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


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

Designed as a six-week intensive program, singers focus on developing core skills, including vocal technique, diction, interpretation, acting, and stage movement. Students may also choose to participate for partial 2-week and 4-week sessions.

AMF provides singers with opportunities to participate in performance seminars, aria/art song recitals, opera, and musical theater performances, as well as choir, chamber music, and modern music performances scheduled throughout the festival season. Full-session students also have the opportunity to create a digital audition package.

Since its inception, AMF has served as a training ground for exceptional young artists who have premiered new works at the festival and gone on to study and perform at leading conservatories and young artist programs as well as opera houses and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Lessons and Coachings

Student participants receive individual lessons and coachings from Atlantic Music Festival’s renowned faculty members.

Master Classes and Seminars

AMF artist-faculty members engage singers in masterclasses and seminars throughout the festival season.

Audition Package Production

Full-session students are provided an opportunity to produce a digital audition package.

Audition Techniques

Mastering techniques for auditioning is essential for young artists. AMF’s faculty members will provide singers with effective tools to improve their audition preparation.


Vocal Institute performances range from recitals to full opera productions that provide singers with essential opportunities to put their skills into practice.


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

Program Electives

In addition to the core program, participants may take advantage of the following electives available during the festival season.
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Audition Intensive (Full-Session)

Audition Intensive is a special program designed for students preparing for an upcoming audition at a conservatory or a musical institution.

The goal of the program is to help participants channel their focus during the festival in order to create a successful audition portfolio during and after the festival season.

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Digital Audition Package Production (Full-Session)

Full-session students may take part in the creation of a digital audition package.

To be eligible, the student must also complete the Audition Intensive elective and plan with an advisor in preparation for a successful recording session.

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Festival Choir

The Atlantic Music Festival Choir is a special place where participants from all backgrounds are welcome to join in and come together as one to create a beautiful choral landscape. The choir takes on a range of repertoire, covering great choral works of the past as well as groundbreaking new works.

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Karen Brunssen

Karen Brunssen

Northwestern Bienen School of Music
Caroline Helton

Caroline Helton

University of Michigan
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.

Resident Artist Fellowship

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Application Deadlines

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