Young Artist Voice Program 2017-06-01T17:27:43+00:00
Young Artist Voice Program - Mikael Coaching


Designed for talented singers who are considering college-level studies in classical voice, or who are currently studying vocal performance as college undergraduates, this program provides the unique opportunity to:

  • study privately with renowned Curtis Institute of Music vocal studies department faculty;
  • benefit from master classes;
  • perform for peers at the Sing-In and in a master class, and for family and friends at the Sing-Out;
  • gain access to personal practice studios with Steinway pianos; and
  • learn from professionals working in the opera field.

Delve deeply into your repertoire, with the space to follow your curiosity and honor the music fully. Singers in the program are largely self-directed, coming together as a group midday for master class. Participants live, share meals, and discover their passion in Curtis’s historic main building and the beautiful Lenfest Hall.

Hear Mr. Eliasen and Ms. Malas talk about the Young Artist Voice Program.

You’ll have the opportunity for personal instruction through the following:
two private voice lessons; one from each voice faculty member: Marlena Malas and Julia Faulkner, voice faculties at Curtis Institute of Music.

six private coachings; assigned from among three vocal coaches, including Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Hirsig Family Dean of Vocal Studies at Curtis Institute of Music; Danielle Orlando, principal opera coach at Curtis; and Miloš Repický, opera coach at Curtis.

• On the first morning, you’ll begin your musical exchange by performing for one another and the faculty in a Sing-In. Prepare at least one song or aria for this introductory performance. (You will have scheduled preparation time with a pianist on the evening before the Sing-In.)

• You’ll sing in at least one master class led by Curtis faculty members Marlena Malas, Julia Faulkner, or Mikael Eliasen. All participants attend every master class to benefit from training on a range of repertoire. The faculty will select participants to sing in each master class after the Sing-In. Be prepared to sing in a master class on any given day, since your master class date is determined once the program has started.

In 2017, an additional evening master class will be led by Jonathan Beyer (Opera ’07). A few participants will perform for Mr. Beyer.

• On the last day of the program, you’ll perform in a culminating Sing-Out to share your growth and artistry with your fellow students, family, and friends. With guidance from the faculty, each singer selects one song or aria to perform. Please refer to the program schedule for details of time and location.

All performance repertoire must be memorized.

• Enjoy an inspiring faculty recital on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. This ticketed event is free to Young Artist Voice Program participants.

• An evening panel discussion brings you together with faculty and Curtis alumni in frank conversation. Ask questions and gain exclusive insight on auditions, life as a Curtis student, professional singing careers in voice, and the field of opera today.

In 2017, panelists include:

  • Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre
  • Miloš Repický, Curtis opera coach
  • Jonathan Beyer, (Opera ’07) national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition
  • Rachel Sterrenberg, (Opera ’15) Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist 2014–2016

• Join your new friends for a relaxed screening of a fully staged production by the Curtis Opera Theatre in HD video. When not practicing or in lessons, many participants also enjoy watching operas together in Lenfest Hall’s student lounge.

Program Cost

  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Tuition: $2,920
  • Housing and Dining: $1,617

*Application fee: $65 before January 31, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. EST; $125 (January 31–March 31).
Applications close Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Week 1 Monday Tuesday-Wednesday Thursday-Friday Saturday
Morning Sing-In Private Coaching (45 min) Voice lesson (45 min)/Practice time Practice time
Afternoon Private Coaching (45 min) Master Class Master Class Master Class
Practice time Practice time Practice time Residential excursion
Evening Panel discussion Film viewing of Curtis Opera Theatre

Check-in: Sunday, June 18 between 3—6 p.m.
Check-out: Saturday, July 1 at 5 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change.

Applicants who wished to be considered for financial assistance were asked to submit their applications for the program by January 31, 2017. If you still wish to be considered for financial assistance, please inquire at to see what possibilities may still be available.

Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.

The Mario Lanza Institute offers a scholarship for young singers, aged 21 and up. Scholarship winners are encouraged to use funds for further study, including educational programs such as the Young Artist Voice Program. The Mario Lanza Scholarship Auditions occur before the Young Artist Voice Program application deadlines. Therefore, we encourage you to apply for the scholarship in advance, so that any scholarship funds could support your attendance to the Young Artist Voice Program, should you be accepted for the 2017 summer. Visit their website for more information.