How ‘superior’ school was able to produce top-tier vocalists with ‘supernormal abilities’
The U.S. military is offering to pay for a college vocal school in Hawaii to help train future singers to perform the National Anthem, The Washington Times reported Wednesday.
The service would allow schools to recruit their own voice talent and allow them to train and develop vocalists in areas that are difficult to get a college degree, according to a memo from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Mattis is expected to make the announcement during his visit to Hawaii, according a White House official.
A year ago, he told Congress that there were no schools in the United States that could produce the nation’s top voice talent.
Mattis told lawmakers that his goal is to create a national service system to train future voice artists.
“If you have an incredible talent, I’m going to help you become a voice artist,” Mattis said.
“It’s not like it’s like you’re a college student and I’m a teacher.
I’m trying to do the same thing.”
The new program is part of a larger effort to help develop the next generation of voice artists, who will be critical to military and homeland security operations.
The Pentagon is investing $150 million in a program called Vocational Voice-Based Assisted Training, or VOBAIT, to train more than 2,000 military and civilian personnel in the areas of vocal performance, composition, singing, and writing, according the memo.
“In this program, students will learn how to write and sing effectively and are encouraged to write their own compositions,” the memo states.
“Each school will provide an array of training and support, including the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and be featured in media.
Students who complete this training will have the opportunity for further training and develop their skills in performing the National Song and Flag.”