Vocal Piano

Vocal Piano: Application and Audition Process
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 17, 2016

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, 2016.  

 

 

Preliminary Round:

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

Audio recordings, live and unedited,consisting of only the following three selections, which must be in contrasting styles:

1)     An art song or aria (performed with singer)
2)     A single movement of a solo piano work
3)     A single movement from an instrumental chamber music performance recorded within the past year

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, 2015.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 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:

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)