The audition committee listens to the recordings submitted by each applicant and makes a short list selection of those they wish to hear in a live audition. Live auditions will take place typically in November for US, Canadian, and European singers.  International singers TBA depending upon location.  Singers selected for a live audition will be contacted about potential audition dates and cities.

Occasionally, a singer is accepted on the basis of the recording alone, if the applicant is unable to attend a live audition. But this is the exception rather than the rule.

After the live auditions, applicants will be notified about their acceptance status by the end of March.

The Audition Committee: The audition committee is comprised of Dolora Zajick and members from the Board of Directors, from which two to four members will be present at any one live audition.

How long is the audition: The audition will take anywhere from five to fifteen minutes. A pianist will be provided, however, singers may also bring their own pianist should they wish.


A Sample Schedule for a Day

Below is a sample day at the Institute. Although every day starts with body movement for all participants, the classes, coaching, private and group sessions are different each day. Individual programs are posted each day.

10:00–12:00 — Group classes of acting, Italian, German and English diction, and musicianship

12:00 — Lunch

1:00 — Group warm-up with Dolora Zajick

2:00–6:00 — Private and small group sessions for voice lessons, coachings, scene work, acting, Italian, German, and English diction, and musicianship


Throughout the period of the Institute, the public is offered several opportunities to hear and see the students perform.  Please visit our Event tab for detailed information about our current program events.

Community Concert

Generously hosted by the Steinway Store, this concert features students from the IYDV program performing a selection of arias.  Please visit the events tab for specific details.


IYDV Faculty offer the public a glimpse into the inner workings of the Institute through one to two masterclasses hosted by University of Nevada, Reno.  Please visit our Event tab for specific details.

Final Concert

Three weeks of intense work culminates in a concert of opera highlights presented to the public on the closing day of the program. This is an occasion for family and friends to hear what the students have been doing.  Generously hosted by University of Nevada, Nightingale Hall.  Please visit our Event tab for specific details.