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Summer Experience to offer opera and song track

Author: Arts and Letters


Summer Experience, a University of Notre Dame study program for academically gifted high school students, will expand this year to offer a new track in opera and song.

Under the leadership of acclaimed tenor Mark Beudert, visiting assistant professor of opera at Notre Dame, the track will introduce students to the vocation of singing through study of technical challenges, theory and history of the art form, as well as the nature of musical performance and its place in society.

An internationally celebrated performer, Beudert is director of the Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute at Portland State University. He has performed with prestigious operas around the world, including the Washington and New York City Operas; the Lyric Opera of Queensland, Australia; the Scottish Opera; and the English National Opera. A graduate of Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan.

Summer Experience participants will be in residence at Notre Dame for three weeks, June 26 to July 8, taking part in one of 10 academic tracks. In addition to opera and song, other tracks are: acting for stage and film, business/entrepreneurship/investing, film and video production, life sciences, literature, policy debate and public speaking, pre-law, psychology and theology.

Students are selected to participate in the program based on their high school transcripts, SAT or PSAT scores, recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors, personal essays, and a commitment to community service.

In addition to academic courses and fieldwork, students participate in evening and weekend workshops, recreational activities, field trips, and social and community service opportunities. They also experience the spiritual and social connections that come with being part of the Notre Dame community.

The cost for the Summer Experience is $2,200, which includes tuition, housing, meals, extracurricular activities and field trips.

Outstanding high school students should apply for the academic track of their choice by March 1 (Wednesday).

More information and application forms are available on the Web at .

Contact: _Joan Martel Ball, director of pre-college programs, 574-631-4481,

Originally published by Julie Flory at on February 24, 2006.