Fine Arts Center

Opera and Music Theatre Scenes Workshop

July 11- July 15, 2018

The Viterbo University Opera and Music Theatre Scenes Workshop is created for young singers to explore performance practices in opera, operetta, and music theatre repertoire in a true learning environment. University undergraduates (or those with recently-completed undergraduate degrees) and high school juniors and seniors will be given the opportunity to participate in daily music and staging rehearsals culminating in a performance of scenes on July 15 at 2pm. Singers who are interested in a vocal performance career will find this workshop to be a great asset in their operatic training.


Registrants can audition in person or submit an electronic recording or YouTube link of a performance to prior to registration. To schedule a live audition with Dan Johnson-Wilmot, use the email above or call 608-796-3761. As soon as scenes have been selected and roles determined for the participants, music will be mailed to the performers to learn prior to arrival at the workshop.


Once notified of your acceptance into the workshop, you will receive a Web address where you can complete your registration.

Registration deadline and full payment due May 15; register before May 1 to receive discounted tuition.

Enrollment is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information or assistance with the registration process, contact Beth Franklin at 608-796-3735 or

Workshop Fees

$325 Tuition until March 15
$350 Tuition from March 16 - May 1
$375 Tuition from May 2 - May 15

Registration deadline and full payment due May 15.

Workshop cost (for those staying in on-campus housing and those commuting to campus) includes music rehearsal, staging and coaching instruction, and all instructional materials. There will be evening activities scheduled throughout the course of the workshop.

Daily Activities

The training in rehearsals for the opera performances is designed to develop the complete singer. These include staging of opera scenes, acting and movement, scene study, and vocal coaching. When you register online, you will see a sample daily workshop schedule.

Housing, Meals, and Activities

Participants can choose between commuting or residing on the beautiful Viterbo University campus. Two-bedroom air conditioned apartments with small, unfurnished kitchenettes are available. All prices include bed linens and taxes. Towels and one pillow are provided, but you may bring extras.

Resident Assistants and an adult chaperone will be present in the residence hall and are available to provide assistance.

$190 ..... Quad occupancy (two people per bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment)
$285 ..... Double occupancy (one person per bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment)

Meals will be a la carte at the Market Place Restaurant located in the Mayo Hospital—one block from the Fine Arts Center. It features a full service restaurant with made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner items Hot entrees are offered daily, and soup, salad bar, and desserts are available to complement your meal. There is also a grab-n-go sandwich station.

Opera Workshop attendees can access the Mathy Center, which is located on the Viterbo campus, a short walk from the on-campus apartments. A pass to the Mathy Center permits you access to the fitness center, gym, and indoor track. Visit for information. $5 per day or $15 for the week—pay at the Mathy Center front desk.

Opera Workshop Faculty

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot, workshop director,  is a professor of music in the music department at Viterbo University. In his 45th year at Viterbo, he teaches Applied Voice, Opera Workshop, and Vocal Pedagogy. Works he has directed include The Marriage of Figaro, The Consul, The Robbers, Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and numerous one-act operas.

David Richardson received a B.M in piano performance from Boston University and an M.M. in vocal accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music. He has worked with many opera companies including the Boston Lyric, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, as well as the Janiec and Aspen Opera Companies. Richardson is a former music staff at Boston’s University’s School of Music, Opera Institute, and Tanglewood Institute in addition to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music.

Judy StafslienJudy Stafslien is an instructor in the Viterbo University Music Department as a coach and accompanist. She received her degrees in piano performance and music education from Viterbo University. Well known as a collaborative artist in the area, she has accompanied soloists and choral groups throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has served as a professional accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing State and National auditions, the Metropolitan Opera District and Regional auditions, the Schubert Club auditions, and the Classical  Singer Regional and National auditions. She is also a staff accompanist for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria each summer. In addition, she is on the teaching staff of Reed Music Studios. A member of the Music Teacher’s National Association and the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, she has consistently received the “Award of Excellence” for her teaching. Her students have received top ratings at WSMA and WMTA piano auditions.

Brent Wilson, a Los Angeles-based tenor, is an avid soloist, recitalist, and specializes in operatic character repertoire. Wilson serves as the chorus master of Opera Santa Barbara and is the director of voice and opera at Venture College. He received a B.A. from Augustana College, an M.M. from the Boston University School of Music and Opera Institute. He has taught on faculty at the Tanglewood Institute through Boston University, and at Augustana College.

Nancy AllenNancy Allen is an associate professor of music at Viterbo. She teaches music education, Conducting I and II, and she supervises student teachers and directs the Platinum Edition show choir. Allen  received a Bachelor of Music degree from Viterbo College in 1984, where she majored in piano performance and K–12 Vocal Music Education. She received a Master of Music in Choral Music Education  from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. Allen is a professional accompanist and has played over 80 musicals and operas.

If you have questions about Opera and Music Theatre Scenes Workshop registration, please contact Beth Franklin, Arts Education Coordinator, at 608-796-3735 or