APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 21, 2016
RESIDENT FACULTY(confirmed as of September 2016; other faculty to be announced)
Dawn Upshaw, soprano, Head of Vocal Arts
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Margot Garrett, vocal coach
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Alan Smith, vocal coach
Sanford Sylvan, baritone
"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
It is the mission of the Vocal Arts
Program to provide its Fellows a diverse set of experiences within
the vocal repertoire.
Projected projects for 2017 include:
And other projects to be announced.
All Vocal Fellows will take part in weekly classes with master teacher Sanford Sylvan, and in master-classes with major artists visiting the Boston Symphony -- this summer to include Simon Keenlyside -- as well as with resident faculty including Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, and Dawn Upshaw.
The Vocal Arts Program Application and Audition Process
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 21, 2016
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, 2017.
As part of completing the application, singers will be required to submit:
Audio recordings, live and unedited, consisting of ONLY the following two selections, which must be in contrasting styles:
1) An art song (performed with
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) Audio recording 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.)
Results of the preliminary round will be emailed to applicants by October 31, 2016. 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 12, 2016
Chicago: November 14, 2016
Cincinnati: November 15, 2016
New York City: November 16, 17, & 18, 2016
Boston: November 19, 2016
Live Audition Repertoire & Requirements:
Singers singing 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 work in a contemporary or modernist idiom* is required as one of the selections (most works written after 1950 would certainly fall into this category, although works by Stravinsky or Schoenberg, for example, would also be suitable). A pianist 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 the five selections 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
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.
VIDEO AUDITION OPTION:
Those applicants accepted to the live round but who are unable to audition live may be permitted submit a video recording by contacting us at email@example.com.
Video recordings must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT; any indication that there has been editing or that recording equipment was paused/stopped between selections will result in the disqualification of the applicant.Apply Online Now