The Vocal 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 fosters students’ musical, vocal, and personal growth through once a month masterclasses, enrichment classes, mentoring for future plans (eg college auditions), and additional performance opportunities.
Need-based financial assistance may be available for qualified candidates; this is subject to application and review, and awards are not guaranteed.
Auditions for the 2023-24 Academy will be held at the Peabody Conservatory Campus on August 26, 2023 – please sign up for a time HERE. We would prefer to hear singers in person, but Zoom times are also available if needed. Singers should prepare two memorized classical selections, one in English and one in a foreign language (Italian preferred, other languages accepted).
Please note: Although we encourage VPA students to study or coach with Peabody Preparatory voice faculty, we recognize that advanced teen singers may 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 every singer will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2021 Inaugural year (virtual)
2022 Dido & Aeneas – Semi-staged, in collaboration with Guitar Performance Academy
2023 Composers Lost & Found: African American & British art songs