Vocal Piano

VOCAL PIANO: APPLICATION AND AUDITION PROCESS

Applications for the 2018 TMC Vocal and Vocal Piano Program are now CLOSED.

All applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center must submit an application, including a $75 application fee, via getacceptd.com/tanglewood.
Applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Piano Program must be between 20 and 35 years old as of June 1, 2018.  

Pianists applying to the Tanglewood Music Center generally specify a concentration in either vocal or instrumental piano. Note that all instrumental pianists will have the opportunity to work with singers in at least one project each summer, and vocal pianists will participate in at least one instrumental ensemble or orchestra project.  Master classes will be open to participation by both groups.  PLEASE NOTE that the application dates, process and requirements for each concentration differ significantly.  NEW IN 2018: Should an applicant wish to participate more equally in both programs, s/he should apply to both. Should the applicant be accepted to the vocal program, s/he would also audition through the regular instrumental application process; if accepted into both, the successful candidate would enter a program that would balance instrumental and vocal projects.  Note that the application fee to the instrumental program would be waived for those who have already applied to the vocal piano program, whether successful or not.

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

Required Supporting Materials:

  • A current résumé
  • A letter of recommendation from a professional musician other than one's current teacher
  • 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)
  • 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 30, 2017.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:                      
Los Angeles: November 11, 2017
Chicago: November 13, 2017
Cincinnati: November 14, 2017
New York City: November 15, 16, 17, 2017
Boston: November 18, 2017

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 to participate in and perform 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: 
FAURÉ - Avant que tu ne t'en ailles, Opus 61/6
STRAUSS - Das Rosenband, Opus 36/1
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 Dickinson)
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: 
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:

  1. An updated résumé
  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), 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)