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Voice Performance Academy

VPA Singers 2021

                   Members of VPA , May 2021

The Voice Performance Academy, or VPA, brings together highly motivated teen classical singers at upper-intermediate and advanced levels in a collaborative but challenging environment.  The Academy nurtures students’ musical and personal vocal growth through once a month masterclasses, enrichment classes, mentoring for future plans (eg college auditions), and additional  performance opportunities both at Peabody and in the Community.  

  • The Academy is limited to a small number of participants; acceptance is by audition or invitation only
  • The Academy meets approximately once a month on Saturday afternoons throughout the Academic Year (regular attendance is required).
  • Most participants will be age 15-18; younger students and older gap year students may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Students will already have some classical training along with some formal performance experience (for example studio recitals, NATS auditions, summer intensives etc). 
  • While many VPA students plan to pursue a music major or minor at the college level, this is not a requirement for participation.     

Please note:   Although we prefer and strongly encourage VPA students to study concurrently with Peabody Preparatory voice faculty, we recognize that advanced teen singers may already have an established relationship with an external teacher – this does not exclude auditioning for or potentially participating in VPA.   We accept applications from all singers, and coaching with one of our professional staff  coach/pianists may in some circumstances be substituted for private lessons, assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Need-based financial assistance may be available for qualified candidates; this is subject to application and review, and awards are not guaranteed. 

Auditions

Auditions for the 2022-2023 Academy will be held at the Peabody Conservatory Campus on August 27th, 2022 –  please register for a time at the link below.  Singers should prepare two memorized classical selections, one in English and one in a foreign language (Italian preferred, other languages accepted).