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Torggler Vocal Institute

Final Application Deadline: May 1

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Why Torggler?

Because it's a competitive world out there, and you deserve a prestigious vocal program that fits your needs. The Torggler Vocal Institute (TVI) is an immersive, two-week, residency program at Christopher Newport University for emerging, young vocal artists, aged 15-25.

If you wish to elevate your voice and unleash your talent by training with world-renowned vocal teachers, performers and industry professionals who will prepare you to take the stage, Torggler is the program for you.

  • Two unforgettable weeks of fun with a focus on musical theater and classical voice at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, one of the finest performing arts venues on the East Coast
  • One-on-one and group voice lessons, workshops and masterclasses with renowned opera singers, Broadway stars, industry pros and teachers completely devoted to you.
  • Time with New York City music and casting directors and choreographers so you can experience firsthand what it’s like to be in a professional rehearsal environment
  • The peace that comes with knowing your young artist is at Christopher Newport University, one of the nation’s best small colleges. We have beautiful residence halls, great food and round-the-clock security.
  • Confidence that you’ve made the right investment in quality vocal education and training that will fully prepare your artist for what’s next, whether an audition, a performance, college or the big stage.
  • A closing program just for you – we call it the parent talk-back. You’ll get a recap of the program and tips on how to continue to elevate your young artist’s talent.
  • An extra pair of ears and eyes — you want the best for your students and you know that sometimes means having them hear another perspective
  • Students who are even more devoted to their craft after spending two weeks developing the soft skills it takes to become a well-rounded performer
  • Broadway stars and master teachers who will build on your hard work, inspire your students to fulfill their potential and see just how far their talent can take them.
  • An established program you can send students to year after year at the No. 4 public university in the South*, with a dynamic performing arts program and a top 20 college theater program**.

"I made life-long friends. The masterclasses and instructors were incredible!"

- Charlie, Virginia

Our program

Elevate your voice

It’s already inside you — a voice that stuns the room and lifts everyone up, emotion so raw the audience can’t help but feel each note, and a passion that has the potential to transform your future.

At Torggler, you'll take your performance to the next level with:

  • Hours of stress-free instruction, rehearsal and performance doing what you love with people who love it as much as you do
  • Broadway choreography and musical theater dance alongside other talented young performers

Unleash your talent

Don’t hold back. It’s time to show the world you’re more than just another great singer. You have to know how to work in a team, how to rehearse, how to sing if you’re a dancer and how to dance if you’re a singer.

You’ll learn from masters and stars who know the struggle. They’ll help you build confidence so strong, nothing can stand in your way.

  • Audition like never before. Learn about building a book, knowing your type, making cuts – and best of all – working with an accompanist as if you’ve been a duo for decades.
  • Dance like never before. Understand the language choreographers use and develop what it takes to pick a winning combination quickly.
  • Speak like never before. Get inside insight into cold readings and monologues.

Take the stage

Get ready for the spotlight. You'll really shine once you conquer what’s beyond the bright lights: how to take a headshot and conduct yourself in rehearsal, who gets the part and why and what sets winners apart. At Torggler, you’ll learn the arts business from the people who know the secrets of success.

  • Learn how to look good when it matters most. Make your resume sparkle and your headshot stand out.
  • Stand out from the pack. Gain a deeper understanding of why work ethic and reputation matter and how to handle the rejection that's a part of the process
  • Develop a personal action plan for your future. What you experience at Torggler will help you shine for years to come.

The stage is waiting. Make it yours.

Sample Classes

Masterclass

Guest Masterclass

Learn from the best of the best in our guest masterclasses where you will receive the individualized attention and detail of a private voice lesson all while being able to learn from your peers! During these sessions, our amazing guest artists will work with each student one at a time to provide the valuable tips, tricks, and secrets needed to elevate your voice and unleash your talent! Your group of peers will not only get to see you transform on your way to taking the stage, but will also be able to learn while watching our faculty at work!

Private Lessons

Private Voice Lessons

Your private voice lessons are where you get into the nitty-gritty of your vocal production! You will work diligently with our Torggler voice faculty one-on-one to uncover your full potential as a singer and to take what your learn back home to your teachers, coaches, and directors. This is your time to learn how to navigate the waters of vocal production and apply that knowledge to your performance!

