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Seattle Opera.

SO Academy At Marrowstone

About Academy

July 16-August 6, 2017; Bellingham, Washington
A three-week intensive training program for artists ages 16-22

Seattle Opera continues its commitment to training young artists and preparing singers for opera careers with the launch of Seattle Opera Academy, a three-week intensive voice and performance training program for young adults ages 16-22. Presented in collaboration with Seattle Youth Symphony’s Marrowstone Music Festival, the Academy takes place at Western Washington University in beautiful Bellingham.

The 2017 Opera Academy will include two performances of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land on August 4th and 5th and a community performance of Brahm’s Shicksalslied. 

lead Faculty

  • Barbara Lynne Jamison - Director of Education and Community Engagement, Seattle Opera 
  • Kelly Kitchens - Gregory Award Winning Stage Director 
  • Stephen Rogers Radcliffe - Music Director, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra  
  • Nicole Sonbert - Learning and Engagement Manager, Seattle Opera 

Programs of Study

The SO Academy will offer two different programs of study; the Principal Artist Program and Opera Chorus Program. Each will spend time learning in the classroom and on the stage alongside other young performing artists, and will include opportunities to participate in masterclasses, workshops, and performances. Auditions are required, to be submitted via YouTube, and financial assistance is available for both programs. 


Students accepted to the Principal Artist Program will…

  • Learn and perform (with orchestra) one of the principal roles in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, to be performed on August 4th and 5th
  • Participate in masterclasses with guest master teachers
  • Sing in additional community performances
  • Receive coaching from Seattle Opera staff 
  • Receive instruction in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), Acting, Theory, Diction, and Vocal Health


Students accepted to the Opera Chorus Program will…

  • Perform in the chorus for Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, to be performed with full orchestra on August 4th and 5th 
  • Public performance of Brahms' Schicksalslied (with orchestra) and his Zigeunerlieder Cycle (with piano) during the second week, offering additional solo opportunities 
  • Perform in and/or audit masterclasses
  • Receive instruction in lyric diction for singers, International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), Acting, and Vocal Health


All students involved in the Principal Artist and Opera Chorus programs will participate and/or audit masterclasses with master teachers. Those performing in the masterclasses will be notified at registration on July 16. A collaborative pianist and rehearsal times will be provided to soloists. Through the course of the Academy students will attend various lectures and presentations on the business of music, careers in the arts, conducting, and vocal health. These offerings are in addition to required attendance at instructional classes in IPA, Theory, Acting, and Diction.


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Contact Mark Allwein, Operations Manager
Email |
Phone | 206.676.5566
Mail | 1020 John Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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