The Kennedy Center

Audition Information

Applications for the 2020-2021 season are now open.


2020-2021 Program Dates: August 24, 2020 May 21, 2021

Application Deadline

Please submit an application by September 13, 2019.

Audition Location and Dates

Philadelphia, PA:
September 26, 2019
Washington, DC:
September 30-October 1, 2019
Cincinnati, OH:
October 8-9, 2019
Chicago, IL:
October 17, 2019
Houston, TX:
November 21, 2019
New York, NY:
November 25-26, 2019

Materials Required

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


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