The Vocal Arts Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 23, 2015

RESIDENT FACULTY

Dawn Upshaw, soprano, Head of Vocal Arts Program
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Griffiths, vocal coach
Kayo Iwama, vocal coach
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Alan Smith, vocal coach
Sanford Sylvan, baritone
Howard Watkins, vocal coach

"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 2016 include:

  • Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, staged by Mark Morris
  • Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 with the TMC Orchestra
  • A seminar in the Canatas of JS Bach 
  • The American premiere of George Benjamin's Dream of the Song (a TMC co-commission) 
  • Complete performance of Olivier Messiaen's Harawi 
  • Song projects led by Stephanie Blythe, including a celebration of American popular music and a close study of the relationship between music and text 
  • Complete performance of the Italianisches Liederbuch of Hugo Wolff 
  • Collaborations with TMC instrumentalists in the vocal chamber music 
  • Substantive art song projects from the central canon and beyond

The study of contemporary works is an integral part of the music program at Tanglewood. There will be additional opportunities through assignments for solo and chamber performances in this area. All Fellows will take part in weekly master-classes with Sanford Sylvan, and in master-classes with resident faculty including Stephanie Blythe, Kayo Iwama, Alan Smith, Dawn Upshaw, and Howard Watkins, as well as major artists visiting the Boston Symphony.

Click here to watch excerpts from the 2014 web series New Tanglewood Tales featuring Vocal Fellow Connor McDonald!Tanglewood Tales

The Vocal Arts Program Application and Audition Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 16, 2015


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, 2016.  

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) 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.)

 


Live Round:

Results of the preliminary round will be emailed to applicants by October 31, 2015. 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 14, 2015
Chicago: November 16, 2015
Cincinnati: November 17, 2015
New York City: November 18, 19, & 20, 2015
Boston: November 21, 2015

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. 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 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

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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