Program Levels

July 10 – August 6, 2021 – University of Nevada, Reno

The Institute is open to singers at all stages of vocal development. Students are categorized into program levels to ensure their needs are met. Please see the descriptions below to find the appropriate division for your age and vocal development.

Opera Discovery — Ages 15-17

This program is geared for the special needs of the very young student. We take rank beginners a well as those with considerable training. Care is taken to help the young singer receive the most experience possible within the framework of a nurturing and protective but stimulating environment. ONE letter of recommendation is required.

Introductory Program — Ages 18-22

This program is designed for the novice musician. No musical training is required, and no experience is necessary. Candidates may be asked to take an aptitude test to determine musicality. No letter of recommendation is required.

Intermediate Program — Ages 18-26

The emphasis in the Intermediate Program is on raising the awareness of what conservatory students need to address in order to prepare themselves for their first apprentice and studio experiences. ONE letter of recommendation is required.

Emerging Artists Program — Ages 24-34

The intent of the Emerging Artist level is to help bridge the gap between apprentice and professional, both in skill level and professional connections. We have VERY limited openings at this level. To be considered for this program, applicants should already be at the level of a young artist program. Applicants are required to submit TWO strong letters of recommendation, one of which is from a recognized professional in the opera industry.

Young Professional Program — Ages 27-36

The Young Professional Program is designed to meet the needs of singers who already have management and  professional contracts. We have VERY limited openings at this level. Applicants are required to submit ONE strong letter of recommendation from a recognized professional in the opera industry.

American Wagner Project * — No Age Limit

In 2013 the Institute, in collaboration with the Wagner Society of Washington DC, created a partnership to ensure the ongoing training of future Wagnerian singers: the American Wagner Project. Singers who participate in this project will receive instruction in the German language, specialized coaching and study roles to prepare them for participation in concerts presented by the Wagner Society of Washington, DC. Applicants are required to submit TWO letters of recommendation, one of which is from a recognized professional in the opera industry.

*Funded by the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., (www.wagner-dc.org)

Apprentice Pianists:
Apprentice pianists will play voice lessons, coachings, stage rehearsals as needed, get lessons with internationally acclaimed coaches at IYDV. Apprentice pianists will receive room/board and free tuition.

Please Note
Exceptions will be granted up to two years on age deadlines under the following conditions:

  • Military duty
  • Religious missions
  • Peace Corps or comparable voluntary missions
  • Unusual hardship with extenuating circumstances to be determined by the Institute.
  • Rank beginners at the Intermediate level will have a two year grace period to catch up to the next level.
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