FESTIVAL CONSERVATORY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

This Musical Theatre Conservatory is for aspiring young performers ages 4-18 desiring to take their skills to the next level. The conservatory offers professional year round training in acting, dance and musical theatre, with specially designed classes for students striving to enter the musical theatre field. The classes instill self-discipline as well as enhance performance skills and audition techniques. Classes are offered at appropriate age and skill level to achieve maximum growth and experience.

  • Broadway Bound Class ScheduleACT, SING and DANCE with the PROS
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    Broadway Bound | Junior
    Your budding young star can attend a week-long program packed with workshops, master classes, and individual coaching – all taught by our incredible Festival artists.
    Utah Festival 8-12 9am-1pm daily $225* July 18 - 23
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    Broadway Bound | Senior
    Your budding young star can attend a week-long program packed with workshops, master classes, and individual coaching – all taught by our incredible Festival artists.
    Utah Festival 13-18 9am-4pm daily $300** July 25 - 30

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  • SPRING 2022 CLASS SCHEDULEFeb 14 - May 6 (No classes will be held the week of April 4th - Spring Break)
    Musical Theatre
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    Auditions Workshop*
    Stefan Espinosa
    Vanessa Ballam
    12 - 18 Saturday 10-11:30 $150** Feb 14 - May 6
    Acting
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    Opera Chorus
    Karen Teuscher
    Jeremy Adriano
    8-12 Monday 4-5:30pm $125** Feb 14 - May 6
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    Jr MT Studio
    Jocelyn Van Wyk 8-12 Thursday 4-5:30 $120** Feb 14 - May 6
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    MT Studio
    Jaquelyn Mouritsen Abbott
    Jeremy Adriano
    12-18 Wednesday 4-5:30 $125** Feb 14 - May 6
    Dance
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    MT Dance Call*
    TBD 12-18 Select Saturdays $25 Per Session
    Dance
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    Tap-Workshop*
    Stephanie White All ages - Intermediate Skill Level Wednesday 5:30-6:30 $100** March 16 - May 4
    Acting
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    Advanced Actor’s Studio
    Stefan Espinosa 12-18 Saturday 12-1:30pm $150** Feb 14 - May 6
    Acting
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    Creative Drama
    Lindsey Kelstrom 8-12 Tuesday 4-5pm $120** Feb 14 - May 6

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Course Descriptions

Creative Drama - Lindsey Kelstrom

This course explores the fundamentals of performance techniques, including confidence, projection/articulation, imagination, and communication skills in a FUN and safe environment. Students will learn through games, activities, and the performance of dramatic texts - this class is for the child who loves to perform, who loves imaginary play, or who could use a confidence boost in a creative, nurturing environment. Ages 8-12

Advanced Actor’s Studio - Stefan Espinosa

We love Musical Theatre, but no matter how beautifully you sing, you still have to ACT! This course is intended for students who are serious about acting and want to raise their game! Through interactive lessons and scenework, students will focus on acting methods - honing existing skills and learning new techniques. Come study Acting with a well-trained and experienced professional, I’ll give you all my best tricks! Ages 12-18

Audition Workshop - Stefan Espinosa/Vanessa Ballam

Auditioning is HARD! Want to learn the tricks and techniques to nail every audition? Want to learn all the pro-tips on everything from choosing audition material to how to easily make a great self-tape? Want to PRACTICE auditioning in an environment that is SAFE but challenging? Want to get immediate feedback on a practice audition? If this describes you, sign up for Audition Workshop class today! So often after an audition you never get to know what went wrong or right in the room, but now you CAN! This course will meet in-person and also online (when we focus on filming auditions and zoom interviews) and will allow students to practice everything from songs and monologues to group dance calls. Ages 12-18

Jr MT Studio - Jocelyn Van Wyk

A class for the little singer in the house! This course will focus on the development of fundamental Musical Theatre skills - the ability to connect acting to music to create the whole MT performance. Students will work on solo material in a group setting so that everyone learns together, everyone learns from each other, and everyone grows in confidence. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of what it takes to make great Musical Theatre, as well as a healthy respect for their own abilities and what they bring to the table - don’t miss it! Ages 8-12

