The Vocal Arts Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 17, 2014

RESIDENT FACULTY
Dawn Upshaw, Head of Vocal Arts Program
Phyllis Curtin, Master Teacher in Residence
Kayo Iwama, Vocal Arts Program Coordinator
Howard Watkins, Vocal Arts Program Coordinator
Alan Smith, vocal coach
Additional Faculty TBA

"The summer I spent at Tanglewood was probably the most important and productive of my student years. The incredible beauty of the setting, being exposed to such a rich and diverse range of music making, the quality of instruction, the level of accomplishment among my peers…all these things provided constant inspiration." --Dawn Upshaw, Vocal Fellow 1983

In the Tanglewood Music Center's 75th anniversary year, fellows in the Vocal Arts Program participate in a wide range of art song, chamber music, new music and orchestral projects working with resident and visiting faculty artists. All Fellows take part in weekly master-classes with legendary Phyllis Curtin, and in master-classes with resident faculty including Kayo Iwama, Alan Smith, Dawn Upshaw, and Howard Watkins, as well as visiting artists to be announced. 

In 2015, TMC Vocal Fellows will participate in an evening of opera excerpts with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. The study of contemporary works is an integral part of the vocal program at Tanglewood, and there will be significant opportunities for solo and chamber performances, including many world premieres during the Festival of Contemporary Music. Candidates should indicate particular interest in and experience with this repertoire on their application. 

The Vocal Arts Program Application and Audition Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 17, 2014


Preliminary Round:

All applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center must submit an application, including a $75 application fee, via www.Acceptd.com.

Applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Arts Program must be between 20 and 35 years old as of June 1, 2015.  

As part of completing the application, singers will be required to submit:

Audio samples consisting of ONLY the following two selections, which must be in contrasting styles:

1)   An art song (performed with piano)
2)   An aria (performed with piano or orchestra)

Supporting Materials, consisting of the following:

1)   Current resume
2)   Letter of recommendation from a professional musician other than one's current teacher
3)   Fully detailed and complete repertoire list (not a generalized or representative one) that includes all works studied, indicating with an asterisk those works performed in public
4)   Head Shot
5)   Audio sample details, indicating titles and composers of the works performed, and date and circumstances of performance (studio recording, live performance recording, name of accompanist or accompanying ensemble if appropriate, etc.) 


Live Round:

Results of the preliminary round will be emailed to applicants by October 31, 2014.Based on the recommendations of our faculty, live auditions will be scheduled for qualified applicants. The applicant will indicate preferred audition dates, times, and locations on his or her initial application. If invited to the live round, the TMC will contact you via email to schedule your audition as soon as possible.

Live Audition Dates and Locations:                

Los Angeles: November 15, 2014
Chicago: November 17, 2015
Cincinnati: November 18, 2014
New York City: November 19, 20, & 21, 2014
Boston: November 22, 2014

Live Audition Repertoire & Requirements:

Singerssinging in the live round should present a total of FIVE selections: art songs in three different languages and two arias in two different languages; at least one aria and one art song must be in English. A contemporary work is required as one of the selections. An accompanist is provided at the audition, although singers may bring their own if they wish.

Required Supporting Materials at Live Auditions:

1)   An updated resume
2)   A typed list of audition repertoire presented
3)   A letter of recommendation from a professional musician other than one's current teacher (this can either be a copy of the recommendation letter you already submitted, or a new letter.
4)   A fully detailed and complete repertoire list (not a generalized or representative one) that includes all works studied, indicating with an asterisk those works performed in public
5)   An 8x10 inch glossy head shot
6)   A typed copy of the applicant's own translation of one of the selections they will sing at the audition.

Singers must have the required repertoire and supporting materials prepared for the audition. The audition panel reserves the right to refuse to hear an audition if all of these conditions are not met; no refunds will be given.

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