High School Mastery Programs

Young Technicians Program | Young Voices Program


About The Young Technicians Program

The 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.

The hands-on studio and production program consists of after school workshops, weekend intensives, and summer opportunities taught by opera staff, visiting technical professionals, instructors, and mentors. 

  • Open to high school students
  • Program is FREE to those who are accepted — apply early as enrollment is limited
  • Introductory school-site demo workshops with opera production studio tours available on a limited basis

Schedule 


UP NEXT: WOOD LATHES: WORLD OF TURNING AND MAKING
Saturday, April 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Led by Michael Chemycz, Lead Properties Carpenter for The Santa Fe Opera

Wood lathes can be used to create functional furniture components, beautiful decorative wood projects such as candlesticks and bowls, or even toys such as tops and yoyos and many props found in opera productions. Get hands-on training using the opera’s Vega lathe with the duplicator as well as exposure to hand tools used for turning. At the end of the session, each participant will have made something to take home with them.

Lead Properties Carpenter for the Santa Fe Opera, Michael Chemycz has worked for the opera for eight seasons. He holds a BA in Theater from University of California Santa Barbara and an MFA in Production Design and Technology from Ohio University.

All materials and tools will be provided. Free to high school students, but enrollment is limited. Reserve your space by April 10, 2019 (apply below).

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APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete and return the application forms and the signed Parental/Guardian agreement form. Email the completed forms to youngtechnicians@santafeopera.org or mail to:

Young Technicians Program of the Santa Fe Opera
PO Box 2408 
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2408 
The Young Technicians of the Santa Fe Opera 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. 
 
Application (PDF)

"Do You Love THeater, Design, Drawing, Sculpture Painting, Managing, Organizing, Costuming or Stage Lighting?

Can you see yourself working on Sets, Costumes, Props, and Lighting to tell the Visual Story of an Opera Production?"



About The Young Voices Program

The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera 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. In addition, students 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, however 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 in May 2020. Since the inception of the Young Voices, seventy-two students have participated in the program and many are now pursuing further studies in prestigious music programs.


WHO CAN APPLY

  • Highly motivated students who have demonstrated a high level of interest in studying classical singing.

  • Students entering the ninth through twelfth grade in August 2019, however 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 2020.

  • Applicants will perform an in-person audition. Please prepare one song and bring sheet music for the provided accompanist. Finalists will be notified. Each finalist MUST participate in a 20-minute interview.

  • A maximum of fifteen students will be selected for the program. Once invited to join the program the applicant will have one week to confirm participation.


Audition Schedule

SANTA FE: Sunday, April 7, 12:00 PM

The Santa Fe Opera Ranch Lounge

ALBUQUERQUE: Saturday, April 13, 3:00 PM

Center for the Arts at UNM


APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete and return the application forms and the requested supplemental information. Email the completed forms by April 6, 2019 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


The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera was created in January of 2008 to encourage, nurture, and guide high school students exhibiting talent, desire, and potential for singing classical music. 
 
Application (PDF)


Questions about The Young Voices program, audition schedule, or application? Please email youngvoices@santafeopera.org.



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