Sr MT Studio - Dr. Jaquelyn Mouritsen-Abbott/Jeremy Adriano

The Doctor is IN! Don’t miss a chance to study with Vocal Performance PHD Jaquelyn Mouritsen-Abbott! A masterclass-style course intended for the MT performer serious about developing their skills. Students will work on a variety of solo MT material - and possibly even duets/trios - in a group setting where they can all learn from each other and grow together. Students will get instruction on Voice and Acting in the context of MT, broaden their performance range, and increase their knowledge of MT and suitable performance material for them. A definite must for anyone wishing to level up their MT game! Ages 12-18

MT Dance Call - Faculty TBA

An invaluable opportunity to practice an audition Dance Call! One of our expert dance faculty will teach the class Musical Theatre Dance combinations a mock audition - the students will have the chance to learn and practice techniques for successful movement auditions as well as receive instant feedback from the instructor. If you have never done a Dance Call, or would like to practice the difficult skill in a safe place, this is the class for you! MT Dance Call is included for all students enrolled in Auditions Class but is open to any students who wish to sign up - space is limited! Dates and Times to be announced SOON!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Stefan Espinosa | Conservatory Director
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Phone: 435.750.0300 ext 126 | Email: stefan@ufomt.org

Faculty Bios

Vanessa Ballam

Vanessa Ballam, M.F.A., is an Associate Professor, and Head of Acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Idaho State University. She is also the Education Director for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre (UFOMT), Director of Membership for StateraArts, Founding Director of the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards (UHSMTA), Co-Vice Chair for Region VII - Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Vanessa has been performing professionally, directing and teaching theatre around the country for the past twenty years. Including such companies as Theatre Under the Stars, PCPA Theatrefest, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Anchorage Opera, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Music Theatre West, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and the Lyric Repertory Company. Vanessa created and currently oversees the performance curriculum in Theatre at ISU, teaches all levels of Acting and Musical Theatre within the department and directs mainstage productions each academic year. Vanessa served as a Resident Actor at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria for three years where she oversaw the first year acting program, she was also a visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Utah State University. Vanessa founded the Utah Festival Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the Utah Festival Academy, an Adult Education Program. A former Miss Utah, Vanessa was awarded the Bert Parks talent scholarship at the Miss America Competition. Vanessa received her B.A. and B.F.A. from Utah State University and her M.F.A. in acting from Indiana University.

Stefan Espinosa
Stefan Espinosa

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Stefan has been working as a professional actor, director, fight choreographer, and dialect coach for the last 15 years. Some favorite past regional theatre companies include PCPA Theatrefest, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Lyric Repertory Theatre, many productions at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and Salt Lake Acting Company. Stefan has taught countless classes at the Conservatory over the years and has been thrilled to be a part of changing young lives in Logan! Stefan has also directed many excellent Conservatory productions including Narnia, The Phantom Tollbooth, HS Musical, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Freaky Friday, and more. Stefan has taught Acting, Voice, and Movement in the Idaho State University Theatre Department since 2012 and has directed many productions at the professional and pre-professional level. Stefan has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona and a MFA in Acting from the University of Houston PATP. Stefan and his wife, Vanessa Ballam, founded the Conservatory in 2009.

Dr. Jacquelyn Abbott

Dr. Jacquelyn Abbott, soprano, has loved singing from a very young age and began her vocal training not far from here in Kaysville, Utah. As she was pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at BYU, she felt singing was her true calling and went on to receive a Doctor of Music in Voice Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Jacquelyn currently teaches voice lessons at Utah State University and in her private studio in Providence, Utah. In addition to teaching, Jacquelyn enjoys singing and directing opera. She most recently worked as a stage director at the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF) where she directed Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Menotti's The Medium, directed selections from Handel's Radamisto, and served as associate director for Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles. At MMF Jacquelyn also taught master classes, and classes in acting, stage movement, and audition preparation.

