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Fletcher Opera Institute

Degree Programs

The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute offers two distinct programs of study: a two-year graduate training program (renewable for a third year) awarding the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a one-year (renewable for a second year) post-graduate advanced training program awarding the Professional Artist Certificate.

Master of Music

The Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree program admits a select number of qualified singers who demonstrate the potential for advanced study in opera. Highlights of the program:

  • Guaranteed roles in fully-staged productions, scenes, touring and outreach programs
  • Master classes and workshops with renowned visiting artist teachers
  • A course of study specially designed to nurture professional growth which includes:
    • Advanced study in voice, with two private lessons per week
    • Weekly vocal/diction coachings with resident vocal coach
    • Weekly dramatic coachings with resident faculty
    • Language and diction study
    • Acting and movement work
    • Freeing the body for effective performance
    • Career enhancement strategies

Singers admitted to the Institute’s graduate program are awarded full tuition/fees, health insurance, plus a $3,600 stipend in year one and a $4,200 stipend in year two to help cover living expenses.

Professional Artist Certificate

The Professional Artist Certificate (PAC) is a post-Masters program that admits a select number of uniquely qualified singers who demonstrate exceptional potential for success in a professional career. Highlights of the program:

  • Guaranteed roles in fully-staged productions, scenes, touring and outreach programs
  • Advanced study in voice, with two private lessons per week
  • Individual role coachings with resident artist faculty
  • Master classes and workshops with renowned visiting artists
  • Two vocal/diction coachings per week with the resident principal coach and/or artistic director
  • Advanced language study
  • Opportunities to meet with and audition for regional professional companies

Singers accepted into the Institute’s PAC program are awarded full tuition/fees, health insurance and an $8,100 stipend to help cover living expenses.

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