Vocal Studies

Vocal Studies


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 while still in school to perform and work with distinguished local organizations such as Boston Opera Collaborative, Emmanuel Music and Boston Camerata, among others, Longy singers graduate as professionals.

Students have the option with the Catalyst Curriculum to be immersed in the areas of the field they are most drawn to: for example, opera, art song, chamber music, contemporary music, or a combination of these areas.

A course of study customized for each student can include advanced topics in dramatized art song, dramatic characterization, oratorio as theater, chamber music, contemporary vocal techniques, and new music ensemble.

Studio lessons, acting, movement, and repertoire classes stand side-by-side with Longy’s innovative Catalyst Curriculum – all designed to position singers for a life-long career, in which they may join start-up opera companies, work with innovative and cutting-edge directors, conceive their own artistic presentations in alternative settings, or anything else they set their minds to do.


Meet some of our #LongyBound incoming students!

Your Longy Experience

“Longy is proud to inform students that our voice faculty, coaching staff, and assisting instructors are some of the most collaborative, caring, and thoughtful acclaimed musicians and educators in the Boston area. We give each of our singers the chance to grow and stretch their artistry and this personal commitment is refined and exercised with each academic year.”

Karyl RyczekVocal Studies

Program Highlights

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 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.