Jeremy Adriano
Jeremy Adriano

Jeremy Adriano is deeply passionate about the art of musical stagecraft. He recently music directed and conducted from the piano USU Opera's recent production titled Ghost Quartet written and composed by Dave Malloy. Currently, he works as the pianist for Utah State University's Chamber Singers and University Chorale. He also plays for USU's Beginning and Advanced Conducting classes, the USU Theater Department, USU Opera Productions, and also coaches singers for juries, recitals, and concerts. In the Summer of 2021, Jeremy was hired by Music Theater West to be the rehearsal pianist for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Sound of Music. In 2020 and 2019, he played for Pickleville Playhouse, a professional theater company located in Garden City, Utah, where he performed in two four-month-long musical-melodrama productions titled Finding the Fickle Fortune (2020) and Shootout at Shadow Mountain (2019). Jeremy also enjoys teaching private piano lessons, spending time with his spouse Randy, and playing with his mini and micro goldendoodles whose names are Buddy and Bailey.

Karen Teuscher

Karen Teuscher is currently the choral director at Green Canyon High School where she directs four auditioned choirs and is the music director for the theater program. She has been involved as both a performer and music director for local theatre companies including Music Theatre West, Cache Theatre, and Four Seasons Theatre as well as The Celebrate America Show. Karen loves working with students of all ages and is excited to work with the students from the Opera Conservatory!

Lindsey Kelstrom

Lindsey Kelstrom is an avid supporter of Theatre Arts. She studied Musical Theatre Performance at BYU-Idaho and also has a degree in Mass Communications-Journalism from the University of Utah. She is currently the Education Business Manager for UFOMT, as well as the Artistic Director for Music Theatre West.
She has directed productions on the Ellen Eccles stage including, most recently, Mamma Mia! and MTW’s upcoming Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She has artistically directed The Sound of Music and Nunsense with Music Theatre West as well. Lindsey is also a performer, working semi-professionally with the Playmill Theatre for multiple seasons, and frequently performing on stage in local community productions. Having performed with UFOMT last summer in the Café Plays, she is excited to join professionals this upcoming season as well as Ilona in She Loves Me. Lindsey has worked alongside children over the past five years in producing community-based kids camps as music director, choreographer, costumer, sound tech-you name it!- with multiple local theatre companies, and is now excited to bring some of that experience and love for teaching theatre to kids with the UFOMT Conservatory.

Jocelyn van Wyk

Idaho-raised soprano Jocelyn van Wyk is an actress, operatic stage director, private voice teacher and owner of Sego Studios. She completed her Masters of Music in Opera Performance in the spring of 2020, from Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has performed many operatic and music theater roles. Jocelyn specializes in character development and loves telling beloved stories in new meaningful ways. Jocelyn is passionate about sharing the beauty of opera, and musical theatre with those who have never experienced it before. Her hope, in all fields, is to guide music from the written page and bring it to life in a way that brings joy those indulge in the pleasure of performance.

UFCPA Covid Policies – Updated February, 2022

  • UFCPA will abide by all current local and federal public health policies, including masking requirements.
  • We ask any unvaccinated students to please wear face coverings (KN95 masks preferred) while participating in Conservatory classes indoors, though masks may be removed at the discretion of the instructors. Masks can be provided upon request.
  • Instructors have complete authority to require masks be worn in classes – students and parents will be contacted if requirements are changed for any reason.
  • UFCPA will limit class sizes and use the largest indoor spaces available to conduct class.
  • Each classroom will be equipped with a sanitization station (hand sanitizer, wipes, spare masks, etc)
  • Students who are ill, have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been in close extended contact with someone with Covid, should stay home and notify their instructor as soon as possible. Remote learning options are available for all classes upon request.
  • All businesses (and individuals) are currently struggling to make the best decisions as this pandemic enters yet another phase. We at UFCPA remain cautiously optimistic about the current ebbing trend of the virus, and also hope that as vaccinations continue and mitigation strategies become more targeted and effective, Covid will fade into the background of other seasonal nasty – but manageable – illnesses. However, we take the safety of our students, staff and faculty extremely seriously. We understand that some individuals are more vulnerable than others and protecting them may require increasing our precautions. We will take each day at a time, continue to monitor the data regarding Covid activity in the Valley and prioritize the safety of our Conservatory family. Any updates or changes to these policies will be communicated to all involved and updated on our website as soon as possible.

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