Bach-Millennium Music is a non-profit company, organized to empower singers, conductors and vocal coaches in their pursuits of artistry in the field of opera by offering unique, intensive educational training programs where students can learn and excel through daily practice with a resident professional orchestra, master classes, individual lessons, seminars, workshops and public performing opportunities.
Summer 2020 COVID-19 Announcement After a long and difficult deliberation, we have decided to cancel our program for the 2020 season, to reopen again for 2021.
We have made every effort to make it possible to continue, but the ongoing health risks and local restrictions have now made it clear that this is the right path. To all of the students who were planning to participate, we would look forward to seeing you next year. All deposits are being refunded. Stay safe, healthy, and continue to sing and play, even in these uncertain times. Best, Milena and Tim
Bach-Millennium Music offers a unique program in opera collaboration with a resident orchestra, designed to provide singers, conductors and pianists/coaches with a professional experience.
For singers, the curriculum will include daily rehearsals with conductor and orchestra, individual voice lessons and coaching with leading international faculty, preparation of arias and ensembles for professional stage in a supportive environment, collaboration with conducting students, lectures and master classes in body alignment, acting and presentation in the world of singing, public performances, and video recordings of the concerts.
For conductors, the curriculum will include daily morning and afternoon podium time, daily reviewing of recordings and discussion, work with internationally recognized faculty and a fully professional orchestra, score analysis and conducting technique, focus on operatic repertoire with singers, lectures and master classes, a final public performance, and video recordings of both rehearsals and a concert.
For pianists/coaches, the curriculum will include daily meeting with coaching faculty, sessions with conducting students and faculty, observation and practical experience in vocal coaching, participation in master classes, classes in operatic score preparation, observations of orchestral sessions with conductors and singers.
The program faculty will be led by veteran German opera conductor Professor Maestro Matthias Kuntzsch, joined by Maestro Alexander Katsman, Professor Timothy Bach and Dramatic Soprano Professor Sylvia Anderson from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Founder Dramatic Soprano Milena Georgieva and others.
Board of Directors Milena Georgieva, Founder, President Lyubomir Grigorov, Vice-President, Social Media and Web site consultant Timothy Bach, Co-founder, Treasurer Vincent Aveni, Secretary
Advisory Board Sylvia Anderson Patricia Craig Pamela Fry Matthias Kuntzsch
SING with orchestra Daily rehearsals with conductor and orchestra Individual voice lessons and coaching Leading International Faculty Understand conductor’s demands Diction coaching Prepare your roles for professional stage in a supportive environment Video recordings from the concerts Collaborate with conducting students Lectures and Master Classes Final concerts
CONDUCT opera Daily podium time Video recordings from the final concerts Option for recording of all daily orchestra rehearsals Internationally recognized faculty Work on Operatic Repertoire Score analysis and conducting technique Professional orchestra Conducting Opera Singers Lectures and Master Classes Personal consultation Final concerts
COACH opera Daily meeting with coaching faculty Group meetings on operatic score preparation Sessions with conducting students, singers and faculty Observation of vocal coaching sessions as well as practical experience Learning vocal repertoire Lectures and Master Classes Personal consultations Final public concert
Be prepared to be present between 10:00-5:00.All activities are on rotating principle, allowing you to have some time between classes for reviewing notes, preparation for what comes next and getting to know your new friends. We have an open door policy as we believe that we learn from one another. We greatly encourage you to use the opportunity and enter as many rehearsals/classes/lessons as you can. Observe other students' work as much as your schedule allows it.
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest institution of higher learning in California. The campus is surrounded by the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis which traces its founding to 1776. The campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style, and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival Architecture.
Important for commuters: Santa Clara University is easily accessible by train, being right across the street from Santa Clara CalTrain station. Quick ride from/to San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose
Students needing housing may reside on the campus of Santa Clara University in a single or double occupancy room. Please indicate if you need housing in your application.
Matthias Kuntzsch, Conductor Alexander Katsman, Conductor Timothy Bach, Pianist Milena Georgieva Bach, Dramatic Soprano, Founder of Bach-Millennium Music Molly Fillmore, Soprano Jane Randolph, Soprano Silvia Anderson, Dramatic Soprano Patricia Craig, Soprano