Longy's vocal performance program offers thorough technical training and a unique approach to song, oratorio, and opera repertoire.
Our commitment to individual attention from faculty mentors, small class sizes, and frequent performance opportunities creates a uniquely collaborative conservatory.
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 repertories including:
- American Art Song
- French Mélodie
- American Songbook
- Songs of Hugo Wolf
- European and American Cabaret
Opera Workshop: 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.
Karyl Ryczek, chair
Graduate applicants who are interested in also applying for admission into the opera program must submit a second application. Please contact the Office of Admissions for an application fee waiver.
A Day in the Life: Hannah Meloy, Vocal Performance
Area of study:
Master of Music
Expected graduation date:
May 14, 2016
Ideal career: Any career in which I perform art song and opera regularly (and get paid for it).
Why did you choose to attend Longy?
My decision to come to Longy was very last minute and somewhat spontaneous. I had already completed auditions at the 4 other institutions to which I had applied when my teacher suggested I look at one more school that a friend of hers had graduated from called Longy School of Music.