"...the most reliably first-rate of all presenting organizations in Washington...
" Tim Page, Washington Post
The Vocal Arts Society, founded in 1990 by Dr. Gerald Perman,
presents accomplished singers, often in the early stages of their careers, in
a full range of repertoire.
Since its first season, Vocal Arts Society has tripled its
subscribers, more than doubled its number of recital presentations, and has
become a vital and proven force in the cultural life of the Washington, D.
C., metropolitan area.
Vocal Arts Society, now presenting recitals at the Terrace
Theater of the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C., has collaborated and co-presented
with such local, national, and international institutions as the Marilyn Horne
Foundation, the Gerard Souzay Vocal Arts Foundation, the University of Maryland,
the Peabody Conservatory, the French Embassy, and the Washington Performing
At its inception, Washington Post critic Joseph McLellan described
Vocal Arts Society as "the most promising new organization on the Washington
Summing up his own four-year career as the Washington Post's
chief music critic Tim Page said it all: "If I were to name the most
reliably first-rate of all presenting organizations in Washington, I'd have
to select Gerald Perman's Vocal Arts Society. The group, which now offers
eight concerts a year, most of them in the French Embassy, gave first Washington
recitals to soprano Renee Fleming, mezzo-sopranos Lorraine Hunt and Suzanne
Mentzer, tenors Stanford Olsen and Rockwell Blake, counter-tenor David Daniels,
and baritones Sanford Sylvan and Ian Bostridge long before these estimable
artists were generally known." (Washington Post, July 11, 1999)