The two-step audition process begins with our online application. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Each applicant must submit electronic recordings, video preferred, covering the following requirements:
One art song in English
Two additional art songs of contrasting style and language
Selected applicants will be asked to attend live auditions. Applicants unable to attend live auditions will be considered based on the recordings they submit with the application.
Live Audition Repertoire: Singers granted a live audition will be asked for at least two songs of contrasting style and language plus at least two oratorio or opera arias, illustrating understanding of various styles and command of French and German. It does not have to be the same repertoire offered for study during the summer nor the same repertoire submitted in application recordings.
Live auditions will be held on the following days and locations:
Monday, December 4: Ravinia (Highland Park, IL)
Wednesday, January 3: New York
Thursday, January 4: New York
A pianist will be provided at the auditions, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Everyone accepted for the program receives a full fellowship covering all Steans Music Institute activities, housing, most meals and intercampus transportation. The only cost to the participant is transportation to and from Chicago.
Application fee: $60
Notification: Applicants will be notified of our admissions decisions by email in mid-March.