|The Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist Program
The Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist Program at Sugar Creek
Symphony & Song is a valuable summer intensive
course that provides experience and training to talented, degreed
artists who are beginning their professional careers. Since it began in
2007, the program has expanded each year, increasing both the
number of participants and offerings. All Apprentice Artists gain valuable
knowledge through vocal coaching (with a concentration on style,
technique, breath support, languages, and dramatic interpretation),
acting courses, lessons on the business of singing, and career
counseling from the mainstage artists, directors, and producers who
have decades of experience in the industry. In 2012, Apprentice Artists
will perform all roles in Gianni Schicchi, be cast in the chorus and comprimario roles of Madama Butterfly,and perform at outreach events.
Plans for the 2012 Festival
Participants in the 2012 Apprentice Program will take on several important roles during the festival:
» Apprentice artists perform their own opera. In 2012, apprentice artists will perform all roles in our production of Gianni Schicchi.
» Apprentice artists will play supporting roles in the mainstage opera, as available.
» Cover assignments. Some apprentice artists will be selected to cover for principals.
» Special events. Some apprentice artists will be selected to perform at outreach functions and donor events.
How Apprentice Artists Benefit
The benefits to apprentice artists are many:
» Intense personal coaching on audition arias
» Specific scene work and roles
» Participation in master classes with guest faculty, mainstage singers and conductors
» Performance opportunities at community outreach and donor events
» Performance opportunities in the mainstage production at the summer festival
» Performance opportunitites in the apprentice opera at the summer festival
» Possible assignment to cover roles in the mainstage opera
Our AAs: Talented, Educated & Exceptional. Information on the 2012 Auditions
Auditions for the 2012 apprentice program are handled through Yaptracker.com. Audition dates are Cincinnati on November 19, New York City on December 10 and Chicago on December 12. Apprentice artists'
previous training represent some of the most prestigious music schools in the
nation. Most Apprentice Artists were between 25 and
30 years of age and had already received
their masters degree in voice performance. Each of them display an exceptional
level of talent and skill, bringing tremendous energy and vitality to the
productions. For the 2011
season, Sugar Creek received 260 applicants (a 52% increase over 2010), which
far surpassed projections. The 20 selected for the upcoming season were chosen
from 142 singers who auditioned in Cleveland, Chicago and New York City.
Travel & Housing
Apprentice artists may be eligible to receive travel assistance, depending on their distance from Watseka, Illinois. They are also given free host family housing during their stay.