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 Music & Education Administrator.

TYO auditions for 2018-2019 have ended. Stay tuned for info about next year’s program!

For more information, please contact TYO Music Director Aaron Beck at abeck@tulsaopera.com.

Tulsa Youth Opera provides weekly training from music professionals, which includes vocal technique, foreign language, acting, movement, and performance skills. Performances are scheduled throughout the year.

In 2017-2018, TYO students performed for the Kennedy Center National Committee for the Performing Arts, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Tulsa Symphony. TYO presented the U.S. premiere of Pinocchio in June 2018.

In addition to performances like these around the community and region, TYO students will also attend Pizza Night at the Opera. At Pizza Night, we’ll have a TYO pizza party before opening night of The Barber of Seville, and each TYO student will be given two tickets to the opera free of charge!

The most exciting event for TYO will take place in February 2019, when Tulsa Opera presents an enchanting tale of adventure, friendship, and love: The Little Prince. All TYO students will be featured as the chorus for this mainstage production in Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Tulsa Youth Opera is open to students entering grades 3-12.

We’re open to students from anywhere — not just Tulsa! However, if your student is accepted, he/she must be able to be at rehearsals in Tulsa by 4:15 p.m. each Tuesday.

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

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.

Parents of interested students should register for an audition on the Tulsa Opera website. There is no fee to audition.

Auditions will be held June 23, 2018 at the Tulsa Opera offices: 1610 S. Boulder Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119.

You will be asked to arrive for your audition 15 minutes early. When you arrive, you will sign in and complete an audition form.

You will wait in the lobby until your audition time. Parents are welcome in the lobby; however, only auditionees may enter the audition room itself. We will have friendly people from The Guild of Tulsa Opera to make you feel welcome, and we will have bottled water and cookies available for auditionees.

When you are called into the audition room, the audition monitor will tell you where to stand. Auditions are blind, which means the judges are behind a screen — you can’t see them, and they can’t see you. We do this so that the judges do not judge anything but the student’s voice in the audition.

The first thing you will do is sing your prepared song. A pianist will be provided, but please make sure you bring music for the pianist! Recorded music is not permitted at Tulsa Youth Opera auditions.

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

Once the judges dismiss you from the audition, you are free to leave.

ALL auditionees will receive a letter within two weeks, regardless of acceptance status.

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, Stephen Foster 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 Broadway belt music (e.g. Wicked or Gypsy).

If you don’t have a song to bring, please feel free to download and print any of the songs below, which will work perfectly for your audition:

Past Performances