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.

Each participant has the opportunity for personal instruction through the following:
• two 45 minute private voice lessons; one from each voice faculty member: Marlena Malas and Julia Faulkner, voice faculties at Curtis Institute of Music.
• six 45 minute private coachings; two from each of the 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 day, singers will perform for one another and the faculty in a Sing-In. Singers should prepare at least one song or aria for the Sing-In, and will have scheduled preparation time with a pianist on the evening before the Sing-In. After the Sing-In, faculty will select participants to sing in each master class. Each participant will sing in at least one master class, determined during the program and not ahead of time.

Participants should be prepared to sing in the master class on any given day.

On the last day of the program, singers will perform in a Sing-Out. Each singer, with faculty guidance, will select to sing one song or aria to perform. Family and friends are welcome. Please refer to the program schedule for details.

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.

Limited financial assistance may be available for the Young Artist Voice Program in 2017. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are required to submit their applications for the program by January 31, 2017. Those who are accepted to the program will receive notification of any awards by e-mail.

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, please contact for a simple financial assistance application. You will be required to upload this completed PDF document during the application process.

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, Kiwanis, etc.); businesses; 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.