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The Academy of Vocal Arts is devoted to training young artists with tremendous potential as international opera stars. Resident Artists from the United States and around the world are prepared through rigorous vocal instruction, coaching, and performance training.

Many of the world’s most riveting opera singers began their careers at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Nearly fifty AVA alumni have joined the Metropolitan Opera’s roster since 1980, including Angela Meade, Stephen Costello, Bryan Hymel, Michael Fabiano and Ailyn Perez. As of 2017, AVA alumni have been honored to receive five of the past eight Richard Tucker Awards and five of the eleven Beverly Sills Artist Awards given by the Metropolitan Opera.

Located in beautiful Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, The Academy of Vocal Arts is within walking distance to some of the best restaurants, cafés, shops and music venues in the entire city. It is also a train ride away from other major cities, such as New York City and Washington, D.C. 

Applications for 2022 will be open November 1, 2021 and will be accepted through March 1, 2022.  The  Live Round-Preliminary Auditions are scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2022 and the Live Round-Final Auditions are scheduled for March 22, 2022, both in Philadelphia at AVA.

If you have any questions regarding the requested information on the application form or any of the additional documents, please reach out to Dr. Josh Miller, Dean of Students at 

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