Academy of Vocal Arts

The Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia) - Resident Artist 4-Year Tuition-Free Training Program/ Artists Diploma

This application closed on Monday January 15, 2024.



Please do not submit your application until ALL recommendation forms have been submitted by your recommenders.  

The Academy of Vocal Arts - Resident Artist 4-Year Tuition-Free Training Program.

This online application serves as a first-round audition to potentially receive an in-person audition/interview in Philadelphia Feb. 28 through March 1, 2024 (3 total days). No virtual or video auditions can stand in lieu of the second round of in-person auditions. All singers must come to Philadelphia to audition, without exception.

For the online application applicants must submit all the required materials, inluding videos of three (3) arias, preferable in three different languages with varing composers/time periods. AVA typically produces standard-canon operas in Italian, French, German, English and Russian. 

All applicants will be notified by the end of the business day on February 2, 2024 if they have received an in-person audition. At that point, we suggest that you make your travel arrangements to Philadelphia for your required in-person auditions. We highly recommended that you arrive in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 as your exact audition time will not be assigned until Feb 23, 2024. No audition trading/swapping will be permitted.

If you pass the first two days of in-person auditions, you may be asked to return on Friday, March 1st for a second audition hearing with the AVA Faculty. Live auditions in Philadelphia will be a standard audition, with the applicant selecting their first aria. The applicant should come prepared with a repertoire list of 4 additional arias in varying languages with varing composers/ time periods.

All travel costs are the responsibility of the applicant, AVA does not cover any travel costs. 

AVA will provide a no-cost audition pianist, but you are permitted to bring your own pianist if you choose.

Unfortunately, AVA cannot provide written feedback for any applications/auditions. 

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Please contact Dr. Josh Miller, Dean & Faculty at with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact

Personal Information

Maximum number of selections permitted: 3

Contact Information

Please use the standard two letter state abbreviation, where applicable.
No spaces, dashes etc. phone number fields
AVA primarily only accepts singers from 22-28 years old.
The item must show your date of birth. Number of documents required: 1.
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Video Uploads

Varying languages and styles are encouraged, arias from operas are preferred. Please do NOT submit your arias combined into one video file. Three separate files are required. Number of selections required: 3.

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Please attach unofficial copies of current/unfinished and/or completed academic transcripts from all degree-granting institutions listed above. Minimum number of documents permitted: 1. Maximum number of documents permitted: 5
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For all applicants who consider English to be their second language, or that have not studied at an American college or university for less than four years. TOEFL scores must be between 90-100 or an IELTS score greater than 6.5 are required to apply.
You will provide references from two musical authorities in the opera field, e.g., voice teacher, coach, conductor, director, with whom you have worked regularly. Spouse, relatives, and artistic representatives may not serve as musical authority references. We are truly interested in hearing from individuals who know you, and your work, very well. We are not looking to be impressed by “who” you know.

Please provide each reference with this online recommendation form by clicking Add Recommender below. Click here for the FAQ for how the online recommendation process works. If you need instructions on how to resend a recommendation request, click here.

Some companies choose to only allow the online submission option. That is the case with this programme: you will not be able to upload a pre-written letter. The referee MUST use the online form to submit their recommendation.
Please do not submit your application until ALL recommendation forms have been submitted by your recommenders.

Number required: 2. Allowed method(s): Online.

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Important note: Please do not submit your application until all letters of recommendation have been submitted by your recommenders.  The company does not wish to view applications until the letters of recommendation are completed.

Please review your application and confirm that the letters of recommendation are marked "submitted" by your recommenders. Your application will not be considered unless that is accurate at the time of submission. Number of selections required: 1.
The Academy of Vocal Art is committed to the principles of equal opportunity as defined under federal and state law, and does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, creed, disability, national/ethnic origin, disabled veteran/Vietnam-era, Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), or veteran status in its admission policy, program, or activities, educational policies, scholarships, fellowships and other Academy-administered programs, or employment practices and programs.

You should only hit ‘submit application’ if both of your references are marked submitted. The company will not review incomplete applications and your application will be rejected. Please double-check and follow up with your recommenders before hitting save and submit.