Virtual Ingenium: Feedback and the future
Virtual Ingenium Music Academy
THANK YOU to all our students and staff for making our first online summer school such a huge success!
We're so proud of what our students were able to achieve this summer even though we were unable to come together in person. Over three fantastic weeks during July and August, we welcomed 69 young musicians representing 21 different nationalities.
Across six online programmes our students took part in a wide variety of in-depth online sessions covering areas including improvisation, aural skills, performance skills and anxiety, music history, composition, conducting and much more, led by some of the top professional musicians and educators in the UK.
We welcomed some truly special guests to Virtual Ingenium, including:
- London Symphony Orchestra first violinist Maxine Kwok, who spoke to our conducting students
- The amazing composer and conductor Matthew Aucoin, who is artist in residence at Los Angeles Opera
- Lene Skomedal, who taught us specialist yoga techniques for musicians
- Musical director, composer & pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam who helped us to hone our aural skills
- Professional performers Polaris Duo and Peter Mitchell, who worked with our composers to workshop and perform their new pieces
- Clare Wheeler, teacher of improvisation & vocal jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and former Swingle Singer
- ...and many more!
Would you consider joining us for future online courses?
Based on the success of this summer's virtual programmes we are considering running further courses throughout the year, for example during the Christmas/New Year, Easter or half-term holidays.
If you would be interested in taking part in future online courses, let us know!
Choose from six exceptional online programmes
Experience one-to-one lessons with top musicians including names from the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House & Royal College of Music
Learn and make music with like-minded young musicians all around the world
Take part in interactive online workshops and Q&A sessions with experienced professionals
Student feedback from Virtual Ingenium Summer 2020
"I learned so much about my voice. My teacher was able to give me very helpful tips and techniques on areas that I needed help with, such as keeping grounded while singing, tongue tension and head position & posture.
I was super happy with just how organised and well planned the whole program was! I loved having a set schedule and the social zooms. They made it feel as close as it can be to being in person!
Everyone is just so welcoming and inclusive. I felt 100% comfortable the entire time."
Molly - Vocal student, UK
"I learned a lot of new composing techniques that will be very useful for my future compositions. The lessons always gave me new ideas for my compositions, they made me approach the subjects discussed in a new, more in depth way and they answered a lot of my questions about composition."
Bruno - Composition student, Italy
"I especially enjoyed learning new things like circular breathing, altissimo and learning a little more about jazz. The course was welcoming, friendly, unique and accessible teaching. It exceeded my expectations.
I feel that what should take a month evolved in a week. The best thing about Virtual Ingenium is that we work on all the aspects that a musician needs to work on, not just playing our instrument."
Mariana - Saxophone student, Portugal
"I learnt the value of knowing a composer's background. It’ll help you understand why they wrote the piece and give you a better idea of how to interpret it. I have had many online music lessons but Virtual Ingenium was the most interactive. I felt comfortable asking questions, everyone was so nice and welcoming"
Alexander - Viola student, UK