The Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival is a training program that provides the necessary tools for young, aspiring singers. The opportunity to hone one’s craft on the Big Island is something magical! Being a part of the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival was an experience of a lifetime for me: I made long lasting friendships, relationships with mentors and now colleagues, got to prepare and perform an opera role with orchestra all while being fully immersed in the beautiful Hawaiian culture and aloha spirit.
Soprano, Cecilia Violetta López, named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News.
Who This Is For
A professional training performance for young artists who are career ready. Only highly competitive artists need apply. Applicants should have completed at least one recognized young artist program (i.e. Santa Fe, Central City, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota, etc.), or to demonstrate that level of ability in audition and application materials.
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival is pleased to offer a professional training performance for young artists who are career ready. Only highly competitive artists need apply. Applicants should have completed at least one recognized young artist program (i.e. Santa Fe, Central City, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota, etc.), or to demonstrate that level of ability in audition and application materials.
While in residence, professional fellows will receive a minimum of two voice lessons per week, coachings, and will participate in a career consultation masterclass. All fellows will sing a leading role in one of the festival’s three MainStage productions.
Previous participants have received offers for professional representation during their residency at HPAF. Many of the program’s fellows have also gone onto sing with The Metropolitan Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, & Florida Grand Opera, among others).
For either live, or recorded auditions, you must submit the following:
- English Aria (Britten, preferred)
- French Aria
- Contrasting Aria
- Musical Theatre Selection (Sondheim, preferred — if auditioning for Company)
Tuition & Financial Aid
The total tuition is $3,990, which includes three meals a day and housing.
Upon acceptance, a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required within 10 days.
Payment #1 is due 30 days after deposit has been received – $1,495
Payment #2 is due 60 days after payment #1 has been received – $1,495
*Please note: If you have been awarded a scholarship, the money will be deducted from payment #2.
If you are applying for financial aid you must complete the financial aid form along with your application on Yaptracker. (Click on the “APPLY HERE” link) The financial aid form must be submitted with your application. Financial aid is limited and requests for financial aid are strictly evaluated and awarded only to qualifying applicants, based on the following three criteria:
- Verifiable financial need
- Level of talent and skill
- Casting needs