Now in its fourth year, the institute provides focused training for high school students looking to continue music study at the collegiate and, eventually, professional level. The eight-month program invites some of the area’s most talented high school students in grades 10 through 12 throughout metro Atlanta to audition for the opera.
Selected participants then attend vocal coachings on topics that include preparing and auditioning for a role, selecting a music school, characterization, diction and vocal technique.
The coachings are done by institute Music Director and Atlanta Opera Chorus Master Walter Huff, Beverly Blouin and Stephanie Adrian. Laura English-Robinson presented a college preparatory workshop to the group. Institute students also attend a vocal health seminar presented by the Emory Voice Center. Students will showcase their work in Sunday’s performance featuring arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera’s greatest works by composers including Mozart, Bizet, Menotti, Floyd and Copland.
This year, 15 students were selected to participate in the institute: Lily Balshan, North Springs; P. Aiden Brooks, Paideia; Courtney Caston, Pebblebrook; Shayne Goldberg, Rome; Mary Katherine Henry, Westminster; Kayla Holcomb, Gordon Central; Rosie Hughes, Paideia; Kylie Humber, Heritage of Rockdale County; Ilene Isaacson, Pope; Marc Laroussini, Chamblee; Julianna Lassiter, Eastside; Camille Mapua, Wheeler; Chris Martin, Lovett; Susan Reyes, North Cobb; and Daniela Rivera, Atlanta International.