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Announcing NEW MM in Collaborative Piano and Vocal Pedagogy

The Boston Conservatory Announces Two New Masters Degree Programs:
Collaborative Piano and Vocal Pedagogy

Boston, MA—The Boston Conservatory, the oldest conservatory of its kind in the nation, announces two new masters degree programs in collaborative piano and vocal pedagogy. Available to students in fall 2010, these degree programs will expand the Conservatory’s extensive list of degree offerings, providing select music students with new and different avenues for pursuing careers as professional musicians.

Introducing Collaborative Piano
The Boston Conservatory’s MM in collaborative piano offers a number of unique features for aspiring collaborative pianists. The program is purposefully small—accepting two graduate students in the first year (2010) and an additional two graduate students in the second year (2011)—to give students individualized attention and care from their faculty instructor, Dr. Karl Paulnack, director of the music division. Students of the program will receive separate applied lessons in both collaborative and solo piano literature (working with different faculty from each area), allowing students to continue to develop as solo pianists while mastering skills essential to musical collaboration.

Paulnack explains, “Our goal is to carefully nurture these students and support them throughout a comprehensive range of collaborative opportunities that come with attending a multi-disciplinary performing arts school located in a musically vibrant city.”

An accomplished collaborative pianist, Paulnack has partnered vocal and instrumental soloists, chamber groups, orchestras, conductors and opera companies in nearly a thousand concerts worldwide. He previously co-chaired the accompanying and coaching department of the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center, University of Southern California, Ithaca College and Music Academy of the West. While Paulnack has been involved as a faculty member of the division since his arrival in 2002, the new collaborative piano program will be the first opportunity for students to study privately with him at the Conservatory.

Candidates for the collaborative piano masters program must have a bachelor’s degree and must audition for the two available slots. Graduates of the two-year program will be prepared to pursue a variety of paths including: partnering vocalists and instrumentalists in recitals; preparing and coaching operatic scores for staging and musical rehearsals; and playing for soloists and conductors of a symphony orchestra.

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Introducing Vocal Pedagogy
The Boston Conservatory’s MM in vocal pedagogy also offers a unique training and educational program. Similar to collaborative piano, the program is purposefully small—accepting a maximum of five graduate students in the first year (2010) and an additional five graduate students in the second year (2011). As attendees at a multi-disciplinary performing arts conservatory, students will have the benefit of receiving training in and exposure to both classical and musical theater styles, repertoire and pedagogies.

Students of the program will also gain exposure to the latest research and technologies in vocal health and rehabilitation through The Boston Conservatory’s special affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Throughout their program, each student will make clinical site visits to the Voice Center at MGH, where they will have opportunities to see a variety of medical techniques ranging from laryngeal scoping to video of vocal cord surgeries.

According to Patty Thom, “Our goal is to expose students to a variety of musical styles and teaching techniques, to give them a broad fact-based approach to the teaching of voice and to offer personal attention and guidance along the way.”

Offering that guidance and attention are the two faculty members dedicated to this new degree program. Boston Conservatory faculty member Kevin Wilson has performed in recital and solo engagements with ensembles in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. He earned his M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory and his B.M. Voice Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. Tara Stadelman-Cohen is a singing voice specialist and the senior voice pathologist at MGH. She will join Wilson on the vocal pedagogy faculty and also serve as the clinical staff specialist for all MGH clinical visits.

Candidates for the vocal pedagogy masters program must have a bachelor’s degree. At the end of the two-year program, graduates will possess a thorough understanding of vocal and physical anatomy, of vocal technical issues, and how to diagnose and address those issues. They will better understand the role of vocal therapists and how the therapist interacts with and supports the work of the voice teacher. These graduates will be equipped and prepared to teach students in both classical and musical theater repertoires using a solid pedagogical, anatomical and scientific foundation.

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About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists in music, dance and theater for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit

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