2016 Program Dates: May 23 to June 8 (May 22 arrival ; June 9 departure)

Now entering its 9th season, IVAW continues to explore solo and group song of a wide ranging repertoire performed in diverse evocative settings: a concert hall in the historic Kaštel, a medieval loggia, an artist’s fanciful garden gallery.

This year’s theme is Performing the Other, developed through music and enriched by workshops in movement, physical theatre, visual arts, creative writing and social theory, led by invited professionals in these fields, along with a day’s symposium on this subject.

Our program includes solo and group coachings, personal practice time, master classes and performances, along with excursions to the beach and neighboring villages, wandering into galleries, and hanging out in cafes.

We thrive on the unusual creative energy that prevails in this enchanting artists’ town perched on a hilltop, with medieval buildings and without cars, surrounded by natural beauty—that is Grožnjan!


We will accept a small, talented, and congenial group of students who work well together and live together in the manner of a performing troupe, simply, in a beautiful medieval building with views of the village and the valley.

This year we aim to strengthen and free creative impulses through artistic metaphor. Participants are expected to arrive having already learned their material, which will maximize the benefit from individual and group music coachings, as well as free them to experiment and grow. To enhance their understanding of the music and heighten portrayal of underlying meaning in a way that is authentic, personal, and real, we will explore our work through experimental workshops. These paths will help us develop our imaginations, increase emotional depth, and uncover our own original interpretations. As in past years, we will rely on the beauty of the village and its surroundings to inspire our explorations.

Jane McMahan, director, will coach voice and interpretation and develop programming; pianist Kimmy Szeto will coach musical interpretation and ear training techniques. Workshops in art are inspired by resident artist Rok Zelenko; additional artistic mentoring will be provided by resident actors Tina Hofman and Marcus Fernandez.

Docendo discimus—By teaching, we learn.

Our participants are much more than students. Their talents, interests, and ideas have always helped shape the program. This year we expect several returning students to take a leading role in the program by leading workshops in yoga, dance and movement, and creative writing. We are always eager to find out what new students have to offer and to help them share it with the rest of us.

Program dates: May 23 to June 8, 2016 (May 22 arrival ; June 9 departure)

  • Concert of classical music in the Kaštel
  • Cabaret performance in the village
  • Gallery performance in nearby town
  • Symposium

And there's more:

  • Going to the beach
  • Visiting surrounding villages
  • Walking through the woods on an abandoned rail line
  • Eating at a restaurants that feature local specialties
  • Wandering through local galleries
  • Hanging out in village cafes

Workshop Faculty

Contact Information

We hope to learn more about our applicants and answer their questions. Call or email:

Jane McMahan, director: (212) 795-3513, jlyrica@gmail.com
Kimmy Szeto, U.S. administrator and symposium chair, ivaw.groznjan@gmail.com

To learn about previous programs of the International Vocal Arts Workshop in Grožnjan, Croatia, visit our 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015 Workshop homepage.


(c) 2008-2013, Kimmy Szeto
International Vocal Arts Workshop, 835 Riverside Drive #4J, NY 10032 (212) 795-3513