Opera auditions: Florida Opera Theatre youth programs

An audition notice from Florida Opera Theatre:

Florida Opera Theatre Announces Auditions for its Florida Opera Theatre Youth Company and Training Programs

The Florida Opera Theatre Youth programs are an all-inclusive singer/actor training program that focuses on developing the individual singer/actor. The program caters to young singers who are interested in classical music, opera and musical theater. Singers will have an opportunity to practice performing and developing their performing powers while practicing and developing healthy vocal habits.

Audition Information
When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: New School Preparatory, 130 East Marks Street, Orlando.

Audition Repertoire:

  • Song of your choice with printed sheet music (no CD’s or iPods)
  • “The Star Spangled Banner” (key of A flat)
  • An accompanist will be provided.
  • Application available to fill out. You may bring headshot and resume. (It isn’t necessary.)


Monday Sept. 12-Saturday Dec. 10

Children’s Company 3:30-4:45 PM (Ages 7-11)
Apprentice Company 4:45-6:00 PM (Ages 12-18)

Saturdays: Company Class 10:00-11:30 (Both Classes)

Monday sessions will focus on the singer/actor’s process and Saturday sessions will focus on the rehearsal and performance process. (This schedule does not include any additional performance opportunities.)

Tuition: $350 per semester. (Please inquire about scholarships. They are available and based on artistic potential and financial need.)

Please email FOTYouthOpera@gmail.com or call 407-718-4365 for an audition time.

Performance opportunities include:

  • November 2011. Potential children’s chorus for Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Concert.
  • March 2012. Potential selected apprenti to sing with the Florida Opera Chorus in the Orlando Philharmonic/Florida Opera Theatre’s production of Rigoletto.
  • May 2012. Production of Spring Opera Scene Program.

Frequently asked questions:

  • What if I don’t have a song to sing? Just come prepared to sing “The Star Spangle Banner.”
  • What if I don’t have a resume or picture? Don’t worry. We will take your picture and we have every young singer fill out an application form.
  • What if my parents cannot afford the program? Don’t worry. We have partial scholarships based on financial need.
  • What if I miss a class? We will miss you; however, the tuition cannot be prorated.
  • Is there a charge for any additional coaching or special classes? Not at all. Everything is part of the semester and additional opportunities will be a part of the program.
  • Is there opportunity to perform? Absolutely. We will perform for our class on a regular basis and then, in addition to our end-of-semester performance, have opportunities to represent Florida Opera Theater in performances around our community.
  • Is there acting and singing every time? Yes. Our program is all-inclusive and provides the singer with the acting experience and the actor with the singing experience.
  • Do I need to be studying with a private teacher? No, you do not need to have any prior musical experience; however, it helps. You may be studying with a private teacher and we will only provide additional support, practice and enhance what you are already doing with your private teacher.
  • What if you didn’t ask my question? Please email us and we will personally answer any question you have!

The well-rounded theatrical and musical training includes:

  • Experiencing acting and singing techniques which prepare the singer to perform in a natural realistic style and delivery.
  • Understanding and practicing singing the text in English and foreign languages.
  • Using the voice as a musical instrument and expanding the young singers’s artistry through creative improvisation and play.
  • Providing performance training to build self confidence, stage experience and preparing them for college and professional opportunities.
  •  Singers will have an opportunity to work with professional artists from the opera and music theater genres.

Robin Jensen is Director of the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Programs. She founded the Children’s Opera Company and Youth Programs for the former Orlando Opera Company. She has prepared children’s chorus’s for the Orlando Philharmonic concert opera productions of Carmen and La Boheme. She is Artistic Director for the University of Central Florida Opera Program and Artistic Director of Camp Madhatter, a summer intensive camp in Minnesota. She has been a music director at Mad CowTheatre for the past eight years. She is director of musical studies for New School Preparatory.

Florida Opera Theatre is a young but growing opera company located in Orlando. It is dedicated to producing opera, encouraging the development and appreciation of singing and performing of the arts throughout Central Florida area and beyond.

Florida Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 547937
Orlando, FL 32854-7937
407-718 4365

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