Summer Vocal Arts Program

at the Brooklyn Music School

The BMS Summer Vocal Arts Program (SVA) provides a selective, five-week intensive exposure to high-level vocal arts preparation and performance.

Designed to accommodate both highly promising student performers and accomplished adults, the SVA culminates in three fully produced shows: an opera, a cabaret, and a children's vocal production, that will be presented to the Brooklyn community as a showcase for BMS talent.

Each week of this accelerated course will include approximately 12 hours of classes in singing, performance, acting, and yoga for singers that will be integrated with rehearsal.

Students will have the opportunity to improve their vocal technique, diction, acting, movement and stage presence while learning material from a range of musical traditions. 

In 2018, the SVA program presented John Blow's baroque masterpiece "Venus and Adonis" and Christopher Cerrone's one-act "All Wounds Bleed". As well as the annual edition of "A Brooklyn Cabaret” directed by Peter Szep.

Summer 2019 info

Program Dates: July 29-September 8, 2019


  • A Brooklyn Cabaret: August 24 at 7:30 p.m.

  • “Bastien und Bastienne” by W. A. Mozart & Scenes from Mozart’s Popular Operas:

    • September 5th at 7:30 p.m.

    • September 7th at 3:30 p.m.


  • Full tuition $1800

  • Opera only $1200

  • Cabaret only $1200

For more information about the Summer Vocal Arts Program, please contact the BMS Registrar at (718) 630 - 5660 or

Details about Performances:

Bastien und Bastienne

Young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s charming opera Bastien und Bastienne brings to life a tale of two lovers who are trying to reconcile. True love, loyalty and trust are at the heart of the story and a well-meaning magician who finally brings them together. Composed by Mozart when he was only 12 years old, the narrative of the piece highlights the characters inner emotional struggles, while the music keeps this classical gem “light” and accessible.

In the second half of the program, students will showcase fully staged scenes from Mozart’s later masterpieces potentially: Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute.

Performances will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble and will showcase elegant period costumes by Deborah Wright Houston.



  • Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

  • A cabaret review entitled A Brooklyn Cabaret

  • Selected scenes from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro

  • Henry Purcell's Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas (2016)

  • Echo et Narcisse by C.W. Gluck (2017)

  • A Brooklyn Cabaret: Temptations (2018)

  • Venus & Adonis by John Blow (2018)

  • All Wounds Bleed by Chris Cerrone (2018)

August 22-24, 2018, the Summer Vocal Arts Program presented the Baroque Opera "Venus & Adonis" by John Blow.

On August 22 and 24, 2018 at the conclusion of Brooklyn Music School's Summer Vocal Arts Program, students performed "All Wounds Bleed." Composed by the Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, All Wounds Bleed is a one-act chamber opera that tackles themes of individual strife as seen through the lens of the myth of Echo and Narcissus.

Highlights from the 2016 production of Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" by the Brooklyn Music School's Summer Vocal Arts program.