The Instrumental Academy at Inspiration Point

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  • Are you considering pursuing a career in music as a performer or teacher?
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Welcome to The Instrumental Academy at Inspiration Point

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, a leader in summer music education since 1950, announces the first INSTRUMENTAL ACADEMY AT INSPIRATION POINT offered as a virtual offering for the inaugural year of 2021.

The IAIP is dedicated to preparing advanced high school instrumentalists for pursuing an undergraduate degree in musical performance or education.  Our young professional instructors , members of the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra, are active as teachers and performers throughout the USA. Their experience in the professional world will enrich Academy  students with their extensive knowledge, experience and perspective.

A select number of high school musicians who aspire to a career in performance or teaching will meet in two online sessions daily, Tuesday through Friday for three weeks, June 1-18.  A final, celebratory concert will be presented on Saturday, June 20 for Academy students, their teachers, parents and family.

Applications accepted beginning MARCH 15

    • Academy activities will run 9:30 to 5:00 — with an extended lunch, rest (and practice!) break from noon until 2:30.
    • Private instruction Academy students will receive one 45-minute private lesson each week. They will also work with their instructors in repertoire/techniques sessions and master classes each week.
    • Students will interact with and observe faculty chamber ensembles as they rehearse masterpieces of the string, wind or brass repertoire, learning to explore scores
    • Students will have daily musicianship skills, music theory or history classes — similar to what will be found in college curriculums
    • A weekly workshop on audio and video recording techniques and production basics will prepare you for recording successful audition selections
    • Students will be introduced to the dynamic art of opera — a dynamic confluence of music, drama and visual art. The focus will be on Jules Massenet ’s scintillating  adaptation of the Cinderella tale, CENDRILLON .
    • Students and their families will be invited to join the OIO company for:
      • a streamed dress rehearsal of CENDRILLON later in June
    • The OIO Orchestra’s Chamber Music Concert on Tuesday, July 21

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Although it is still under development, students should plan for a busy and varied weekly schedule. Final schedule details coming soon.

INSTRUCTORS

Academy instructors are thirteen of the energetic members of the Opera in the Ozarks’ Orchestra.  They are young professional performers and teachers from across the nation, who are masters of their craft and eager to share their knowledge with and mentor young musicians who will follow in their footsteps.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The online application and audition process begins MARCH 15 and priority auditions will be considered until April 15.  Please:  

  1. Complete the online APPLICATION FORM.
  2. Ask your high school director and private instructor now to write a brief letter of recommendation (to be uploaded using a separate online form).  
  3. Submit a recording of two contrasting selections that show your level of accomplishment and abilities. You will upload these through a private YouTube link (easy!)
  4. For fastest consideration, payment of a $25 application audition fee by  debit/credit card payable by check or credit card

 

Upon submission of the application form and payment of the fee, applicants will be sent instructions for submitting the letters of recommendation and the brief audition recording –a cell phone or computer video is OK and expected!

TUITION

The cost of the three-week Academy, including over 60 hours of instruction,  is $375.  A $200 deposit, due within two weeks of acceptance, will reserve your position in the Academy.

Questions?.

Email your questions to IA@IP directors:   AcademyAdmissions@opera.org

APPLICATION PROCESS

The online application and audition process begins MARCH 15 and priority auditions will be considered until April 15.  Please:  

  1. Complete the online APPLICATION FORM.
  2. Ask your high school director and private instructor (or other) now to write a letter of recommendation  which will be uploaded using a separate online form.  
  3. Submit a brief audition recording of two contrasting selections that show your level of accomplishment and abilities. Recording this on a cell phone, tablet or computer is fine!  
  4. Payment of $25 application/audition fee.  Recommended for quickest consideration is to pay by credit/debit card at our secure OIO STORE.  You may also send a check or money order to:  Academy Admissions  7260 N. San Maria Place  Tucson, AZ  85704-1949.  Note the applicant name in the memo line.

Upon submission of the application form and payment of the fee,d applicants will be sent instructions for submitting the letters of recommendation and recording the audition video.

TUITION

The cost of the three week Academy is $375 and will include more than 60-hours of instruction and activities. Upon acceptance, a $200 enrollment deposit will reserve your position in the 2021 Academy.

Questions?

Email your questions to:   AcademyAdmissions@opera.org

Inspiration Point Fine Arts
16311 US-62
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Artist inquiries
auditions@opera.org
orchestra@opera.org

General inquiries
info@opera.org

Opera in the Ozarks
P O Box 127
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

479-253-8595

Opera in the Ozarks does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Opera in the Ozarks is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit company.