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Spring Training 2020

Spring Training Vocal Camp for High School Singers
  • SPRING TRAINING Vocal camp for high school singers

    June 1 - 5 & June 8 - 12, 2020, on the campus of Webster University

    Spring Training is an extension of Opera Theatre’s nationally award-winning Bayer Fund Artists-in-Training Program. Additional support provided by the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Special thanks to Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and the Community Music School for their provision of facilities.

    Made possible by support from Bayer Fund
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    Spring Training sessions are held from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM daily at the Community Music School on the campus of Webster University. Each week of camp offers exciting, fun-filled experiences to help young singers hone their vocal, acting, and movement skills. Additionally, students will experience a professionally staged opera by attending one of Opera Theatre’s critically acclaimed performances. It's a great opportunity to hear live opera sung in English by some of the finest young artists in the country.


    Daily private voice lessons and vocal coaching, classes in movement, acting, dance, fight choreography, opera set design, and makeup, conversations with OTSL artists and music staff, afternoon mini-recitals, an opera scene rehearsal and performance, attending a live Opera Theatre performance of Bizet's Carmen.


    No audition is necessary. The full tuition fee must be paid at the time of enrollment for the application to be accepted. Tuition scholarships are available for those who qualify. Space is limited and applications are processed in the order received.


    Students will learn about the life of a professional singer and what to expect from a career in the arts. Each student will receive daily private voice lessons and individual attention in master classes. They will also work directly with guest lecturers and presenters. The experience will culminate in recital performances and a fully-staged opera scene.

    *Opera Theatre reserves the right to dismiss campers who are unable to comply with the camp rules.


    Dr. Marc Schapman, program director
    Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Graduate Studies in Music, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Spring Training Faculty includes members of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s music staff and the following universities:

    • McKendree University

    • University of Missouri – St. Louis

    • Washington University

    • Webster University

    • SIU-Edwardsville

    $175 per student/per week. Checks may be made payable to: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

    “I learned how to control my nerves.”

    “That I’m a soprano!”

    “Nutrition and healthy foods help your voice.”

    “Breathing techniques, stage presence, how to audition and sing with confidence.”

    “Ways to add emotion into my songs.”

    “How to practice singing in front of other people and getting feedback.”

    “My [voice] instructor was so helpful and I improved so much over four days!”

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, National Endowment for the Arts and theMissouri Arts Council, with audience building programs supported by The Wallace Foundation.

    Opera Theatre promotes diversity and inclusion through community engagement, casting and hiring nondiscrimination policies, and its ADA compliance.