Audition

Audition Techniques

Whether you're auditioning for college or auditioning professionally, this class will equip you with the tools needed to ensure confidence in the audition room. From building your BOOK, knowing your TYPE, and being open to adjustments, this class is essential for every successful performer. In this class you will learn how to build your BOOK, choose the right music and how to organize it, and why your accompanist wants it that way. We will discuss YOUR TYPE and you will learn how to choose and prepare the right audition material and how to make proper cuts in your music. Most importantly you will learn how to effectively communicate with your accompanist at an audition.

"This experience changed my life"

- Hannah, Virginia

Faculty

Tiffany Haas

Tiffany Haas

Artistic Director


Tiffany Haas is an acclaimed Broadway performer and concert vocalist. During her 10-year career on Broadway, Tiffany starred as Glinda in the Broadway and National Tour production of "Wicked", and also toured with the Tony Award-winning musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." Tiffany continues to perform regularly with orchestras and regional theaters, and also teaches masterclasses at colleges, conservatories, performing arts schools and summer intensives throughout the U.S., working with students at some of the most prestigious music programs.

Christopher Stephens

Christopher Stephens

Associate Artistic Director


Christopher Stephens, a voice teacher and music director, is a graduate of the University Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Credits include Wicked and Matilda (Broadway), Carnegie Hall with the Broadway Stars (starring Tony Award winner Jessie Meuller), and off-broadway shows, including Captain Louie, Shout! the Mod Musical, Bells Are Ringing, and Anything Goes. Alan Menken, Emily Skinner, and Adam Jacobs are several of the artists for whom he has served as pianist. Clients from ChristopherStephensVoice.com have appeared in Hamilton, Kinky Boots, School of Rock, Anastasia, Book of Mormon, and many other shows.

Rachel Holland

Rachel Holland

Director of Classical Voice


Dr. Holland is professor of voice at CNU, and her students have gone on to attend prestigious graduate programs and grace stages around the nation. Accomplished in both operatic and orchestral repertoire, she has taken on a wide range of genres and periods from Mozartean repertoire to 20th-century composers.

Colin Ruffer

Colin Ruffer

Director of Musical Theater


Colin is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at CNU specializing in musical theatre singing. Recently Colin has performed with the Virginia Symphony and appeared as Albert Lennox in the Virginia Stage Company’s concert production of The Secret Garden. Equally comfortable in Musical Theatre, Opera and concert work, Colin strongly believes in the importance of vocal cross-training. Colin is a proud graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and Penn State University.

Lisa Helmi Johanson

Lisa Helmi Johanson

Guest Faculty


One of Christopher Newport’s very own, Johanson ('08) graduated with a BA in music theater and BM in vocal performance. She performed her first professional show, "Quilters," with Tidewater Regional Repertory Theatre alongside many TheaterCNU students and faculty. Following that she moved to New York and booked an Off-Broadway show one month later. Since then, Johanson has appeared in "Avenue Q," "Bruce Lee: Journey to the West," and "Three Sisters" (Classical Theatre of Harlem).

David Perlow

David Perlow

Guest Faculty


Director, advocate and entrepreneur, Perlow is the associate director of the Tony winning Broadway musical “Once on This Island.” As a director, Perlow has been on the teams of five Broadway productions. He’s also the founder of The Actor's Gym acting studio based in New York and the co-founding artistic director of ATTENTIONTheatre, which advocates for artists with disabilities so they can create art at the highest level.

Mary Saunders Barton

Mary Saunders Barton

Guest Faculty


Co-author of Cross Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act and chair of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing, Barton lives in New York, where she maintains a voice studio for Broadway performers. In addition to private teaching, she is frequently invited to present her workshop “Bel Canto/Can Belto” in the U.S. and abroad.

Siri Howard

Siri Howard

Guest Faculty


Howard is a Broadway actress, recording artist and concert performer who began her professional career at age 10, and has continued to perform on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. On Broadway, Siri has appeared in "Les Misérables" and "The Sound of Music." When she’s not on stage, Howard loves spending time with her husband, director Max Quinlan and their dog Manny.

