OCTOBER 2020 - JUNE 2021
1. To provide individual vocal coaching and training to high school students from the Saint Louis area who display exceptional vocal promise.
2. To provide a program that complements and enhances the goals and objectives of the students’ high school vocal music programs.
3. To provide students with opportunities to work with professional artists from the music industry in private lessons and master class settings.
4. To provide exposure to other professional disciplines within the music field by having students attend performances by other St. Louis cultural organizations (e.g. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra).
5. To provide performance opportunities for participating students by presenting public winter and spring recitals showcasing the development of their talent.
6. To award scholarship monies to qualified students to be used for further vocal training and/or college expenses.
7. To provide information and assistance to participating students, their parents and school counselors regarding the college selection and application process.
8. To provide a vocal teacher and vocal coach to work with each AIT student individually on a regularly scheduled basis teaching vocal technique (vocal teacher) and working on expansion of repertoire (vocal coach).
9. To stress the importance of academic achievement and identify and meet academic needs through tutors upon request.
10. To create a collegial environment among all participants.
Students will be allowed two absences from weekly lessons or artist residencies per semester. A third absence will qualify a student for dismissal from the program. AIT Faculty will not offer rescheduled lessons for any missed lessons. Reasons for absences might include illness, family emergencies or school-sponsored events. Each student will review their progress reports with the vocal coach and teacher as well as with their vocal music teachers. Students will be periodically informed of their progress and of areas that need improvement. The faculty may deem it necessary to place a student on probation if s/he is not meeting the standards set for continued participation in the AIT program. The student will be notified of his/her probationary status and will be given a predetermined amount of time to improve. If such improvement is not made, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of three extracurricular events organized especially for Artists-in-Training students. Events include plays, concerts, operas, recitals, etc. Attendance at the fall opening kick-off retreat is mandatory for participation in the program. To ensure optimum vocal health, students will agree not to participate in cheerleading activities.
Adjudication Process for 2021 Spring Recital
OTSL will engage a distinguished guest artist/teacher to adjudicate the event. Following established practice in adjudicated events, only disinterested parties will serve as adjudicators. The adjudication process will occur at the final dress rehearsal and recital. The guest adjudicator will work with the students during the program and coach them individually in the presentation of their musical selections. Student progress reports and attendance records maintained by the voice teacher and coach as well as Opera Theatre personnel and will also be considered in the adjudication process. Results are final with no exceptions.
Prizes are awarded based on talent, performance ability and appropriate stage appearance, with consideration given to the records kept on each student by the voice teacher and coach as well as the Opera Theatre personnel.
The prizes will be awarded as follows:
Bayer Fund Prize $4,000
Marielle Huber Award $1,750
Maritz Award $1,250
Robert Nordman Award $1,250
Jermaine Smith First Prize $1,500
Prize Award $750
3rd Prize Award $500
4th Prize Award $300
McCormick Encouragement Award $250
15 Honorable Mentions $100
Total cash awards: $13,050
Bayer Fund Award - A $4000 prize is awarded to the senior who displays exceptional vocal promise and ability. This award must be used for one or more of the following expenses: private voice lessons, college tuition fees, audition expenses, or for tuition at a summer music camp, i.e. Interlochen. The award will be paid by Opera Theatre directly to the appropriate institution or teacher. Proof of registration must be submitted. This prize is to be awarded at the sole discretion of the judge and may or may not be awarded in a given year.
Marielle Huber Award - In memory of Opera Theatre Guild President, Marielle Huber, a $1750 prize is awarded to an urban student who demonstrates exceptional vocal promise and ability. The award must be used for private voice lessons, college tuition fees, audition expenses, or for tuition at a summer music camp, i.e. Interlochen. The award will be paid by Opera Theatre directly to the appropriate institution or teacher. Proof of registration must be submitted.
Robert Nordman Award – Named for longtime Supervisor of Music for the St. Louis Public Schools, founding partner of the AIT program, and lifetime champion for music education, a $1250 prize is awarded to an upperclassman student who displays excellent vocal promise with an interest in pursuing music education or any other music-related degree. The award may be used for private voice lessons, college tuition (two or four-year program) or fees associated with college selection such as application fees, audition fees, travel and housing expenses, and SAT/ACT testing fees. This award will be paid by Opera Theatre to the appropriate institution or teacher. Proof of registration must be submitted.
Maritz Award - One $1250 award will be given to a student who displays excellent vocal promise and may be used for private voice lessons, college tuition (two or four-year program) or fees associated with college selection such as application fees, audition fees, travel and housing expenses, and SAT/ACT testing fees. This award will be paid by Opera Theatre to the appropriate institution or teacher. Proof of registration must be submitted.
