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Master Classes

School of Music 2021-2022 Master Classes and Lectures


  • Norm Lewis head shot
    Norm Lewis Musical Theatre Master Class
    Broadway star Norm Lewis has a performance career spanning several decades. He is an American actor and singer who has appeared in Europe, on Broadway, in film, television, recordings and regional theatre. Mr. Lewis will work with our BFA and BM Musical Theatre performance majors on audition cuts and share his wisdom from his decades of performance experience.
  • Carolyn Wann Bailey
    Carolyn Wann Bailey Strings Master Class
    Carolyn Wann Bailey, served as Principal Second Violin with the Nashville Symphony from 1996 to 2021. In her career she has served as concertmaster and as tutti violin in many orchestras in the United States and abroad, and has appeared as soloist with the Nashville, Canton, and Westerville Symphonies. Bailey holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She now works regularly in studio recording projects including movie soundtracks, video games, and musical theatre orchestral recording sessions, and coaches privately to prepare students and professionals for orchestra auditions. Bailey will be working with the Undergraduate and Graduate classical string students, observing a mock audition and coaching students in preparation for the professional symphonic audition circuit.


  • Opry Band Picture
    Master Class with the Opry Band
    From country to folk to rock to gospel to R&B, if you’ve heard a song, there’s a good chance the Opry Band has played it. The Opry Band and Opry Background Singers have been an essential part of “the show that made country music famous” for decades. They perform weekly at the Grand Ole Opry and are highly sought after session musicians in Music City. Belmont music students will benefit from their talents and years of experience during this master class.
  • Joyce Yang at Piano
    Joyce Yang - Woods Piano Concert Series Master Class
    Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist in the 12th Cliburn International Piano Competition will work with Classical Piano students as part of the Woods Piano Concert Series. Yang has performed with major orchestras internationally and is a regular guest with the Nashville Symphony. Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1986, Yang moved the United States in 1997 and studied in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School in New York.


  • Stephen King singing
    Classical Voice Masterclass with Stephen King
    Stephen King is the Lynette S. Autrey Emeritus Professor of Voice and former co-chair of vocal studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He is director of vocal instruction for the famed Houston Grand Opera Studio; head of vocal instruction for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program of Los Angeles Opera; and a member of the artist-faculties of the Aspen Music Festival and School; the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Singers; the International Meistersinger Academy in Neumarkt, Germany; and the U.K.’s Samling Masterclasses. Internationally recognized for teaching professional and emerging artists, Stephen King’s work is informed by his years of singing and twenty-five years devoted to training aspiring singers. Belmont Students will perform in the classical voice master class with Dr. King.


  • Jacob Szekely
    Jacob Szekely Masterclass
    Jacob Szekely is an on demand session and live cello performer in Los Angeles. He has also been a featured live performer with such popular artists as Marry J Blidge, Jay Z, Ellie Goulding, Brett Young, and Avril Lavigne. Szekely will be giving a Master Class to our Commercial musicians and Commercial Cello students.


  • Greg Tardy Masterclass
    Saxophonist, multi-reedist, and composer Gregory Tardy will be the guest artist of the Belmont Jazz Festival where he will be performing with Jazz Small Group I and Faculty Jazz Group on March 31st at 7:30 p.m. followed by a masterclass on April 1st at 9:00 a.m. Gregory Tardy is a renowned saxophonist that has performed with jazz legends such as Elvin Jones and Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded 14 albums under his name and has also been featured on several Grammy nominated albums including the Grammy award winning album “Simpatico” by Brian Lynch in 2006. Tardy is currently a music professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Examples of past master classes include:

Chris De'Sean Lee, a former Belmont musical theater major, visited Belmont to talk with current students about his active career including "Hamilton", "S.W.A.T" and CW Network series "Legacies."

Vanderbilt Voice Clinic Guest Lecture about vocal injury prevention.

Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet, internationally known jazz quartet, held a master class and performance for Commercial instrumental students.