Young Artists Vocal Academy
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  • Participant Responses

    “If there was ever an opera company that I would want to work with, it would be HGO. Everything about this place is inspiring and nurturing, and I hope that one day I will get the chance to be part of it”. – 2013 YAVA Participant 

    “I can’t thank you enough for making this week happen. I literally learned more than I ever thought I could in one week. I’m so grateful.” – YAVA 2012 Participant    
  • “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  

    What is YAVA?  

    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 career.

    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.

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