German for Singers integrates the study of German language, literature, and culture with the study and performance of German vocal music.

As participants in the German School, all students in the German for Singers program are required to speak German at all times. This approach to language study, which makes use of Middlebury's Language Pledge, ensures that students will attain a high degree of language proficiency in a relatively short period of time. Inside this structured world, singers will gain some of the skills required to become professional artists.

Lectures and master classes, private coaching, and individual tutoring will complement formal classroom instruction. In a carefully structured environment of immersion in German language and culture, students will gain the skills and confidence required to become singing artists with German language proficiency and insight into the vocal repertoire of German-speaking cultures.

Note: The German for Singers application requires submission of additional materials. Interested students should review the requirements for both the regular Language Schools application for the 7-week German School and the German for Singers application. Since the program has limited capacity and fills quickly, it is recommended to apply as early as possible. Application opens October 15.

Program Highlights:

*Intensive language study and daily work with German poetry and lyric singing diction.

*Production of fully staged opera project with piano accompaniment.

*State-of-the-Art Facilities: The Middlebury College Center for the Arts offers a modern, air-conditioned facility equipped with ample practice rooms, rehearsal and performance spaces.

*Experience world-class faculty from Germany and the US under the leadership of Musical Director Stefan Ruetter from Cologne, and voice faculty and Opera Singer Stephan Boving. Directed by Bettina Matthias, Professor of German and Chair, Middlebury College; German for Singers Faculty since 2000.

*Workshops for professional development including an audition workshop with an opera agent at the end of the program.

*Three Middlebury units transfer credit (equivalent of nine semester hours).

German for Singers Program

c/o The German School
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Bettina Matthias, Director
bmatthia@middlebury.edu
P: 802.443.3248