Amelia Taylor '24, attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer. Amelia is in Upper School Chorus and is a member of the Washington Children's Chorus as well. Amelia is involved in music ministry and drama at SR and studies voice privately.
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
By Amelia Taylor ’24
Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I joined my first choir when I was six, started piano when I was seven (only to quit soon after and pick it up again when I was fourteen), and have been going to concerts of all kinds with my parents since I was old enough to not disrupt the other audience members too much. Since joining the Children's Chorus of Washington when I was eleven, my love for music has grown into a passion for voice. I began considering it as a possible career and taking voice lessons. For my audition to Boston University Tanglewood Institute's (BUTI) Young Artist Vocal Program, I recorded an Italian and English song and wrote two essays about people I look up to and my feelings on music. I learned that I got in a month or so later and prepared a piece to share with the faculty and my peers when I got there.
BUTI was incredible. I was surrounded by the beauty of the Berkshires and the sound of other musicians practicing from 7:00 am–10:30 pm every day. Everyone is friendly and open, including the faculty, and I made meaningful connections with other passionate young musicians from all over the world and take classes from high level professors at colleges and conservatories around the country. The curriculm for a vocalist includes college-like classes such as Vocal Literature (music history with an emphasis on voice), Music Theory, Diction (IPA specifically relating to Italian), and Performance Skills, as well as, Chorus, opera scenes, private voice lessons, and coaching sessions (rehearsals with an accompanist). On weekends I used my lawn pass to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra live and met the performers afterwards. I performed at Ozawa Hall and Koussevitzky Shed, and made many unforgettable memories in and outside of classes and performances.
My six weeks at Tanglewood was unbelievable; I have become more confident as a person and a musician. I have been given a glimpse into the world beyond high school and college, and have gotten a better idea of what I want my future to look like.
Liv Stambaugh ‘26, attended Interlochen, an arts program in Michigan. Liv is in Upper School Chorus and is involvied with music ministry and the drama program at SR. She studies voice privately. (Main post photo)
By Liv Stambaugh ’26
Spending three weeks at Interlochen as a musical theatre major was such an incredible experience. I cannot express how grateful I am to have been accepted into the program. I was lucky enough to work with incredible directors and other students to put together a 45-minute show! I learned and improved so much over such little time. I am very excited to reflect on my experiences there and continue to grow to do what I love.