Classical Singing Masterclass with Dr. Sandra Cotton, Duke University February 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Students from CHSMA will sing for Dr. Sandra Cotton in this special class, receiving pointers on technique, musicality, style and interpretation of the classical art song and aria. Dr. Cotton is Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, where she teaches private voice, the physiology of singing, class voice, diction, and musical theater performance.

She received her undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, where she studied with Dr. Lloyd Hanson. A student of Dr. Nancy Walker and Dr. Robert Wells, she received the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received additional certification at the National Center for Voice and Speech under Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott. Since moving to Durham in 2007, Dr. Cotton has premiered roles and song cycles of local composers and collaborated on multiple lecture recitals.

She served as an adjudicator for the Long Leaf Opera Young Artist Award, the Meredith College Concerto Competition, and the Durham Music Teacher Association’s Young Artist Award and taught master-classes for the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Szymanski Studios and UNC Pembroke.  Dr. Cotton appeared in recent years offering programs for the Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, Wake Forest University’s Irish Festival, Cornell University for the James Joyce Conference, Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

CHSMA Announces it’s Summer Musical Intensive show: URINETOWN

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Just what we need in 2019.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no musical style or social construct is safe from scrutiny. Boasting a cast with many diverse roles and an active ensemble, Urinetown is the perfect vehicle for our SMTI students to learn character creation and development, the historical facets of theatrical satire, and how to grow and hone their musical, movement and acting abilities.


AUDITIONS: TBA (late March/early April)

AGES: 13-19

PERFORMANCE DATES: August 9-11, 2019 at the ArtsCenter, Carrboro


Studio Class Week: January 20-27

STUDIO CLASSES are group events where students meet with their teacher (or another teacher) to interact with other students and to learn performance practice and technique tips. Meetings like these are a staple in college music programs and are invaluable in helping students learn many things that cannot be covered as well in a private lesson. They can also be lots of fun!There are no regularly scheduled private lessons during Studio Class Week, but makeup lessons may be arranged by your teacher if needed.







Severe Weather Schedule – Hurricane Florence

CHSMA is CLOSED today, Monday September 17th due to flooding and hazardous road conditions.  We hope to be open by tomorrow if conditions improve.   Please watch this announcement for further details.

GODSPELL Tickets on Sale!

This successful rock opera took the world by storm when it debuted on Broadway in 1971 and is the first musical theatre offering from composer Stephen Schwartz (who went on to write such well-known hits as Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden). Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, it broke new ground in its dramatization of Jesus’ parables and the community that formed around them. The play features a comedic troupe of eccentric characters in their personal journeys to find kindness, charity, acceptance, and – most of all – love. This joyful musical is appropriate for all ages, and features a vibrant and eclectic musical score including the international hit “Day by Day.” Godspell is produced by The Acting Program at Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts.

Performances on August 17th, 18th and 19th.  $12 Public, $10 Children or Students (with ID)