Live and Video Auditions
New York City (Opera America) – October 28
New York City (Opera America) – October 29
Columbia, SC (UofSC) – October 28
San Francisco, CA (SFCM) – October 27 and 30
Video Auditions: Due by November 1
Chautauqua welcomes applications from talented students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious background. Admission is by application and audition for full-term students. Be sure to indicate your preference as to audition site.
Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made by December 1 for the Conservatory. Admission results will be emailed to the address on the student’s application. No decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee of $55 is paid.
Schools of Performing & Visual Arts (PAVA) and Arts Education Coordinator
Manager, Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts
Chautauqua Festival Schools of Performing and Visual Arts
P.O. Box 1098
1 Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, NY 14722
Please complete the online application, financial aid application, instructor recommendation forms and read the specific requirements carefully.
Scholarships are awarded only to students enrolled for, and who will participate fully in, the entire term of any program at Chautauqua.
Applicants must be enrolled in or recently graduated from music studies (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral) at the time of application. Professional musicians and high school students are not eligible for admission or financial aid.
Instructions for auditions
Listed below are the repertoire requirements for live and recorded voice auditions. Please keep your total for all three pieces to around eight minutes maximum. For videos, we would appreciate separate takes for all. Please also include a short video introduction of yourself, telling us who you are, where you study, your current education level, where you are from, etc.
- Aria from an oratorio or opera
- Song in English (Art Song preferred)
- Song in German, French or Italian (aria is fine)