Now in its eighth season, the International Vocal Arts Workshop and Performance Program continues to feature coachings, workshops, a classical music performance, and a cabaret performance during the Jeunesses Musicales festival in Grožnjan, Croatia from June 1 to June 10, 2015.

Once again, we will turn to the artistic community of Grožnjan for inspiration and energy. We are especially grateful to Jeunesses Musicales for inviting us repeatedly and supporting our efforts.

Concert Programs:
Buje Gallery Program - Classical Program - Cabaret Program
Concert Poster

Shape and Focus

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 for an internal focus that will strengthen and free creative impulses through artistic metaphor. Participants are expected to arrive having already learned their material, which will 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 in movement, visual arts, theatre and creative writing. 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.

For most of us, our work during the year is a mad scurry from one activity to another that obscures so much of what is right in front of us. Our stay in Grožnjan will be very different. Participants will study, practice, reflect, perform, and exchange interests, ideas and past experiences. This is a thoughtful time, a time to sensitize ourselves by writing in our journals, sketching and painting, and embracing the more abstract feelings that flow from our art. It is a time to communicate with mentors and co-participants and set free formless thoughts. And even a time to goof and relax.

We will take walks through the countryside, explore the local art galleries, get to know the inhabitants, and share our work in performances in the outside medieval loggia, the historic Kaštel, and an artist’s garden gallery. In Grožnjan—this jewel of a hilltop medieval village with a view of the Adriatic—all things seem possible…


In addition to individual and group music coachings, students will have workshops in art, inspired by resident artist Rok Zelenko. Jane McMahan, director, will coach voice and interpretation and develop programming. Kimmy Szeto, pianist and administrator, will coach musical interpretation and ear training techniques. Additional 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 (Kate Smith), dance and movement (Alia Munsch), and creative writing (Omar El Okdah). 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: June 1-10, 2014 (May 31 arrival ; June 11 departure)

  • Concert of classical music in the Kaštel
  • Cabaret performance in the village

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, administrator, ivaw.groznjan@gmail.com

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


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