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.  Scroll down for more information and 2024-2025 audition details. 

Clara Schumann & Friends, April 2024

  • 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 are High School Juniors & Seniors age 15-18; younger students and older gap year students are considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Students should already have classical training as well as 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.     

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 2024-2025 Academy are now open (link below).  First round auditions are by video submission; students may be called back for in-person auditions in August.   Prospective students should present two memorized classical art songs or arias, one in English, and one in another language.  APPLY HERE

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. 


Students rehearse for Dido & Aeneas

2021 Inaugural year (virtual)
2022 Dido & Aeneas – Semi-staged, in collaboration with Guitar Performance Academy
2023 Composers Lost & Found: African American & British art songs
2024 Clara Schumann & Friends – a Lieder salon