Vocal Fellows Program


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.


The 2020 Vocal Fellows will be the featured soloists in the festival closing masterwork. They will also understudy their respective arias in the three Bach Experience concerts performed throughout the week.

In addition to the works above, they will rehearse and perform the Opening Celebration Concert of the Festival alongside their professional colleagues. Lastly, the Vocal Fellows benefit from a specific curriculum that includes individual coachings, masterclasses, workshops, and roundtable discussions.

Previous workshop/roundtable topics have included style and interpretation, entrepreneurship and career development, and vocal health. Vocal Fellows are underwritten by the generous contribution of the Maurer family. Housing, transportation, and a per diem are included in the Vocal Fellows contract.


There are four components of the application process:

  1. Completion of the online application form.
  2. Two selections in a contrasting style; one should be from the Baroque period, and one should be in German.
  3. A letter of recommendation; your primary teacher/conductor is preferred.
  4. Application fee of $25.00

Applications for the 2020 Vocal Fellows Program must be completed and received by March 1, 2020. Notifications will be sent by March 15, 2020. Confirmation of participation must be received by Bach Akademie Charlotte by April 15, 2020. To accept this offer, Vocal Fellows must be able to commit to the entire schedule as delineated above.


Elizabeth Eschen
MM - Director, Vocal Fellows Program

Scott Allen Jarrett, DMA
Artistic Director, Bach Akademie Charlotte

Margaret Carpenter Haigh, DMA
Soprano, Artistic Staff


Tuesday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

Saturday, June 20

Sunday, June 21

Previous Vocal Fellows


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 2020 Vocal Fellow Program has been generously provided by:


Bach Akademie Charlotte is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.