Musiktheater Bavaria’s Collaborative Piano program provides opportunities for 5 student pianists each summer. Pianists spend the month of July learning about vocal coaching, German lyric diction, and collaborating with singers.
In addition to playing in voice studios and attending many of the general classes with the singers, student pianists receive extra classes relating to collaborating with singers. Topics may include: accompanying recitativo secco, navigating orchestral reductions, balance challenges with different voice types, breathing with the singer, and voicing. These classes will be in master class format, where students have the opportunity to learn from their peers. You also have opportunities to play in performances when approved by your professional mentors, and have private piano lessons once a week. Student collaborative pianists also observe and work closely with professional coaches, and study German language and diction.
To apply, please email a VIDEO of 3 selections accompanying singers. The selections may be from any of the following: opera, operetta, musical theater or German Lied. Please also submit our APPLICATION FORM from the website, pay the application fee, and let us know whether you are most interested in playing for opera or for musical theater.
The cost of attending MTB 2018 for a collaborative pianist is $2,500.00. (Please see the MTB/Dates and Cost, and the Oberaudorf sections of the website for detailed information about our included lodging, meals, and local transportation.)
GENEROUS MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! Three pianist applicants who have completed at least a master's degree (by the end of spring semester 2018) will be awarded full tuition scholarships. Talented applicants who have not yet completed master's degrees are also welcome to apply, and also will be considered for generous scholarship awards. Pianist merit scholarships are offered at the time of your admission to the program. (The upper age limit for student collaborative pianists at MTB is 35.)
Testimonial from a 2014 Collaborative Piano student who came to MTB the summer after completing his MM in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at University of Southern California:
My month with Musiktheater Bavaria was such a fulfilling and wonderful experience and I would gladly recommend the program to any young or aspiring vocalist or pianist. The world-class faculty helped shape and improve the students over the course of the program. As a pianist who sat in on voice lessons, I saw very clear, wonderful improvements in the vocal students' technique, musicality, and overall maturation. The coaching faculty, who were my teachers and mentors, exhibited teaching qualities of utmost erudition. I feel so honored to have worked and learned from them; their advice and guidance helped my musicianship and my outlook on my career as a collaborative pianist. Finally, the students were of a high caliber and I feel very privileged to have worked with them. Their excitement as young performers, their commitment to the art, and their hard work and diligence were truly inspiring to me. In sum, the month spent in Oberaudorf in the Bavarian Alps was a very happy, healthy and creative environment for all parties involved.
Testimonial from a 2015 Collaborative Piano student who was a DMA student in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at University of Illinois:
MTB truly exceeded my expectations, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I was especially impressed with the world class faculty that coached us. I grew and learned so much in just four weeks! I also learned how much I have to grow as a musician and what tools I need to get there.
Testimonial from a 2016 Collaborative Piano student who is a DMA student in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at University of Southern California:
Musiktheater Bavaria offers a rigorous program of piano classes, lessons, masterclasses, and hours spent every day to observe how vocal coaches teach. For me it was a great chance to gain the knowledge and experience to become an opera coach while also learning German in daily language courses. I would highly recommend this program to anyone!
Testimonial from a 2016 Collaborative Piano student who is a MM student in Collaborative Piano at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and concentrated in the Musical Theater Studio:
MTB was a fantastic musical and cultural experience. I loved the chance to learn more about my art within a beautiful, relaxed and completely different setting. Inviting opera singers, pianists and musical theater performers to work together as a group creates a unique and awesome environment.
Questions? Please email
You may send your application for summer 2018 beginning November 1, 2017.
MTB 2018 PIANIST APPLICATION DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 15, 2018