Chautauqua welcomes applications from talented students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious background. Admission is by application and audition for full-term students. Be sure to indicate your preference as to audition site.

Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made by January 15 for the Voice Program. Admission results will be emailed to the address on the student's application. No decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee of $55 is paid.

Applications for the 2018 season have closed.


General Instructions

General Instructions

Please complete the online application, financial aid application, instructor recommendation forms and read the specific requirements for the Voice Program carefully.

Live and recorded auditions are accepted for the voice program. A confirmation will be emailed to you along with your audition time when you select an audition location. Videos must include the repertoire requirements listed below and uploaded with your application on Slideroom. Ms. Malas personally evaluates all of the live and recorded auditions and makes all of the admissions and scholarship decisions.

Scholarships are awarded only to students enrolled for, and who will participate fully in, the entire term of any program in the Chautauqua Music Festival.

Applicants for the voice program must be enrolled in or recently graduated from music studies (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral) at the time of application. Professional musicians and high school students are not eligible for admission or financial aid.


"I believe the CHQ experience to be a truly unique one; a lakeside paradise where world-class teachers and instructors, like Marlena Malas, come to nurture and cultivate great young talent in the most supportive way imaginable."

– Adrian Kramer, Curtis Institute of Music