Master of Vocal Arts Curriculum
The vocal arts curriculum is divided into three main components: Core Seminars, Private instruction, and Workshops.
The program’s innovative curriculum centers on the Core Seminar
and is taught by Dawn Upshaw in conjunction with head of program Kayo Iwama. Core Seminar
meets for three hours a week for each of the student's four semesters at Bard. The seminar introduces and ties together the historical and cultural perspective, the analytical tools, and the performance skills that distinguish vocal and operatic performance at the highest level. At the same time, the shifting focus reflected in the various core seminar topics provides for intensive training in fundamental skill areas: working with text, expanding expressive and vocal resources, and career development.
Course work also includes concentrated weekly private intruction:
Alexander Technique tutorials
Additional course work includes the following classes which meet weekly:
Diction and Phonetics Workshop
Language Translation for Singers Workshop
Chamber Music Workshop
Professional Development Workshop