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.

Download 2020 Voice Audition Poster


2020 Productions: 

Xerxes by Handel: July 21–24, 2020 (Double Cast)

Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček: August 10, 2020 with the Music School Festival Orchestra

110 in the Shade by Schmidt, Jones & Nash: August 12 & 13, 2020

Applications have closed for the 2020 season.

Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made by December 1 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.

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.

Instructions for auditions

Listed below are the repertoire requirements for voice auditions. Please keep your total for all three pieces around ten minutes maximum.

  • Aria from an oratorio or opera
  • Song in English (Art Song preferred)
  • Song in German, French or Italian

**An accompanist is provided at each audition site 

Live auditions by city

New York, NY
October 26
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Opera America
Placido Domingo Hall

New York, NY
October 27
12–6 p.m. 
Opera America
Charles Mackay Studio

Chicago, IL 
November 16
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Roosevelt University 
Chicago College of Performing Arts
Ganz Hall

Online Video also Accepted by November 1. Accompanist is provided at each live audition.

CHQ offers large scholarships, most covering tuition and many covering the full cost. In 2019 we awarded scholarship to 95% of the students enrolled in the voice program.