Jermaine Smith First Prize Award – Named for the first AIT graduate representing the first AIT class in 1990 to achieve international acclaim in opera, one $1500 award will be given to a student who displays excellent vocal promise. The award may be used for private voice lessons, college tuition (two or four-year program) or fees associated with college selection such as application fees, audition fees, travel and housing expenses, and SAT/ACT testing fees. This award will be paid by Opera Theatre to the appropriate institution or teacher. Proof of registration must be submitted. This award is generously supported in part by Mr. and Mrs. Jermaine Smith.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Prize Awards - These awards ($750, $500, and $300) will be given students who display excellent vocal promise. The awards may be used for private voice lessons, expenses associated with the college selection (two or four-year program) and application process such as SAT/ACT testing fees, and scholarship search fees. These awards will be paid by Opera Theatre to the appropriate institution or teacher. Proof of registration must be submitted.
MaryAnn McCormick Encouragement Award– This award ($250) goes to an underclassman who demonstrates potential for marked progress in their vocal development.
Honorable Mention Awards - These awards ($100) will be given to those underclassmen or seniors who have worked consistently and diligently on improving their vocal technique, AIT Award Descriptions but whose voices have not yet developed to the point where advanced vocal study is recommended. This is an unrestricted prize that will be awarded directly to the students.
All the awards, except the Honorable Mention Awards, will be held by Opera Theatre until the student qualifies for its specific use. All awards, except the Honorable Mention Awards, will have an expiration date. To claim scholarship funds, students must provide either an invoice from a third-party institution (e.g. a university) or turn in receipts from a pre-approved purchase (e.g. books, tuition, housing deposit, etc.) If a student has not made any request for their prize money in two years' time from the date of the student’s high school graduation, the scholarship award will expire, and the student will no longer be eligible to use or claim any portion of the award.
Responsibilities of Opera Theatre and AIT Students
1. Opera Theatre will provide AIT participants with the highest quality musical training and exposure by hiring musicians of the highest professional standards who bring to the students their years of experience and special expertise.
2. Opera Theatre's Director of Education and Community Engagement (Allison Felter) will act as the liaison between Opera Theatre, high school music teachers, parents and the Bayer Fund. She will oversee the coordination and administration of the entire program. The Education Coordinator (Morgan Fisher) will also assist in these efforts.
3. Opera Theatre will provide tickets to all cultural events mentioned in the above proposed schedule.
4. Opera Theatre will provide transportation to and from all mandatory events (Kick-off retreat, winter residency and recital, spring adjudication and recital, and weekly lessons), Webster college retreat, college tour, and up to 3 additional cultural events for students who qualify for partial or full financial assistance. Opera Theatre will contract with a reputable bus company or cab company to provide transportation and a driver to transport students to and from AIT events not held in the school. Opera Theatre will verify that the transportation company has adequate insurance. A representative of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will be present at all activity sites.
5. Opera Theatre will seek public relations opportunities to inform the community about this program.
6. Every few years, Opera Theatre will engage the services of a program evaluator to provide a final report to help shape the future of the program.
7. Where possible, Opera Theatre will offer academic assistance and guidance.
8. When possible, Opera Theatre will assist with the creation of sound recordings for AIT students for the purposes of college or contest applications. However, it is the responsibility of the student to pay for an accompanist during the recording process. This service is not included as part of weekly lessons and must be contracted separately with the accompanist.
1. All students will, in good faith, adhere to the guidelines set forth in this contract.
2. All students will make every effort to attend weekly lessons. In cases of absence from lessons by students, it is understood that AIT faculty will not reschedule missed lessons due to the student’s absence. Notification of absence must be made by the student to their teacher, coach, and a member of Opera Theatre’s Education Department within 12 hours of the lesson. It is further agreed that if a student misses a scheduled lesson due to the absence of a faculty member, every effort will be made to make up the missed lesson.
3. All student will make every effort to come prepared by practicing on their own time in advance of weekly lessons.
4. In a timely manner, students will inform the Education Coordinator (Morgan Fisher) regarding their intent to participate and attend a minimum of three extracurricular events.
5. When participating in any AIT function, all students will display professional, positive attitudes and behaviors.
6. All students will follow rules and guidelines set forth by Opera Theatre personnel, teachers and coaches in all group and individual functions including vocal lessons, social outings, fall kick-off and spring college retreats, etc. Blatant abuse of the rules and failure to comply could result in the forfeiture of scholarship awards and/or expulsion from the program.