Christopher Newport University recently established the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute (TSVI), a prestigious two-week residency program for emerging young singers who wish to train with world-renowned vocal pedagogues and performers. The inaugural institute took place July 7-21, at CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts.

Robstown resident Katherine Ragan and Texas A&M University — Kingsville student, participated in the masterclass with acclaimed opera tenor Ben Heppner.

Students were exposed to critical theories while developing a wide variety of essential performance skills during the two-week intensive artistic experience. All voice lessons, coaching and master classes were taught by leading performers, teachers and scholars. Skill-classes and workshops — including private lessons, vocal health, sight-singing skills, ensemble singing, diction, dance, acting, and movement and stage combat — were offered.

Visiting pedagogues included internationally acclaimed lyric-coloratura soprano Costanza Cuccaro; nine-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of the Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel; Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell; and acclaimed opera tenor Ben Heppner.

The Torggler Institute encourages qualified rising high school juniors and seniors and college students to apply. A maximum of 50 students will be accepted each year. Information can be found at tsvinstitute.org .