Performance Opportunities  

First Year: 2015-2016 

In Recital 

Core Seminar I: Goethe, Verlaine, and Dickinson 
Final Lecture Presentation and Performance:  This is a 20-minute presentation of two settings of poems by Goethe, Verlaine, Dickinson, and/or Walt Whitman. 

French Diction and Phonetics Workshop
Beattie-Powers Recital:  This performance is the culmination of the first semester of diction each year, performed at the Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY. 

Opera Workshop
French Opera Scenes Program:   All members of the VAP perform with piano in staged scenes drawn from the French operatic repertoire, which have included Pelléas et Mélisande, La fille du régiment, Dialogues des Carmélites, Iphigénie en Tauride, Werther, and more. 

Winter Songfest Concert
Members of the VAP perform a program of winter-inspired songs and arias, as well as popular holiday standards.  Performed in Bard's Fisher Center with Collaborative Piano Fellows. 

Recital:  The Haydn Project
Selected members of the VAP perform vocal works by Haydn as part of The Haydn Project concert series, curated by Peter Serkin. 

Recital:  YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Anniversary Gala 
Members of the VAP represented the Bard Conservatory in a program of Jewish Tin Pan Alley songs, honoring President Leon Botstein's contribution to the YIVO Institute. 

With OrchestraOpera:  The Magic Flute and Higgelty, Piggelty Pop! 
Graduate VAP students present a fully staged operatic double-bill, including a one-act opera by Oliver Knussen based on Maurice Sendak's children's book, Higgelty, Piggelty, Pop!, and a one-act adaptation of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, titled The Magic Flute Redux. 

Mozart's Coronation Mass
Members of the VAP perform as soloists in concert with the Bard College Symphonic Chorus and Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Maestro James Bagwell. 

Messiah Sing with Classics on Hudson 
Selected members of the VAP perform as soloists in a performance of Handel's Messiah in Hudson, NY. 

Young Person's Concert with the Albany Symphony 
Members of the VAP performed in Troy, NY with the Albany Symphony in a concert of opera arias and ensembles conducted by Maestro David Alan Miller. 

Handel's Messiah with Bard College's The Orchestra Now 
Selected members of the VAP perform as soloists in a performance of Handel's Messiah with The Orchestra Now. Performed in Bard's Fisher Center. 

Sophia Burgos with the American Symphony Orchestra
2014 Winner of the Conservatory Concerto Competition, she performed Henri Dutilleux's Correspondances in Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Leon Botstein.

Second Year: 2016-2017 

In Recital

Final Degree Recital
All second year members of the VAP present a one-hour-long recital with a fellow from the collaborative piano fellowship program. 

Core Seminar III:  Creating Unique Performance Opportunities 
This is an hour-long group recital of American music, performed in the fall of your second year in the VAP. 

Core Seminar II:  First Songs
All members of the VAP collaborate with selected composers on new or recently-composed vocal works, performed in the spring, in two concerts at the Longy School in Boston and at the Morgan Library in NYC. 

Opera Workshop
German Opera Scenes Program:   All members of the VAP perform with piano in staged scenes drawn from the German operatic repertoire, which have included Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Hänsel und Gretel, Fidelio, and more. 

German Diction and Phonetics Workshop
This recital performance is the culmination of the first semester of diction each year, performed at the Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY. 

Vocal Chamber Music Workshop
The vocal chamber music workshop culminates in a public performance of the students chosen chamber music piece.  Participation is required once. 

Recital:  A Little Theatre Music 
Members of the VAP perform a revue of musical theatre works by Stephen Sondheim and Marc Blitzstein, curated by Dawn Upshaw. 

Recital:  The Mozart Project
Selected members of the VAP perform vocal works by Mozart as part of The Mozart Project concert series, curated by Peter Serkin. 

Recital:  Cosmopolitan Club, NYC 
Members of the VAP collaborate with pianist Peter Serkin in a concert of solo and ensemble Lieder by Brahms.  Performed at the Cosmopolitan Club in NYC. 

With OrchestraMessiah Sing with Classics on Hudson 
Selected members of the VAP perform as soloists in a performance of Handel's Messiah in Hudson, NY. 

Winter Songfest Concert
Members of the VAP perform a selection of masterworks and popular holiday tunes in conjunction with the Bard orchestras and choirs.  Performed in Bard's Fisher Center. 

Bach Cantata BWV 78: Jesu, der du meine Seele with the Albany Symphony 
Members of the VAP perform in Troy, NY with the Albany Symphony conducted by Maestro David Alan Miller. 

Bernstein's Candide with The Orchestra Now
Members of the VAP perform a concert version of Candide with The Orchestra Now.  Performed in Bard's Fisher Center. 

Bach's Magnificat in D and Vivaldi's Gloria 
Members of the VAP perform as soloists in concert with the Bard College Chamber Singers, Symphonic Chorus, and Baroque Ensemble.