University of Central Florida
At the University of Central Florida, Estill Voice provides the foundation and is the mainstay of the whole of the singing voice program in the Department of Theatre. Tara Snyder, CMT, is Assistant Professor of Theatre and a Voice Specialist in the Department. Steve Chicurel, CCI/SD/TP is Full Professor of Theatre and also a Voice Specialist. Together, this team teaches Musical Theatre voice to students in the competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts/Musical Theatre track as well as to students in the BFA/Acting track, BA Theatre Generalist track, and Master of Fine Arts/Acting track. Two other faculty in theatre and musical theatre have attended Estill Levels I and II workshops, as have members of the Department of Music faculty.
EVI Levels I and II are taught each year to first-year students in Musical Theatre and Acting. Musical Theatre Voice II builds upon EVI Levels I and II and is a course in Estill applied to Artistry. Musical Theatre Voice III – VII features private lessons with Tara and Steve, and focuses on building repertoire and advanced topics in musical theatre voice. In all other classes in which Estill is taught, students receive a thorough grounding in compulsory figures and application to singing and speaking. In this way, Estill has become the common language that is spoken in class, studio, and rehearsal.
The musical theatre program at UCF is highly competitive. Some 250-350 potential students audition in Orlando, New York and Chicago each year for twelve to twenty first-year slots. Experiences students have in classes, lessons, rehearsal, and production provide them with the competitive edge to succeed as sought-after theatre professionals. The Musical Theatre curriculum includes the full complement of skill-development classes (acting, singing, dancing) and theatre/musical theatre history, literature, career development, and participation in all aspects of theatre production, on and off stage.
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"I went to college for musical theater without ever taking voice lessons. I found the lessons made singing more difficult and limiting. Many teachers only allowed me to sing in an opera state even though I wanted to sing pop. I lost confidence in my voice and singing was less than fun. Estill made sense to me. It's like I've traded my 12 crayon box for a 120 crayon box. I have so many options. Singing is fun again and I gain confidence every time I get up to do it. Studying Estill and practicing Estill is fun too. I love sharing it with students who really want to learn because it's so rewarding to watch them get it. Estill is the only voice training method I use and recommend to others because it is the only one that truly works. It allows the singer to practice healthy vocal techniques, but still keep their artistic style in tact."
Television Actress, â€œPastor Gregâ€