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Artist Diploma in Voice, Opera Coaching or Opera Stage Direction

Opera Memphis Artists-in-Residence and the University of Memphis Artist Diploma

Opera Memphis offers a two-year Artists-in-Residence program in partnership with the University of Memphis. This program is designed for those who may have already embarked on performing careers, or are on the brink of such careers. It offers opportunities to work with both a professional opera company and a strong, performance-oriented training program.

Fall 2014 Entry Information        


Artist-in-Residence / Artist Diploma in Opera Directing


Artist-in-Residence / Artist Diploma in Voice


  • Auditions will be held for the following voice types: soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone/bass. Auditions will be held for applicants who have been invited to audition after participating in a screening process conducted by Opera Memphis.

Currently, there are openings for a soprano, a mezzo, and a baritone/bass for Fall 2014 however tenors will also be heard as a position could become available.
Each year Opera Memphis presents two mainstage productions and a chamber opera festival. Artists-in-Residence work with General Director Ned Canty and with nationally recognized singers, conductors and directors. Recent conductors have included Ari Pelto, Steven Osgood, and David Hayes.
Performance opportunities for Artists-in-Residence at Opera Memphis include:
-At least one main stage role in a production, generally supporting or comprimario (recent roles include Schaunard in La Bohème, Gianetta in Elixir of Love, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.)
-Covering principal roles
-Roles in education and outreach concerts and touring programs
-Option for singing in the chorus
Performance opportunities with the University of Memphis Opera include at least one principal role.  There are at least two fully-staged opera productions with orchestra each academic year.
Artists-in-Residence pursuing the Artist Diploma work with Co-Directors of Opera Studies at the University of Memphis, Mark Ensley and Copeland Woodruff. Read about opera at the University of Memphis at

Students enrolled in this program work toward an Artist Diploma in Voice from the University of Memphis where they receive a full tuition waiver and a $6,000 stipend.

The Artist Diploma curriculum offers considerable flexibility to the individual student. In addition to studio voice lessons, students receive vocal coaching, including coaching specific to preparation for his or her role in a production, as well as the opportunity to take electives. Artist Diploma students may enroll in any graduate or undergraduate class to best meet their individual needs. For more information about the curriculum, please consult the School of Music Graduate Handbook,
Admission to the program is based upon a live audition before a panel consisting of representatives of the University of Memphis Opera Division and Voice Area, and Opera Memphis as well as acceptance by the University of Memphis Graduate School.  Audition days are Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Memphis and Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in New York.   

Audition requirements for the screening are: four arias and two art songs of contrasting styles and languages.  A combination of video and audio recordings may be uploaded to your application on DecisionDesk.

Live audition requirements are: four arias and two art songs of contrasting styles and languages plus an age-appropriate monologue.

To audition, vocalists must have passed a screening process and be invited to audition.

To participate in the screening, submit a Graduate Application online at As a part of your application you will be asked to submit a resume and your repertoire list (roles, aria, oratorio, art songs), and a headshot. Be prepared to indicate the names and email addresses of two recommenders who will be notified about your request for recommendation. Please upload video material of you performing the audition requirements listed above. You will be asked to provide Titles and Composers of your audition pieces. This, in addition to basic contact information and questions about your musical experience and education, constitutes the online screening application which is totally due by Monday, November 4, 2013.

You are advised to begin your application soon. At, you will be asked to log into DecisionDesk in order to make your application to the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. You will be able to Save and Exit your application, go back in and out until it is complete. Once your application is submitted , you will be able to revisit but not change the content of your application. For technical assistance with your application email For non-technical assistance, email


Applicants submit online screening application by November 4. 
Applicants invited to audition receive notice by November 15.

Applicants invited to audition contact Kay Yager at, 901-678-3766 on Monday, November 18 regarding their audition day and applications to the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and to the University of Memphis.Applicants audition live on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Memphis or on Tuesday, December 10 in New York. 




Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music
The University of Memphis
Music Building, Room 123
3775 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152-3160

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