"The BFOS was a great experience overall. Not only did we get to live in an exciting city like Barcelona, but the amount of learning was much more than I anticipated. After an intensive month, I left feeling fulfilled and curious to keep researching this repertoire; I learned about so many amazing composers, styles and works in the Latin-American and Spanish cultures that I had never even heard of, and I worked on such beautiful repertoire, that I am still going through the process of discovering it all for myself, three years later. Being a Latina and also Spanish/Latin-American Literature Major, when I started studying music I always felt the need to research and learn more of L-A and Spanish music, and I often felt that there wasn't enough music available for me. After attending BFOS, all of that changed. I have included many of these pieces in my recitals; I have even sung full recitals just from the repertoire I sung, or heard, at the BFOS... and I still have tons of music to go through. If you enjoy singing "non-standard" music that is just as beautiful and musically interesting as any French, Italian or German art song, BFOS gives you the tools to get started and, if you're anything like me, afterwards you'll be hooked! In addition to all the amazing music, the teachers (Patricia, Stella, etc) were incredibly helpful and kind, the accompanists were super talented (Mark and Andres) and, we had lots of fun as a group... and in the end, I even made amazing friends for life... I hope I can be back to BFOS soon!" Yaira Sánchez, soprano participant BFOS 2009 from Boston Conservatory
“Patricia’ssummer course is an important and much needed gift to the growing world of Spanish and Latin American vocal music literature. I learned much new non-Mexican repertoire, worked on both South American and Spanish song, and loved my lessons in Catalan and Portuguese, the latter of which is offered in no other vocal program. Every day was packed full of 14 hours of musical things to do. The program is truly worth its weight in gold. Additionally, Patricia has an indefatigable spirit and is a joy to work with. Her books are also a valuable addition to any vocal music department, especially because so many Latin American songs are unpublished, out of print or otherwise unavailable. I cannot recommend her enough!” Juanita Ulloa, soprano – participant 2008, doctoral student University of Northen Colorado.
“An intense learning experience” – Mary McGarvey, participant in 2007 & 2008 Teacher at Queens & Brooklyn College, NY
“The quality of instruction is consistently high, you can’t get a better education or training in this repertoire” – Erika Vogel, Montreal Canada
“I now have a new commitment – learning this repertoire and taking this music back home, and making it known” – Fabiana Katz, Vancouver, Canada, participant 2008
“This course not only gave me a new repertoire to take back to my own students, but it also allowed me to reconnect with my own background” - Rose Marie Houghton, Washington, DC, USA, Teacher at Catholic University and participant in editions 2008 & 2009.
“These are art songs that touch you. I felt more comfortable on stage, more expressive. This course will add to your artistry.” – Belinda Lau, UC Irvine, USA, participat 2008
“Life-changing. Do it!” – Paulette Coppin, NYC
“Each teacher has inspired me in new ways, expanding my repertoire – I would highly recommend this course.” –Yayra Sanchez, Boston Conservatory.
“I have seen I lot of improvement in myself, in my confidence and my interpretation on stage.” – Sara Hunter, Chicago
“I loved the atmosphere of the course. We are connected, sharing, helping each other out, supporting each other emotionally.” – Mariana Pino, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
“You not only learn a great repertoire, but you get to work with passionate, very intelligent, intellectual people, which is a rare thing.” Amalia Mora, UCLA, US, participant 2007.