Young Artists Vocal Program

July 2-August 12, 2017

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

2017 faculty will be announced soon.

Senior Faculty

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

Voice Faculty

Ellie Jarrett, mezzo-soprano | Voice Faculty
Evangelia Leontis, soprano | Voice Faculty
Colin Levin, baritone | Voice Faculty, History Coordinator
Jamon Maple, tenor | Voice Faculty
Deborah Selig, soprano | Voice Faculty
Dana Lynne Varga, soprano | Voice Faculty, Opera Coordinator, YAVP Manager
Greg Zavracky, tenor | Voice Faculty, Theory Coordinator

Coaching Faculty

David Collins | Vocal Coach
Steve Kim | Chorus Pianist
Vicky Nooe | Vocal Coach
Clera Ryu | Vocal Coach

Faculty are subject to change.

2017 repertoire will be announced soon.

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
  • arr. Merwe, “Ukuthula”
  • O’Regan, “From Heaven Distilled a Clemency” from Triptych
  • Ticheli, “Earth Song”
  • Verdi, “Va Pensiero” from Nabucco
  • arr. Wilberg, “El Vito”

Past Seasons

2015 Season
  • Bernstein, Chichester Psalms (with the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra)
  • Biebl, “Ave Maria”
  • Dove, “Ring Out, Wild Bells”
  • Ives, New 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
  • Copland, Old American Songs (selections)
  • Copland, “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land
  • Feigenbaum, “Finish Every Day” | Listen
  • Feigenbaum, “Home”
  • 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
  • Wachner, Rilke songs (selections)
2013 Season
  • Brahms, Zigeunerlieder (selections)
  • Boulanger, “Hymne au Soleil
  • Monteverdi, “Si ch’io vorrei morire”
  • Mozart, Requiem
  • Tippett, “Deep River” and “Go down, Moses” from A child of Our Time
  • Vasks, “Māte saule”
2012 Season
  • Beethoven, Mass in C Major  |  Listen
  • Bernstein, “Warm-Up” and “Sanctus” from Mass
  • Elgar, “Feasting I watch” from Five Part Songs, op. 45
  • Fine, “O know to end as to begin” from The Hour-Glass
  • Lauridsen, “Sure on this shining night” from Nocturnes | Listen
  • Rossini, “I Gondolieri” and “La Passeggiata”
  • Susa, “Dirge from Cymbeline”

All repertoire is subject to change.

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.

Apply now. Join the legacy.




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