Summer Vocal Arts Program (SVA) at BMS

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.

Witches from "Dido & Aeneas"

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. Past summers have included performances of Henry Purcell's Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, a cabaret review entitled A Brooklyn Cabaret, and selected scenes from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro

Echo et Narcisse

For 2017, SVA plans to present C.W. Gluck's rarely heard Echo et Narcisse, another gem in the Baroque operatic tradition. The fully produced opera including a chamber ensemble will be performed on August 17th at 7:30 p.m. and 19th at 7:30 p.m., 2017. 

A Brooklyn Cabaret

SVA will also perform an new 2017 edition of  A Brooklyn Cabaret on August 12th at 7:30 p.m. This is a provocative, cheeky, and sultry showcase in the tradition of European cabaret, but with a contemporary Brooklyn-centric twist.

A Brooklyn Cabaret, at BMS August 2015





Summer Vocal Arts Junior Artists Program

Oriented to children ages 6-15, this program will include approximately 9 hours of classes in singing and dance, integrated with rehearsal that will introduce child performers to performance-oriented vocal arts and theater. Children will learn how to sing and dance as an ensemble, will be featured in solo pieces and acquire the presence and movement skills required to participate in a performance for parents and the community at the end of the session.

For 2017, SVA Junior Artists Program plans to present a fully produced show, our SVA Children's showcase on august 5th at 2 p.m. 

SVA Junior program 2017 will culminate in a fully staged musical showcase for kids in the Brooklyn Music School playhouse! The fully produced show will feature original music, lyrics, choreography and staging by the world-class SVA faculty. Based on the theme of "Echo and Narcissus, our production is set in the enchanted forest and will feature exciting characters and dramatic scenes on the theme of vanity and power of love and compassion.

This program runs from July 5th to August 5th and costs $475 and scholarships are available on a selected basis.

*Additionally, selected Junior artists will have an exciting opportunity to participate in BMS's Adult Summer Vocal Arts Performance Echo et Narcisse

To apply for the program please contact Lina Tetriani at  or call our Registrar at (718) 638 5660.

To inquire about scholarships click here.