Institute of Bel Canto Studies: 5/23 - 6/10/2016

Le Chiavi - The keys to Bel Canto

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


How to Apply and Audition

  • Completed application form with $60 application fee (payable by check or credit card).
  • One page resume
  • Option 1 - National Live Audition at the University of Houston Moores School of Music: Date TBD
    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 msonnenb@Central.UH.EDU

Application deadlines:

  • Live Audition application must be received by Monday, February, 1, 2016
  • Recorded Audition DVD or YouTube links and application must be received by Monday, March 21, 2016

Application and DVD mailing address:

Institute of Bel Canto Studies
Texas Music Festival
3333 Cullen Blvd., Room 120
Houston, TX 77204-4017

Fee structure:

  • Application fee: $60 (due with application non-refundable)
  • Registration fee: $900 (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:

Melanie Sonnenberg, Director