ohio Light Opera, as well as, Toledo Opera and at the Grant Park Music Festival. Other operatic and concert highlights include roles with the Utah Festival Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Theatre of San Antonio and Arkansas Opera Theatre; creating the role of Lola Lopez in the world premiere of Robert Ward’s “Lady Kate” at Triangle Opera; soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” with the Utah Symphony performed in the Mormon Tabernacle; and soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem “with the Baton Rouge Symphony; concert repertoire and pops with New Orleans, Dayton, Champaign-Urbana, Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble, BACH and Heartland Philharmonic.

Read more about Professor Harris here.

Sarah Wigley, Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice, University of Illinois

Sarah Wigley is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice for the Lyric Theatre department at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she instructs Lyric Theatre Studio, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Singing in Musical Theatre while maintaining a private voice studio and frequently stage directing both opera and musical theatre. Wigley holds an MM in Voice Performance from Colorado State University and a BM in Voice from the University of Minnesota. While residing in Minneapolis, Wigley performed professionally with regional companies such as the Guthrie Theatre, the Skylark Opera, the Mystery Cafe, the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and the Minnesota Opera. Ms. Wigley’s Denver credits include roles such as Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, Emma in Jekyll and Hyde, Dolores in The Wild Party, and Miss Scarlett in Clue-The Musical. Sarah Wigley has served as faculty for the Musical Theatre department at the University of Northern Colorado as well as Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and has had several students appear on Broadway and in national tours and regional theaters across the nation.

Read more about Professor Wigley here.