• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Auditioning for HGO Studio

    Scheduling
    When will I hear whether I have an audition or not?
    I haven’t heard from you about an audition – does this mean I didn’t get one?
    How do I select my time? 
    There are no slots available on the day I need - what should I do? 
    Why have I been scheduled for a city which wasn't my first choice? 
    I'm no longer available for my chosen city - what should I do?
    I want to swap with my friend - is that ok?  

    Preliminary Auditions
    What are the audition cities and dates?
    What’s the format for the preliminary auditions?
    Do you provide a pianist for auditions?
    Do I need to bring materials to my preliminary audition?
    I want to change my chosen repertoire – what should I do?
    I have forgotten what my repertoire was – what should I do? 
    I need to cancel my audition - what should I do?

    What happens next
    What happens after my audition?
    When will I hear?
    When are the semi-finals and finals?
    What's the format for the semi-finals and finals?

    Studio
    How many people are you taking into the Studio?
    When will I find out if I've gotten into the Studio?

    Question not here? Email us at studio@houstongrandopera.org

    Scheduling

    When will I hear whether I have an audition or not?
    Notifications will be emailed to you by Friday, October 31, 2013.  
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    I haven’t heard from you about an audition – does this mean I didn’t get one?

    No – all applicants who have submitted a form and paid their $35 (or who are fee-exempt) will be contacted before October 31, whether they have been allocated an audition or not. If for some reason you don't receive an email, you can log back on to YAP Tracker to check your status.  
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    How do I select my time?
    Please log in to YAP Tracker and follow the instructions. Detailed help can be found here. If you need any help with this part of the process, please contact YAP Tracker at help@yaptracker.com.     
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    There are no slots available on the day I need - what should I do?
    Please e-mail us at studio@houstongrandopera.org or call us at 713.546.0227. We will do what we can to help.
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    Why have I been scheduled for a city which wasn't my first choice?
    We tried to schedule everyone to their first choice city, but some venues were over-subscribed so that simply wasn't possible. In those instances, we put you in your second-choice city. No-one has been scheduled for a city which wasn't included on their application.
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    I’m no longer available for my chosen city – what should I do?
    Please e-mail us at studio@houstongrandopera.org as soon as possible. If you are available on an alternative date we will endeavor to reschedule you. Please note that there will likely be a long wait-list for New York auditions. 
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    I want to swap with my friend - is that ok?
    If that is convenient for both of you, that's fine, but YOU MUST LET US KNOW. It is not possible to process swaps through YAP Tracker. Additionally, you may not swap unless the two of you are due to be singing in the same city. Please e-mail studio@houstongrandopera.org. Do not arrange swaps that are not mutually beneficial, as we may know of someone who desperately wants your slot, and we are happy to help rearrange the schedule where possible.
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    Preliminary Auditions:

    What are the audition cities and dates?
    November 11, 2014 - Houston, TX (evening only)
    November 17, 2014 - Houston TX (evening only)
    November 18, 2014 - Houston, TX (evening only)
    November 21, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH
    November 22, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH
    November 23, 2014 - San Francisco, CA
    December 8, 2014 - New York, NY
    December 9, 2014 - New York, NY
    December 10, 2014 - New York, NY
    December 11, 2014 - New York, NY
    December 12, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA 
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    What’s the format for the preliminary auditions?
    You will select the first aria/song to be performed. Where time permits, the panel will then ask for some or all of a second or third piece from your repertoire list.  
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    Do you provide a pianist for auditions?
    Yes, we provide a pianist. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
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    Do I need to bring materials to my preliminary audition?
    No, this is not necessary. You only need to bring a repertoire list if you have changed your selections.
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    I want to change my chosen repertoire – what should I do?
    That’s fine, as long as you stick to our basic stipulations (see Information for Singers #4). There is no need to inform us in advance, just bring a revised repertoire list to your audition.
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    I have forgotten what my repertoire was – what should I do?
    You can view your repertoire by logging back into YAP Tracker.
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    I need to cancel my audition - what should I do? 
    You can cancel your audition through YAP Tracker until November 3. After that, please contact the Studio at 713.546.0227. NOTE - canceled auditions cannot be rescheduled through YAP Tracker. 
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    What happens next:

    What happens after my audition?
    A maximum of 20 singers will be invited to Houston in January/February 2015 to take part in the semi-finals. You will receive an e-mail from the Studio by Wednesday, December 31, 2014 to let you know whether or not you have made it through to the semi-finals.
    Pianists do not participate in the semi-finals; you will receive an e-mail from the Studio by Wednesday, December 31, 2014 if you are still being considered for a spot in the 2015 - 16 Studio. Studio positions will then be offered by Friday, February 13, 2015.
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    When will I hear?
    We will e-mail all singers and pianists by Wednesday, December 31, 2014 with information whether or not you're still under consideration. If you do not receive an e-mail by this date, please contact us at 713.546.0227.
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    When are the semi-finals and finals?
    Successful applicants will be invited to Houston to arrive on Friday, January 30, 2015. The semi-finals take place on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1. The finals start on Monday, February 2 and culminate in a public competition, accompanied by Bradley Moore, on Thursday, February 5. Flights and hotel accommodation will be provided.
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    What's the format for the semi-finals and finals?
    All semi-finalists participate in two auditions, one on Saturday, January 31, and one on Sunday, February 1. Those not proceeding to the finals return home on Monday, February 2; finalists will start coaching that day, working towards private finals on Wednesday, February 4 and a public competition on Thursday, February 5. If you are not available for the full week, it is usually possible to come to an arrangement to come to audition for the Studio, even though you cannot be considered for the competition prizes.
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    Studio:

    How many people are you taking into the Studio?
    The number of spaces in the Studio varies from season to season. We do not strive for a certain number of Studio artists, nor do we have to fill slots for certain voice-types. Having said that, it is normal for us to offer between three and seven new positions each year.
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    When will I find out if I've gotten into the Studio?

    If you are a candidate for the Studio, you will either be invited to the semi-finals and finals, or, if you are not available for those, we will discuss alternative times when you might be able to come to Houston to sing to the full casting panel. Unsuccessful preliminary auditions will not result in consideration for the 2015 - 16 Studio.

    All semi-finalists and finalists are considered for the Studio, and where possible offers are made within two weeks of the Concert of Arias.

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    Question not here? Email us at studio@houstongrandopera.org

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