Choral & Vocal Activities
Vocal Institute - Summer 2020
This July, the Vocal Institute returns! Join the Shasta College Music Department online for 3 weeks of intensive, personal coaching from experienced professionals working in music today. This advanced mentoring is perfect for those who want to gain entry to a four year music program at a major university, or to learn how to transition to the role of a professional performer and artist!
Areas of focus will include diction, interpretation for performances or auditions, and vocal technique for musical theater and classical singers (encompassing both traditional bel canto and 'belt' vocalities). This 1-unit course will meet 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, from July 13th to July 30th. Daily instruction will have both synchronous (time-bounded) and asynchronous (self-study) components.
Space is restricted to maintain a high-level of personal interaction. Enroll now and we’ll hear your amazing talent - online!
Professional Musicians, Directors, and Performers
Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury
Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury was born in Verona, Italy, and began her musical studies on the piano. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance, and studied conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque. After earning her Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she lived in Europe for six years, conducting opera, orchestras and choirs. She received her DMA in Conducting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was the founder and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Children's Chorus, with whom she toured Europe. She has served as assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association. After her move to Redding in 1999, she became the director for choral and vocal activities at Shasta College. In 2006 she conducted the west coast premiere of Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” In 2008, she was elected Shasta College’s Excellent Educator of the Year; the following year, the state-wide Academic Senate awarded her the prestigious Hayward Award. In February 2009, she also conducted a fully-staged performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Choral performances of note include “Carols and Lullabies” by Conrad Susa, and “The Enchanted Isle” by Ola Gjeilo. With her husband bass-baritone Robert Waterbury, she created the Shasta Vocal Institute, an intensive vocal training program for aspiring singers.
Dash Waterbury is a teacher and an artist with years of experience in the theater world as a performer, director, adaptor and collaborator. He has performed internationally in opera, and has directed musical theater, drama and opera all over the country, bringing his talents to companies as wide ranging as Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, Baylor University, Opera North, and Wolf Trap Opera, among others. He has adapted and directed four shows of his own, including Over There: The Great War for Shasta College. As a voice teacher, he has prepared musical theater and classical voice students for success in college and theater auditions as well as high-profile competitions. He is an alumnus of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Florida State University, holding Masters of Music Degrees from both institutions, and an alumnus of DirectorsLab. In 2018, he served as the Interim Head of Opera for Baylor University.
Praised for her rich timbre and moving performances, mezzo-soprano Raphaella Medina has performed in nearly every genre of music and theatre with appearances across the United States. During the 2019/20 season, she joined Opera Columbus as a Resident Artist, covering Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and making solo debuts with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Central Ohio Symphony. Most recently, she was named an Encouragement Award winner by the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. Previous season highlights include Rosina with BARN Opera, Shop Woman/Mrs. Leak in the world premiere of Lolly Willowes, debuts with the Paradise Symphony and the Simpson University Symphony, as well as being named a San Francisco District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She has also made two Carnegie Hall appearances, participating in master classes led by Marilyn Horne and Joyce DiDonato. For more, visit www.raphaellamedina.com.
Robert Waterbury, bass-baritone, has over forty years of experience as a performing artist and voice teacher. 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 Theatre). He is an experienced opera conductor and stage director, and has worked extensively with young performers. In 1999, the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus produced his adaptation of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin under his direction, and in the summer of 2000, he was the Music Director for the Pacific Repertory Opera children’s production of Hans Krasa’s Brundibar.
For the past 20 years, he has taught voice and directed opera scenes for the Shasta College Vocal Institute and the Opera Workshop. In February of 2009, he directed a fully-staged production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. His vocal students have entered prestigious conservatories and universities across America, including USC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Florida State and Westminster College.
Lauren Dillon has been playing piano since she was five years old and violin since she was seven. As a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Lauren had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall at the age of 12. She was also a member and later the concertmaster of the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less, chamber string ensemble. After high school, she moved from Santa Rosa to Redding to earn a B.A. in Music from Simpson University, studying piano under Lois Nichols. After graduating with highest honors, Lauren opened a private studio where she teaches piano and violin. Additionally, she is an instructor and collaborative pianist for Harris Studios and is an adjunct professor at Simpson University. Equally accomplished on violin, Lauren plays in the Shasta Symphony as well as the North State Symphony. She has played with several local artists on their recordings and enjoys playing violin for the Cascade Theatre and Shasta College’s musical productions (Hairspray; Fiddler on the Roof; Chicago; Guys and Dolls; The Producers; Sweeney Todd). Lauren actively collaborates with other musicians in the community: she accompanies for school choirs as well as vocal and instrumental studios, and is actively involved with her church’s worship team.