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The Master of Music degree program in Ensemble Arts: Vocal Accompanying is designed for pianists wishing to expand their musical experience to include collaborative playing in the study of art song, vocal chamber music, opera, and oratorio.

The curriculum provides advanced technical study while emphasizing the linguistic skills necessary for comprehensively coaching opera and song literature. Versatility is stressed, with a practical eye towards employment opportunities for skilled keyboard players in a variety of areas including the professional recital accompanist, opera coach, church musician, choral/symphonic pianist and musical theater keyboardist. As of the 2019- 20 academic year, the Vocal Accompanying degree program will not be accepting new students.

The degree program normally requires a minimum of two years to complete. In addition to two degree recitals, the curriculum requires the development of repertoire, attained through the performance of non-degree collaborative vocal recitals and participation as an opera, studio, and/or classroom pianist.

All candidates must meet language and diction standards in English and two of the following three languages: Italian, German, and French. These requirements may be satisfied by successful completion of a departmental exam in translation and pronunciation, or by completing the appropriate diction course and the equivalent of one year of college-level study in each language. Diction courses include Singing in Italian, Singing in German, and Singing in French.


Eileen Cornett

Eileen Cornett is director of the graduate Vocal Accompanying Program in Collaborative Piano at the Peabody Conservatory and is currently enjoying her twentieth year as a principal faculty coach with Peabody’s Opera Department.

Jabari Exum

Jabari Exum is an electrifying performing artist born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a skilled percussionist in the West African / Latin tradition and is a prolific writer and performer of Hip-Hop music.

Ellen Mack

Ellen Mack is a Fulbright scholar who has performed recitals in major capitals of the world and tours Europe, Russia, and North America. Ms. Mack teaches seminars and master classes in Asia and Canada and is also a prolific recording artist.