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Undergraduate Diploma - Vocal Studies

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Spring 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Fall 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Spring 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Fall 2021

Program description

Undergraduate Diploma - Vocal Studies

If you’re a performer or composer who is self-motivated, on a mission, and wants to fast-track your career, dive into this three-year, music-intensive program. You’ll benefit from working alongside graduate students and professional musicians in ensembles, performance, and repertory courses—and if you decide to pursue your Master of Music degree, you’ll graduate in five years rather than six.

Vocal Studies Major

Guided by an exceptional faculty, students in Longy’s Vocal Studies Department learn and perform across multiple styles and genres—from fully-staged operas, staged cycles of art songs, and newly composed work, to cantata and oratorio, and contemporary improvisation. With opportunities to perform and work with distinguished local organizations, including our professional opera company in residence Boston Opera Collaborative—as well as partners such as Emmanuel Music and Boston Camerata—Longy singers graduate as professionals.

Admission requirements

  • U.S. high school diploma or equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition
  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media

English Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is not a first or primary language must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test.

Recommended minimum scores for admission to the Undergraduate Diploma (UD), Master of Music (MM), Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD), Graduate Diploma in Composition (GD), and Artist Diploma (AD):

  • TOEFL: 63
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • Duolingo: 90

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

The Mindful Performer

Explore how mindfulness can inform and enrich your performance practice. Through meditation and non-judgmental listening exercises, boost your confidence and find comfort on the stage.

Opera Creation Lab

Master the fundamental techniques of operatic narrative through a series of short vignettes focused on dynamic characterization, dramatic tension, and musical subtext.

Studio Lessons

Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding technical and musical insight. Students are encouraged to pursue their particular interests with faculty whose specialties include lieder, mélodie, opera, new music, musical theater, and oratorio.

Masterclasses and Seminars

Through workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and presentations, weekly seminars offer singers exposure to many topics including coaching, stylistic interpretation, movement, dramatic presentation, auditioning, and career issues. Recent guests have included Lynn Torgove, Wolfgang Brendel, and Martin Katz. Through a special partnership with Celebrity Series of Boston, emerging artists in its Debut Series present exclusive workshops and master classes with Longy students throughout the year.

Performance Courses:

Course rotation allows students to explore a wide range of focused repertoires including:

  • American Art Song
  • French Mélodie
  • American Songbook
  • Songs of Hugo Wolf
  • European and American Cabaret

Opera Theater

Students receive focused training for opera auditions and coaching toward concert performances of operatic scenes while learning to prepare roles with coaches and pianists.

Vocal Chamber Ensembles

Singers benefit tremendously from developing strong ensemble skills. Assignments change each term based on student interests and faculty guidance, ranging from small and varied chamber groups to singing with the chamber orchestra.

Pedagogy

We believe that teaching should be a form of heightened, enlivened communication. Rather than focusing solely on acquiring pedagogical skills, we seek to draw out your latent expertise and help you communicate authentically. Students are placed in partnering schools and youth music organizations for a teaching practicum.

Repertoire, Diction, and Languages

Coursework addresses the fundamentals necessary for building a solid vocal foundation. The standard repertoire is thoroughly examined, and students develop command of proper diction in English, French, German, and Italian. Students also study the major languages of opera and song.

Teaching Artist Program

Required of all students, this two-semester program includes active learning experiences, discussions, foundational readings, and interactive presentations. It culminates in student-designed and student-led musical projects in various community venues throughout the Greater Boston area.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

The following delivery options are available:

  • Online
  • Hybrid-Online
  • Hybrid-In-Person
  • In-Person

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for this program is $45,900

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Longy School of Music of Bard College

At Longy, we prepare students to become exceptional musicians who can engage new audiences; teach anyone, anywhere; and use artistry to change lives in communities around the world. Join us and become the musician the world needs you to be....


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Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden Street
02138 Cambridge Massachusetts
United States of America

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