The Institute of Voice Studies: May 20 - June 5, 2020 - University of Houston
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The Institute of Voice Studies: May 20 - June 5, 2020

Building Your Craft

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


* University of Houston faculty member

Fees (all fees are non-refundable)

  • Application Fee: $80 (due with application)
  • Registration Fee: $1400 (due upon acceptance and no later than April 17, 2020  - 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 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 April 17. Note: participants who chose to live off campus are responsible for arranging their own housing and meals during the Vocal Institute and must also have reliable transportation to/from campus.


  • Recorded Audition/Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
  • Acceptance Deadline: April 17, 2020

All Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials by April 3:

  • Only college freshman and sophomore vocal students are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age by May 1, 2020 to be eligible to participate in the Vocal Institute.
  • Completed application form with $80 non-refundable application fee (payable by credit card only via Acceptd)
  • 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:

  • Arrival/Dorm Check-In (if staying on-campus): Tuesday, May 19 AFTER 12 P.M. AND BEFORE 5:30 P.M., Cougar Village I, located on the University of Houston campus at 4385 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, TX 77004. (Housing is NOT available before May 19 - please plan your arrival in Houston accordingly). Participants are responsible for transportation to Houston and also to the UH campus  – airport transportation is not provided.
  • Institute Start Date: Wednesday, May 20
                                      Registration: 10:00 a.m., Moores School of Music Room 108
  • Final Concert/Institute End Date: Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
  • Dorm Check-out (if staying on campus): Saturday, June 6 by 12 p.m. Participants are responsible for transportation between the UH campus and the airport – airport transportation is not provided.

For more information

Melanie Sonnenberg, Director

Photo Credit: Shannon Langham