Max Quinlan

Max Quinlan

Guest Faculty


Quinlan is a Broadway director, performer and Jeff Award-Winning actor. Max is the resident director for the North American U.S. National Tour of "The Phantom of the Opera." He delivers a wide array of classes focusing on audition coaching, song interpretation, vocal coaching and introduction to professional theater.

Vanessa Becerra

Vanessa Becerra

Guest Faculty


Charismatic, elegant, bold and bright are words that have been used to describe soprano Vanessa Becerra, recent graduate of LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Becerra has played the roles of Maria in Francesca Zambello’s "West Side Story," Musetta in "La bohème" and Lise in Philip Glass’s "Les enfants terribles." She earned her master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, which recently invited her as a featured alumna to perform at their 150th Anniversary Gala at Symphony Hall.

John McGuire

John McGuire

Vocal Instructor


Dr. McGuire is director of opera at CNU. He is an active teacher, director and performer who has directed and performed with several opera companies and orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has taught voice at the University of Texas and Northwestern University, and maintains a private voice studio.

Zeb Roberts

Zeb Roberts

Vocal Instructor


Zeb is an experienced teacher and vocal coach with BME and MM-voice degrees from Winthrop University. He taught for over 10 years with the award-winning Clover Choraliers and consistently had students represented in regional and national NATS finals. Since relocating to Virginia, he is a member of the musical theater voice faculty at CNU and maintains a private voice studio.

Jim Gandolfo

Jim Gandolfo

Acting Instructor


Jim Gandolfo is a veteran performer and director with over 300 titles to his credit and is currently an adjunct instructor in theatre at CNU. Jim trained with Groundling’s founder, Barbara Contardi at First Amendment Improv of NYC, New York’s first improv troupe. He founded the comedy troupe In All Seriousness, distinguishing their brand of performance improv while performing with Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black, Sinbad, Jeff Dunham and others. A winner of The Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, Eastern States Regional and Festival of American Community Theater’s Best Acting awards, he has brought his high energy seminars to corporations and educators throughout the U.S.

Ben Corbin

Ben Corbin

Accompanist


Dr. Corbin is currently director of keyboard studies at Christopher Newport. Ben earned the bachelor of music and master of music degrees in piano performance from the University of Oregon. He also earned a second master of music and the doctorate in musical arts in collaborative piano from the University of Texas, studying with Anne Epperson.

Seung-Hye Kim

Seung-Hye Kim

Accompanist


Dr. Kim teaches theory, composition and keyboard at Christopher Newport. She is a pianist and composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music.

Steven Field

Steven Field

Program Manager


Steven Field is the Torggler Vocal Institute Coordinator and stands ready to help you feel prepared and excited for Torggler! He also serves as the CNU Music & Music Theater Recruitment Coordinator and continues to pursue his love of performing.

Affiliated Artists

Constanza Cuccaro • Gary Kline • Twyla Robinson • Ryan Speedo Green • Patti Lupone • Nathan Gunn • Brian Stokes Mitchell • The Manhattan Transfer • Ben Heppner • Michael Rose • Erin Wilson • Lilli Cooper • Megan Hilty • Heather Parcells • Mandy Patinkin • Christine Brewer • Deke Sharon • Bobby McFerrin • Kelli O'Hara • Lawrence Browlee • Ray Fellman • Timothy Noble • Janis Seigel • Liz Caplan • Spider Saloff • Brent Wagner • Straight No Chaser • Kirsten Scott

"Reignited my passion for singing. Best teachers I've ever had!"

- Casey, Alabama

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Application fee Tuition, room and board
$30 $2,450

Your investment includes two weeks in residence at Christopher Newport University, and:

  • Workshops and masterclasses with world-renowned performers and teachers
  • One-on-one and group voice lessons
  • A complete Audition Book, including song cuts, headshots, resume and audition videos
  • Housing in our award-winning residence halls
  • All meals
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Christopher Newport University Department of Music
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606-3072

Steven Field, Torggler Vocal Institute Coordinator
Phone: (757) 594-8196
Email: torggler@cnu.edu

TVI is made possible by a generous gift from George and Mary Torggler, retired entrepreneurs and longtime supporters of the arts and education.

*2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges
**2018 Princeton Review Best Colleges