Professional Development for Singer-Actors, Directors, and Coaches

JUNE 21 TO JULY 11, 2020 
on the campus of
the University of Minnesota
Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

Now in its forty-third year, the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute builds upon the basic skills of singing, acting, and moving, and unifies these essential musical and theatrical components into integrated performance. 

          “I feel reconnected with my performance
           spirit after these incredible three weeks

The intensive three-week session features an outstanding staff of instructors who create a stimulating and challenging environment, providing respectful observation, support, and instruction by focusing on individual growth instead of competition or comparison. Special attention is given to ways in which radiant performers interact with their artform, their colleagues, and their community. 

          "The Balk Institute provides a safe and quite challenging
            environment that fuels artists to do our best!"

Since its inception, the Institute has had a profound impact upon hundreds of participants who have found its concepts applicable to all styles of performance, ranging from traditional opera to Broadway musicals to new and experimental music-theater.

          "I have been  revolutionized as a performer!"

Wesley Balk was dedicated to nurturing "the complete singer-actor". The Institute staff consists of professional stage directors, music directors, vocal coaches, and movement specialists who studied with Dr. Balk for many years, providing a remarkable sense of continuity. They have expanded his vision of integrated singing-acting by working with the whole artist, developing radiant performers who demonstrate a balance of skills and confidence in their musical, emotional, and physical expression, commit to the disciplines of the craft and life-long learning, and communicate an individual artistic voice of unique creative expression.

          "This is where you go to find your creative soul again!” 

The Institute is open to all performers, directors, and coaches without audition.  It is part of the artistic development program of Nautilus Music-Theater, a group of operatic theater artists known nationally for creating new operas and music-theater, and exploring classic works in innovative ways.

$1,650 for Minnesota residents
$1,800 for non-residents 
On-campus housing available upon request

Registration due by May 8, 2020

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• Comments from past participants:

"The institute changed my approach to singing, acting, and teaching -- in short, it truly changed my entire way of thinking" • ”The Institute gave me an abundance of information that I'm sure I'll be exploring and digesting for years to come!" • "It brought out all of the best aspects of myself and gave me the tools I need to develop and trust my instincts" • "I've been stretched body, mind, and soul -- I'm ready to embrace new challenges and situations full of imagination, creativity, sensitivity and an acceptance of myself I've never had before" • "As an experienced performer, I was able to examine and explore my habits and to distinguish them from my instincts" • "Musical rehearsals were super -- the music directors were great!" • "It was a wonderful atmosphere for growth as a singer-actor and as a person." • "The whole program is well-integrated and a great value!" • "An incredible journey right to the soul."


Contact information

Nautilus Music-Theater
Ben Krywosz
Web site

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Friday, May 8
Posted February 16