Application & Requirements

Why choose AVA?

The Academy of Vocal Arts accepts singers on a full-tuition scholarship basis only. Most of AVA’s artists have graduated from renowned music schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Central and South America. They have already achieved a high level of musicianship, a knowledge of music theory and history, and have had many years of private voice study with major voice teachers. Singers are urged not to apply unless they feel they have exceptional vocal/theatrical qualifications and have dedicated themselves to a professional career. All applications are reviewed by the executive director. Applicants with insufficient experience are discouraged from applying, and applications and fees are returned.

Contact Val Starr, Dean of Students, or by phone at 215.735.1685 with questions regarding application and audition questions.

Applying and Auditioning

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Academy of Vocal Arts application and audition process for 2021 will include submitting a pre-screening recording with the application and required documents.

For 2021, AVA will hold a virtual Semifinal Round on March 8 & 9, 2021, in addition to the Live Round-Finals on March 22, 2021 in Philadelphia.

The 2021 Application form will be available on acceptd.com and will require several additional documents including a prescreening MP4 recording, a resumé, a proof of age and a headshot. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.  Any applicant who wishes to have an early decision, regarding moving onto the virtual Semifinal Round, by February 1st, must submit their application by January 1st.  The rest of the Applicants will be notified regarding the Semifinal Round, by March 1, 2021.  Singers with questions regarding the February 15th deadline should contact Val Starr at vstarr@avaopera.org.

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Entrance Requirements

Requirements for Foreign Applicants

AVA welcomes applications from qualified singers from other countries. Admission requirements are identical for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. English proficiency is required, and is evaluated in the audition process. TOEFL scores are required. Immigration regulations require all successful foreign applicants to obtain a student visa. The Academy of Vocal Arts is approved for attendance by artists granted either an F-1 visa. AVA will enter international students into the SEVIS system and provide a SEVIS I-20 form for those students so that they may apply for their F-1 visas.

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Transfer of Credits Policy

Per regulations and guidelines, AVA evaluates students for completion of their artist diploma based on clock hours of training completed, not credits per course. AVA clock hours are not transferrable to other institutions, nor are course credits from other institutions applicable to the AVA training program and are not transferrable to AVA.

Successful Completion of Program

The Academy of Vocal Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music as a non-degree granting music program that is authorized to bestow students, who successfully complete the program requirements, with an Artist Diploma.