“I have felt the need for many years, after hearing thousands of auditioning young opera singers, to provide a bridge of information and expectation to the most gifted young potential, in a way that was open, clear, objective, and supportive, in order to assist both students and teachers in achieving their goals.”
- HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers
HGO's Young Artists' Vocal Academy was established in 2011 to
work specifically with singers at the undergraduate level. Our aim
is to take the most talented young singers and help them on the
path to artistry by introducing them to the breadth of information
required for this career and the nature of excellent training.
Singers will leave the week with a clearer understanding of their
strengths and weaknesses and how to find the help they need. They
will also have made contacts at HGO which will last their whole
The week-long course is held on-site at HGO, and all fees, room
and board is covered by the opera company. As well as a variety of
group classes in subjects such as characterization, how to prepare
a score, diction and movement, participants will receive individual
training in the form of daily voice lessons with HGO's Director of
Vocal Instruction, Stephen King, daily coachings with a member of
HGO's music staff, and dramatic coachings.
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The Young Artists Vocal Academy is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Wakefield, Patrick Carfizzi, Dr. and Mrs. David P. Gill, Gwyneth Campbell, and the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Hotel accommodations for YAVA are generously supported by The Lancaster Hotel.