Vocal Institute

Music & Theater / Star-Powered Artistry

The Vocal Institute is the leading source to prepare for a 21st century career in voice and vocal piano. The Music Academy’s expert teaching artists collaborate and mentor participants to prepare them for on-stage opportunities, from a fully-staged opera production to public masterclasses.

20 singers enrolled per summer
5 vocal pianists enrolled per summer

Faculty & Teaching Artists

2022 Training & Performance Opportunities

Peter Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Peter Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

The fully-staged production will be conducted by Daniela Candillari and directed by Matthew Ozawa. Offering lead roles for soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone, and bass.

Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Compete for a $5,000 cash award per winner (1 singer / 1 pianist); a Santa Barbara recital in 2023 featuring a commissioned work; up to $1,000 for innovative methods to support recital performance; networking with presenters, management, and media professionals; and digital assets for career promotion.

Private Lessons & Masterclasses

Private Lessons & Masterclasses

Study one-on-one with pedagogues from our world-class faculty roster including John Churchwell, Gerald Martin Moore, Nino Sanikidze, Tamara Sanikidze, and Bill Schuman.

Additional Opportunities

Additional Opportunities

  • Vocal Chamber Concerts
  • Vocal Institute Recital
  • One or more new music productions, semi to fully-staged, curated by James Darrah
  • Training with Acting and Performance Coach Sara E. Widzer

Industry Day

Industry Day

Singers and pianists will be heard by and receive critical feedback from prominent artist managers and casting directors.

Audition Process & Repertoire Requirements

Application Form

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are through 11:59 pm Pacific Time

2022 Voice Program / Nov 1, 2021

2022 Vocal Piano Program / Nov 1, 2021

Vocal Piano Audition Requirements

2022 NEW AUDITION PROCESS! PRE-SCREENING ROUND FOLLOWED BY INVITATION-ONLY VIRTUAL LIVE ROUND


All Vocal Piano applicants must first submit a Pre-Screening Round Audition Video Recording as part of the online application, Applicants will be notified by email by mid-November if they have advanced to the Virtual Live Audition Round and will be emailed an audition appointment at that time.

*Due to the ongoing uncertainty and complications surrounding the Delta variant of Covid-19, there will be no in-person live auditions for 2022. A virtual live final round will occur instead.

*International Vocal Piano Program Applicants Exempt from Virtual Live Auditions: those residing overseas (outside North America) may request to submit a video upload audition in lieu of a live virtual audition, if advanced to the Virtual Live Round.

 

VOCAL PIANO PRE-SCREENING ROUND AUDITION VIDEO REPERTOIRE

Two Selections: 

1. Choose ONE of the following arias to play and sing:

  • Mozart, recitative and aria “Temerari…Come scoglio” (from Cosi fan tutte)
  • Mozart, recitative and aria  “Crudele…Non mi dir” (from Don Giovanni)
  • Mozart, recitative and aria “Tutto è disposto…Aprite un po quegli occhi” (from Le nozze di Figaro)

2. Choose ONE of the following ensembles to play and sing:

  • “Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore, “Una parola, O Adina…Chiedi all’ aura
  • Verdi, quartet “Un dì, se ben rammentomi… Bella figlia dell’amore” (from Rigoletto)

 

VOCAL PIANO INVITATION-ONLY VIRTUAL LIVE ROUND AUDITION REPERTOIRE

Four Selections:

1. Choose ONE of the following arias to play and sing:

  • Mozart, recitative and aria “Temerari…Come scoglio” (from Cosi fan tutte)
  • Mozart, recitative and aria “Crudele…Non mi dir” (from Don Giovanni)
  • Mozart, recitative and aria “Tutto è disposto…Aprite un po quegli occhi” (from Le nozze di Figaro)


2. Choose ONE of the following arias to play:

  • Tchaikovsky, “Lensky’s Aria” (from Eugene Onegin)
  • Stravinsky, “No word from Tom…I go to Him” (from The Rake’s Progress)
  • Puccini, “Recondita armonia” (from Tosca)

3. Choose ONE of the following ensembles to play and sing:

  • “Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore, “Una parola, O Adina…Chiedi all’ aura
  • Verdi, quartet “Un dì, se ben rammentomi… Bella figlia dell’amore” (from Rigoletto)

4. Choose ONE of the following songs to play. Applicant to provide own vocal partner.

  • Strauss, “Allerseelen” in E flat Major
  • Barber, “St. Ita’s Vision” in high key
  • Fauré, “Clair de lune” in B flat Minor

*Virtual Live auditions are 15-20 minutes each.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Vocal Piano Applicants residing overseas (outside North America) may submit a video upload audition in lieu of a virtual live audition, if advanced to the Virtual Live Round; upload four videos that satisfy the repertoire requirements above. Vocal partner must be arranged on your own to meet the fourth repertoire requirement.

 

*Note: Vocal Piano Early Arrival Date: Enrolled Vocal Piano fellows arrive several days prior to the start of the Festival in order to participate in pre-season training.

Voice Program Audition Requirements

2022 NEW Voice Program Audition Process: Pre-Screening Recording Round followed by an Invitation-Only Virtual Live Round:

Voice Program applicants must first submit a Pre-Screening Round recording as part of the online application. Applicants will be notified by email by mid-November if they have been advanced to the Virtual Live Audition Round and will be emailed an audition appointment at that time.

*Due to the ongoing uncertainty and complications surrounding the Delta variant of Covid-19, there will be no in-person live auditions for 2022. A virtual live final round will occur instead.

*International Voice Program Applicants Exempt from Live Auditions: those residing overseas (outside North America) may submit a video upload audition in lieu of a virtual live audition, if advanced to the Virtual Live Audition Round.

 

Audition Repertoire:

PRE-SCREENING RECORDING ROUND
The following two selections must be uploaded as audio or audio/video files within the online application:

  • 1 opera aria
  • 1 art song

*Singers are encouraged, but not required, to sing selections from Eugene Onegin if they are interested in being considered for leading roles.

 

INVITATION-ONLY VIRTUAL LIVE AUDITION ROUND 
The following four selections:

  • 2 contrasting opera arias
  • 2 art songs

*Singers are encouraged, but not required, to sing selections from Eugene Onegin if they are interested in being considered for leading roles.

*At least one of the four Live Audition Round selections must be in English
*At least one of the four Live Audition Round selections must be composed after 1950
*Both requirements above may be met by singing an Opera Aria or Art Song that is both in English and composed after 1950

*Applicants must demonstrate in their audition a thorough understanding of the character, dramatic situation, and meaning of each aria or song text.

 

Vocal Institute fellows have multiple performance opportunities including a fully-staged production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, one or two semi or fully-staged new music productions, and the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, in addition to public masterclasses and vocal chamber performances. Fellows also participate in an evening of staged song, opera, and chamber music.

Invitation-Only Virtual Live Round Schedule

  • Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • Sunday, December 5, 2021