Summer Vocal Arts Program at 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 Brooklyn Opera Works/SVA program will present 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 Anthony Laciura.

Summer 2018 Info

Adults dates and info:

  • Program dates: July 16 - August 25
  • Tuition Fees:
    • Full Adult Tuition: $1800 (includes participation in opera and cabaret)
    • Adult Tuition Cabaret: $1100
    • Scholarships are available
  • Performances:
    • "Venus and Adonis" by John Blow  
    • "All Wounds Bleed" by Christopher Cerrone
    • A Brooklyn Cabaret

Performance Dates and Times:

  • Aug. 18 @7:30pm A Brooklyn Cabaret 
  • Aug. 22 @7:30 Venus and Adonis and All Wounds Bleed 
  • Aug. 23 @7:30 Venus and Adonis
  • Aug. 24 @7:30 Venus and Adonis and All Wounds Bleed 

For more information about the Summer Vocal Arts Program and scholarships for it, please contact BOW's Artistic Director Lina Tetriani at 

About Christopher Cerrone and Anthony Laciura

Christopher Cerrone

Winner of a 2015 Rome Prize and a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, the Brooklyn-based composer Christopher Cerrone is internationally acclaimed for compositions characterized by a subtle handling of timbre and resonance, a deep literary fluency, and a flair for multimedia collaborations. 

This season Cerrone has world premieres of his new string quartet with Calder Quartet for the LA Phil; a new percussion quartet for Miller Theatre as part of a Cerrone Composer Portrait performed by Third Coast Percussion; and a violin concerto for Jennifer Koh and the Detroit Symphony, led by Leonard Slatkin. 

One-sixth of the Sleeping Giant composer collective, Christopher Cerrone holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and is published by Schott NY and Project Schott New York.

Anthony Laciura 

Internationally recognized tenor, Anthony Laciura, most recently known for his role in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, has also performed over 800 times at the Metropolitan Opera alone, not to speak for all the other 100s of performances he’s had in the US and abroad. Anthony has been performing often on stage and screen since he made his debut in a cameo role in the opera “Louise” at the age of 12. The Washington Post has called Laciura “one of the outstanding character tenors of our time.” Anthony also has experience directing operas, including “Dido and Aeneas”, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, and “The Magic Flute” at New Jersey City University. Anthony brings a very diverse body of knowledge and experience that will be a great support to the Brooklyn Music School. Anthony holds degrees in music from Loyola University of the South and Tulane University.


    Past summers performances:

    • Henry Purcell's Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas 
    • Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
    • A cabaret review entitled A Brooklyn Cabaret
    • Selected scenes from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
    • Echo et Narcisse by C.W. Gluck 

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