German for Singers integrates the study of German language, literature, and culture with the study and performance of German vocal music.
All students in the program are integrated into the 7-week immersion program and are required to speak German at all times. This approach to language study, including Middlebury’s Language Pledge®, ensures that you 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 curriculum 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.
For 2024, we will be casting for an abridged version of Johann Strauß’ popular operetta “Die Fledermaus”. For more information, please reach out to our program’s director, Bettina Matthias.
Travel to Germany
After a successful inaugural trip to Northern Germany, our program has been invited to return the town of Scharbeutz (Schleswig Holstein) in 2024 to perform next summer’s opera project in late August/ early September. Details will be posted as soon as they become available.
- Public performances include a public voice recital and the production and public performance of a fully staged opera project (with piano accompaniment) in German.
- State-of-the-art music facility equipped with ample practice rooms and rehearsal and performance spaces.
- World-class faculty from Germany and the U.S. under the leadership of Musical Director Stefan Ruetter from Cologne.
- Program directed by Bettina Matthias, Professor of German and German School Director, Middlebury College; German for Singers Faculty since 2000.
- Audition workshop to prepare singers for successful auditions in the German-speaking countries.
Additional Application Requirements
The German for Singers application requires submission of additional materials. Please note that applications are reviewed each year and not based on an applicant’s participation in a prior year.
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 the German school.
In the afternoon, students receive private coaching 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.