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Building Your Craft: From Studio to Stage, May 26-June 10, 2022

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival® invites applications for its Vocal Institute: Building Your Craft: From Studio to Stageat the University of Houston Moores School of Music. This intensive program for college freshmen, sophomore, and junior vocal students builds a foundation in stagecraft through classes in acting and dramatic interpretation, language and diction, solo and ensemble coaching, stage movement, dance, and body awareness. Led by a stellar faculty with years of international experience, participants prepare and stage scenes from opera and operetta for public performance.

Daily Classes and Sessions (up to 35 hours per week) include:

  • Dance and Movement for the Stage
  • Techniques in dramatic interpretation and theatrical presentation
  • Diction and Language
  • Daily individual and ensemble coaching
  • Staging of scenes
  • Lectures (Vocal Health, Collaboration: You and the Pianist, Performance Anxiety, Learning Orientations)
  • Individual voice lessons will be available for participants. (Lessons are voluntary and offered with the approval of the individual’s voice teacher.)
  • Final performance(s) of opera scenes. Last performance is Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Limited enrollment, generous tuition fellowships.


* Institute Director

Fees (all fees are non-refundable)

  • Application Fee: $80 (due with application)
  • Registration Fee: $1200 
  • Tuition: $0 (All participants receive a fellowship for the remaining tuition valued at $2700, underwritten by the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Foundation.)
  • Optional Room and Board Fees:
    • Room only: $615 (Participants are responsible for own meals. UH Quad Townhouses; single occupancy, shared bath, kitchen, and laundry.)
    • Room and meals: $1115 (For participants who also require meals. UH Quad Townhouses—single room, shared bath, kitchen, and laundry. Three meals daily in UH cafeteria).  Must be requested no later than April 11, 2022. 
  •  Participants who chose to live Off Campus are responsible for their own housing/meals and must have reliable transportation.

Important Institute Dates:
  • Arrival/Housing Check-In (if staying on-campus): Wednesday, May 25 AFTER 12 noon AND BEFORE 5 p.m. at UH Quad Townhouses, located on the University of Houston campus at 4361 Cougar Village Dr., Houston, TX 77004. (Housing is NOT available before May 25 - please plan your arrival in Houston accordingly). Participants are responsible for transportation to Houston and also to the UH campus  – airport transportation is not provided.
  • Institute Start Date: Thursday, May 26 
               Registration: Afternoon Time TBD, Moores School of Music Room 108
  • Final Concert/Institute End Date: Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
  • Dorm Check-out (if staying on campus): Saturday, June 11 by 12 p.m. Participants are responsible for transportation between the UH campus and the airport – airport transportation is not provided.


  • Recorded Audition/Application Deadline: Extended to April 1, 2022
  • Acceptance Deadline: April 11, 2022
    • This includes your completed Acceptance Reply form, your $1200 Registration Fee payment, and the optional Room only ($615) OR Room and Meals ($1115) Fee payment, all submitted through Acceptd.

For more institute information: 
Melanie Sonnenberg, Director msonnenb@Central.UH.EDU

TMF Covid 19 Health and Safety Statement:  The health and safety of all students, faculty, and on-campus guests are our primary concern. We continually monitor the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, following all university, city, and state guidelines.  Current UH protocols are HERE.

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