Study and Perform in Paradise: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2018


The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival is accepting applications for its upcoming season in paradise. The 2018 season features Handel’s Alcina, Adamo’s Little Women, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.  Mark Adamo is the Composer in Residence and will be coaching singers.  Professional fellowships, scholarships, and work-study positions are available for qualifying applicants.  Students will perform a role in one of the MainStage productions, receive lessons, coachings, and classes in acting, movement, and audition preparation. 

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival is set in one of the world’s most unique and inspiring settings- the Big Island of Hawai’i. We are based in the town of Waimea at an approximate altitude of 2,700 feet, surrounded by inactive volcanoes- most prominently the 4205 foot Mauna Kea and sitting in the heart of Parker Ranch the world’s largest privately owned cattle ranch.

Daily student life takes place here, with bucolic walks to and from rehearsals, classes, and lessons in green rolling hills, with frequent sightings of rainbows and a stunning view of Mauna Kea, considered sacred in Hawaiian mythology and home to the world’s most powerful astronomical telescopes.

Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are a short 15 minute drive down the hill to the Kohala coast. Tropical rain forests and waterfalls and the magnificent Waipio Valley are a short drive to the Hamakua coast. Recreational activities abound and although our program is intensive, we allow ample time to enjoy the island’s gifts and offer regular beach runs and group excursions. Our inspiring location is an important component of the HPAF experience.

Upcoming Auditions:
Toronto - Royal Conservatory of Music, December 3
New York City - NOLA Studios, December 19 and 20

If you are unable to attend a live audition, you may audition by an online video submission.  In either case you must apply online.

The first round of casting will be done following the New York City auditions.  Video auditions received by December 20th will be reviewed at that time as well.

For more information, please visit or email Jamie Balter, Artistic Administrator, at

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