All SIU students are eligible to audition for MUS 401 Opera Workshop. In Opera Workshop, students develop their musical and dramatic skills through staging opera scenes and arias. Additionally, we explore the business of opera and pursuing a professional singing career.
Our students are also encouraged to audition for the Southern Illinois Music Festival's Young Artist Program. Young artists perform alongside seasoned professionals in fully staged and orchestrally accompanied productions as members of the chorus or in comprimario roles. They also receive training in diction, career counseling, movement, musical and dramatic coaching, and participate in master classes with mainstage artists and perform a concert of operatic scenes and arias.