Vocal Piano

Vocal Piano Program Application Instructions
Applications for the 2020 Vocal Program are closed. Please check back in September of 2020 for information about our 2021 program.



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

Preliminary Round:
As part of completing the application, vocal pianists will be required to submit:

  1. Audio recordings, live and unedited, consisting of only the following three selections, which must be in contrasting styles:
    • An art song or aria (performed with singer)
    • A single movement of a solo piano work
    • A single movement from an instrumental chamber music performance recorded within the past year
  2. Required Supporting Materials:
    • A current résumé
    • A letter of recommendation from a professional musician other than one’s current teacher, to be submitted via GetAcceptd.com
    • A fully detailed and complete repertoire list (NOT a generalized or representative one), including repertoire with voice(s), repertoire with instrument(s), as well as solo repertoire and concertos, (indicating with an asterisk those works performed in public). Selections within each section must be alphabetized by the surname of the composer.
    • Audio recording details, indicating titles and composers of the works performed, and date and circumstances of performance (studio recording, live performance recording, name of collaborator or collaborating ensemble if appropriate, etc.)

Live Round:
Results of the preliminary round will be emailed to applicants by October 31, 2019. Based on the recommendations of our faculty, live auditions will be scheduled for qualified applicants (vocal-piano live auditions are 15-20 minutes in length). 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:
November 16, 2019: Los Angeles
November 18, 2019: Chicago
November 19, 2019: Cincinnati
November 20, 21, & 22, 2019: New York City
November 23, 2019: Boston

Live Audition Repertoire & Requirements:

In the auditions for vocal pianists, the faculty will be looking for:

  • exceptional pianistic ability and musicality;
  • evidence of interest in playing with singers as demonstrated by a general familiarity with vocal repertoire (indicated by the submitted repertoire list);
  • potential and a clear interest in participating in and performing many types of projects in all genres including solo works, chamber and vocal music, orchestra (on a variety of keyboards), and opera (as assigned). 

Repertoire lists and résumés should clearly indicate any operatic repertoire and experience.

A singer will be provided at Vocal Piano auditions, but pianists are strongly encouraged to bring their own singer.

Vocal pianists must prepare one item from each of the following four categories:

Category I
A solo piano piece of your choice. The piece should be no longer than four or five minutes in length, and can be a movement from a larger work; a Beethoven sonata, for instance.

Category II

Choose one from this group, to be played in the original key with a singer who will be provided by the TMC, or with the pianist’s own singer in a key of his or her choice:

BRAHMS – Unbewegte laue Luft, Opus 57/8 
FAURÉ - Avant que tu ne t’en ailles, Opus 61/6
RAVEL - Le Grillon

Category III
Choose one from this group to be played in the original key with a singer who will be provided, or with the pianist’s own singer in a key of his or her choice:

BARBER - A Green Lowland of Pianos
COPLAND - There Came a Wind Like a Bugle (Twelve Poems of Emily
IVES - The Things Our Fathers Loved

Category IV
Choose one from this group to be played in the original key with a singer who will be provided or with the pianist's own singer. The purpose of this category is to see how well pianists know the original orchestral colors and how well they can incorporate them into their reductions as they create fine ensemble with the singer.  

MOZART – The Count's Recit. and Aria: Hai già vinta la causa...  Vedrò mentr'io sospiro (Le Nozze di Figaro), ending at the half cadence just before Allegro assai: "Ah no, lasciarti in pace”
PUCCINI - Quando m’en vo (La Bohème)
STRAVINSKY - Here I stand (The Rake's Progress)
STRAUSS - Composer's Aria (Ariadne auf Naxos), ending just after
"...Die heilige Musik!"

Pianists will be asked to indicate which of the above will be offered at the audition two weeks in advance of the date of the audition.

Whenever possible, pianists should arrange to accompany the auditions of singers who are also applying to the TMC.  Please indicate for which singers you will play on the audition request section of the application so that auditions may be scheduled consecutively. 

Required Supporting Materials at Live Auditions:

  • An updated résumé
  • A typed list of audition repertoire presented