Program Coordinator & Contact
Dr. Michael Bunchman
Collaborate in piano duo partnerships with young vocal artists from the US and Europe in a true artistic exchange. Experience German culture while coaching with our international faculty artists and performing on concerts and master classes hosted by master clinicians.
IPAI provides a positive and nurturing environment in which each student can learn and develop to their full potential. The program focuses on repertoire preparation, text interpretation, diction, technical control, texture, musical flexibility, collaborative awareness of balance, and confidence in performance. Collaborative pianists attend all lessons and coachings with their Piano Duo partner and may participate in acting & movement classes, workshops, and master classes. They also receive individual coachings with Dr. Michael Bunchman, guest clinicians, and guest coaches--teachers, vocal coaches, stage directors, and casting directors currently working in opera houses in the United States and Europe. IPAI Opera & Collaborative Piano Program alumni have been accepted into top tier masters programs in the US and in Germany, joined US and European young artist programs, and gone on to perform professionally with opera houses in Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, among others.
PIANO DUO COLLABORATION
In an innovative approach to summer training programs, IPAI Collaborative Pianists are paired with vocal partners in a Piano Duo for the entirety of the three weeks. Together, Piano Dues will attend all lessons and coachings with the collaborative piano and voice faculty. Working as a team for the three weeks, singers and pianists develop a deeper musical awareness of one another and the challenges of collaboration: enlightening both parties on just how intertwined our rolls are and enhancing the overall collaborative experience.
OPERA SCENE PREPARATION
Under the guidance and coaching of Dr. Michael Bunchman and our guest collaborative artists, each collaborative pianist will lead the musical preparation of at least one opera scene. They are responsible for learning and rehearsing with vocalists with appropriate style and an musical interpretation that will culminate in 2 opera scene performances.
Outstanding pianists may be offered merit scholarships or an honorarium upon acceptance into the program.
GERMAN OPERA EXCURSION
See a professional opera performance at a German Theater in Erl, Munich, or another nearby city as part of your IPAI experience! Transportation and tickets are included in the tuition.
Each Piano Duot is featured on our Liederabend concert and will perform together in all Master classes. Other performance opportunities include: a "Broadway to Brass" Musikkapelle Concert, the IPAI Gala Concert, Cabaret Night, and the IPAI Vocal Competition.
All pianists are invited to participate in weekly master classes that focus on style and interpretation, audition techniques, mind/body awareness, coping with stress and nervousness, the business of performing, career building and more! During the second and third week, all artists participate in intensive master classes with honored guest artists such as Jennifer Larmore, Barbara Bonney, Barabara Daniels, Kirstin Chavez, and Michael Sturm.
LANGUAGE & CULTURE
Our faculty are fluent in German, French, and Italian. IPAI Artists learn and practice in daily German Language class and by living in a Bavarian village for three weeks. Instruction includes the basics of functional conversational German, an introduction to German culture and etiquette, learning to slate and answer basic audition questions in German, as well as opportunities for more advanced speakers to refine their language skills. Our artists receive Musical Theatre and lyric diction coaching in German, French, Italian, English, and Czech integrated into their weekly lessons and coaching sessions.
SPECIALIZED CAREER BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT
In addition to professional development & audition workshops, IPAI artists receive one-on-one feedback from each of our esteemed faculty throughout their IPAI residency. Our three-week training program culminates in a Next Steps Conference that offers an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with our faculty, strategic planning for the "next steps" of your artistic career, personal advice, and mentorship from our esteemed international faculty artists.
ROOM & BOARD
Tuition includes accommodations at Hotel zur Post in Kiefersfelden, a full traditional Bavarian breakfast each morning, and a catered hot lunch with salad bar each afternoon. Students are responsible for dinner each evening and the cost of flights and transportation to/from Kiefersfelden, Germany.