Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s voice performance program has a reputation for providing young singers with in-depth artistic and technical training that inspires development as a whole artist through unparalleled instruction and ample performance opportunities.
Over the course of the four-year program, students build a strong vocal technique, cultivate linguistic and musicianship skills, and receive valuable acting experience that gives them a professional edge in a highly competitive field. Additionally, students explore related areas of study that are personally meaningful and help to further diversify their skills, such as conducting, teaching, music business and technology, music therapy, composition, improvisation, and holistic health. This flexible curriculum allows singers to focus on vocal studies while expanding their sense of self and understanding their potential as a whole artist.
Furthermore, students are supported by a diverse faculty of esteemed teachers who embody a range of experiences as singers, actors, directors, and collaborators. Through valuable professional insight and nurturing guidance, the faculty encourage students to explore their boundaries and embrace their instincts.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students who thrive in the conservatory’s voice performance program are strong performers interested in growing as whole artists—not only as singers, but as actors, communicators, and socially conscious artists. Passionate about using their unique voice as an instrument of change, students in this program learn how to lead and inspire community engagement.
Successful students make the most of the conservatory's broad alumni network and prime location in the culturally rich city of Boston. They embrace the endless inspiration the city offers and the opportunities to perform with a variety of vocal groups and opera companies throughout New England.
The first two years of the B.M. in voice performance program are designed to help students strengthen musicianship skills and understand music from a historical and cultural perspective. Areas of study include the evolution of music and performance practices, sight-singing methods, musicianship and business skills, major foreign languages (including Italian, German, and French), and language diction and techniques. Additionally, students begin honing their vocal technique in weekly private lessons, practicing audition skills in performance seminars, and performing publicly in studio recitals and ensemble concerts.
In their junior and senior years, voice performance students receive weekly vocal coachings with their private instructors to refine their musical skills and deepen their understanding of the standard vocal repertoire. Students also perform frequently in solo and studio recitals to gain practical performance experience and demonstrate their cumulative skill set: vocal technique, mastery of foreign language diction, thoughtful musical interpretation, engaged storytelling, and more.
Alumni of the conservatory’s voice performance program have won international competitions and awards, hold positions with prestigious opera companies, and perform in a range of genres, including traditional and experimental opera, oratorio, musical theater, choral, new music, and early music. They develop new works, manage established opera companies, and launch new companies, such as Guerilla Opera, and Boston Opera Collaborative. They work in outreach and community service, bringing music to underserved communities. Alumni of Boston Conservatory’s voice performance program are helping to shape the future of the industry and are contributing to their local and global communities in countless ways.