During the six-week program at AIMS, I received voice lessons and coachings. I also took my first German class and became attracted to the German language.  My affinity for German caused me to take a particular interest in its poetic-song companion, the Lied.  It is an aspect within standard solo vocal literature that I admire.  Mr. Harold Heiberg, my vocal coach at AIMS, who specialized in Lieder, taught me how to appreciate and utilize the language in song performance.  This was my first in-depth experience with song interpretation that illuminated musical collaborations not only between the poet and composer, but also between the singer and pianist.  It was an exciting time as a developing musician.

Makeda Hampton
soprano '05 & '06

Acting and audition classes at AIMS had a direct and immediate impact on my career. I completed my first professional audition right after AIMS for the Salzburg Festival young artist program, and got offered a contract on the spot! I don’t think I could have achieved that result before my summer at AIMS. I would encourage any young, ambitious classical or opera singer to participate in AIMS. It certainly changed my life.

Alexandra Flood
soprano '13 - Meistersinger Finalist

I want to thank all of you for being a vital part of my growth into an emerging professional artist. Being a part of AIMS last summer opened my eyes to the professional world of music and helped me understand who I am as an artist and what I needed to accomplish to transition from a student to a professional musician. Thank you SO much for inspiring me to work hard in the practice room; to connect my entire body when I perform; to walk into auditions not expecting anything but to have fun sharing my craft; and to go after career opportunities knowing that they will not come to me. I appreciate it more than words can express!

Kayla Bailey
soprano '13

I am proud to say that I am passing on some of what I learned at AIMS to my students, who consistently win state and regional vocal competitions, secure leads in the opera at UM, and go on to graduate schools and conservatories in the US. Thanks for your inspiration!

Jo Ella Todd
soprano ’75, ’76

The AIMS experience is necessary for any opera singer that doesn’t want to just ’fall into’ the European music scene.  With dedication and diligence, one can come away with a wealth of knowledge and preparation.

Marsha Thompson
soprano ’00; Meistersinger Competition Finalist

AIMS was a wonderful experience of learning, performing, and seeing a dedicated staff in action. I am personally better from being blessed to have had this opportunity. Many thoughts continue to filter down from this unique and outstanding musical studies program.

Nancy Marriott
soprano ’98

I learned SO much and had a fabulous time with all my new friends, colleagues, and contacts.  I am very thankful for all of the opportunities to sing that I was given.

Aidan Soder
mezzo-soprano ’99, Meistersinger Competition Finalist

The music, the people I met, and the atmosphere were so incredible!  My experience with AIMS is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Jennifer Metheny
soprano ’97

Everyone I had ever known who had gone to AIMS in the past couldn’t stop raving about it, and now I know why.  It was my best summer ever!

Gary Hellick
trombone ’00-’01

Your faculty represents what every arts institution should practice first and foremost, education for all, not just the most talented or privileged.  AIMS refreshed my spirit and energized my performer’s inner voice.

Diana Livingston
soprano ’97; Meistersinger Competition Finalist

AIMS is providing such an incredible gift to the singers of the world.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Luuna Kenney-Law
soprano ’97

AIMS is the kind of environment in which you can’t help but grow, not only musically, but as a person.  It’s home!

Blythe Gaissert
mezzo-soprano ’98