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Building Your Craft






Admissions information and web updates for 2022 will be posted in November 2021. Please check back then.


Building Your Craft: From Studio to Stage 

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival® invites applications for the The Institute of Voice Studies, Building Your Craft: From Studio to Stage, at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. The three-week intensive program for college freshmen and sophomore vocal students builds a foundation in stagecraft through classes in acting and dramatic interpretation, language and diction, solo and ensemble coaching, stage movement, dance, and body awareness. Led by a faculty with years of international experience, participants prepare and stage scenes from opera and operetta for public performance.

Daily Classes and Sessions (up to 35 hours per week) include:

  • Dance and Movement for the Stage
  • Techniques in dramatic interpretation and theatrical presentation
  • Diction and Language
  • Daily individual and ensemble coaching
  • Staging of scenes
  • Lectures (Vocal Health, Collaboration: You and the Pianist, Performance Anxiety, Learning Orientations)
  • Individual voice lessons will be available for participants. (Lessons are voluntary and scheduled with the approval of the individual’s voice teacher.)
  • Final performance of opera scenes
  • Limited enrollment and generous tuition fellowships


In 2019:

* University of Houston faculty member

Fees (all fees are non-refundable)

  • Application Fee: $80 (due with application)
  • Registration Fee: $1400 
  • Tuition: $0 (All participants receive a fellowship for the remaining tuition valued at $3200 underwritten by the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Foundation)
  • Optional Room and Board Fee: $1100 (For out-of-town participants only requiring meals and housing during the Institute.  University of Houston dormitory; double occupancy; three meals daily in UH dorm cafeteria).  Must be requested no later than TBA. Note: participants who chose to live off campus are responsible for arranging their own housing and meals during the Vocal Institute and must  have reliable transportation.


  • Recorded Audition/Application Deadline: TBA
  • Acceptance Deadline: TBA

All Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials by TBA Deadline:

  • Only college freshman and sophomore vocal students are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age by May 1, 2022 to be eligible to participate in the program.
  • Completed application form with $80 non-refundable application fee (payable by credit card only, details TBA)
  • Attach your one-page resume & video recorded audition with two vocal selections, including one in English and one in Italian.
  • International Applicants not currently in the U.S.: If accepted, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa to attend The Institute of Voice Studies.

Important Institute Dates: TBA

TMF Covid 19 Health and Safety Statement:  

The health and safety of all students, faculty, and on-campus guests are our primary concern. We will monitor the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, following all university, city, and state guidelines, and all applicants will be notified if public safety concerns prove insurmountable. 

For more information

Melanie Sonnenberg, Director