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Collaborative Piano

Andrew Altenbach, DirectorApply Now


Your Training

The Collaborative Piano Department’s curriculum includes traditional musical training—private lessons, chamber music, song repertoire, music theory, music history, and ear training— plus myriad performance opportunities. Every aspect of your piano training at The Boston Conservatory centers on you and your professional readiness. There are two curricula – one which explores a wide range of instrumental and vocal repertoire and another which focuses more heavily on operatic repertoire and coaching.
"Our Collaborative Piano program stems from an equal love of the piano and collaborative work with other musicians. Focused on providing you with training that translates into real-world applications, this program prepares you to be a versatile and intelligent musical collaborator. —Andrew Altenbach, D.M., Director


  • Applied Lessons (solo and collaborative) and Recitals
  • Language Study – French, Italian, German
  • Harmony, Counterpoint, and Ear Training
  • Performance Seminar
  • Diction Courses
  • Opera Studio (main stage rehearsals, opera score reduction, scene study, characterization)
  • Ear Training
  • Theory & Musicology Electives
  • Music History
  • Opera Coaching
  • Ensemble: Chamber Music, Duo Sonata, Large Ensemble, Chamber orchestra

Your Teachers

All piano faculty members are highly devoted, respected and successful teachers, in addition to being active public performers with distinguished reputations and vast experience. In addition to intensive private study, master classes from esteemed guest artists also offer opportunities for enriched learning.

Collaborative Piano Faculty
Andrew Altenbach

Your Department

Average number of Collaborative Piano students: 3

Your Performance Opportunities

The focus of the collaborative piano program is on performance. Opportunities include studio classes, master classes, the weekly Performance Seminar,  opera rehearsals, song repertoire classes, the school-wide Concerto Competition, degree recitals, non-degree recitals and chamber music recitals.

On Campus

  • Chamber music rehearsals and performances
  • Concerto competitions
  • Contemporary music coaching ensembles
  • Guest artist recitals
  • Instrumental and vocal duo recitals
  • Large and small chamber ensembles
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists
  • Opera rehearsals and productions
  • Scholarship Competitions
  • Special institutional events
  • Studio recital

Off Campus

  • Chamber music instrumental and vocal recitals
  • Collaborations with opera companies and new music ensembles
  • Community outreach programs service the Greater Boston area
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office

Your Future

As a graduate of our program, you will be a versatile musical collaborator fully prepared to:

  • Collaborate in musical theater preparation and pit performance orchestra rehearsal
  • Command language proficiency sufficient to permit an informed rubato and accurate ensemble, and continue to grow towards fluency or near-fluency in the major art song languages
  • Develop in the art and skill of vocal coaching
  • Partner a dance production through rehearsal and performance, with or without a conductor
  • Partner a vocalist or instrumentalist in recitals, masterclasses and advanced study situations
  • Partner with a chamber ensemble that explores standard and contemporary literature
  • Play a piano rehearsal for a soloist and conductor of a symphony orchestra
  • Prepare an operatic score to partner a conductor in staging, musical or coaching rehearsal

Application & Audition Requirements

Collaborative Piano Audition Requirements

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Apply to The Boston Conservatory's collaborative piano masters degree program.

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