Take the next step toward an operatic career
July 1–20, 2013
Check-in on June 30, 2013
Application Process and Program Fees
Audition Information and Dates
About the CoOPERAtive Program
The CoOPERAtive program is designed to help young singers prepare for acceptance into an advanced young artist or summer apprentice program.
THE CoOPERAtive PROGRAM is a unique program, presented in cooperation and consultation with professionals in the field of opera, designed to help young singers prepare for the essential next step toward acceptance into an advanced young artist or summer apprentice program. It is designed to assess the strengths of all participants, nurture their talents and assist in their skill development. A three week intensive program, it includes private coaching focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, and resume and application advice.
The program will feature unique auditions. Singers will be evaluated by professionals in the field of opera - advisors involved with regional opera and/or young artist programs. With their guidance, the program will be customized for each singer to improve his or her skills. Only those singers accepted into the program will receive feedback from the judges during the summer program.
View Video of the 2011 CoOPERAtive Experience
Download the full 2012 CoOPERAtive Program
Performance and Master Class Schedule
Three Levels of the CoOPERAtive Experience
CoOPERAtive Fellows (Ages 23-30) – graduate students to post-graduate young professionals. Customized schedules are created to suit each singer’s particular needs as they prepare for future auditions and competitions.
CoOPERAtive Young Artists (Ages 21-23) – undergraduate voice majors in their junior or senior year. In addition to coaching and performance of operatic arias, coaching and performance on art song is a major part of the Young Artist experience.
CoOPERAtive Pianist Interns (Ages 21-30) – Pianists interested in exploring the many facets of operatic accompanying and coaching. Three paid intern positions will be filled as well as pianists who wish to register for the program with a reduced tuition.
Enrollment is limited to 26 CoOPERAtive Fellows, 6-8 collaborative pianists and 16 CoOPERAtive Young Artists.
Each week master teachers present classes and private sessions. In addition, singers had the opportunity to have weekly, private sessions with: stage directors, conductors, language coaches,as well as private sessions with Alexander Technicians, yoga classes.
Improved Performance Techniques
A three week intensive program with private coaching focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, resume and application advice and body awareness.
|Listen to a podcast featuring Susan Shiplett Ashbaker.
A former director of artistic and music administration at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, discussing the CoOPERAtive program, as well as career planning and audition preparation, with Westminster alumnae and 2007 Metropolitan Opera Council’s National Auditions finalists Kiera Duffy and Dísella Làrusdóttir (also a CoOPERAtive alumna) and Laura Brooks Rice, their teacher and co-director of the CoOPERAtive program.
"We always take notice of an applicant with CoOPERAtive on their resume - it's a sign not only of talent but also that they have worked with some of the best in the business and they always have something to say as artists
Houston Grand Opera Studio Director
"Knowing many of the teachers who work for the CoOPERAtive, I know that the participants will be getting information from some of the best trainers in the business. This isn't a recreational program...this is the real deal, where students will work hard and grow toward their goal, under the guidance of professionals who care."
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