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Opera Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Opera Institute ever accept anyone who is not in the 15 - 18 year age bracket?

On rare occasions, we will accept students who are 19 years old who are just entering college or have completed their freshman year. However, we do not accept anyone younger than 15 years old. Part of Opera Institute's goal is to prepare students for college music programs. The latter part of high school is the best time to audition.

Will my audition be scored differently if I submit a video rather than audition live?

No. The live auditions and the video auditions are judged on the same rubric and by the same judges. No preference is given to either type of audition.

What if my teacher recommendation is not completed by the application deadline?

Please contact us immediately if you know your recommendation letter will not be submitted by the application deadline, so that your audition is not disqualified.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

All applicants should be notified on or before March 31st.

What does it mean to be on the waitlist? What if I wish to withdraw from this list?

Opera Institute creates a waitlist each year which will remain open until the start of the program. We cannot estimate how many will be accepted from the waitlist. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to be removed from the waiting list; there are many deserving student eager to be a part of the program.

Which airport should I fly in to?

Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the most convenient to American University and is approximately 30 minutes from campus during rush hour by cab. Washington Metro (subway) trains run daily from Reagan National Airport into downtown Washington on the yellow or blue lines. To get to AU, transfer to the red line at Gallery Place station or Metro Center station in the direction of Shady Grove and get off at the Tenleytown/AU station. Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about 45 minutes from campus, and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is about one hour from campus. Students are responsible for getting to the AU campus on the scheduled arrival date. We suggest using SuperShuttle if needed:

What will I do during weekends at Opera Institute?

Since the majority of our students choose to stay at American University during the course of the program, you will spend the weekend with your classmates and new friends. Resident Assistants (RA's) plan weekend activities throughout Washington, DC to places such as the Smithsonians, the National Cathedral, the zoo, etc. There is also time on the weekends to use the practice rooms at Katzen Arts Center, work on homework, and relax...a bit.

Are there vegetarian and vegan dining options in the American University dining halls?