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.