Vocal Studies Faculty
“At Longy, world-class, working musicians help you develop your art and technique—and we also model what a modern music career looks like. While you’re building your own artistic identity, you’re honing the skills to forge the career that’s right for you.”
— Corrine Byrne
Corrine Byrne, chair
Sandra Piques Eddy*, VISITING artist
Noriko Yasuda*, opera coach
*no private studio
“The artist’s role in society is the reason I was drawn to Longy. Art has given me the freedom I need to express myself and what I believe in. It isn’t just a product of creative thought and ideas but is also a world-changing tool.”
— Danny Rivera
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.
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.