Vocal Fellows

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An advanced summer program for classical singers with interest in Baroque music and Historically Informed Performance Practice.

Designed for singers on the cusp of professional careers, the Vocal Fellows Program provides opportunities for education and career advancement within the context of Bach Akademie’s annual Charlotte Bach Festival.

Vocal Fellows benefit from a curriculum including individual coachings, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer roundtable discussions. Previous topics have included style and interpretation, physical gesture, entrepreneurship and career development, and vocal health. Housing, transportation, and a per diem are included in the Vocal Fellows contract. Bach Akademie Charlotte’s Vocal Fellows are underwritten by the generous support of the Maurer Family Foundation.


Being a Vocal Fellow with Bach Akademie Charlotte during the annual Charlotte Bach Festival was one of the most formative experiences of my professional career. I noticed that I improved as a musician and collaborator even during the short week I was there, and in ways I didn't necessarily expect. I was challenged in ways that I never would have been otherwise, and the reward of performing these iconic works with such high-level, sensitive musicians was well worth it. Working with Scott Allen Jarrett and the rest of the BAC team was truly a unique and special experience you won't find anywhere else.”

Casey Kunmann // 2023 Vocal Fellow //
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My time with the Bach Akademie Vocal Fellow Program was nothing less than perfect. I truly enjoyed every moment of it from our masterclass with Scott Allen Jarrett to Vocal Pedagogy with Liz Eschen! If you get the opportunity to participate with this high caliber of musicians, jump at the chance!

Lauren Russell // 2018 Vocal Fellow //
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The Vocal Fellows program provided me with an opportunity to grow musically and professionally in a supportive and inspiring environment. I not only gained practical experience singing as a soloist and as an ensemble member, but I also had the chance to learn from and make new friends and colleagues of the professional singers and Fellows around me. This program was one of the most valuable and fulfilling experiences I've ever had, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Harrison Hintzsche // 2019 Vocal Fellow //
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My time in Charlotte was met with both musical excellence and memories I will not forget! Being able to sing alongside Bach Akademie Charlotte artists was a great way to measure the benchmark of being a professional level musician. My experience helped identify my strengths and weaknesses in my goal to make singing my career choice.

William Marshall // 2018 Vocal Fellow //

Previous Vocal Fellows

Casey Willassen Kunmann, Soprano
Scottie Rogers, Counter-tenor
Derrick Miller, Tenor
Jared Swope, Bass


Addy Sterrett, Soprano
Eliana Barwinski, Alto
David Morales, Tenor
Christopher Talbot, Baritone


Chelsea Helm, Soprano
Molly McGuire, Mezzo-soprano
Aaron Cates, Tenor
Harrison Hintzsche, Baritone


Olivia Miller, Soprano
Lauren Russell, Mezzo-soprano
Blake Beckemeyer, Tenor
William Marshall, Baritone

Funding for the Vocal Fellows Program has been generously provided by: