Houston Grand Opera

2021 Eleanor McCollum Competition and 2021-22 Houston Grand Opera Studio: Singer Application

This application closed on Monday October 12, 2020.

REMINDER - Deadline is October 12, 2020.

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.

We are working together with other young artist programs on a coordinated virtual audition process this fall. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of this shared audition process. 

Step 1: Apply to each program as you normally would. Applications are due Monday, October 12.

Step 2: Notifications of second-round video auditions will be sent by each company by Friday, November 6. This notification will contain a link to submit a new aria list.

Step 3: Submit your aria list (one list for all programs), indicating your chosen “starter” aria, by Tuesday, November 10.

Step 4: Notification of requested arias from your list (one request for all programs) will be sent on Friday, November 13.

Step 5: Record a new video audition and submit the video by Monday, November 30.

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.
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


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

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, coaches, and acting/movement instructors. 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.
ex: 2012-Present, or 2011-2014, etc.
 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


Please upload 2 videos- 1 must be an opera aria and the other may be opera, art song, or musical theater. The videos must be no more than 12 months old. Please use the following links to download Opera America's Remote Audition Guidelines (https://www.operaamerica.org/Files/RemoteAuditionsOA.pdf) or to download Equipment Recommendations for Virtual Auditions (https://www.operaamerica.org/Files/RecordingAuditionsAtHome.pdf).

Number of selections required: 2.

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Audition RepertoirePreliminary audition repertoire must show a variety of styles and be offered in at least three different languages including English.Operetta and oratorio arias are acceptable substitutions.  

-  4 opera arias

-  5th selection can be musical theater or art song

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


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.)
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There is a $5 fee to apply to the HGO Studio this season.

Payment Details

Please note that the application fee is not refundable under any circumstances. 

Please note: all application fees are non-refundable.