Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy

Sunday, July 16– Friday, July 21, 2017
Björklunden - Lawrence University
Baileys Harbor, WI


This special Bjorklunden seminar is intended for:

Voice teachers of high school, college, or adult students, and college voice majors. Voice students, who are graduate performance or vocal pedagogy majors.  Choral conductors who incorporate vocal training in their rehearsals. Voice therapists, specializing in the rehabilitation of singers.s food, peaceful walks in the woods, and camaraderie, along with piano talk!  A percentage of available slots will be reserved for Lawrence University alumni until January 30, 2016 - at which point they will be released to the general public.  Both alumni and others should apply early to be sure of inclusion!

This seminar provides an opportunity for participants to spend five days attending engaging and thought-provoking presentations and master classes in application, while giving you ample remaining time to process course content, engage in discussion, and/or lessons with the course instructors, Kenneth Bozeman, professor of music at Lawrence University and Ian Howell, head of vocal pedagogy at New England Conservatory.

The seminar will begin with a survey of acoustic voice pedagogy—how understand the acoustics of voice production can dramatically improve teaching efficiency—as presented in Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers.  There will be special emphasis on applications for both studio and choral settings as elaborated in Bozeman’s second book, Kinesthetic Vocal Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency.  Bozeman and Ian Howell, head of vocal pedagogy and a member of the voice faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, will introduce basic elements of singing pedagogy (alignment, breathing, onset, vocal registration) as they relate to acoustic output, but will focus on the acoustic landscape signers inhabit, the differing acoustic circumstances facing male and female (or treble) voices, the challenges of male and female passaggi (transition) into the upper voice, and effective strategies for meeting those challenges.  Dr. Howell will present cutting edge information on the emerging theory of vowel perception and the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice, and also give tutorials on studio technology.  The morning will end with a master class that will explore practical application of the pedagogic concepts presented in the earlier session.


Participant Fees & Deposits



Lodging Participant Student/Alumni

Resident, single occupancy

$1,100 full fee

$400 deposit

$800 full fee

$250 deposit


Resident, double occupancy

$825 full fee

$400 deposit

$600 full fee

$250 deposit



$390 full fee

$150 deposit

$390 full fee

$100 deposit


Family members can attend as part of the double occupancy.  $300 full fee for age 18+; $125 full fee for child; $50 deposit.

Gratuities not included. Viking Decade discount does not apply to this seminar.

Residents:  Fee covers seminar tuition, lodging, and all meals from Sunday dinner to Friday lunch (with the exception of Wednesday dinner).

Commuters:  Fee covers seminar tuition, some supplies, Sunday dinner, and all lunches. Other meals charged separately.

Family Members: Fee covers lodging and all meals from Sunday dinner to Friday lunch (with the exception of Wednesday dinner). Guest rooms can accommodate 1-6 people; each family member will be charge the rate above regardless of how many family members occupy the same room.

Deposit: A deposit of $400/resident, $150/commuter, and $50/family member is due upon registering. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Participants may also choose to pay in full upon registering.



Participants may register for a seminar via mail, email, fax, or phone. Registration remains open until the day before this seminar begins. The registration form below is a fillable PDF.

Online registration is not an option. Please do not try to register online.

1. MAIL: Complete and print the registration form below. Enclose a check made out to Lawrence University or include credit card information and mail to:

Björklunden Piano Seminar
P.O. Box 10
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

2. EMAIL: Complete the registration form below, save it to your computer, and email it as an attachment to Do not include credit card information on the emailed registration form - please call Björklunden with this information.

3. FAX: Complete and print the registration form below and fax to (920) 839-2688. Do not include credit card information on faxed registration form - please call Björklunden with this information.

4. PHONE: Call Björklunden at (920) 839-2216.

Please note:  All seminar correspondence will be done via email when possible.  Please provide an email address on your registration form.


Registration Form

2017 Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Form.pdf

Accommodations & Amenities

• Participants may arrive after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday; seminar officially begins with dinner on Sunday evening and ends Friday after lunch.
• Participants are invited to sample local cuisine on Wednesday evening, our chef’s night off. Dinner will not be served at the lodge Wednesday evening. Please plan accordingly.
• Guest rooms are dorm-room style with two twin beds on the floor and other beds in bunk bed formation.
• Handicap-accessible rooms are available – please note this on the registration form if need be.
• All guest rooms have a private bathroom and contain linens (sheets, blankets, quilts, pillows, bath towels, hand towels, face cloths, and a bath mat), bars of soap, desks, dressers, and nightstands.
• All guest rooms contain their own A/C wall unit to use in the summer if need be.
• There are no radios, televisions, telephones, hairdryers, microwaves or refrigerators in the bedrooms.  It is suggested that guests bring their own alarm clock and hair dryer as well as personal toiletries, medications, a flashlight and good walking shoes for out on the trails.
• There are no laundry facilities on site - please pack enough clothing to last the entire week.
• Participants should consider bringing a raincoat and a sweater or jacket - the lodge will be comfortable, but it is often cool in Baileys Harbor, even when the rest of the peninsula is warm.
• Wireless internet access is available throughout the lodge; there is also a computer lab with a number of PCs available. No username or password is required for use of the computers or wireless network.
• There are six music practice rooms, each with a piano or keyboard, available for guests to use upstairs.  We ask that guests be respectful of others who may be staying in the surrounding bedrooms and to not practice during normal sleeping hours.
• Cell phone reception is very poor at Björklunden – most people have luck getting reception outside the lodge in the parking lot. There is a landline on site guests can use if need be.
• Smoking is not permitted in any building on the estate. Smoking is only allowed outside of the northern entrance of the main lodge.
• Casual dress is acceptable everywhere in Door County; guests should not feel they must “dress for dinner” while they are here.
• The bar here is strictly BYOB, whether it be alcohol or soft drinks. 
• Fresh coffee is out each morning by about 6:30 a.m.
Guests should let Björklunden know, in advance if possible, if they have any special dietary needs or food allergies (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, allergic to shellfish, etc.).  Our chef will do his best to accommodate individuals with dietary restrictions. Please note restrictions on your registration form.




About the seminar: Kenneth Bozeman,
About Björklunden: Bailey Koepsel,, (920) 839-2216

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