Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s voice performance master's program prepares students for vibrant careers in music through specialized performance and audition training, a broad range of opportunities to perform publicly and refine musicianship, and focused studies in career building and entrepreneurship.
Performance opportunities are plentiful at the conservatory. In addition to solo and studio recitals, voice graduate students participate and act as leaders in fully staged operas, concert operas, operas for young audiences, choral ensembles, contemporary music ensembles, chamber music recitals, and many more. Off campus, voice graduate students are encouraged to involve themselves in Greater Boston’s various opera, oratorio, and chamber music organizations, including Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera on Tap Boston, Emmanuel Music, The Bach Institute, and various church soloist and choir opportunities, to name a few.
Throughout the program, students work closely with esteemed faculty members in private lessons to hone their artistic skills and build on their vocal technique in order to prepare for professional and semi-professional auditions and engagements. Students are therefore expected to expand their audition and performance repertoire, compile professional materials, and begin to clearly articulate their career goals. Meanwhile, students have regular exposure to high-profile artists performing with the nearby Boston Lyric Opera or Boston Symphony Orchestra. These guest artists give master classes to conservatory students that offer supplemental artistic guidance and career advice.
What It Takes to Succeed
Individuals who thrive in the voice performance master's program are driven by their desire to pursue a career in the arts. They are committed to becoming masters of their performance styles and vocal techniques, as well as experienced singers in a vast range of styles, from standard repertoire, to early music, to classical contemporary.
The conservatory offers a holistic approach to performance training and recognizes the singer as a musician, actor, and entrepreneur. Therefore, students participate in non-traditional classes to round out their musical and vocal training, including Acting for Singers, Movement for Singers, Linklater voice and speech technique, Business of the Opera Business, and many others.
In their first year, students expand upon their artistic skills and solo performance techniques, while continuing to build their knowledge of vocal repertoire, foreign language diction, and acting techniques. They participate in opera productions and various ensembles, perform in studio recitals, collaborate with conservatory instrumental students, attend weekly Voice Performance Seminars, and receive weekly private lessons in which they refine their technique and plan for their degree recital. Meanwhile, to build their performance resumés and professional networks, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus performance and collaborative opportunities.
In the second year of the program, students continue their language diction and vocal repertoire studies, prepare a degree recital with their private studio teacher, and take elective courses to enhance their musical studies, such as Alexander Technique, Characterization, and Audition Techniques, to name a few. Additionally, students will receive weekly coachings with on-staff vocal coaches, in which they will refine their musical choices for their performance and audition repertoire.
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.