About Emerald City Opera and the 2013 Opera Artist Institute:
Emerald City Opera (ECO) completed its tenth season in 2012 with presentations of a full production of Le nozze di Figaro and a symphonic-vocal concert utilizing renowned opera professionals while concurrently facilitating its fifth year of the Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers. For 2013, ECO’s Artist Institute will focus more on individual coaching opportunities rather than a fully-staged production. The ten-day Vocal Intensive will contain arias and scenes performances, as well as a symphony concert including singers from both the Institute’s participants and professional faculty. Daily coachings, numerous Master classes and Recital-Lectures by faculty members will round out the activities. The Institute begins with dinner on Wednesday, August 7th and ends after the performance on Saturday, August 17th with departure on Sunday, August 18th.
ECO’s Opera Artist Institute plays a vital role in the life of the company, giving emerging artists a wide range of opportunities to learn and perform in a fast paced and supportive environment. In 2009, Emerald City Opera expanded the Institute to offer opportunities to student directors, conductors and pianist-coaches, as well as singers.
The Opera Artist Institute is open to a maximum of 20 selected singers dedicated to performing at their highest level and one or more rising directors, conductors, and pianist-coaches. With the characteristics of most “Young Artist” programs, the Institute provides aspiring professionals with performance experience and professional training, but is open to excellent musicians of any age, whether or not they are in pursuit of a professional career in opera.
Participants are immersed in classes relating to stagecraft, acting and language study, as well as rehearsals, vocal coaching and Master Classes during the ten days in Steamboat Springs.
The 2013 schedule includes:
* Daily coaching, classes and rehearsals
* Master Classes exploring vocal technique, career & audition training, singer fitness, and dramatic work
Participants will perform in:
* a public Arias & Art Songs Concert (repertoire assigned and prepared in advance)
* a staged scenes program (repertoire to be assigned and prepared in advance of arrival)
* a public concert of Vocal-Symphonic selections (repertoire to be determined)
* Appearances at local events to be assigned on merit and preparedness during the Institute
Faculty who have previously participated in the Institute (partial list):
Sarah Meyers, Stage Director
Keturah Stickann, Stage Director
David Malis, Master Class & Vocal Coach
Kara Shay Thomsen, Masterclass Teacher
Sandra Piques Eddy, Masterclass Teacher
Steven Goldstein, Stage Director & Vocal Coach
David Mayfield, Pianist/Vocal Coach
Keri Rusthoi, Master Class Teacher
Keith Miller, Master Class Teacher
Michael Tilley, Conductor/Pianist/Vocal Coach
Vance Reese, Conductor/Pianist/Vocal Coach
Kathryn Olander, Pianist/Vocal Coach
Adam Flatt, Conductor
Jimmy Smith, Stage Director
Mark Thomson, Masterclass Teacher
Korliss Uecker, Principal Artist and Teacher
Kathryn Krasovec, Principal Artist
Stephen Byess, Conductor
Accommodations & Meals:
Participants are housed in Steamboat Springs at the Perry Mansfield Perfroming Arts Camp in shared rustic cottages with kitchens. Linens are provided. Wireless internet access is avialbe on campus in the vicinity of the central office. Meals are not included. Transportation to and from the Institute and within the city of Steamboat Springs is the responsibility of the participant.
Situated in the Rocky Mountains, Steamboat Springs enjoys fabulous summer weather with a plethora of outdoor activities and artistic events to enjoy. For more information on Steamboat Springs, please visit www.steamboat.com.
We prefer that you apply online at www.yaptracker.com. You may also request an application from
and send it with the supporting materials and application fee to:
Emerald City Opera
320 Lincoln Ave., Suite H
PO Box 775576
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Please use the PO Box for applications sent by U.S. Mail.
2013 Institute fee:
$1925 Tuition and housing
The $30 application fee will be applied toward tuition for artists who are accpeted to the 2013 program. Returning alumni receive a standard discount; contact
Most of the rehearsal and coaching spaces, and the Julie Harris Theater, are within easy walking distance of the residences on campus. Participants may elect to find their own housing in Steamboat Springs. Contact
Participants are expected to provide their own transportation to/from Steamboat, and their transportation while in Steamboat. While a car is advsied, it is not an absolute necessity; there are city buses and ride sharing. Participants must also provide their own personal music scores.
For 2013 ONLY, there are no live auditions. Please submit a video with your YAP Tracker application or send a DVD with a copy of your application to the Steamboat Springs office. This DVD requirement is waived IF you can come to the ALL COLORADO OPERA AUDITIONS held in March in Denver. For up-to-date details, contact
Singer: Three contrasting arias (please include one in English, and the other two in the language(s) of your choice.) If you send video selections, audio is not required.
Applications for the 2013 program are available at https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/emerald-city-opera-2013
Deadline: Postmarked by March 18, 2013
Pianist/Vocal Coach, Assistant Director and Conductor Applicants:
All non-singer applicants will be contacted for a Skype interview.
Pianists should be at a level able to accompany a faculty member in a performance of an aria not previously studied. In the program, pianist/vocal coaches will:
* Attend coachings and perform in Master Classes
* Rehearse and perform in the Opera Scenes program
* Attend orchestra rehearsals and assist conductor as needed
* Play at coachings for Young Artists and Principal Artists as necessary
Applicants for Assistant Director should be prepared to discuss technical dramatic aspects of the chosen summer scenes programs with faculty members. During the program, the Assistant Director will:
* Attend all staging rehearsals for assigned productions
* Assist Opera/Concert Stage Director as needed
* Act as Stage Manager for the Opera/Concert Production
* Recreate/direct production staging for covers in Opera Scenes Program
* Receive directing instruction from OAI Faculty