YA Vocal Majors (ages 14-18) The HMP Vocal Program is a special community within HMP. In addition to their HMP Theory and History classes., vocalists study together each week in two classes geared to the needs of serious young classical singers.

Vocal Repertoire class focuses on communication, performance, and technique through the study of chamber music and solo song repertoire. Students work in a master class format and perform with a vocal accompanist. Exposure to such a wide body of vocal literature is a collegiate-level experience from which our high school singers grow immensely.

Language and Diction for Singers addresses the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet and fundamentals of the principal singing languages: Italian, English, Latin, French, German and Spanish.

Students also experience seminars on Audition Skills, Baroque Ornamentation, Acting Songs, Vocal Health and Anatomy, and Performance Anxiety.


HMP Vocal Instructor

Danielle Sinclair

Email: dsinclair@rider.edu

Danielle Sinclair holds a B.S. degree in Music and French from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She has performed with orchestras throughout the country in works ranging from Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion to Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore and Orff’s Carmina Burana, and in numerous operatic roles including Musetta in La Bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance. In 1995 she was named Grand Prize Winner of the Opera at Florham Guild Competition, and in July of that year performed on the Apollo Muses Concert Series to critical acclaim. Locally, Ms. Sinclair performs frequently in the Westminster Conservatory Faculty Recital Series, and with the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs. She has appeared with both New York City Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Ms. Sinclair is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), where she currently serves as secretary of the New Jersey Chapter. Her students have gone on to study music and theater at Carnegie Mellon, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, and Northwestern University. For more information, visit www.daniellesinclair.com.