Hartland soprano set for study at Boston U’s Tanglewood Institute

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Cayenne Teeter. Photo by Shi Lessner Photography.

Cayenne Teeter, a classical vocalist from Hartland, will study at Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.

One of North America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians ages 10–20, students study on the BUTI campus in Lenox, Massachusetts, June 17 through Aug. 10, 2019. BUTI is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Each summer, BUTI accepts a select group of students ages 10-20 for training programs in orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition, and harp, as well as workshops for individual instruments and string chamber music. The class of 2019 was selected through a rigorous application and audition process.

Teeter, 16, is a junior at Hartland High School who plans to pursue opera as a career. She sings soprano in HHS’s Chamber choir and alto in Con Espiritu. A member of Hartland Drama Club, Teeter attended the Michigan Opera Theatre’s Opera Teen Intensive 2019 and has attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for multiple summers.

She is grateful to mentors Mary Jo Del Vero (Hartland Drama Club sponsor), Kathi Letovsky (HHS choir director), Dr. Courtney Gilson-Piercey (BLFAC vocal coach), Karen Roberts (voice teacher) and Scott Usher (Hartland Drama Club director) for supporting her journey as a vocalist.

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity and I really look forward to working in an environment such as this,” said Teeter. “I know my experience at Tanglewood will immensely enrich my capabilities as a vocalist and introduce a new appreciation for my craft.”

The musicians will participate in robust concert and recital programming throughout the Berkshires. They will participate in workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University College of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and visiting artists.

Created in 1966 at the invitation of then-BSO music director Erich Leinsdorf, BUTI was developed as an extension of the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), then called the Berkshire Music Center. More than 50 years and thousands of alumni later, BUTI remains a pioneer of musical training, challenging the world’s next generation of artists to perform at the highest level while providing them unparalleled access to the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Over the course of the eight-week season, BUTI students and faculty will offer more than 100 concerts and community events in the Berkshires, including approximately 30 free performances at non-traditional venues such as retirement communities, libraries, and parks. These performances offer the young musicians a chance to bring music to audiences who might not experience it regularly, while also building their audience engagement skills.

BUTI’s Young Artists Chorus, Young Artists Orchestra, and Young Artists Wind Ensemble will perform a series in Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood grounds from July 13 through Aug. 10, 2019. A notable roster of conductors will work with these three ensembles including Paul Haas, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Bruce Kiesling, David Martins, H. Robert Reynolds, and Katie Woolf. BUTI’s affiliation with the BSO continues to be a highlight, and BUTI’s Young Artists Programs will be featured as part of Tanglewood on Parade on July 23 at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

In addition to these offerings, BUTI offers a robust master class series featuring some of the world’s most esteemed artists, drawn from the roster of the Tanglewood Music Festival and beyond. This summer, the young artists will participate in a series of events and workshops at the new Tanglewood Learning Institute as part of its inaugural year of events.

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