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Empowerment, connection, mentorship, & encouragement

July 5 - 25, 2021

"We inspire and empower artists through meaningful connections and personalized training with international professionals.

We are dedicated to developing your artistry, crafting your skill-set, and nurturing your growth

within a community of encouragement."


IPAI Fairhope is an all-inclusive summer music training experience and tuition includes: 

  • Hotel lodging, breakfast & lunch

  • 2 private lessons & 2 coachings /week

  • Daily acting, dance, & language classes

  • 20+ master classes with int'l artists

  • Branding & audition workshops

  • Casting agent & director networking

  • 6 concerts + 1 vocal competition

  • 1-on-1 mentorship & career advice

  • Opera/musical theatre scenes program

  • Lied & collaborative coaching

As we prepare for summer, we are closely monitoring the pandemic's continuing impact locally and nationally. IPAI will have protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and faculty. Updates and safety measures will be announced closer to the program start date. Please follow us on social media for the latest news and information.

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Housing & Meals

Tuition includes lodging and two meals per day. Breakfast is provided at the Hampton Inn hotel and lunch will be catered each day by a local restaurant. Accommodations can be made for special dietary needs and food allergies. In addition, IPAI artists will receive special discounts at with cafes and restaurants around Fairhope. More information and details coming soon! 


IPAI Fairhope Artists will stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton located right in the heart of downtown Fairhope. The hotel is walking distance from Coastal Community College where we will have many of our rehearsals, lessons, and coachings.

The near-it-all downtown location is a big plus at the non-smoking Hampton Inn Fairhope, which offers reasonable rates and freebies like buffet breakfasts, internet access and private parking. With wrought-iron balconies overlooking the town, the four-story Hampton Inn has a cozy feel. The 89 rooms, all of them non-smoking, have contemporary comforts like free Wi-Fi connections and flat-panel TVs with premium cable channels. Beds covered with crisp white linens are perfect for relaxation, and when you have to get down to business you can choose between spacious work desks and convenient lap desks. All rooms have coffeemakers, and some also have refrigerators and microwaves. Make a splash in the seasonal outdoor pool, or work out with the free weights and cardio machines in the fitness room. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning, and coffee and tea service throughout the day. Parking is free.


In the middle of Fairhope, the Hampton Inn is within walking distance of downtown antique shops, art galleries, the Eastern Shore Art Center, and the Fairhope Museum of History. The Baldwin County campus of the University of South Alabama is two blocks away, making this a good spot for visiting parents. A popular public course, Quail Creek Golf Course, is four miles east. Mobile Regional Airport is 36 miles northwest, and Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport is 56 miles east. With a "great location" that's "very close to several good restaurants and all the cute shops," our guests say the Hampton Inn Fairhope has "very pretty" rooms with "comfortable" beds, a "nice" breakfast room and an "extremely friendly and helpful" staff.

Faculty and Guest Artists will stay in private homes, cottages, and apartments within walking distance or a short drive to the town center.


"There are lots of good reasons to visit Fairhope, Alabama, especially in the off-season. If you love the Gulf Coast, there are few places more scenic, with antebellum homes, streets lined with live oaks, and a charming, walkable downtown. With a population of about 17,000, Fairhope sits on bluffs that overlook Mobile Bay, so you're never far from a view of the water. It may not have the white sand beaches of the Florida panhandle, but it has a laid-back vibe that lowers your blood pressure—and that may be the only reason you need to go."

- Southern Living, "7 Reasons You'll Fall in Love with Fairhope, Alabama"


Voice lessons, coachings, music and staging rehearsals, classes, and some master classes will take place at Coastal Alabama Community College which is right around corner from the Hampton Inn. Performances will take place at various venues around the township of Fairhope. 

Our summer programs are truly a three-week intensive artistic experience. Artists are busy Monday - Saturday in both individual and group classes, lessons, and rehearsals. Sundays and some Saturdays are typically free and students will have free time in the afternoon on days that they do not have private lessons or coaching. A weekly schedule is posted every Sunday evening and daily updates are announced during lunch or German class each day.


