Vocal Arts

[SchubertSummerJourney] a diverse set of experiences within the repertoire.
"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. Fellows in the Vocal Arts Program participate in art song, chamber music, and opera projects, the balance of which is based on the interests of the applicant and the determination of the faculty during the audition process.

[Stephanie Blythe]

Projects for 2018 include: 

  • A semistaged production of A Quiet Place, in a new arrangement for chamber orchestra, in honor of the 100th birthday of legendary Tanglewood figure Leonard Bernstein
  • Performances with the TMC ORCHESTRA, including Bernstein's Opening Prayer and the world premiere of a new work by Michael Gandolfi
  • An intensive exploration and performances of BACH CANTATAS, lead by composer and Bach specialist JOHN HARBISON
  • VOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC, collaborating with TMC instrumentalists, from both the standard and contemporary repertoire
  • ART SONG projects from the central canon and beyond, coached by faculty members STEPHANIE BLYTHE, SANFORD SYLVAN, DAWN UPSHAW, ALAN SMITH, MARGO GARRETT 
  • Weekly classes with master teacher Sanford Sylvan, and in masterclasses with major artists visiting the Boston Symphony, as well as with resident faculty.

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, as well as with resident faculty including Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, Lucy Shelton, and Dawn Upshaw.

For application requirements and to apply to the Vocal Fellowship Program, click here.