Summer Festival Program Details

Bethesda Summer Music Festival Program Details

BSMF Program Details

This program offers coaching, along with diction, interpretation, improvisation, movement, dance, and master classes. Participants may also take part in Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera musical theatre scenes, opera scenes, an Opera to Pop concert, and a Lieder Abend. The program ends with two main productions of Mozart & Verdi Opera Marathon and Musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber. All roles will be double cast.

Quick Facts

When: Program dates: June 17 through June 30, 2019
               Live audition date: Saturday, March 9th, 2019.
               You may send in mp3/Youtube format by Saturday, February 28.
               To secure the major roles, we encourage the early applications.

Where: Bethesda, MD  (Washington DC-Metro area)

       Who: College-age and Young Professionals.  Talented High School Students interested in age appropriate participation

        Costs: Application fee: $50. Program cost (tuition): Non-Refundable after April 1st, 2019
                      Lead roles: $1,000, Supporting: $800, Children: $400, ensemble only: free

Housing:  Will not be provided by the festival, information/help available upon request. Preference will be given to students who do not need housing assistance.

Aid:  Limited scholarship and financial aid is available.
Apply early for best consideration.

The application form can be found as a Microsoft Word Document (bsm-festivalapplication)
The application form can be found in Portable Document Format (pdf) (bsm-festivalapplication)

Sample Day’s Schedule

2:45 pm – Check In.
3:00 pm – Guest-Artist Event/Master Class.
5:00 pm – Short Break/Dinner.
5:15 pm – Music Coaching for Opera/Staging Rehearsal for Musical.
7:50 pm – Short meeting with Faculty/Break.
8:00 pm – Music Coaching for Musical/Staging Rehearsal for Opera.
10:00 pm – Participants released.
Each individual schedule will be different depending on participation.

Sample Special Events Schedule for Singers
Monday: Body Movement with Singing with Mira Yang
Tuesday: Technical Proficiency Master class with Prof. Miller
Wednesday: Audition Technique class with Ron Gretz, Annapolis Opera
Thursday: Mock Audition with Joseph Walsh, Lyric Opera Virginia
Friday: Mock Audiiton with Kyle Pfortmiller, Metropolitan Opera
Monday: Master Class: Robert Ainsley, WNO Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
Tuesday: Performance Technique with Guest Teacher
Wednesday: Vocal Health Seminar with Guest Pedagogue
Thursday: Vocal Pedagogy Class with Guest Pedagogue
Friday: Audition Technique class with Guest Executive Opera Director
Mater Classes schedule for 2019. Flyer

“The Master Classes and Seminars were beyond what I expected.
The wide variety of topics and presenters made for a
great summer of growth in my singing.”

Brendan Sliger, Festival Participant, 2007
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