As part of the recent appointment of singing star Steve Balsamo to the position of UK Patron for VIDLA, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching The Steve Balsamo Scholarship in the Spring of 2012.
The scholarship will be awarded to ONE applicant only, and on this inaugural year will be available for one of the following courses:
Diploma in Contemporary Vocal Teaching
Diploma in Contemporary Vocals
Associate Diploma in Contemporary Vocals
The successful applicant will have his or her course fees paid in full, and will have the relevant key course texts supplied free of charge, plus the guidance of a highly-qualified Personal Tutor for the duration of the course. We will be inviting applications from January 2012, and will release rules, application forms, terms and conditions at that time. The Scholarship will be awarded to potential students who would not otherwise be able to finance a course with us, and / or who show exceptional promise. Preference will be given to those who wish to teach vocals, or who already teach but lack a formal qualification.More details in January!
Having Steve on board with VIDLA is a wonderful thing in so many ways. Many of you will know him for having famously played the role of Jesus in the mid-90s revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and it is his extraordinary voice that can be heard on the official cast recording from 1996. He is also a hugely accomplished singer /songwriter, and in recent years saw great success with his country rock band The Storys, who toured with the likes of Elton John, Joe Cocker, Katie Melua and a host of other big names. Steve is currently recording an album with singer / songwriter Rosalie Deighton.
What you may not know is that Steve is highly trained in and fascinated by healing through voice, and we are talking to him about future masterclasses, courses and recordings, plus potential collaborations with our existing voice / healing experts Hilary Canto and Paul Newham
We will be bring you some updates direct from Steve in the near future. VIDLA Principal Ria Keen met with him recently and reported that, not only is he charm personified, but also very excited to have the opportunity to develop aspects of his work in co-operation with VIDLA.