Posts > Tuition free: VOCAL IMMERSION PROGRAM at CASTLETON (ViP) 2023!



Program Details:
The VOCAL IMMERSION PROGRAM at CASTLETON (ViP) is a professional performing arts mentoring program in the bucolic Piedmont Region. Established in 2020 by Paul Groves, Michelle DeYoung, and Dietlinde Turban Maazel for emerging professional artists, the program allows a select group of young singers to explore their artistic potential through two weeks of diverse lessons and classes culminating in performances of well-known opera arias, duets, and ensembles as well as German Lieder. The world-renowned teachers, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Paul Groves, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, and pianist-conductor Jeremy Frank are joined by collaborative pianists, and world percussion artist Tom Teasley.  

Guest Faculty include Susan Graham, Bryn Terfel, and Stephen Wadsworth.

The program is merit-based and tuition-free. Shared houses and meals in the rural farm area of Castleton permit full immersion and focus. The program’s mission is not only to hone skills but to encourage the young stars of tomorrow to find their path in their desire to communicate with audiences in a meaningful way and connect to the human spirit. 

There are no age restrictions or limitations for applicants.

Program Cost:  
Tuition, housing, and meals are covered for all participants. Participants are responsible for application and travel costs.  

Program Dates:
January 9-21, 2023 – Participants should reserve January 8 and January 22 as travel dates.

There are two main performances during the program:

German Lieder Recital, January 14, 2023 at  2:00 PM

Opera Arias & Scenes, January 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM

Application Details:  
The application will be conducted in two stages: 1) Pre-Screening and 2) Live Auditions.

1) Pre-screening:  

Purchase “Application Ticket” at

Screenshot and submit the "ticket" along with one Art Song, two Arias (mp3 or YouTube link), application form, headshot, resume, and short biography via e-mail to our administrative assistant, Jared Yoakem, at

2) Live Auditions*: 

SITE A: August 28, 2022 at Louisiana State University (LSU) Baton Rouge, LA

SITE B: September 2, 2022 at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC  

Pianist(s) will be available at no charge.

*Invitations for a live audition will be sent to applicants via e-mail.  

Application Deadline:  
Pre-screening materials are due JULY 10, 2022.  

The application fee of $50 due at pre-screening is non-refundable.

Please contact

if you are in need of assistance.

Proof of Covid vaccination is required for all participants


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