Collaborative Piano

Vocal Collaborative Piano Programs at Bay View Music Festival

SOARS Program (Summer Opera Scenes, Art song, Recording Seminar)

3 Piano Fellowships available   

Rehearsals and Performances: June 8-June 22, 2019 (Arrive 6.7, Depart 6.23)  

Main Stage Program (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Bernstein's West Side Story)

3 Piano Fellowships Available   

Main Stage rehearsals and performances: June 23-Aug. 8, 2019 (Arrive 6.23, Depart 8.8)

Die Zauberflöte rehearsals and performances: June 24-Aug. 8

West Side Story rehearsals and performances: June 10-July 13

Main Stage vocalists will begin rehearsing June 23, Pianists will begin rehearsing June 24.

Pianists may apply for both SOARS and the Main Stage Program  

Full and partial fellowships for both programs are available by audition and phone interview. A full fellowship would cover the cost of tuition, room and board. Housing is provided to all festival students. Piano fellows are responsible for all travel expenses to and from Bay View. Some opportunities exist for earning extra income during the summer while at Bay View through employment at local churches, teaching community piano lessons and freelance work.

Main Stage Program Description           


A rotation of three Piano Fellows will play opera rehearsals and serve as repetiteurs for the opera. Fellows will not be expected to coach singers, but will have opportunities to coach if mutually desired between vocalists and pianists.


Three Piano Fellows will play in the pit orchestra of the musical. One pianist will also serve as rehearsal pianist for the musical (Mon.-Fri., 7-10pm). Stipend available if pianist meets conditions of the G.W. Jones Memorial Scholarship.

Art Song

Main Stage vocalists and piano fellows will participate in 8 Art Song Classes (masterclass format) culminating in a group recital. Repertoire is pre-assigned by June 1, 2019.


Additional participation in select Festival Concerts and weekly optional student recitals as assigned or requested.

Opportunities to play instrumental chamber music may be available according to interest and scheduling logistics with the instrumental program. The Bay View Conservatory instrumental chamber music program consists of 28 students (two string quartets, two woodwind quintets, two brass quintets) and 20 instrumental faculty members.


    • Weekly collaborative piano seminar for pianists only covering topics relevant to the field
    • Thriving in the Arts seminar (for singers and pianists) covering practical career strategies (auditions, resumes, networking, marketing, social media, university teaching, etc.)
    • Up to 6 hours of individual lesson time on repertoire of your choice
    • Piano fellows will accompany up to 5 singers/week for 30 min. of their weekly voice lesson with Bay View Vocal faculty

SOARS Program Description

12-14 singers and 3 collaborative pianists

Collaborative Piano Program contents includes:

    • Rehearse and give two performances of fully staged opera scenes (sung in original language with piano); one run-out performance and one performance in John M. Hall Auditorium (Bay View, MI)
    • Receive individual Art Song Coachings and perform in an Art Song Recital
    • Collaborative piano seminar covering topics relevant to the field
    • Accompany vocal lessons 
    • 2 hours of individual lesson time on repertoire of your choice

(Singers will receive 1 hour of demo recording time, but due to intensive schedule, piano fellows will not participate in this portion of the SOARS program.)

Tuition and Scholarship

Application Information - Required: 
  1. Current resumé
  2. Repertoire list (solo and vocal rep required, instrumental or chamber music optional)
  3. Provide a brief summary of your collaborative piano and coaching experience and state what you hope to gain from attending the Bay View Music Festival.  
  4. All piano auditions require submission of recordings.  Video is preferred but audio will be accepted.

Submit three recordings (YouTube links or other electronic delivery) chosen from the following:

Main Stage Program audition requirements:

    • One aria or ensemble from any Mozart opera
    • Two art songs in any language
    • One selection of music theater, jazz, or American Songbook   

Select one from the following:

    • Any solo piano piece (singe movement is acceptable)
    • Any art song with a difficult accompaniment by Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Libby Larsen, or a song composed or published within the last 10 years

Soars audition requirements:

Select three from the following:

    • One aria or ensemble from any opera
    • Two art songs in any language
    • One selection of music theater, jazz or American Songbook

Send all application materials to:
Dr. Casey Robards at
Please feel free to contact Dr. Robards at any time to make sure your materials were received or if you have any questions about the program before applying. For primary consideration, submit application materials before Jan. 15, 2019. Application submission or inquiries about the availability of piano fellowships are welcome until May 1, 2019.

Contact Us

For general questions about the program, please contact Artistic Director Chris Ludwa at (231) 225-8877 or If you have specific questions about this seminar, please contact Casey Robards at

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225