Young Artists Vocal Program

July 1-August 11, 2018 (Six Weeks)

Ages 14–19*

*The Young Artists Vocal Program is open to high school students who have not yet begun full-time college or conservatory study.

The Young Artists Vocal Program (YAVP), under the direction of Penelope Bitzas, nurtures and encourages the development of gifted young singers who wish to pursue professional studies and performance. The intensive and comprehensive curriculum is based on a conservatory model of training: one that develops all the essentials for healthy vocal technique, sensitive and informed musicianship, and convincing performance.

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  • Weekly private lessons, solo voice classes, and vocal coaching
  • Recital and opera scenes performances
  • Daily chorus rehearsals with performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed at the Tanglewood Music Center
  • Academic classes in Diction and IPA, Music Theory, Music History, and Movement/Bodywork
  • Master classes with some of the world’s most esteemed music professionals (past visits and classes include Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Phyllis Curtin, Lauren Ambrose, and Stephanie Blythe)
  • Collaborations and special performances with groups and individuals such as the Boston Pops, John Williams, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Access to all Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center concerts, as many as 15 events a week
  • 6 hours of transferable Boston University course credit

Faculty and guest artists are subject to change. Additional faculty to be announced.

Senior Faculty

Penelope Bitzas | Director
Joy McIntyre | Artist-in-Residence
Katie Woolf | Conductor, Young Artists Chorus

Voice Faculty

Elizabeth Baldwin, soprano | Voice Faculty
Ellie Jarrett Shattles, mezzo-soprano | Voice Faculty
Michelle Johnson, soprano | Voice Faculty
Colin Levin, baritone | Voice Faculty, History Coordinator
Brian Major, baritone | Voice Faculty
Deborah Selig, soprano | Voice Faculty
Greg Zavracky, tenor | Voice Faculty, Theory Coordinator

Coaching Faculty

Patricia Au | Vocal Coach
Celeste Johnson | Chorus Pianist and Vocal Coach
Vicky Nooe | Vocal Coach
Chelsea Whitaker | Vocal Coach

Repertoire is subject to change.

2018 Season
  • BERNSTEIN “Almighty Father” From Mass
  • BERNSTEIN “Choral Warmup” from Mass
  • BOULANGER “Hymne au Soleil”
  • COPLAND “Stomp Your Foot” from The Tender Land
  • RACHMANINOFF “Bogoroditse Devo”
  • ROSSINI “Il Carnevale di Venezia”
  • THOMPSON “Have Ye Not Known? Ye Shall Have a Song”
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS “Antiphon” from Five Mystical Songs
  • WILLIAMS “Call of the Champions”
  • WILLIAMS “Dry Your Tears Afrika” from Amistad
  • WILLIAMS “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars
2017 Season
  • CORIGLIANO “Fern Hill” with soloist Ellie Jarrett Shattles, mezzo-soprano
  • DOVE “Ring Out, Wild Bells”
  • EŠENVALDS “Stars”
  • GJEILO “Tundra”
  • HARRIS selections from Shakespeare Songs
  • LARSEN A Creeley Collection
  • LAURIDSEN selections from Madrigali. Six ‘Fire Songs’ on Italian Renaissance Poems
  • QUICK “Loch Lomond”
  • SPENCER “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”
2016 Season
  • BERNSTEIN “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide
  • DELLO JOIO “Song of the Open Road”
  • HANDEL “Zadok the Priest”
  • HAYDN “The Heavens are Telling” from The Creation
  • MERWE “Ukuthula”
  • O’REGAN “From Heaven Distilled a Clemency” from Triptych
  • TICHELI “Earth Song”
  • VERDI “Va Pensiero” from Nabucco
  • WILBERG “El Vito”
2015 Season
  • BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms (with the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra)
  • BIEBL “Ave Maria”
  • DOVE “Ring Out, Wild Bells”
  • IVESNew England Holidays (with the Tanglewood Music Center)
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 8 (Knabenchor sections with the Tanglewood Music Center)
  • MENDELSSOHN “Heilig” from Deutsche Messe
  • POULENC Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise
  • RAUTAVAARA“Suite” de Lorca
  • ROSSINI “I Gondolieri”
  • SULLIVAN Finale from The Gondoliers
2014 Season
  • COPLANDOld American Songs (selections)
  • COPLAND “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land
  • FEIGENBAUM “Finish Every Day” | Listen
  • FEIGENBAUM “When the Sun Rose up this Morning”
  • FINE Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland
  • FOSTER “Stephen Foster Medley”
  • MUHLY “Bright Mass with Canons”
  • PAULUS “The Road Home”
  • THOMPSON The Last Words of David
  • WACHNERRilke songs (selections)

The total cost of attending BUTI is based on the total number of weeks in attendance (even if attending more than one program). For more detailed information, click here.

Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and program need. Any student applying for scholarship must complete the scholarship section of the admissions application, even if only applying for a merit-based award (the scholarship application is found within the digital admissions application). Those applying for need-based awards must also provide the family or individual’s summary page(s) from their most recently completed tax return (or form with equivalent financial information) from either 2014 or 2015. Students will be notified of any potential scholarship assistance with their admission decision.

Student that are dismissed from BUTI will forfeit their award and receive an invoice for the total cost of attendance.

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