Houston Grand Opera

2021-22 Houston Grand Opera Studio: Pianist/Coach Application

This application closed on Sunday December 6, 2020.

REMINDER - Deadline for both applicants and references is December 6, 2020.

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We are working together with other young artist programs on a coordinated repertoire list for this year's auditions. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of the audition process. 

Step 1: Apply to each program as you normally would. Applications are due Sunday, December 6, 2020.

Step 2: Notification of auditions granted by Friday, December 18, 2020.

Step 3: Live and/or online auditions – January 15 – February 15, 2021.

Step 4: Notification of results by Monday, March 1, 2021

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

Personal Information

Number of selections required: 1.

Contact Information

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This information is for data purposes only and will not be used in the awarding of auditions or Studio contracts. You may select multiple options.


Three recommendations are required: One from your current/most recent primary teacher and two others from established music professionals. Please request these now as the deadline for receipt of references is December 10, 2020.

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

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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)
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Video Selections

Candidates must submit at least two different video clips of their playing, which may be a combination of solo pieces, clips of the candidate singing and playing an operatic excerpt, or of the candidate accompanying a singer in an aria or song of their choice (live or remote).Videos must be no more than 12 months old. Number of selections required: 2.

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Second Round Audition Requirements

• Candidates should prepare one selection from each of the following five lists.
• Candidates should be prepared to sing and play all operatic excerpts, to follow a conductor, to translate each extract without reference to notes, and to respond to musical direction.
• Auditions may also involve sight-reading and verbal interviews.

1. Bernstein: West Side Story – Act I “The Dance at the Gym”: Section 4b (Mambo)
2. Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin (beginning of Act III, #19)
3. A short solo piano piece of your choice of comparable difficulty to the above extracts

1. Le nozze di Figaro – Act II Finale from the entrance of Antonio (Scene X, Allegro molto) until the end of the act
2. Così fan tutte – Act I Finale from the entrance of Despina and Don Alfonso (Scene XVI, Allegro) until the end of the act
3. Don Giovanni – Act I Finale from Allegro 6/8 “Riposate, vezzose ragazze” until the end of the act
4. Die Zauberflöte – Act I Finale from Tamino’s aria “Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton” (m. 160) until the end of the act
5. Don Giovanni – Act II Sextet “Sola, sola in buio loco”

1. Puccini: La bohème – Act I up until the entrance of Benoit OR Act IV up until the entrance of Musetta
2. Puccini: Tosca – Act I up until figure 40
3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Act I up until Figure 37
4. Verdi: Rigoletto – Act 2 Scena and aria “Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” AND Act 3 Quartet “Un dì, sebben rammentomi…Bella figlia dell’amore”. (Ricordi Scenes 9 and 12)
5. Bizet: Carmen – Act II, #15 quintet “Nous avons en tête une affaire” AND Act II, #20 trio “Mêlons! – Coupons!”

1. Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges – Fire’s aria (8 before Rehearsal 40 - Rehearsal 48; Durand 25/5/1 – 30/3/4) AND L’heure espagnole – Concepcion’s aria “Oh! La pitoyable aventure!” Scene XVII
2. Poulenc: Les mamelles de Tirésias “Non, Monsieur mon mari” (Act I Scene I from figure 20 - figure 34)
3. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – “Wie du warst” from rehearsal 12 to four measures after rehearsal 25
4. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – Zerbinetta’s recitative and aria, from 5 before #117 (“So war es mit Pagliazzo”) to #144
5. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – Komponist’s aria from from “Sehr lebhaft” (rehearsal 108) until the end of the Prologue.
6. Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress – “No Word from Tom…I go, I go to him!”

1. A 5’-10’ operatic excerpt from a work written after 1940 in English.
There is a $5 fee to audition to the HGO Studio this season.