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
There are three concentrations within the Artist Diploma degree program:
ARTIST DIPLOMA - OPERA COACHING,
ARTIST DIPLOMA – OPERA STAGE DIRECTION,
ARTIST DIPLOMA – VOICE.
Applications will open for Fall 2015 on September 1, 2014.
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTIST DIPLOMA - OPERA COACHING
For information about applying, please contact Mark Ensley at email@example.com.
There is an opening for one position in Fall 2015.
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTIST DIPLOMA – OPERA STAGE DIRECTION
For information about applying, please contact Mark Ensley at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an opening for one position in Fall 2015.
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTIST DIPLOMA - 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 an online screening process.
Currently, there is an opening for tenor for Fall 2015 however soprano, mezzo, and
baritone/bass 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 Mark Ensley, Director of
Opera Studies at the University of Memphis and Dean Anthony, Opera Stage Director.
Read about opera at the University of Memphis at http://www.memphis.edu/music/ensembles_new/ensm_opera.php.
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,http://www.memphis.edu/music/pdf/gradstudent_hbk.pdf.
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. Applicants
must participate in an online screening process and be invited to audition. Deadline
date for completed screening/audition applications is November 3, 2014. Audition day
is Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Opera Memphis in Memphis, TN or Tuesday, December
9 in New York, NY. For information about applying see APPLICATION INFORMATION.
Screening audition requirements 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.
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.
To make your online application we recommend that you use Google Chrome or Safari
or Firefox browsers. To participate in the screening, submit a Graduate Application
online at https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/memphismusicgraduate/apply. You will be asked to log-in to DecisionDesk in order to make your application to
the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. DecisionDesk charges $15
per application to submit the online application. Plan to use credit or debit card;
the online fee is not refundable. Applying online allows faculty to review your application
in the most timely fashion, and is the easiest and fastest way to apply to the 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 except for resending your recommendation
requests. For technical assistance with your application email email@example.com. For non-technical assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information read Application Information.
Applicants submit online screening application by November 3.
Applicants invited to audition in Memphis or New York receive notice by November 14
from Opera Memphis.
Applicants invited to audition contact Kay Yager at email@example.com, 901-678-3766 on Monday, November 17 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 6, 2014 at Opera Memphis or Tuesday, December
9 in New York.
Information for those invited to audition
Opera Memphis Artists-in-Residence and the University of Memphis Artist Diploma applicants
must be accepted by audition and by the University of Memphis. Applications to the
University of Memphis Graduate School must be made by March 1, 2015. An undergraduate
degree is required. GRE or MAT exams are not required of Artist Diploma – Voice
applicants. On the university application select "Artist Diploma in Music CERT" as
your planned course of study.
For more information about acceptance as a graduate student at the University of Memphis,
see http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/gradcert.php and http://memphis.edu/admissions/grad_adm.php.