Vocal Artist Auditions

Performer Information

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony (IPFAC), often referred to as “The Point,” is an intensive eight-week summer training and performance program for young singers, selected from competitive national auditions.


Emerging Artists Program:

  Emerging Artists study, rehearse and perform three operas in fully staged productions with orchestra. Many have the opportunity to perform multiple roles. Because roles are usually only double cast, artists are assured of growing through multiple performances.  Emerging Artists also sing in the chorus and participate in the opera scenes program. Some singers may be invited to participate in pre-season publicity programs and early rehearsals beginning mid-May.


Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point has a venerable, continuous history of training young artists since 1950. No other training institute for young people offers the scope and depth of this total immersion into the process of preparing and performing opera. Alumni of this program now sing in the major opera houses of the world; many others teach at prestigious colleges and universities.

Artists are trained, conducted, coached and encouraged by a supportive, professional staff. Included is all training, coaching, workshops, and nurturing required to present opera in full production—scenery, lights, costumes, wigs—accompanied by an orchestra. The season includes 4 weeks of rehearsal, 3 main stage operas in more than 20 performances, numerous performances of the outreach opera and an evening of opera scenes–all presented over a 30-day period.  In addition, singers participate in special events such as the program at Crystal Bridges Museum and A Taste of Opera at the historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.

Once the productions have opened, guest artists come to The Point to offer master classes, workshops and classes important to an opera singer’s development. Planned for 2019: vocal master classes, yoga for performers,  stage combat, career development, recitative style, role preparation, and more.  Additional daily classes and workshops in acting, movement, diction and more are a feature of the final weeks of the program.


Studio Artists Program:

This program is designed for younger, usually undergraduate vocalists. They are cast in the one-hour outreach production, performed before hundreds of children and families throughout Northwest Arkansas.  The 2018 outreach production was Cinderella.  In previous seasons it has been Jack and the Beanstalk, PinocchioCinderella, The Opera Games, When Toys Talk – an English adaptation of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and The Pirates of Penzance. Studio artists often are cast in secondary roles in the mainstage productions, sing in the chorus and are featured in the scenes program.



Fees & Transportation

The cost of the 8-week program is $4750 for the Emerging Artist program, $3500 for the Studio Artist program. The tuition covers accommodations and meals. Transportation to Opera in the Ozarks is the responsibility of participants. If you choose to fly, Northwest Arkansas (Airport code is XNA) is the nearest airport. OIO will make arrangements to pick you up and transport you to The Point.



The Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra consists of professional and advanced student musicians from across the country. The instrumentalists enter fully into the artistic and social life at The Point. After the intense preparation period and the three main stage operas have opened, opportunities for chamber music, chamber orchestra, practice and relaxation abound. Click here for full details

2020 Season Technical Staff Openings

  • Coach accompanists
  • Costumers
  • Stage manager, assistant stage managers
  • Lighting intern
  • Technical staff   

    Check back for more info in November!

a slideshow of some of our alumni

Hong is Hei Kyung Hong, 1978

Delavan is Mark Delavan, 1983, 1984

Moore is Latonia Moore, 1999

Burgess is Suzanne Burgess, 2015,2016

�� Man in her photo is Andy Eaton, 2015, now Director of Music at First
Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC

Gulley is Ben Gulley, 2007

Hilley is Clay Hilley, 2004

Drone is Darren Drone, 2013

Secrest is Caitlin Secrest, 2013

Catherine Cook, 1984

Leona Mitchell, 1970

Opera in the Ozarks
P O Box 127
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
Inspiration Point Fine Arts
16311 US-62, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Phone:  (479) 253-8595

Artist inquiries

Artistic Director
Thomas Cockrell

General Director
Nancy J. Preis

General Director Emeritus
Jim Swiggart

President, Board of Directors
Carole Langley