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Building Your Craft: From Studio to Stage: May 21 - June 8, 2018

Building Your Craft

Live Audition Application Deadline Extended to February 22

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival® announces the debut of a new vocal institute: 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


* University of Houston faculty member

Fees (all fees are non-refundable)

  • Application fee: $75 (due with application)
  • Registration fee: $1200 (due upon acceptance and no later than April 9, 2018  - includes approximately 35 hours of instruction per week)
  • 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: $1200 (University of Houston dormitory; double occupancy; three meals daily in UH dorm cafeteria)

Application Deadlines:

  • Live Audition Application Deadline - Extended to February 22, 2018. Live Auditions will take place at University of Houston Moores School of Music on February 25, 2018.
  • Recorded Audition/Application Deadline - March 26, 2018.

All Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials:

  • Mail (do not email) completed application form with $75 non-refundable application fee (payable by check or credit card) to:
    Institute of Vocal Studies
    Texas Music Festival
    3333 Cullen Blvd., Room 120
    Houston, TX 77204
  • Recorded Audition Applicants: Email msonnenb@Central.UH.EDU your one-page resume & YouTube video links with two vocal selections, including one in English and one in Italian by March 26, 2018.
  • Only college freshman and sophomore vocal students are eligible to apply.
  • International Applicants Not Currently in the U.S.: If accepted, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa to attend the Vocal Institute.

For more information

Melanie Sonnenberg, Director

Photo Credit: Shannon Langham