I recently graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and signed with a new agent. I am so grateful for my time at HPAF — my foundation.
— Aidan Wharton, Ensemble/Fiyero (cover), Wicked National Tour
Due to COVID-19, this program will resume in 2022. Please check back in September 2021 for our 2022 Summer Festival season announcement & audition information.
Who This Is For
The Young Singer Program is an intensive study and performance opportunity designed for serious young artists who are interested in furthering their educational training under the guidance of some of the most well-respected industry professionals worldwide. Each year, a small cohort of singers is selected from a pool of applicants worldwide.
Young Singers will be 14 years of age through graduating high school seniors. Graduating high school seniors may be placed into either our Young Singer or Developing Singer Programs, based on the evaluation of their audition.
Upon acceptance, repertoire is assigned at an appropriate level and may include opera, musical theatre, and art song. Young Singers receive specialized instruction through our intensive dance and acting classes. In addition, all participants will receive two private lessons per week and individual and group coaching sessions. Masterclasses and workshops supplement the individualized training and group classes throughout the season.
New this year, our Young Singers will also serve in the ensemble of our MainStage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, accompanied by a full professional orchestra. In addition, some of this program’s exceptional singers may also be assigned to supporting and/or comprimario roles, as well as study covers of larger roles. Following the final performance of Carousel, our Young Singers will present their final showcase, featuring an evening of fully-staged opera and musical theatre scenes, arias, and songs.
Throughout the summer, our Young Singers will build countless connections, working one-on-one with faculty from some of the nation’s leading universities and conservatories, including New York University, Oklahoma City University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and more. Alumni of this program have earned scholarships to attend many of these programs, and have recently appeared both locally (Kahilu Theatre) and nationally (National Tour of Wicked).
Students accepted to our Young Singer Program should make note of the following dates:
- Arrival: July 6, 2020
- Program Dates: July 7-26, 2020
- Departure: July 27, 2020
For either live or recorded auditions you must submit the following:
- Two songs in contrasting styles (musical theater, classical or non-classical)
Tuition & Financial Aid
The total cost is $4,290 USD, which includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day.
- Upon acceptance, a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required within 10 days in order to secure your spot.
- Payment #1 is due 30 days after deposit has been received – $1,645
- Payment #2 is due 45 days after Payment #1 has been received – $1,645
*If you have been awarded a scholarship, the total award will be deducted from your second tuition payment.
f you are applying for financial aid you must complete the HPAF 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