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.

2019 Productions: 

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 by Britten: July 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2019 (Double Cast)

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) by Bellini: August 5, 2019 with the Music School Festival Orchestra

The Fantastick’s by Tom Jones: August 7 & 8, 2019

Applications have closed for the 2019 season.

Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made by December 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.

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 13
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Opera America
Placido Domingo Hall

New York, NY
October 14
12 - 6 pm 
Manhattan School of Music
Mikowsky Hall. 

Los Angeles, CA
 October 28 
10 am - 3 pm
UCLA, Herb Alpert 
School of Music
Jan Popper Theater, 
Schoenberg Hall

Online Video also Accepted by October 31. Accompanist is provided at each live audition.

CHQ offers large scholarships, most covering tuition and many covering the full cost. In 2018 we awarded scholarship to 90% of the students enrolled in the voice program.