Audition Process

A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute

Audition Process

Application and Pre-Screen Deadline for Fall 2022 December 1, 2021
Auditions in Winston-Salem January 9, 2022
January 23, 2022
February 5, 2022
We will not be hearing Tenors for the Class of 2022/23.

Application Requirements

To obtain an audition for the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, you must submit the following:

  • A formal application and fee paid to UNCSA (You can find the application here.)
  • A cover letter concisely stating your career goals and why you feel the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute can best help you achieve those goals, as well as your preferred audition date
  • Transcripts from all secondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of opera
  • Up-to-date résumé
  • Recent headshot
  • Audition repertoire
  • MM in Voice applicants: Pre-screening video recording file or link consisting of two contrasting arias representing two languages
  • Graduate Certificate applicants: Pre-screening video file or link consisting of three arias representing three languages
  • PAC applicants: Pre-screening video recording file or link consisting of four arias, representing at least three languages.


Audition Information

Auditions will be conducted in three parts:

Part I: Information Session with Artistic Director Steven LaCosse

Part II: Live Auditions for Voice/Opera Faculty

Part III: Work Session with Music Director James Allbritten and Vocal Coach Angela Vanstory Ward

  • You will be tested on sight singing and diction
  • Musical and dramatic work on your Pre-Screen Selections and Audition Repertoire List

Repertoire Requirements

Master of Music in Voice Auditions

  • Five selections of contrasting style in four languages; English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Czech, Spanish
  • One section must be in Italian
  • One selection must be in English
  • Three of the selections must be opera arias
  • One of the selections must be written after 1950

Graduate Certificate in Voice Auditions

  • Six selections of contrasting style in four languages; English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Czech, Spanish
  • One section must be in Italian
  • One selection must be in English
  • Four of the selections must be opera arias
  • One of the selections must be written after 1950

Professional Artist Certificate Auditions

  • Seven selections of contrasting style in four languages; English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Czech, Spanish
  • One section must be in Italian
  • One selection must be in English
  • Four of the selections must be opera arias
  • One of the selections must be written after 1950