Tulsa Youth Opera

Tulsa Youth Opera is a tuition-free training program for singers in grades 3-12. TYO’s Music Director is Aaron Beck, Tulsa Opera’s Artistic Director.

2024-2025 Season Auditions

Auditions for Tulsa Youth Opera’s 2024-2025 season are now closed!
Interested students who wish to participate in the Tulsa Youth Opera should contact Artistic Administrator Sam Briggs at sbriggs@tulsaopera.com.

What does Tulsa Youth Opera do?

Tulsa Youth Opera provides weekly training (Tuesdays 4:15-6:00pm, starting in mid-September) from music professionals, which includes vocal technique, foreign language, acting, movement, and performance skills. Performances are scheduled throughout the year. Students are not required to have previous vocal training – we judge applicants on potential, not necessarily current ability – but a live audition is required.

Who can be in Tulsa Youth Opera?

Eligible students for TYO are entering grades three through twelve in the 2024-2025 school year. There are no geographic or demographic restrictions, and we are open to public, private, and home-schooled students.

High school seniors will be permitted to join TYO for the first semester only, and these seniors must have been in TYO for at least one year prior.

ALL students MUST be able to attend in-person rehearsals every Tuesday during the school year from 4:15pm to 6:00pm, with additional rehearsals and performances scheduled during the year TBD.

We accept all levels of students, from beginners to those with years of experience. We do not require previous vocal training!

How many students do you accept?

The short answer: as many as we feel will benefit from the program.

The long answer: Tulsa Youth Opera has varied in size from as few as 15 students to as many as 75. We generally have 80-120 students audition for the program, though this varies as well.

We do not have a set number of students we take each year. Many variables enter into the equation, including season repertoire needs, how many qualified students we hear, etc.

What is the audition process?

Parents of interested students should register for an audition on our website. There is no fee to audition or to participate in the program.

You will be asked to arrive for your audition 10 minutes early. When you arrive, you will complete an audition form. All students under 18 must have a parent present to complete the audition form.

When you are called into the audition room, the first thing you will do is sing your three-minute prepared song. A pianist will be provided, but please make sure you bring music for the pianist! Recorded music and a cappella performances are not permitted at Tulsa Youth Opera auditions. For more information on what to sing, check out “What should I sing for my audition?” below.

After you sing your song, you may be asked to sing some scales or vocal exercises so we can get a better idea of your vocal ability. Don’t worry — we’ll walk you through these, and they should be stress-free!

Parents, we don’t allow you in the audition room. Although it can seem helpful, we’ve found that the presence of parents tends to make students even more nervous than they already are!

The full audition takes no more than 5-6 minutes, and as soon as you have completed your audition form and the audition itself, you’re free to go. Students will be notified of their acceptance status June 15, 2024.

What should I sing for my audition?

All students auditioning for Tulsa Youth Opera must bring one prepared solo in a classical style for their audition. The piece should be 3 minutes or less if possible.

If your junior high or high school student has competed in district or state solo contests, the piece he/she performed at contest would be an excellent choice.

If your student is in elementary school or has not participated in district or state contests, some other good choices would be: traditional folk songs, classical-style Broadway songs (e.g. My Fair Lady or The Music Man), hymns, and patriotic songs.

Students should NOT bring: country, pop, or rock songs, or contemporary Broadway belt music.

If you don’t have a song to bring, please feel free to prepare any sort of song which shows your vocal ability. Simple songs like “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)”, “Happy Birthday”, and “Scarborough Fair” are actually excellent choices! If you need help finding printed music for these songs (most are pretty easily available on the internet), please e-mail sbriggs@tulsaopera.com and we’ll be glad to help you out.

If you’ve selected a song and aren’t quite sure if it’s right for your audition, please write sbriggs@tulsaopera.com and we’ll let you know if what you’ve chosen will work!