Audition Information

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program holds a nation-wide audition tour every fall in order to recruit the finest and most exciting talent for the program. Singers and pianists/coaches who are interested in joining the program may apply through YAP Tracker. Following the preliminary round of auditions in seven different cities, a select group of artists will be invited to final auditions in Washington, DC, in December and January.

Applications for the 2018-19 season are now open.

2018-2019 DCYAP Dates

August 27, 2018 – May 24, 2019

Application Deadline

  • Washington, DC: September 01, 2017
  • Cincinnati, OH: September 01, 2017
  • New York, NY: September 01, 2017
  • Philadelphia, PA: September 01, 2017
  • Houston, TX: September 15, 2017
  • San Francisco, CA: September 15, 2017
  • Chicago, IL: September 15, 2017

Materials Required

  • Online application
  • Submission of three audio/video samples
  • Audition repertoire
  • A non-refundable $35 application fee

Audition Location and Dates

  • Washington, DC: October 5-6, 2017
  • Cincinnati, OH: October 12-13, 2017
  • New York, NY: October 16-17, 2017
  • Philadelphia, PA: October 23, 2017
  • Chicago, IL: November 6, 2017
  • San Francisco, CA: November 7, 2017
  • Houston, TX: November 9, 2017


Payment is provided:
Stipend, reimbursement of monthly health insurance premium (up to a certain amount), one-time moving allowance, wellness allowance, financial assistance with travel for competitions, lessons, and auditions. Singers will also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles in Washington National Opera mainstage productions, which are compensated according to AGMA stipulations in addition to regular stipend.

More information regarding auditions can be found on here:

Applicants can apply here:

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