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Opera Institute

Admissions Information

Program Application

All students are required to complete the online application form by January 16, 2015. The application will be available in late fall.

Application requirements include an essay, letter of recommendation (1), and photo. Resumés are optional.

Audition Information

Opera Institute accepts live and video auditions. Students eligible to audition should be 15-18 years old and already engaged in in-depth vocal study with an interest in pursuing a musical career in opera. Singers currently should be studying Italian Art Songs.

Audition Requirements

Please prepare two art songs; one must be in Italian. Arias from the standard opera and operetta repertoire are not permitted. Art songs such as those in the 24 Italian Songs and Arias and similar are suggested. If attending a live audition, please bring two copies of your music with you. An accompanist will be provided.

Live Auditions

Live auditions are strongly preferred by the judging panel for students who live within a 3-4 hour drive from Washington, DC. Applicants wishing to schedule a live audition should do so by calling (202) 416-8846 or emailing operainstitute@kennedy-center.org prior to submitting an online application and no later than January 16, 2015. Please call early as space is limited.

Video Auditions

This applies only to students who are not able to make a live audition. Students must announce their name, the name of their selection, and the composer of their selection at the beginning of the video; be dressed for an audition; and have the camera set to show a full-length shot of them for the entirety of their performance. Videos must be uploaded as part of the online application by January 16, 2015. MP4, M4V, WMV, and AVI files are accepted.

Audition Dates

(Please contact us to schedule an audition by January 16, 2015.)

The Kennedy Center:
Saturdays, January 24 & 31, 2015.
The John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
Video auditions:
must be received by January 16, 2015

Tuition & Scholarships

The costs below are for the three weeks of the 2015 Opera Institute:

Tuition $2,000
Housing $1,100
Total $3,100

Opera Institute has partial and full tuition scholarships available for students with financial need. However, all students are encouraged to find additional funding through businesses in their community, their schools, and local music societies. Some students even have created their own benefit concerts!

Scholarship applications are separate from the online application, and must be received by February 2, 2015, via mail. Please do not fax or email scholarship applications. Completed applications should be mailed to:

Education/Opera Institute
ATTN: Scholarships
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

Opera Institute Class

Students applying for scholarships must provide: