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Young Voices program participants

High School Mastery Programs

Our high school mastery programs are designed to start students on the path to a career in performing arts.

Young Voices Program

The Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera program was created in January of 2008 to encourage, nurture and guide high school students exhibiting talent, desire and potential for singing classical music. Program participants receive voice lessons and musical coaching by the Santa Fe Opera’s music staff as well as training in diction, music theory and basic acting. Students also participate in Master Classes by visiting guest artists, attend cultural events and have multiple opportunities to gain performance experience through studio classes, community engagement activities and public performances.

Participation in this program is free of charge, but students are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process. The program follows the school year (September-May, with an orientation at the Santa Fe Opera in late-August) and culminates with a public recital. Since the inception of the Young Voices, ninety-three students have participated in the program and many are now pursuing further studies in prestigious music programs.

Two singers preforming for Young Voices program in Gaddes Hall
Young Voices participants jumping in the air with matching hoodies
Young men waiting to perform with the Young Voices program

Application Information

  • A maximum of eighteen students will be selected for the program.
  • Students should be highly motivated and have demonstrated a high level of interest in studying classical singing.
  • Students must be entering the ninth through twelfth grade in August 2020. Preference is given to those who can participate for 2 years in the program.
  • Students should be able to commit to regular weekly lessons and designated weekend studio classes, master classes and performances. The program begins with an orientation in August and runs through May 2021.
  • Applicants will perform a virtual audition. Please prepare one song. Finalists will be notified via email. Each finalist must complete a 20-minute interview.
  • Once invited to join the program the applicant will have one week to confirm participation.

Apply To The Young Voices Program

The application deadline for 2020/2021 is now past. Please check back for information on 2021/2022.

Complete and return the application forms and the requested supplemental information. Email the completed forms to youngvoices@santafeopera.org or submit by mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera
PO Box 2408
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2408

Young Technicians Program

The Young Technicians program is designed to introduce high school students to the many aspects of technical theater employed in opera productions and the process used by creative teams to take a score/libretto from the page to the stage.

Areas addressed include scenic construction and painting, lighting and projections, properties, costuming and stage management, along with the understanding of aesthetic issues in performance planning, design, preparation, realization and management of the production.

This hands-on studio and production program consists of after-school and weekend intensive workshops. There are also summer opportunities taught by opera staff, visiting technical professionals, instructors and mentors.

People discussing props backstage
Women tailoring a dress
Prop shop activity

Application Information

  • This program is open to high school students and is free to those who are accepted.
  • Apply early as enrollment is limited.
  • Introductory school-site demo workshops with opera production studio tours are available on a limited basis.

Apply to the Young Technicians Program

Complete and return the application form and the signed Parental/Guardian agreement form.

Email the completed forms to youngtechnicians@santafeopera.org or mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Young Technicians of the Santa Fe Opera
PO Box 2408
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2408

Application Form (PDF)

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