Voice Department

Emily Browder Melville

Emily Browder Melville, Voice Department Chair

Voice Department - Core Philosophy

Welcome to the Voice Department! There are so many reasons to sing: artistry, entertainment, worship, self-expression, and just plain fun.  Whatever your reason, the South Shore Conservatory voice department is here to encourage and guide your growth as a singer. We are committed to excellent vocal education that brings out your musical best while nurturing your “voice” in its widest sense.  With private lessons, group classes, ensembles, recitals, open mics, and more, there are many opportunities to join in the song.

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Private Instruction
Private lessons provide the highest level of individualized instruction and mentoring.  Since the relationship between teacher and student is integral to the learning experience, we carefully match students with instructors.  Private lessons are appropriate for all levels of student – shy beginners to professionals.  Private lessons are particularly useful to students with targeted goals such as auditions (e.g., community choirs, SEMSBA, college entrance) and performance (open mics, recitals, shows).

Voice Evaluations and Trial Lessons
We offer a voice evaluation service to determine which of our offerings best suit your needs.  Appointments with the voice department chair are 30 minutes in length and cost $45.00.  These “getting-to-know-you” mini-lessons provide lots of opportunity for questions and discussion so you get a sense of what voice study is about at SSC.  To schedule a voice evaluation, please contact the Voice Department Chair, Emily Browder Melville.

Full-length trial lessons with recommended teachers are also available.

Class Offerings

Group classes are an excellent and affordable option for the beginning singer.  We offer classes specific to youth and adults that feature age-appropriate vocal training and repertoire, an upbeat learning environment, peer support, and successful performance opportunities. Class offerings are listed below.

Discovering Music
A music class that develops basic music skills, ages 4-6 (Discovering Music for Toddlers, ages 0-4).

Singing FUNdamentals
A vocal skills class for singers ages 7-9 (Primo) and 10-13 (Mezzo)

Musical Theater Studio Class
This performance based masterclass is for students ages 13-18 at intermediate to advanced levels.

Pop/Rock Vocal Tech
A contemporary style class for singers age 13+

Saturday Stage Club
Musical theatre workshops for ages 10-18

South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus (SSCYC) and Pure Harmony
Children’s choruses

SSC Community Voices
Eve Montague
a choral opportunity for individuals 16 and over with developmental delays

Woman Song
Jennie Mulqueen
Woman Song is an ensemble for women who love to sing.

Golden Voices
A vocal ensemble for adults age 55+ with a focus on care for our aging voices and finding health and well-being through music.

Chamber Music
Chamber opportunities are available in strings, percussion, woodwind, brass, voice and mixed instruments with or without voice.

Voice Department Special Events

Voice Day
November 4, 2017, Duxbury campus

Piano/Voice Department Student Collaborative Recital

William P. Söderberg Voice Competition
Voice students compete. Click for details

Concerto Competition
Students compete. Click for details