Update your personal brand to build the best package for your upcoming auditions. During this three-day intensive workshop, you will create and receive:
  • HEADSHOTS: A 45-minute shoot, including makeup and hair styling. Photos will be delivered as digital proofs.
  • AUDIO RECORDING: One-hour high-quality recording, including pianist.
  • FEEDBACK AUDITION WITH VIDEO RECORDING: 30-minute HD digital video recording of audition material and valuable feedback from a panel of industry professionals.
  • WEBSITE DESIGN: Group sessions with a web designer plus individual consultations on creating/updating your website with your newly created materials.
  • RESUME REVIEW: One-on-one resume and bio review with audition experts and proofreaders.
  • PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Meet with artist managers, professional singers and opera company leaders to learn how to focus your brand and make connections in the field.


  • FINANCIAL GUIDANCE: Sessions with top contract and financial experts for contract and financial planning advice.

When & Where
Two sessions available:
  • August 20–22, 2019
  • September 3-5, 2019
The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street)
New York, NY 10001

Thanks to generous underwriting by the Howard Gilman Foundation, this professional development package (valued at over $2,500), is available to qualified applicants for the member rate of $300 and non-member rate of $375 (includes a one-year membership to OPERA America).

Applications require a recommendation from a staff or faculty member at an OPERA America member organization. View the application questions and a sample letter of recommendation.

Application Closed

July 15: Application deadline
July 22: Awardees notified (30 awardees, plus up to 10 alternates)
July 26: Deposit of $75 due, required to confirm participation
August 8: Balance due for participation

Contact Gina Hays, Senior Artistic Programs Manager, at GHays@operaamerica.org.

Career Blueprints for Singers is generously supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Photos by Jessica Osber Photography. Hair, make-up and male grooming by Caroline Baribeau.

Samina Aslam, photo by Jessica Osber

I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited greatly from each session. I feel like my eyes have been opened to some subjects which I previously knew little about, and am excited to start this audition season more confidently! It was also a great experience to get to record in the OPERA America space, and to have a headshot session with Jessica Osber.
- Samina Aslam, 2017 Participant
Pictured above: Hidenor Inoue, John Riesen, Jasmine Habersham, photos by Jessica Osber

Thank you for everything you did to make Career Blueprints for Singers so wonderful. I learned so much in our private session, the morning sessions and my feedback audition. I am still processing all of the lessons I learned while I was there, and I already had a chance to apply some of them this past weekend in a few auditions. I cannot thank you enough… I know I will take this invaluable information with me throughout my career.
- Anna Mandina, 2017 Participant
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