Vocal Institute

    Resident Artist Fellowship and Student Programs
    6–Week Sessions
    06/29 – 08/09/2020
    4–Week Sessions
    06/29 – 07/26/2020
    07/13 – 08/09/2020
    2–Week Sessions
    06/29 – 07/12/2020
    07/13 – 07/26/2020
    07/27 – 08/09/2020


Atlantic Music Festival Vocal Institute is a program dedicated to nurturing gifted young singers by providing unparalleled experiences to grow as performers and to prepare them for professional careers in the world of vocal arts.

Designed as an intensive six-week summer program, singers focus on the development of core skills, including vocal technique, repertoire, diction, stage deportment, acting, movement, and role study. Employing performance as the primary method of learning, AMF provides singers with opportunities to participate in performance seminars, aria/art song recitals, chamber music, choir, and modern music performances scheduled throughout the festival season.

In addition, full-session participants have an opportunity to create a digital audition package.



Institute participants receive private instructions from Atlantic Music Festival’s world-renowned faculty members at least once a week.


AMF artist-faculty members engage singers in intensive coaching and rehearsals throughout the festival season in preparation for performances, auditions, competitions, and recordings.

Digital Package Production

Today’s technology enables every singer to create an effective professional digital portfolio. Our program provides full-session singers with the opportunity to produce a digital audition package.

Audition Techniques

As unfair as the auditioning process seems, mastering this skill is an unavoidable path to success. AMF’s faculty is uniquely positioned to equip singers with tools to improve audition preparation.


Opera Scenes provides singers with a unique opportunity to combine core performance skills, including role study, repertoire, diction, acting, stage movement, and musical coaching.


Vocal Institute participants are featured in dedicated concerts throughout the season.


AMF instrumentalists, composers, and conductors collaborate frequently with singers in opera and chamber music performances throughout the festival season.



Karen Brunssen

Karen Brunssen

Northwestern Bienen School of Music
Caroline Helton

Caroline Helton

University of Michigan
Cynthia Hoffmann

Cynthia Hoffmann

Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music
Mark Crayton

Mark Crayton

Roosevelt University
Stephen Lancaster

Stephen Lancaster

University of Notre Dame
Beth Roberts

Beth Roberts

Mannes School of Music
Arlene Shrut

Arlene Shrut

UNCG School of Music

* We are in the process of finalizing our Artist-faculty roster. This list may change without notice.

"Vocal Institute at AMF nurtures gifted young singers by providing them with unparalleled experiences to grow as performers and prepare for professional careers in vocal arts."

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Audition Requirements

Those interested should complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

  • Submit audio or video recordings of one operatic aria and two songs in each of three different languages (3 works total; e.g. French, Italian, and English).

  • Recommendations are optional.

  • Submit audio or video recordings of two to three songs or arias. Submission should include works sung in at least two different languages (e.g., one song in Italian and one in English).

  • Recommendations are optional.

Please see Application Procedures for detailed instructions. If you would like to inquire further about the program, please contact us.