Houston Grand Opera

2019 Eleanor McCollum Competition and 2019-20 Houston Grand Opera Studio: Singer Application

This application closed on Sunday September 23, 2018.

REMINDER - Deadline is September 23, 2018.

To keep in touch with developments, please join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/hgostudio. Thank you for applying to the HGO Studio and the Eleanor McCollum Competition.

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


Three references are required: one from your current/most recent primary teacher and two others from established music professionals. They do not need to write a letter or fill out an online form. Your references may be contacted by HGO Studio staff by phone or email.
ex: Professor of Voice at Opera University, private teacher 3 years
ex: Professor of Voice at Opera University, private teacher 3 years
ex: Professor of Voice at Opera University, private teacher 3 years

Personal Information

Number of selections required: 1.
We choose not to have an age limit because we recognize that people may follow various paths to an operatic career. However, we are a young artist program and most of our current artists are in their mid-twenties, so it is rare for us to hear people over the age of thirty in our preliminary auditions. If you are over 30, please explain below why you think the HGO Studio is the appropriate next step for you.
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.

Contact Information

No spaces, dashes etc. phone number fields

Education and Training

Please use the fields below to indicate the three most recent schools, colleges, universities, and/or conservatories you have attended, the dates of attendance, and the degree awarded, beginning with the most recent. Only the information of one institution is required to submit the application.

Your application will not be adversely affected if you have not formally studied at the post-secondary level; if that is the case, please answer 'no post-secondary studies' in the required fields.
Education 1
Fill these fields out if submitting more than the one institution required in the field above.
Education 1
Education 2
Please use the fields below to indicate your three most recent voice teachers. Only the name of your most recent teacher is required to submit the application, though you are encouraged to list as many as you like. This section is for vocal instruction only; there is opportunity later in the application to indicate coaches you have worked with.
ex: 2012-Present, or 2011-2014, etc.
ex: John Smith, 2011-2013; or, Jane Doe, 2015-Present
ex: John Smith, 2011-2013; or, Jane Doe, 2015-Present
 Languages - indicate languages you have studied grammatically and the length of your study in years.
If you are only available for a specific date in your selected audition city, please indicate that here.


Include musical theater or oratorio work, if any*:
All fields must be filled out. 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


Audition RepertoirePreliminary audition repertoire must show a variety of styles and be offered in at least three different languages. Operetta and oratorio arias are acceptable substitutions. Five selections should be offered including two selections within the following criteria. 

-  A contemporary aria or art song in English (we suggest something composed after 1950)

-  At least one aria by Mozart, Rossini, or Handel

Please note that failure to meet the above criteria may affect our decision to grant you an audition. 

Number of selections required: 5.
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
Selection 4
Selection 5


AUDIO:  Number of selections required: 1.
You must be signed in to add audio files.


HEADSHOT: Files must be less than 2MB and in the .jpg/.jpeg format. Your filename must contain your full name and may not contain any special characters (ampersands, apostrophes, etc.)
You must be signed in to add your headshot.

Payment Details

Please note that the application fee is not refundable under any circumstances. Submitting an application does not guarantee an audition.

Please note: all application fees are non-refundable.