Summer Vocal Arts Program

at the Brooklyn Music School

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

Designed to accommodate both highly promising student performers and accomplished adults, 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.

Each week of this accelerated course will include approximately 10 hours of classes in singing, performance technique, acting, languages, and movement for singers that will be integrated with rehearsal.

Students will have the opportunity to improve their vocal technique, diction, acting, theater skills, and stage presence, while learning material from a range of musical traditions, and performing in productions open to the public. 

Summer 2019 info

Program Dates: July 29-September 7, 2019


  • This is Cabaret: August 24 at 7:30 p.m. 

  • The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love: Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Bastien und Bastienne and Scenes from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute

    • 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

about the Productions:

The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love (Sept 5 & 7)
Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Featuring Bastien und Bastienne & scenes from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s charming first opera Bastien und Bastienne tells a tale of two divided lovers who are trying to reconcile, while being helped (or perhaps hoodwinked) by a wandering magician. Composed by Mozart when he was only 12 years old, the story depicts the emotional struggles of the inexperienced young lovers, while the music of this classical gem is characterized by the young composer's open and fresh musical language.

Sharing the program with this short opera will be fully staged scenes from Mozart’s later, more complex masterpieces: Don Giovanni, a cautionary tale about a dissolute, predatory nobleman, Le Nozze di Figaro, a deeply human comedy about marriage and (in)fidelity, and The Magic Flute, a fairy tale set in an enchanted imaginary land.

This is Cabaret will be directed by Peter Szep. The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love will be directed by Judith Barnes, conducted by Peter Szep, accompanied by the Brooklyn Music School’s chamber ensemble, and will showcase elegant period costumes by Deborah Wright Houston.

"The course of true love never did run smooth" --Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

About the Directors

Judith Barnes has been recognized as a stage director of “matchless and unending imagination” (ConcertoNet), a singer “vocally and dramatically present in every moment” (Parterre), and a pioneering producer, called “consistently innovative” by TimeOut NY. Noted as a “soprano-impresario” by The New Yorker, she is the founder and artistic director of Vertical Player Repertory, an indie opera company in Brooklyn, New York, that “has developed a following for intense performances of unusual works” (The New York Times). 

Peter Szep is a founder of the New York Opera Alliance, where he is currently the Chair of the New York Opera Fest ( Peter is also the founding host of the Indie Opera Podcast ( He has dedicated much of his conducting career to championing new works, including the premier of Harold Farberman’s Diamond Street at the Hudson Opera House, the New England premier of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution, A Secular Oratorio and Yoav Gal's The Dwarf at Vertical Player Repertory, where he also conducted Il Tabarro, A View from the Bridge, Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Milhaud's Medée. Most recently he toured Maine in the cabaret The Millay Sisters.


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


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.

  • 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.