Houston Grand Opera

2022 Eleanor McCollum Competition and 2022-23 Houston Grand Opera Studio: Singer Application

This application closed on Sunday September 12, 2021.

REMINDER - Deadline is September 12, 2021.

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 will be holding our annual live audition tour in New York City, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Houston. In addition, we will be working together with other young artist programs on a coordinated virtual audition process as an option in lieu of a live audition. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of this shared video audition process, followed by information about our live audition process.


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

Step 2: Notifications of video auditions will be sent by each company by Friday, October 8. 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, October 12.

Step 4: Notification of requested arias from your list (one request for all programs) will be uploaded to your YAP Tracker application on Wednesday, October 20.

Step 5: Record a new video audition and submit the video to each company via YAP Tracker by Friday, November 5.



Step 1: Apply to HGO as you normally would. Applications are due Sunday, September 12.

Please note that to have a live audition, you must be fully vaccinated (with proof) by your audition date. Anyone who is unable to comply, should chose the video audition option.

Step 2: Notifications of live auditions for HGO will be sent by Friday, October 15.

Step 3: Attend your live audition and present the audition monitor with your proof of vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated by the time of your audition, you should choose the video audition option on your application.

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.
This information is for data purposes only and will not be used in the awarding of auditions or studio contracts. For more information on the categories below, please visit appendix 4 on the following page: https://eeocdata.org/eeo1/howto/instructionbooklet

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. You may also use this section to share more about your path to singing, as well as anything else you'd like to share about yourself that makes you unique.


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://opera.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Opera-America-remote-audition-guidelines-6-2020.pdf) or Equipment Recommendations for Virtual Auditions (https://www.operaamerica.org/media/xf5b4gj3/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 another aria, 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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