Choral & Vocal Activities

Shasta Vocal Institute ~ Summer 2015    

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The 2015 Shasta Vocal Institute is an intensive three-week course in applied voice and acting that provides a unique opportunity for high school and college-age singers to prepare for advanced studies. It is open to students, age 14 and older, who are able to meet the physical and musical demands of art song, opera and musical theatre repertoire in an intensified artistic atmosphere.  The daily schedule includes vocal instruction, repertoire coaching, acting classes, and staging of scenes from operas and musicals.  Participants are introduced to both beginning and advanced concepts of technique and interpretation in art song, opera, and musical theatre repertoire. The Institute schedule runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. On August 7th, students will be able to perform in a concert of Art Songs. The Institute concludes with a performance of scenes on August 13th. 

Institute Staff

Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury
Director; Principal Coach/Accompanist
As Director of Choral Studies at Shasta College, Dr. Waterbury directs the College Concert, Jazz and Chamber Choirs, and the Shasta Chorale.  She teaches voice and is an experienced coach and accompanist. For eight years she attended and taught at U.C. Santa Barbara, and served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus. Prior to that she served as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus in performances with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. She has conducted operas, musicals, and choral concerts.

Robert Waterbury
Artistic & Stage Director; Principal Voice Instructor
Mr. Waterbury has over 50 years of experience as a performing artist, voice teacher, and stage director.
He has appeared in concert, oratorio, and opera in the United States and Europe. In Frankfurt,
Germany, he was the Founding Artistic Director of the Rhein-Main Lyrisches Operntheater (Lyric Opera
Theater). He is an experienced opera conductor and stage director and has worked extensively with
youth performers. He is the co-director of the Shasta College Opera Workshop and for the past 13
years he has been Artistic Director and principal voice teacher for the Shasta Vocal Institute.

Sydney Mancasola
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Ms. Mancasola studied voice with Robert Waterbury and is a graduate of Shasta College and the Shasta Vocal Institute. In 2011 she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She then went on to the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she was featured in many productions including as Manon in Massenet's Manon, Melisande in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, and
Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. Since graduating from AVA, Ms. Mancasola has amassed many professional solo credits in both opera and oratorio, including as soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Michael Rossi, and in opera roles as, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Cunegonde in Candide, and Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito. In 2013, Sydney was a Grand Finals winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. We are very pleased to have her returning to Redding to join the 2015 Vocal Institute faculty.

Dashiell Waterbury
Voice Instructor; Repertoire Coach; Acting Instructor
Mr. Waterbury studied voice with Robert Waterbury and is a graduate of Shasta College and the Shasta
Vocal Institute. He has both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance
from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and a Master's degree in Opera Directing
from Florida State University where he studied Stanislavsky's Method. In 2012 he was featured
as Tom Rakewell in CCM's graduate production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. His directing credits
include the FSU productions of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Handel's Appolo e Dafne, Mozart's Zaide, and Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco. Dashiell was a member of the Vocal Institute faculty in 2010 when he taught acting and directed a scene from Beethoven's Fidelio. We are very pleased to have him back with us for the 2015 Institute. 

​​​Registration and Fees

The Shasta Vocal Institute is offered as a class by Shasta College. Successful completion of the course will result in 3.0 units of college credit. The course may be taken for a grade or as a credit/no credit class. Only officially registered students may attend.  Registration fees are $46/unit, ($138 for 3 units), and campus use fees of $31.50 are assessed, for a total cost of $169.50.  Continuing Shasta College students may
be eligible for summer financial aid. For new students, a limited amount of need-based scholarship assistance is available.  To request a scholarship application,  please send Dr. Waterbury an e-mail at  Registration for the summer session begins on April 7 for current students.
To attend the Vocal Institute, register for Music 50 (#U1153), either online ( or in person at the Admissions Office in the 100 Building. For hours and directions call (530) 242-7650.
Vocal Institute students should register as soon as possible to secure a place in the class.  High school students are welcome to attend the Institute and will need to have a concurrent enrollment form signed by their counselor and school principal. This form is available from any high school administration office.

​​Placement & Casting Auditions

Auditions for placement in voice classes and for casting in opera and musical scenes will be held on Saturday, July 25, in room 638. Students should call 242-2367 for an audition appointment.


There will be two performances this season. The first on August 7, 2015 and the second on August 13, 2015.  Tickets for the August 7 performance are $5.00 and only available at the door.  Tickets for the August 13 show are $7.00 general admission and $5.00 students/seniors and may be purchased through this link​.  Doors for both performances will open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm.

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