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The Tanglewood Music Center

Vocal Piano Program Application Instructions

Deadline: October 24, 2022

All applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) must submit an application, including a $75 application fee, via GetAcceptd.

Applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Piano Program must be between 20 and 35 years old as of June 23, 2023.

Fellows must be available for the entire duration of the 2023 TMC residency: June 23-August 21.

Online application must be completed by October 24, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

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:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a professional musician other than one’s current teacher, to be submitted via GetAcceptd.com.
  3. 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). Selections within each section must be alphabetized by the surname of the composer.
  4. 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.).

Second Round General Requirements

Results of the preliminary round will be emailed to applicants by November 1, 2022. Based on the recommendations of our faculty, live or video auditions will be offered to qualified applications. The applicant will indicate live or video audition (including preferred audition dates, times, and locations if applicable) on the initial application. If a live audition is selected, the TMC will contact you via email to
schedule your audition as soon as possible.

In the auditions for vocal pianists, the faculty will be looking for:

  1. Exceptional pianistic ability and musicality;
  2. Evidence of interest in playing with singers as demonstrated by a general familiarity with vocal repertoire (indicated by the submitted repertoire list);
  3. Potential and a clear interest in participating in and performing 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 resumes should clearly indicate any operatic repertoire and experience.

Repertoire must be performed with a singer where applicable. A singer will be provided at live Vocal Piano auditions, but pianists are strongly encouraged to bring their own singer. Pianists auditioning via video must provide 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 the applicant’s choice:

  • BRAHMS – Unbewegte laue Luft, Opus 57/8
  • FAURÉ - Avant que tu ne t’en ailles, Opus 61/6
  • 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 the applicant’s 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. The purpose of this category is to see how well pianists know the original orchestral colors and how well they can incorporate them into their reductions as they create fine ensemble with the 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.

Live Audition Requirements

Live Audition Dates and Locations:

  • Nov. 14: Chicago
  • Nov. 15: Cincinnati
  • Nov. 16, 17, & 18: New York City
  • Nov. 19: Boston

Required Supporting Materials at Live Auditions:

  1. An updated resume.
  2. A typed list of audition repertoire presented.

Video Audition Requirements

All video recordings must meet the following criteria:

  • Recordings must contain all audition repertoire.
  • Recordings must be played in one continuous, unedited segment.
  • Video must be from a single video camera, with the same shot for the entire video.
  • Your full body must be in the shot for video.
  • Any indication that there has been editing or that recording equipment was paused/stopped between excerpts will result in the disqualification of the applicant.

Some advice for getting the best video possible:

  • We strongly recommend you view your recording all the way through before submitting it.
  • Record in a quiet space with no background noise present. If you're at home, make sure you're away from noisy appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners.
  • Ensure your microphone is not too close to you.
  • Note that the sole purpose of the video is to ensure that you are the one playing your audition, and that it is in one continuous segment. If you have to choose between amazing audio and amazing video, choose amazing audio.