This program was founded in 2012 with a coaching series led by master coach and pianist John Parr, a member of LIEDER ALIVE!’s Advisory Board and head of music staff at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany. In 2014/15, the Institute provided coaching sessions for six singers with Mr. Parr, Alison Pybus (LIEDER ALIVE!’s Advisory Board chair, and former vice president at IMG Artists), and LIEDER ALIVE!’s director, Maxine Bernstein. The Summer Lieder Institute also includes compositional workshops led by Composer-in-Residence Kurt Erickson.