Claudia Chapa - Audition and Competition Tour

82% ($3,244)
May 31st, 2012
Raised $3,244 of $3,940

"This upcoming year is filled with promise and possibilities as I have been given the chance to further my career as an Opera Singer. With every audition, there is hope to be hired; with every competition, there is the chance to win money that I would be able to invest back into furthering my career; and with young artists programs, I gain lifelong experiences. Every chance to sing in a public arena is beneficial in solidifying my career since every performance could be an opening to better opportunities.

In the following months, I will be traveling to Philadelphia and New York to compete in vocal competitions, perform auditions and continue my private studies with MET legend Mignon Dunn. In between going to Philadelphia and New York, I have engagements with Austin Lyric Opera as a chorus member and Indianapolis Opera singing a main stage role. This summer, I have been awarded a generous scholarship to attend the International vocal Arts Institute in both Virginia and Tel Aviv, Israel.  With all these wonderful opportunities, there is the possibility of great benefits ahead. However, a large front end investment is necessary in order to make this exciting summer possible. I would love to have your help getting there!"

The Plan - Auditions, Competitions and an International Young Artist Program:

I am auditioning for Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  The Academy of the Vocal Arts is the only program in the United States exclusively devoted to the training of young opera singers, tuition-free. Artists from throughout the states and all over the world audition to study and perform in AVA's four-year program. Only those with tremendous potential are accepted to the Academy, where they receive the equivalent of $70,000 in training each year, free of charge.

I am planning to compete in two different competitions and audition for management during my next trip to the NYC area.  I will be singing for The Opera Foundation, an organization that helps emerging artist audition in Europe. They offer scholarships to audition at houses including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. I will also compete for support from both the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation.

This summer, I have been given a very generous scholarship to attend Joan Dornemann's International Vocal Arts Institute in both Virginia and Tel, Aviv, Isreal.  The scholarship covers tuition to these two internationally recognized programs, where I will have a chance to work with top industry professionals.  Here are the details:

IVAI Virginia celebrates its third season in cooperation with the Vocal Arts Music Festival at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, located in the heart of Southwest Virginia’s New River Valley. The two and one-half weeks program will include Master Classes, concerts, as well as performances with string quartets and guest instrumentalists. Faculty includeJoan Dornemann Coach (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opera de Paris), Mignon Dunn Mezzo-Soprano (Metropolitan Opera), Candace Evans Stage Director (Teatro Colón; Santa Fe Opera; Ft. Worth Opera), Ruth Falcon Soprano (Metropolitan Opera), Leon Major  Stage Director (Maryland Opera Studio),  Sherrill Milnes  Baritone (Metropolitan Opera; V.O.I.C.Experience) and many others.

IVAI Tel Aviv offers a distinguished international faculty of artists, teachers, coaches, directors, conductors and managers from every major international opera house. The program includes fully staged operatic productions, concerts with both piano and orchestra and a series of master classes.  Faculty include Paul Nadler  Music Director, Conductor (Metropolitan Opera; S.W. Florida Symphony; Filarmonica de Stat Iasi, Romania), Joachim Schamberger  Stage Director (Landestheater Coburg), Jane Steele Coach (New Jersey State Opera, Opera Colorado, International Institute of Vocal Arts, Chiari Italy), Claude Webster   Vocal Coach (Stage Atelier Lyrique, Opéra de Montréal), Tomer Zvulun  Stage Director (Metropolitan Opera; Seattle Opera; New York City Opera; Juilliard School), and many other distinguished artists in the opera field.


Academy of Vocal Arts Audition Plane Fare: $575

Competition and Management Audition Trip Plane Fare: $380

Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition Trip Plane Fare: $350

Jensen Foundation Competition Trip Plane Fare: $350

Flight to Virginia for first portion of IVAI: $250

Flight from Virginia to Tel Aviv for second portion of IVAI: $1300

Living expenses while abroad: $15 per day = $105 per week.  Seven weeks' expenses: $735

Total: $3,940

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