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Opera Summer Camp

Opera Summer Camp

Opera By The River
An Opera Summer Program for High School Students
July 17-19, 2019

Be a part of the inaugural year!



Texas state opera would like to invite you to audition for our first annual summer intensive opera program Opera By The River! The 3 day program for high school vocal students focuses on training young singers on vocal technique, acting, dance, body awareness, professional development, and more, all while exploring the beautiful City of San Marcos in the summertime!

Our Program now consists of a condensed, shorter version of the original 2 week camp. The dates would be from July 17-19th and cost $440 per student (Including deposit, room and board). 

Attending without staying on Campus is permitted at a discount rate of $396. 

The shorter camp would include: 3 yoga sessions, 3 acting classes, 3 movement class, 3 Faculty Lectures, 3 masterclasses (each student would participate in a master class once), and at least one voice lesson per student. The final day would end with a final performance with each student singing an art song/aria/ or musical theater song. 
Friday, June 7th  Scholarship Application Due 
New Applications/$30 application fee due. (for those who have not already done so) 
Friday June 14th $200 Deposit to solidify spot in program 
Friday, June 21st Scholarship winners will be announced 
Monday, July 8th  All Forms and Rest of fees due ($210 for overnight and $166 for commuters). 

Deposit: $200, If accepted, the deposit amount is required to solidify your spot in the program. 

Only High school students are eligible to apply. (Grade determined by the year they will enter starting Fall 2019)

Attach a link to your video recorded audition with one vocal selection from classical or musical theater repertoire. 

To submit your application click the button at the top of the page.


Staff and Faculty for Opera By The River


Dr. Reynolds, Director of Opera Studies, Executive Director of Opera By The River 
Lyanne Alvarado, Director of Opera By The River 
Professor Cheryl Parrish, Soprano, Voice Faculty 
Professor Karanas, Mezzo Soprano, Voice Faculty 
Dr. Suzanne Ramo, Soprano, Voice Faculty 
Joachim Reinhuber, Pianist 




Who is watching my student over the nights and weekend?

Opera By The River is very selective in the camp counselors that we choose. Counselors are chosen with careful consideration after an interview process. Texas State University requires that  all counselors complete the Child Protection Training and will have a DPS Background check completed before the program begins. For more information please visit this website to learn more about university policies and Senate Bill 1414:

How many people are going to be accepted into the program?

Only 30 students will be selected for the inaugural year. This will allow us to give more focused training and support for every student involved.

What scenes/music will the students be performing?

After viewing submission videos and hearing our applicants, we will choose repertoire that is appropriate for the students and their current vocal abilities. We will put together a program of music that fits our students’ needs and will help them grow rather than pre-assign music that could be too difficult or even not challenging enough. The repertoire will be a mix of Musical Theater and Opera.

What are the dates?

The program will be held from July 15th- July 26th of 2019. Check-in day will be on the 15th and the program will end with the final opera scenes performance on July 26th.

Can family and friends come watch them perform?

Yes! We would like to have you there. The Final performance will be free and open to the public. It will be held on July 26th at 7pm. Location TBD.