Maine NATS Classical
The 2023 Classical Festival will be held at Bates College
on April 1st.
Important dates to remember:
Student Registration and Teacher Sponsorship due by 8 PM
Classical Festival at Bates College.
Katie Beckvold's Alexander Technique Workshop begins at 8:00am
First round of auditions begin at 9:00am
Our 2023 Featured Artists:
Dr. Rebecca Folsom:
Rebecca Folsom, mezzo-soprano, has appeared in performances with the Fort Worth
Opera, Utah Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the Royal Academy of Music Vocal Institute, and the St. Charles Music Festival in Chicago. Dr. Folsom has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles in works such as Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bernstein’s Songfest. Her operatic repertoire runs the gamut from Mozart, Puccini, Menotti, Handel, Verdi, Rossini, and Britten to more contemporary works including theworkshop premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s opera Frau Margot. She was the winner of the Naftzger Young Artist Award, the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs and recipient of a full fellowship to the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Dr. Folsom maintains a large studio of singers who have appeared at prestigious venues such as The Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Merola, Glimmerglass, The Dallas Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Wolftrap, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Virginia Opera, Houston Grand Opera and in theaters in Germany, Italy, France, and Israel. Her students have won and been
finalists in national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Richard and Sara Tucker Awards, the George London Foundation, the Jensen Foundation Awards, Oratorio Society of New York Competition, William Mattheus Sullivan Awards, The Dallas Opera Competition, The McCammon Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and the Lois Alba Competition. Additionally, students have won and been nominated for Classical Grammy Awards. Dr. Folsom has served as a voice teacher/vocal consultant for young artist programs at Dallas Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Israeli Opera, Seagle Music Colony,Flagstaff in Fidenza Italy, Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive in Valencia, Spain, Bel Canto in Tuscany Opera Program, Fairbanks Arts Festival, and the Big Bear Song Festival. In addition, Dr. Folsom has published in The NATS Journal of Singing, the Music Education Journal of China, the Society of American Music Journal, and Opera America. She has appeared in lectures for The College Music Society, the Society of American Music, The Hans de Roo International Conference for Operatic Young Artist Programs, Opera America and in countless master classes across the United States and in Europe. In Summer 2022, Dr. Folsom worked as the music producer for No Choice But Love, the acclaimed debut album of tenor, Eric Ferring. She maintains private studios in NewYork, Boston, and teaches students virtually who work in European houses Dr. Folsom is Professor of Voice at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award. Her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance is from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she studied with renowned teacher, Inci Bashar.
Katie Beckvold is a certified Alexander Technique teacher from Boston Conservatory at Berklee teacher training, Tommy Thompson’s Postgraduate Training and a member of Alexander Technique International. She has great wealth of experience teaching lessons in person and online for individuals and in groups since 2017.
Katie has worked with all ages of the music community. As a fellow musician and performer, it is her hope to make this work accessible to as much of the artistic community as possible. She explores this work with her students through play, exploration and discovery at the forefront.
Some of the organizations Katie has worked with include: Boston Singer’s Resource, MASS Opera, The Empowered Musician, South Shore Children’s Chorus and the University of Illinois.
She is also a private instructor who is currently teaching privately in both Abington and Cambridge, MA.