A typical daily schedule includes: 

7:00 AM


8:30 - 9:30AM


12:00 PM

1:00 PM


5:00 PM

6:30 PM




Acting / Dance

Scenes Rehearsal or Master Classes




German Language & Diction Class

Voice Lessons & Coaching

Dinner Break


Staging / Choreo or Masterclasses

Concert Performances & Competition


2 Young Artist Cabaret Concerts

Musical Theatre Night

2 German Lied Concerts (Liederabends)

1 Fellowship Showcase

Musical Theatre & Opera Vocal Competition

(Preliminary & Final Rounds)

2 Musical Theatre & Opera Scenes Galas

***Various promotional concerts & small performances for local businesses & churches are also possible

Master Classes

We are excited to collaborate with international singers, teachers, and directors in both the United States and Germany in over 20 master classes for opera, musical theatre, collaborative performance, acting, auditions, career building & business, branding, total artistry, and much more. IPAI partners with faculty and guest artists who value and care deeply about the artists' continued success and who invest in their future far beyond the 3 weeks of participation in the program. This special connection and. networking begins in our master classes and 1-on-1 coaching.

We are currently developing our master class schedule. TENTATIVE classes are listed below. Please follow us on social media for the most current information and announcements about our master classes and guest artists. 

M U S I C A L   T H E A T R E   M A S T E R   C L A S S E S

  • Belting I - Bruce Earnest

  • Belting II - Maryann Kyle

  • Legit - Maryann Kyle

  • US Career/Audition Master Class - International Guest Artist from LA - Zoom

  • German Career/Audition Master Class - Ralf Schädler (Hamburg) Stage Entertainment - Zoom

  • MT Industry Workshop - International Guest Artist from NYC

  • MT Audition & Feedback Sessions I & II- International Guest Artist from NYC

  • Professional Networking Mixer - Directors & Representatives from regional Opera Companies and Equity Theaters

C O M B I N E D   M A S T E R   C L A S S E S

  • The Business of Opera & Musical Theatre - Scott Wright

  • Branding the Artist - JMH Media / Joe Hernandez

  • Sing for Your Lives - Stephanie & Graham Anduri

O P E R A   &   C O L L A B O R A T I V E   M A S T E R   C L A S S E S

  • Opera I - European Guest Artist - Zoom

  • Acting for Opera A, B, & C - Michael Sturm

  • Opera II & III - Greer Grimsley

  • Opera IV - Luretta Bybee

  • Theater In Germany - German Theater Contacts - Zoom

  • Collaborative Master Class - Guest Coach TBA

  • Opera V- Young Dramatic Voices - Tyler Smith & Luretta Bybee

  • Professional Networking Mixer - Directors & Representatives from regional Opera Companies and Equity Theaters

T E A C H I N G   F E L L O W S H I P   S E S S I O N S

  • The Culture of Practice and Performance: What Do You Like About Your Voice?

  • Non-Traditional Music Pedagogy: An Exploration of Classical Technique in a Cross-Training World

  • Principles of Acoustic Singing: Techniques for Belting, High Belt and Power Belt in Male and Female Singers

  • How to Teach an Effective Master Class: Anatomy, Acoustics, Artistry and Empathy

  • Teacher Empathy and Teacher Burn-out: Exploring our Strengths and Insecurities in Singing and Teaching

***Teaching and Directing Fellows receive twice weekly private lessons and are invited to participate in dance, acting, and German classes, as well as observe all IPAI master classes, young artist voice lessons, and to perform on the Fellowship Showcase. As space allows and depending on the total number of IPAI Yount Artists, Fellows may also have the option to participate in the Liederabend and Cabaret Concerts.

Scenes, Voice Lessons, & Solo Repertoire

***Artists are expected to arrive prepared and practiced with all solo repertoire and scenes memorized and performance ready. 

S O L O   &   R E P E R T O I R E   P R E P A R A T I O N

  • Opera Artists should prepare 1-5 arias and 2 German Lieder according to your level of proficiency and progress. 

  • Musical Theatre Artists should prepare 2-5 full-length Musical Theatre songs as well as 16-32 bar audition cuts. If you have one, you may bring your audition book for coaching and feedback. 

  • Collaborative Pianists will receive music in advance via PDF form for each of their piano-duo singers. 

  • Teaching Fellows may prepare 2-5 pieces in any genre to perform in lessons, on the Teaching Fellowship Showcase, or for the Vocal Competition. 

  • Directing Fellows will be assigned either Musical Theatre or Opera scenes for stage direction and design no later than June 1st. Scenes should be well-thought out and prepared in advance before arrival. Connect with your faculty mentor about other details and preparations. 

Appropriate scenes are selected by our faculty based on the number of participants, voice types, level of proficiency based on the audition video, and dance experience. Teacher/artist assignments, roles, and piano-duo partners will be announced no later than June 1st. 

2021 Application Deadline

M A Y   3 1 ,   2 0 2 1

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