Young Artist Program

Young Artists Kellen Schrimper and Jill Morgan (Steampunk Girl) in SPEED DATING TONIGHT!, 2017.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Young Artist Program offers education and performance experience to outstanding pre-professional singers. Members of the Young Artist Program take the stage in mainstage operas as part of the opera chorus, as well as leads in Young Artist productions.

In addition, young artists participate in master classes, mock auditions, stage combat and stage make up workshops during their time in Cedar Rapids. Jon Spong, Costanza Cuccaro, Edwin Penhorwood, Karen Brunssen, Katharine Goeldner, Malcolm MacKenzie, Gerald Dolter, Sarah Fried, Paul Houghtaling, Michael Sokoloff, Todd Thomas, Eloy Barragán, and Rebecca Nash have presented master classes in past seasons.

Young Artists have had the opportunity to work with renowned stage directors in the context of mainstage productions. Gregory Keller, Bodo Igesz, Vince Liotta, Richard Barrett, Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Gerald Dolter, Paul Houghtaling, Carl Ratner, Michael Sokoloff, Ed Bourgeois, Mark Clark, Noel Koran, Candace Evans, and William Ferrara have stage directed productions for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Young Artist auditions are held annually every September and October in various locations in the Midwest. Please visit the Auditions page for more information.

Additionally, find and track thousands of opera auditions and vocal competitions through the website, YAP Tracker.

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