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.

Applications have closed for the 2021 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.

Due to the global pandemic, only recorded auditions are accepted for the voice program in 2021. Videos must include the repertoire requirements listed below and be uploaded with your application on Slideroom. Ms. Malas personally evaluates all the auditions and makes all of the admissions and scholarship decisions. If selected into the second round we will notify you and coordinate a time for you to do a live zoom audition with Ms. Malas and others on the faculty. Zoom auditions will take place on November 16 and 17.

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

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. We would appreciate separate takes for all. Please also include a short video introduction of yourself, telling us who you are, where you study, your current education level, where you are from, etc.

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