The Kennedy Center

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 six different cities, a select group of artists will be invited to final auditions in Washington, DC, in December and January.

Applications for the 2019-2020 season are now open.

Application

2019-2020 Program Dates: August 26, 2019May 22, 2020


Application Deadline

Philadelphia, PA:
September 14, 2018
Washington, DC:
September 14, 2018
Cincinnati, OH:
September 14, 2018
Houston, TX:
October 1, 2018
Chicago, IL:
October 1, 2018
New York, NY:
October 1, 2018

Audition Location and Dates

Philadelphia, PA:
September 24, 2018
Washington, DC:
September 25-26, 2018
Cincinnati, OH:
October 10-11, 2018
Houston, TX:
October 22, 2018
Chicago, IL:
October 24, 2018
New York, NY:
October 28-29, 2018

Materials Required

  • Online YAP Tracker application (see Apply buttons above)
  • Submission of three audio/video samples
  • Audition repertoire

Compensation

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. Pianists will have the opportunity to work on a mainstage production each season as part of the WNO music staff.

For more information about the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program, the application process, or the audition requirements, please email DCYAP@kennedy-center.org.