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The Tanglewood Music Center

Vocal Arts Program

  • The TMC will not be accepting applications for the Vocal Arts Program in 2022.

“Only in looking back do I really understand the indispensable nature of the Tanglewood Music Center, which offers an experience unlike any other. As one is pushed beyond one's comfort zone, the faculty is thoughtful of all that goes into the development of young performers — not just vocally and musically, but as artists, colleagues, and humans. This environment enables one to take risks at a level that is new and freeing.” (Elena Villalón, 2019 Fellow)


Under the leadership of soprano Dawn Upshaw, it is the mission of the Vocal Arts Program to offer singers diverse and meaningful projects in the song, chamber, orchestral, and contemporary repertoire.

Based on the determination of the faculty during the audition process, each Vocal Fellow's experience is tailored with care in order to build upon their strengths while comfortably stretching them towards new skills and knowledge.

Fellows work on repertoire drawn from the central canon, underrepresented voices, and the current landscapefrom an intensive exploration of Bach cantatas led by composer and Bach specialist John Harbison, to the performance of recent works during the world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music, including world premieres of new commissions.

The Vocal Arts Program includes weekly studio classes and masterclasses with major artists visiting the Boston Symphony and with renowned resident faculty, rounding out a summer that offers each singer a welcoming space to collaborate and perform at the highest level.

2019 TMC Fellows Robin Steitz (soprano) and Sora Jung (piano) perform Wolf's "Kennst du da Land?"