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 and evaluated by the members of AVA Faculty and President/Artistic Director.

Contact Dr. Josh Miller, Dean of Students, at jmiller@avaopera.org or by phone at 215.735.1685 with questions regarding application and audition questions.

Applying and Auditioning

The Academy of Vocal Arts application and audition process for 2022 will include submitting a pre-screening recording with the application and required documents.

For 2022, AVA will hold one day of Live Auditions for those applicants who advance beyond the prescreening. The live auditions will be held on Monday, March 21, 2022 at AVA in the historical Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia.

The 2022 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 March 1, 2022.  Any applicant who wishes to have an early decision by February 1st, must submit their application by January 1st. All applicants will be notified regarding the Live In-Person Rounds by March 8, 2022.  Singers with questions regarding the March 1st deadline should contact Dr. Josh Miller, Dean of Students – jmiller@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 between 90-100 or an IELTS score greater than 6.5 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.