The Miami Opera Institute High School Division 

Festival High School Division

July 5th–August 2nd  

The Miami Opera Institute offers passionate young musicians an opportunity to train with a highly-skilled and currently active group of professional artists from the world's leading Opera companies and Universities. The institution is pleased to announce a High School Division during the 2016 Summer season dedicated to motivated High school students aged 15- 18 years. These students will take part in Classical and Musical Theatre training, providing them essential tools to prepare for university and performance life.

The High School Institute will provide talented students a stimulating musical program of study by immersion into an inspiring culture of visiting artists, distinguished faculty and active professionals in the operatic field. High school students will have the opportunity to share the stage and shadow top-level college students from premier arts' universities including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, CIM, and many others. 

This four-week intensive summer curriculum includes lessons and vocal technique development, various performance opportunities ranging from participation in recitals and main stage productions, and guidance in preparation for young performers’ college entrance auditions and performance practices beyond the private voice studio and classroom experience. 

Sample Day Schedule

Monday–Friday 10am–4pm

10 AM–11 AM General musicianship, theory, ear training/sight-singing and sight reading

11AM–12 PM Voice lessons/coachings, or group class

12 PM –1 PM Special interest sessions (Master classes, guest lectures on music history, performance practice, pedagogy, or language class)

1 PM–1:30 PM Lunch

1:30PM–2:30 PM Acting/movement for the singer 

2:30PM–4PM Rehearsal for Recital/Scenes programs


Opera Productions For Summer 2015

  • Mozart - Don Giovanni

  • Britten- Albert Herring

  • Massenet- Cendrillon

  • Humperdinck- Hansel and Gretel


  • Receive two weekly voice lessons with world-renowned faculty in a variety of genres

  • Attend all of the Miami Opera Institute's Master-classes

  • Receive weekly vocal coaching

  • Receive sessions on college audition process and selection of repertoire

  • Attend classes in ear training and sight singing, Eurhythmics, Italian diction, Acting for the singer, and Movement for singers

  • Participate in a Music Theatre scenes program

  • Participate in solo Voice Recitals

College Seminar

During the festival, Artistic Director Michael Rossi will give a Career seminar for parents and students about life in the music industry.  Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Talks on Colleges vs Conservatories

  • Education vs Performance Degree

  • Costs of Education

  • What to expect after college

  • Starting a career


2015 Opera Faculty

Voice Faculty

Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios

Dr. Beverly Coulter

Manny Perez

Nobleza Pilar, University of Miami



Vocal Coaches

Caren Levine, Metropolitan Opera

Sergio Puig, Florida Grand Opera

Mary Kauffman, Staatsoper Hamburg, Stadttheater Hildesheim

Stephanie Rhodes, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera

Audition Locations

May 18th  4-6pm, Miami

May 19th  Doral, Florida @ Doral Academy and Conservatory of the Arts


Registration – $250
Tuition – $2000

Audition Requirements

All singers should prepare two contrasting songs from a musical, opera, or an art song.  

Questions, please contact program Director Giselle Rios at


The Miami Music Institute admits students of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other Institute-administered programs.

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