Dr. Clifton WareJoin us as Dr. Clifton Ware, one of the world’s most important vocal pedagogues, presents his free workshop “Vocal Explorations: Discovering Your Authentic Voice.” This event is presented by the Minnesota Concert Opera!

Saturday, August 10th, 1:00 pm at Schmitt Music Edina

This is a 2-3 hour workshop working with 6-8 plus singers of high school to adult ages, and also involving audience participation in exploring some of the exercises.

Are you interested in participating? Dr. Ware will just need to know a bit about your vocal experience and musical training – please CLICK HERE to submit an application!

This workshop uses three basic handouts, all of which are downloadable on Dr. Ware’s website (www.clifware.com). The two principal handouts are “Maxims and Techniques” and “Singing Sphere”. A third handout, “Overview of the Vocal Process: Ten Steps,” provides a basic outline of the entire vocal process, from psycho-emotional issues to technical foundations and vocal artistry.

This workshop has been given at numerous venues, including a number of colleges and universities. As a visiting lecturer, Dr. Ware also used this unique workshop approach when teaching a voice pedagogy class at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville fall semester 2012.

Please RSVP to the workshop: call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.


Clifton Ware, D.M., Professor Emeritus (voice), U of MN-TC, received his D.M. degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He has performed extensively as tenor soloist in recital, opera, and oratorio, authored four books—Adventures in Singing (4/e 2008), Basics of Vocal Pedagogy (1998), The Singer’s Life: Goals and Roles (2005), The Aging Challenge: Making the Most of Life After 50 (2009), and given numerous professional presentations nationally and internationally. He has given vocal exploration master classes at numerous colleges and universities, including when engaged for a 2011 two-week teaching residency at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, and a 2012 fall semester residency at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he taught voice and voice pedagogy.

Dr. Ware and his wife, Bettye Ware, a professional pianist, have composed and performed several songs, including Eco Songs: Promoting Sustainability Through the Arts (2010). They also collaborate in teaching group voice classes at the St. Anthony Village Community Center in Minnesota. His website (https://www.clifware.com/#!) is devoted to singing, teaching, integral thought and behavior, and environmental concerns. The Wares are co-founders of Citizens for Sustainability, an active group that meets monthly at the St. Anthony Village Community Center to study, plan, and implement sustainability initiatives.

Learn more about Dr. Ware on his website: www.clifware.com.


Coming September 13 and 15: The MINI-RING, featuring Grammy award winners Jane Eaglen, Jay Hunter Morris, and Richard Paul Fink, singing with a stellar 17-piece chamber orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Khuner. Please visit mnconcertopera.org for more details.

MCO presents the MINI-RING