The Miami Opera Institute

The Miami Summer Music 
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 leading Opera Companies and Universities in the World. The institution is pleased to announce that in the 2015 Festival there will be a High School Division dedicated  for motivated high school students 15- 18 years. These students will take part in Classical and Musical Theatre training, providing the essential tools to prepare for the main stage.

The institute will provide talented students with a stimulating musical program of study by immersing them in an inspiring culture of visiting artists, distinguished faculty and active professionals in the field. High School Students will have the opportunity to share the stage with top level college students from universities such as the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, CIM, and many others. 

The four week intense summer curriculum will include vocal technique development; provide various performance opportunities ranging from participation in recitals and main stage productions; and prepare young performers for college entrance auditions and performance practices beyond the private voice studio and classroom experience. 



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

Sample Day Schedule

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

10-11am General Musicianship ear training/sight singing and sight reading

11-12pm Voice lessons/coaching or group class

12-1pm Special Interest sessions (Master Classes, Guest Lectures on music history, performance practice, pedagogy, or language class)

1-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2pm Acting/Movement for the singer



Full Productions For 2015 
Main Stage
High school students may
participate in: 

  • 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

Voice Faculty

Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios 

Dr. Beverly Coulter

Manny Perez

Nobleza Pilar - University of Miami

Robert B. Dundas - Florida International University

Vocal Coaches

Caren Levine - Metropolitan Opera

Sergio Puig - Florida Gran Opera

Mary Kauffman - Staatsoper Hamburg, Stadttheater Hildesheim

Stephanie Rhodes- Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera


Tuition and Fees

High School Division:

Opera/Musical Theatre Institute: $2000 

Registration Fee: $250

Audition Requirements

All singers should prepare 2 Contrasting from a Musical, Opera, or an Art Song.

Audition Locations

April 16th  4-7pm Doral Academy and Conservatory of the Arts-Doral, Florida 

April 17 3-5pm Miami, Florida

April 18 12-3 Kings Academy-West Palm Beach, Florida



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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