Graduate Vocal Arts Program

Student Stories

Brad Testerman '20

What is your voice type? 
What is your current year of study? 
First Year
Who is your voice teacher? 
Lorraine Nubar
Where is your hometown? 
Pylesville, MD
Where did you study before Bard College? 
Peabody Conservatory
What are your summer plans?
Working and singing
What was the main factor(s) in your choosing to attend Bard College?
I was really drawn to the unique curriculum that had been constructed here, and was very impressed with the faculty lineup. 
What were the last three things you listened to?
"Und hat der Tag all seine Qual" by Alexander Zemlinsky with Anne Sofie von Otter singing, "It all comes down to this" by Aquilo, "Almost Real" from The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown

Life After the VAP

The curriculum of the Vocal Arts Program fosters fearless entrepreneurial skills, unique artistic values, and provides access to contacts in the professional music world. These special aspects of the program, along with the support of the distinguished faculty, enable its graduates to lead lives in music that are diverse and wide-ranging.

Young Artist Programs/Festivals
Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Young Artist Program
Aspen Music Festival
Bard Music Festival
Chautauqua Institution Music Festival
Des Moines Metro Opera Apprenticeship
Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar
Fire Island Opera Festival
Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program
Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center
Marlboro Music Festival
Metropolitan Opera, Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
Mostly Mozart Festival
San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship
Tanglewood Festival
Winter Creative Music Residency Fellowship at the Banff Centre for the Arts
Wolf Trap Opera

Professional Activities/Appearances
Albany Symphony
American Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Carnegie Hall
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Handel & Haydn Society
Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Houston Symphony
Kennedy Center
Lincoln Center
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera Chorus (current member)
National Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic
Opera de Nice
Opera de Versailles
Opera Philadelphia
Philip Glass Ensemble
Phoenix Symphony
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
San Francisco Opera Chorus
San Francisco Symphony
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
United States Coast Guard Band Soloist
United States Naval Academy Glee Club
Washington National Opera Chorus (current member)

Post-Graduate Programs
Curtis Institute
Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory
Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
McGill University (Drama & Theatre degree)
University of Houston, Graduate Program in Speech Language Pathology
New England Conservatory
The Juilliard School
University of Maryland College Park, Maryland Opera Studio
University of North Texas

Brian Law Competition
CAM’s 2010 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition (winner)
Canada Council for the Arts Grant
Connecticut Opera Guild Vocal Competition (winner)
Gerda Lissner Song Competition 2011, 2015
Joy in Singing 2014 (semi-finalist)
Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition
Liederkranz Competition (finalist)
Lyndon Woodside New York Oratorio Society Competition (3rd place)
Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition (winner)
Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition 2009 Winner
Richard Tucker Foundation Award (winner)
Walter W. Naumburg International Vocal Competition 2014 (winner)