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The Tanglewood Music Center

Vocal Arts Program

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.

“Only in looking back do I really understand the indispensable nature of the Tanglewood Music Center, which offers an experience unlike any other. One is pushed beyond one's comfort zone, while 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

Vocal Fellows participate in song performances from the central canon and beyond, coached by faculty members such as Tony Arnold, Stephanie Blythe, Margo Garrett, Randall Scarlata, Alan Smith, and Dawn Upshaw; vocal chamber music, collaborating with Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) instrumentalists, from both the standard and contemporary repertoire; performances with the TMC Orchestra; an intensive exploration of Bach cantatas, led by composer and Bach specialist John Harbison; and projects during the world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music and throughout the summer, often including world premieres of TMC-commissioned works. The balance of assignments is based on the determination of the faculty during the audition process.

The Vocal Arts Program includes weekly studio classes and workshops with major artists visiting the Boston Symphony and with 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?"