Tulsa Youth Opera

Tulsa Youth Opera is Tulsa Opera’s tuition-free training program for singers in grades 3-12. 

Tulsa Youth Opera is tuition-free.

Tulsa Youth Opera’s Music Director is Aaron Beck, Tulsa Opera’s Music & Education Administrator.

Who Can Be in Tulsa Youth Opera?
Tulsa Youth Opera is open to students entering grades 3-12. We’re open to students from anywhere — not just Tulsa! However, if your student is accepted, he/she must be able to be at rehearsals in Tulsa by 4:15 p.m. each Tuesday. All interested students must audition for the group. We accept all levels of students from beginners to those with years of experience. (We do not require previous vocal training!) There is no tuition fee to participate in TYO. Tulsa Youth Opera rehearsals for 2017-2018 will start in mid-September and go through mid-June.
What Does Tulsa Youth Opera Do?
A lot! In the 2016-17 season, select TYO students performed with Tulsa Opera in a production of Puccini’s classic Tosca. ALL TYO students performed in Tulsa Opera’s U.S. premiere of The Snow Queen June 17-18, 2017 at the Tulsa PAC. Additionally, a group of TYO students performed the U.S. premiere of Ross Edwards's "Dawn Mantras" with Signature Symphony @ TCC. Students who have principal roles in the June 2018 Tulsa Youth Opera production will be called for extra rehearsals in addition to Tuesday afternoons. All TYO students also attend Pizza Night at the Opera. At Pizza Night, we'll have a TYO pizza party before opening night of Faust, and each TYO student is given two tickets to the opera free of charge! TYO will perform at community events throughout the season, including the national anthem at an Oklahoma City Thunder game!
How Many Students Do You Accept?
The short answer: as many as we feel will benefit from the program. The long answer: TYO has varied in size from as few as 15 students to as many as 45. We generally have 80-120 students audition for the program, though this varies as well. We do not have a set number of students we take each year. Many variables enter into the equation, including season repertoire needs, how many qualified students we hear, etc.
What Should I Sing for My Audition
All students auditioning for Tulsa Youth Opera must bring one prepared solo in a classical style for their audition. The piece should be 3 minutes or less if possible. If your junior high or high school student has competed in district or state solo contests, the piece he/she performed at contest would be an excellent choice. If your student is in elementary school or has not participated in district or state contests, some other good choices would be: traditional folk songs; Stephen Foster songs; classical-style Broadway songs (e.g. My Fair Lady or The Music Man); hymns and patriotic songs. Students should NOT bring: country, pop, or rock songs, or Broadway belt music (e.g. Wicked or Gypsy). If you don’t have a song to bring, please feel free to download and print any of the songs below, which will work perfectly for your audition.

Beautiful Dreamer


Scarborough Fair

What Is the Audition Process?
Parents of interested students should register for an audition on this webpage. There is no fee to audition. Auditions will be held June 24, 2017 at the Tulsa Opera offices, 1610 S. Boulder Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119. You will be asked to arrive for your audition 15 minutes early. When you arrive, you will sign in and complete an audition form. You will wait in the lobby until your audition time. (Parents are welcome in the lobby; however, only auditionees may enter the audition room itself.) We will have friendly people from The Guild of Tulsa Opera to make you feel welcome and we will have bottled water and cookies available for auditionees. When you are called into the audition room, the audition monitor will tell you where to stand. Auditions are blind, which means the judges are behind a screen — you can’t see them, and they can’t see you. We do this so that the judges do not judge anything but the student’s voice in the audition. The first thing you will do is sing your prepared song. A pianist will be provided, but please make sure you bring music for the pianist! Recorded music is not permitted at TYO auditions. After you sing your song, you may be asked to sing some scales or vocal exercises so the judges can get a better idea of your vocal ability. Don’t worry — we’ll walk you through these, and they should be stress-free! Once the judges dismiss you from the audition, you are free to leave. ALL auditionees will receive a letter within two weeks, regardless of acceptance status.

If you would like more information on TYO, please contact Aaron Beck, abeck@tulsaopera.com.