Audition Process

Pre-Screening Recordings

November 20, 2020 – February 15, 2021

Singers will be required to submit an MP4 video recording of three (3) arias.


The AVA Faculty will review the recordings and those applicants who are selected will be moved onto the Live Audition Round on Monday, March 22, 2021.

NOTE: Any applicant who wishes to have an early decision, regarding moving onto the Live Round, by February 1st, must submit their application by January 1st. Singers with questions regarding the February 15th deadline should contact Val Starr at

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Live Audition Round

March 22, 2021

Singers who are selected to move onto the Live Audition Round will be sent an email that includes their time on March 22, 2021, and a list of audition instructions.

Applicants should be prepared to sing five (5) arias of contrasting styles and languages.  At the Live Audition, applicants will choose an aria, and the faculty panel may choose an additional aria (or arias). The audition panel consists of the President and Artistic Director, Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair, all voice instructors and vocal coaches, or any combination of above.

Applicants will be notified by mail of the result of their audition within a few  weeks of March 22nd.