Opera Memphis Artists-in-Residence and the University of Memphis Artist Diploma
Opera Memphis offers a two-year Artists-in-Residence program in partnership with the
University of Memphis. This program is designed for those who may have already embarked
on performing careers, or are on the brink of such careers. It offers opportunities
to work with both a professional opera company and a strong, performance-oriented
Fall 2014 Entry Information
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTIST DIPLOMA - OPERA COACHING FOR FALL 2014 WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL
FEBRUARY 28, 2014.
Artist-in-Residence / Artist Diploma in Opera Directing
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTIST DIPLOMA – OPERA STAGE DIRECTION HAVE CLOSEDFOR FALL 2014
Artist-in-Residence / Artist Diploma in Voice
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTIST DIPLOMA - VOICE HAVE CLOSED FOR FALL 2014
- Auditions will be held for the following voice types: soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone/bass.
Auditions will be held for applicants who have been invited to audition after participating
in a screening process conducted by Opera Memphis.
Currently, there are openings for a soprano, a mezzo, and a baritone/bass for Fall
2014 however tenors will also be heard as a position could become available.
Each year Opera Memphis presents two mainstage productions and a chamber opera festival.
Artists-in-Residence work with General Director Ned Canty and with nationally recognized
singers, conductors and directors. Recent conductors have included Ari Pelto, Steven
Osgood, and David Hayes.
Performance opportunities for Artists-in-Residence at Opera Memphis include:
-At least one main stage role in a production, generally supporting or comprimario
(recent roles include Schaunard in La Bohème, Gianetta in Elixir of Love, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.)
-Covering principal roles
-Roles in education and outreach concerts and touring programs
-Option for singing in the chorus
Performance opportunities with the University of Memphis Opera include at least one
principal role. There are at least two fully-staged opera productions with orchestra
each academic year.
Artists-in-Residence pursuing the Artist Diploma work with Co-Directors of Opera Studies
at the University of Memphis, Mark Ensley and Copeland Woodruff. Read about opera
at the University of Memphis at http://www.memphis.edu/music/ensembles_new/ensm_opera.php.
Students enrolled in this program work toward an Artist Diploma in Voice from the
University of Memphis where they receive a full tuition waiver and a $6,000 stipend.
The Artist Diploma curriculum offers considerable flexibility to the individual student.
In addition to studio voice lessons, students receive vocal coaching, including coaching
specific to preparation for his or her role in a production, as well as the opportunity
to take electives. Artist Diploma students may enroll in any graduate or undergraduate
class to best meet their individual needs. For more information about the curriculum,
please consult the School of Music Graduate Handbook, http://www.memphis.edu/music/pdf/gradstudent_hbk.pdf.
Admission to the program is based upon a live audition before a panel consisting of
representatives of the University of Memphis Opera Division and Voice Area, and Opera
Memphis as well as acceptance by the University of Memphis Graduate School. Audition
days are Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Memphis and Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in New
Audition requirements for the screening are: four arias and two art songs of contrasting
styles and languages. A combination of video and audio recordings may be uploaded
to your application on DecisionDesk.
Live audition requirements are: four arias and two art songs of contrasting styles
and languages plus an age-appropriate monologue.
To audition, vocalists must have passed a screening process and be invited to audition.
To participate in the screening, submit a Graduate Application online at https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/memphismusicgraduate/apply. As a part of your application you will be asked to submit a resume and your repertoire
list (roles, aria, oratorio, art songs), and a headshot. Be prepared to indicate the
names and email addresses of two recommenders who will be notified about your request
for recommendation. Please upload video material of you performing the audition requirements
listed above. You will be asked to provide Titles and Composers of your audition pieces.
This, in addition to basic contact information and questions about your musical experience
and education, constitutes the online screening application which is totally due by
Monday, November 4, 2013.
You are advised to begin your application soon. At https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/memphismusicgraduate/apply, you will be asked to log into DecisionDesk in order to make your application to
the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. You will be able to Save
and Exit your application, go back in and out until it is complete. Once your application
is submitted , you will be able to revisit but not change the content of your application.
For technical assistance with your application email firstname.lastname@example.org. For non-technical assistance, email email@example.com.
Applicants submit online screening application by November 4.
Applicants invited to audition receive notice by November 15.
Applicants invited to audition contact Kay Yager at firstname.lastname@example.org, 901-678-3766
on Monday, November 18 regarding their audition day and applications to the Rudi E.
Scheidt School of Music and to the University of Memphis.Applicants audition live
on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Memphis or on Tuesday, December 10 in New York.