Emerging Artist Fellowship Program

lan Smith with Ronny Michael Greenberg, 2014

Applications for the 2019 Season will be open October 1st – November 1st.

The 2019 program will begin on Wednesday, May 22 and concludes on Wednesday, May 29, the morning following the evening recital by the Fellowship Artists.

Nine Fellows (six singers and three pianists) are selected through a competitive, national audition process for the seven-day program. Working with professional opera singer and recitalist Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith, renowned collaborative pianist, vocal coach and composer, they will participate in daily masterclasses, coachings, and special activities that foster the highest musical, linguistic and creative standards while exploring what it means to be a performing artist in today’s society. Only the music of living American composers is explored during this intensive week of study.

The Seminar is open to emerging singers and collaborative pianists ages of 23 to 35 through a competitive, national audition. A final, live round will be held in NYC. If selected for the Seminar, Fellows receive tuition, room and board at no cost; the only expenses are travel to the Seminar in Potsdam, NY and any incidental expenses incurred during the week.

To read what past seasons’ Fellowship Artists had to say about their experience in our program, please visit our testimonials page.


Complete an online application (see details below).
24 applicants will be invited to a live audition in New York City in mid-January


October 1, 2018: Online applications open.
November 1, 2018: Online applications close at 11:59 p.m. EST.
December 1, 2018: Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to the final round.
January 18 & 20, 2019: Final round of auditions in New York City.


Applicants must be between the ages of 23 and 35 during the dates of the Seminar (May 21-29, 2019) to apply and must submit the following:

  1. High quality video recordings of 2 contrasting art songs by living American composers. Videos must be submitted as YouTube or other hosted links.
  2. An essay of up to 250 words (in pdf format) about how you go about choosing an art song to sing or play
  3. C.V./Resume (pdf)
  4. Complete Repertoire List. Include both works performed and works studied. Indicate works performed with an *
  5. Headshot (pdf or jpg)
  6. Contact information (name, title, phone, email) of 2 professional references
  7. $40 application fee. Please follow instructions carefully once you reach the end of the application to complete payment.