Information for Pianists
  • The application for the 2016-17 HGO Studio is now live.

    For singers:

    For pianists:


    1. All applicants are considered for the Houston Grand Opera Studio beginning in late August 2016. Pianists are not eligible for the Eleanor McCollum Competition.


    2. Applications should be submitted online. Applications open on August 3, 2015. The application deadline is September 27, 2015.

    3. Audition Dates – Please select the city where you wish to audition. If you can easily attend more than one city, please indicate this by selecting a second choice city. This may improve your chances of being granted an audition, as some cities are more over-subscribed than others. Successful applicants will select their own date and time once granted an audition.

    Auditions dates:
    November 9, 2015 – Houston, TX (evening only)
    November 11, 2015 – Houston, TX (evening only)
    November 16, 2015 – Houston, TX (evening only)
    November 20, 2015 – Cincinnati, OH
    November 21, 2015 – Cincinnati, OH
    November 22, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA
    December 10, 2015 – New York, NY
    December 11, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA
    December 12, 2015 – New York, NY
    December 13, 2015 – New York, NY
    December 14, 2015 – New York, NY (morning only)

    4. Audition Repertoire – Pianists should prepare the following for their audition:

    Each applicant must prepare:

    • A solo piece of no more than six minutes duration, to be performed from memory;
    • “Sta nell’ircana” from Alcina;
    • Die Zauberflöte Act 2 Finale (No. 21);
    • La Traviata Act 2;

    In addition, each applicant must offer:

    • TWO of the following:
           o “I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung” from Nixon in China (pp. 244-255 in the p/v)
           o “Mab, la reine des mensonges” from Roméo et Juliette
           o “Wie du warst” from Der Rosenkavalier

    You should be prepared to play and sing all selections, and you may be asked to conduct as well. You will be asked to sight-read, and there will be a brief interview with the audition panel. We ask that you submit your chosen solo piece and operatic excerpts on your application, but you may substitute a different piece or excerpt at your audition if you wish.

    There will also be a short interview with the audition panel after the audition.

    5. References – Your application must be supported by at least three confidential recommendations; one from your current/most recent primary teacher and two from music professionals. As part of the application process, you will be given the opportunity to contact three references to ask them to complete a short online recommendation form through YAP Tracker. The deadline is September 27, 2015. Please contact your references early in the process.

    References should come from your current/most recent primary teacher and two of the seven professional types listed below.
    • Opera Stage Director / Opera Workshop Director
    • Opera General Director
    • Music Director/Conductor
    • Artistic Administrator
    • Department Chairman or Dean
    • Choral Director
    • Coach

    6. A non-refundable $35 application processing fee must be paid online at the time of submission. If we have offered to waive your fee, you will receive a special link to access the application form.

    7. Selection criteria – Pianists must demonstrate major potential supported by prior experience as a repetiteur. There is no age limit, and there are no restrictions regarding nationality. HGO Studio reserves the right, without explanation, to decline to hear pianists who, in the judges’ opinion, do not meet the criteria. Applications are reviewed by HGO Studio staff and are considered confidential.

    8. Audition Notification – Houston Grand Opera Studio will e-mail you by Saturday, October 31, 2015 to tell you whether or not you have been allocated an audition. Successful applicants will schedule their audition slot through YAP Tracker.

    9. Audition Results – Applicants will be notified by e-mail of the result of their audition by Thursday, December 31, 2015. The judges' decision is final. Pianists will not be asked to participate in semi-final and final auditions and may be asked to join the HGO Studio based on preliminary auditions.

    Important Notes:

    You can access your application at any time by logging in to the YAP Tracker website.
    Do not mail applications, recordings or videotapes to HGO.

    Notify us immediately at if your contact information or availability to audition changes.

  • Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions.
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