Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera - Houston Grand Opera Studio: Pianist/Coach Application (15-16)

This application closed on Friday September 26, 2014.

REMINDER - Deadline for both applicants and references is September 26, 2014. To keep in touch with developments, please join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/hgostudio. Thank you for applying to HGO Studio.

Please contact Amra Catovic at studio@houstongrandopera.org with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact help@yaptracker.com.


Three recommendations are required: ONE from your current/most recent primary teacher and TWO from established music professionals. Please request these NOW as the deadline for receipt of references is September 26, 2014.

Number required: 3. Allowed method(s): Online.

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Personal Information

Number of selections required: 1.
Successful applicants will be able to choose their own date and time when confirming their audition.

Contact Information

Education and Training

 Languages - indicate languages you have studied grammatically and the length of your study in years.


Include musical theater or oratorio work, if any*:
(All fields must be completed. Use N/A where necessary. RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF A COMPLETED APPLICATION)
Role 1

Role 2

Role 3

Role 4

Role 5

Role 6

Role 7

Role 8

Role 9

Role 10


Each pianist should prepare the following for their audition:
  • A solo piece of no more than six minutes duration, to be performed from memory
  • The opening trios of Così fan tutte (#1-#3, including recitatives)
  • AND “Here I Stand” from The Rake’s Progress
In addition, each pianist must offer:
  • EITHER Tosca Act 1 OR Madama Butterfly Act 1
  • EITHER Le nozze di Figaro Act 2 finale OR Così fan tutte Act 1 finale
  • TWO of the following:
    • "Du bist der Lenz" from Die Walküre
    • Composer's Aria, "Sein wir wieder gut," from Ariadne auf Naxos
    • "Mab, la reine des mensonges" from Roméo et Juliette
    • "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" from Rigoletto
You should be prepared to play and sing all selections, and you may be asked to conduct as well.

You will be asked to sight-read, and there will be a brief interview with the audition panel.

We ask that you submit your chosen solo piece and operatic excerpts on your application, but you may substitute a different piece or excerpt at your audition if you wish.
Number of selections required: 1.
Number of selections required: 1.
Number of selections required: 2.


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Payment Details

Please note that the application fee is not refundable in any circumstances. Submission of an application does not guarantee an audition.
If you believe that your fee should have been waived, please contact HGO at studio@houstongrandopera.org.

Please note: all application fees are non-refundable.