Institute of Bel Canto Studies

Le Chiavi - The keys to Bel Canto

May 22 – June 10, 2015

The University of Houston Moores School of Music and the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Institute of Bel Canto Studies present this intensive program designed for advanced singers:

  • Daily individual coaching and observations equivalent to over 35 hours per week
  • Daily master classes including techniques in dramatic interpretation and theatrical presentation
  • Stage movement
  • Emphasis on performance practices relating to musical interpretation, ornamentation, diction, and Fach
  • Classroom instruction of specialized topics relating to bel canto, including historical precedents and the current expectations and demands of professional performance
  • Individual voice lessons available for participants (optional at no additional charge)
  • A final concert of arias, songs, and ensembles
  • Limited enrollment and generous tuition fellowships


* University of Houston faculty member

How to Apply and Audition

  • Completed application form with $60 application fee (payable by check or credit card).
  • One page resume
  • Option 1 - New York City Live Audition: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at The National Opera Center (330 7th Avenue, NYC 10001): Please indicate on application form if you would like to attend the live audition.  Please indicate on application form if you would like to attend the live audition. You will be contacted to schedule a live audition upon receipt of your complete application and application fee.
  • Option 2 - Recorded Audition: A DVD audition with three vocal selections, including at least one aria or song by Bellini, Donizetti, or Rossini OR post your audition on YouTube and send the links to

Application deadlines:

  • Live Audition application must be received by Monday, February, 23, 2015
  • Recorded Audition DVD or YouTube links and application must be received by Monday, March 23, 2015

Application and DVD mailing address:

Institute of Bel Canto Studies
Texas Music Festival
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017

Fee structure:

  • Application fee: $60 (due with application non-refundable)
  • Registration fee: $850 (due upon acceptance non-refundable  - fee includes approx. 35 hours of instruction per week)
  • Tuition: $0 (All participants receive a fellowship for the remaining tuitition valued at $3200 underwritten by the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Foundation)
  • Optional room and board: $1100 (University of Houston dormitory; double occupancy; three meals daily in UH dorm cafeteria)

For more information:

Joseph Evans
Administrator and Co-founder