Vocal Workshops 2018-01-22T20:01:15+00:00


In 2015, Opera Steamboat began providing vocal workshops for special needs clients and counselors in partnership with Horizons Specialized Services and the Yampa Valley Autism Program.

Led by Dr. Comstock, an accomplished vocal therapist and instructor, this program provides educational and therapeutic coaching using the voice.

Through active and participatory learning, the workshops teach vocal/musical skills through songs.

Through this, participants learn the fundamentals and elements of speech, singing, rhythm and movement.

They also gain the physical sense of body awareness purposeful breathing using the voice with open, flowing sound, feeling a steady beat, combining both beat and rhythm through poem and song.

Through performance they engage in the process of holding one’s part while another part does something different, performing together, feeling and expressing emotion and mood.

Participants gain not only skills in vocal performance, but also increased self-confidence, mindfulness and competence in day to day activities beyond the workshops. Regardless of verbal ability, participants are courageous in singing and over the course of the sessions, can be seen growing in their ability to securely mimicking rhythms and singing together.

Through grant funding from the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club, Opera Steamboat has been able to continue our vocal workshop program in the community.

With our largest numbers to-date, Opera Steamboat held 7 workshop sessions held with over 40 clients and caregivers from the Yampa Valley Autism Program, the Parkinson’s Support Group as well as both Steamboat and Craig’s Horizon’s communities in 2017.