The application for Joyce DiDonato’s 2018 Master Class series, which will take place April 21–23, is now available. The deadline to apply is January 24, 2018. We offer the following suggestions for getting your application materials into the best possible shape for submission:
Résumé & Biography
Your résumé should be a single page in length and should include:
Your biography should be about 100 words for these applications and should briefly tell your story in narrative form. Highlight significant performances and other accomplishments.
For additional guidance, please see our Singer’s Audition Handbook post on creating effective print materials.
Headshot photography has become increasingly varied and creative in recent years. Full-color is now standard, but your headshot can have vertical or horizontal orientation and can be more of a full-body photo than a just a close-up of your face if you wish. Choose the photo that best expresses your personality.
If you are planning to create some new headshots for the coming season, you’ll find some great advice in our post, How to Take a Great Headshot.
Please submit unedited video performances of two opera arias. One should be in Italian and the other in a language of your choice. Please note that audio-only files will not be accepted.
Demos and live performances can both demonstrate your artistry effectively when presented well. Here are recommended guidelines for each:
Video Audition Demos
Videos of Live Performances
You will upload your video files using the Weill Music Institute’s online application tool (DecisionDesk). The following common digital formats are accepted: AVI, M4V, MP4, MOV, MPG, WMV. File sizes up to 5 GB are accepted. We recommend using a format and resolution that is consistent with high quality internet video.
A number of singers who participated in master classes at Carnegie Hall in previous seasons have kindly agreed to let us share their audition videos to serve as examples.
Natalie Conte, soprano, 2014 participant in The Song Continues
Giuseppe Verdi: Stornello
Brennan Hall, countertenor, 2014 participant in The Song Continues
Ernest Chausson: Le temps des lilas
Kayleigh Decker, mezzo-soprano, participant in the 2015 Joyce DiDonato Master Classes
Gioacchino Rossini, Una voce poco fa from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gerard Schneider, tenor, participant in the 2015 Joyce DiDonato Master Classes
Francesco Cilea: Lamento di Federico from L’arlesiana
Bear in mind that there are many recording environments and a wide range of equipment that will produce a successful video. For additional guidance on creating and submitting video demos, please see our post on How to Make a Great Demo Recording.
Applicants to Joyce DiDonato’s Master Classes must submit a short essay of 250 words or less answering the question “Why do you sing?” Joyce would like to get a sense of your personality and your relationship to singing. As she has put it, at the heart of a singer’s artistry is “the voice that is your soul / spirit / heart ~ however you may choose to define it. It is the inner ‘thing’ inside of you that needs to be shared… so we can begin to have a glimpse of who we are, and therefore begin to discover exactly what it is we desire to say.”
As part of the application, you will be asked to enter e-mail addresses for your recommenders—two are required and a third is optional. They will receive a link to an online recommendation form after you submit your completed application. Please note that this e-mail will be sent directly from DecisionDesk (not Carnegie Hall). Your references will have until January 31, 2018 to complete and submit their confidential recommendations.