Middlebury Language Schools

 

Who attends the program?

Many of our students are enrolled in degree programs, both bachelor's and master's levels, while others have finished their academic preparation and are pursuing professional careers. Recent students have enrolled from schools which include the University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, the University of Maryland, the Eastman School, the College-Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati U (CCM), the University of Southern California (USC), Yale, and Northwestern University.

What is a typical day like?

The day starts with breakfast, followed by four hours of German language instruction and diction as well as acting and improvisation workshops. Then participants eat lunch with all of the students, faculty, and staff of the German school.

In the afternoon, students receive private coachings with our musical director or voice lessons from our vocal coach, practice independently, or attend rehearsals for our summer's opera project with the summer opera director(s).

Before and after dinner, students also study; play soccer or volleyball; rehearse and practice some more; or enjoy one of the many lectures, performances, or social activities offered through the German School.

In the evenings and on weekends, there are plays, films, dance parties, concerts, and outings—all designed to reinforce the use of German in daily life.

What are the benefits of the program?

Students make tremendous gains in German through immersion. Classes are small and all students have pledged to speak, listen, read, and write German at all times. Students receive personal attention from their language instructors and music teachers, both in and out of the classroom. Students exiting the program show an increase in their vocal, musical, and presentational skills; a better understanding of how to sing German expressively; and a dramatically improved ability to comprehend and speak German. The production from start to finish of an entire opera in German will further prepare students for work in a German-speaking country.

Who are the teachers?

Our core teachers for this program are all native speakers and accomplished professionals in their fields. They are experienced in working with younger musicians, well connected in the musical scene, and in addition to being available for every student to work on musical performance and expression, regardless of their particular interest, they will also provide insights about the realities of pursuing careers in the German-speaking countries. Needless to say, contact with professionals currently performing in Germany and Austria can be of significant benefit to our students' future.

Is the program expensive?

The seven-week session costs $8,310, but if you qualify for need-based financial aid, Middlebury has an outstanding grant program which will provide partial funding.

In addition, Max Kade Fellowships are available for qualified students. A separate application is not required to be considered for a Kade Fellowship. For more information, please contact program director Bettina Matthias, bmatthia@middlebury.edu.