Beginning in fall 2021, in addition to the Master of Music degree in the Graduate Vocal Arts Program led by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, the Bard Conservatory will also offer a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance through the five-year Undergraduate Double Degree Program.
About the Undergraduate Double Degree Program:
Integrating world-class musical training with rigorous academic pursuit, the program develops students’ artistic skills through a diverse, inclusive range of repertoires and performance opportunities, emphasizing exploration and musical self-actualization. The students’ musical knowledge is enriched and contextualized by complementary coursework across all divisions of the College, understanding that the role of the singing artist is both communicator and innovator.
Vocal performance students will work with faculty in both the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Bard College Music Program. Opportunities for collaboration include the Chamber Singers, led by Maestro James Bagwell; the annual, fully-staged Opera Workshop at Bard’s Fisher Center; and various performance classes led by Rufus Müller. Performance coursework will be matched with body and breath awareness courses in the Feldenkrais Method and/or Alexander Technique.
Like all undergraduate instrumentalists and composers, all undergraduate singers are working toward both a bachelor of music in vocal performance and a bachelor of arts in a field other than music. Conservatory students live, eat, and attend most classes with non-Conservatory students, and are fully part of the academic and social life of the College. Each Conservatory student has two academic advisers, one from the Conservatory and one from a field that the student is considering as a major for the BA degree.
Audition Information: https://www.bard.edu/conservatory/undergraduate/audition/
About the Graduate Vocal Arts Program:
Led by artistic director, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, the Graduate Vocal Arts Program is a unique master of music program in vocal arts. Created to prepare the young singer for the special challenges of pursuing a professional life in music in the 21st century, this two-year MM degree program balances a respect for established repertory and expressive techniques with the flexibility and curiosity needed to keep abreast of evolving musical ideas. Students work on operatic, art song, chamber music, and new music repertoire throughout the coursework of the program. Operatic repertoire is studied and performed throughout the curriculum and in fully staged productions at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The program also includes a strong practical component, with seminars and classes on career skills led by some of the leading figures in arts management and administration.
Audition Information: https://www.bard.edu/conservatory/vap/requirements/
Performance Opportunities: https://www.bard.edu/conservatory/vap/performing/
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