Are you a good candidate for the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artist Program?

Florida Grand Opera’s Studio Artist Program is a rigorous and rewarding opportunity for early-career artists. Recent participants in the program have usually accomplished some or all of the following career milestones:

  • Completed a Bachelor or Master’s degree program in Vocal Performance.
  • Participated in either pay-to-sing or professional summer festivals.
  • Been selected for 1-2 year-long or non-summer residencies or studio programs at the professional level.
  • Won or placed as a finalist for various vocal competitions.
  • Sang leading operatic roles with collegiate or professional ensembles.

It is also important to note that United States citizens or US permanent residents are under primary consideration for the program. Students in the United States on temporary F-1 visas will generally not be given top consideration due to administrative constraints. Citizenship status will be requested for all applicants in the screening process.


What is the core experience for the Studio Artist Program?

The Studio Artist Program’s year-to-year curriculum has evolved through the years, but generally involves the experiences listed below:

  • Extensive coaching with Florida Grand Opera music staff, visiting coaches, teachers, and conductors.
  • Performance opportunities in principal roles as part of main stage performances in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
  • Opportunities to cover and study roles with a high degree of detail and thoroughness.
  • Frequent community concert performances that reinforce a daily commitment to vocal excellence, including outreach performances for youth audiences.
  • Career counseling and industry networking that leads to long-term engagement in the operatic industry.


When are auditions taking place next?

Auditions for the 2024-25 season have concluded. Live auditions in New York and Miami for the 2025-26 season will be announced later in the summer of 2024. Applications will be accepted on only.


Something we didn’t answer?

For more information, contact Samuel M. Townsend Studio Artist Program Manager Neil Nelson by email at or by phone at (305) 403-3284.