Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

The Art of Performance

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

The internationally acclaimed Colorado Performing Arts Intensive celebrates its 11th season this summer with unprecedented instruction and performance opportunities for talented young performers ages 14 through 19 from across the country.

Presented by The Colorado Springs Conservatory and Central City Opera, the 18-day immersion program encompasses elite instruction by distinguished, world-renowned mentors and training as an provisional member of the Central City Opera.

“The students amaze and astound all of us with the work they accomplish in just two weeks. More importantly, they astound themselves.”

–      Jeff Gilden, Librettist-in-residence


Invitation to Audition

Interested high school students from across the country are invited to audition for CPAI in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 8 at The Colorado Springs Conservatory; in Denver on Sunday, November 9, in New York City in mid-October and by submitting an audition video via YouTube. All applicants should complete and submit the online audition application. Where applicable, please attach a link to your YouTube video. Questions? Please contact or 719-577-4556. Details to follow on this website.

See what CPAI students and mentors have to say about the program.

Elevate Your Art in the Rocky Mountains

Set amidst the majestic mountains of Colorado, students participate in a series of rigorous, interactive master classes, workshops and symposia; attend performances; and team-create an original opera they perform as part of the 2014 Central City Opera Festival. Students dig deep to develop skills in vocal technique, dance/movement, theatre and composition.

Days 1-14: In residence in Colorado Springs

In “Behind the Curtain” sessions, expert mentors in each discipline will focus on the fundamentals of the performing arts, adhering to the highest pedagogical standards for which The Colorado Springs Conservatory has attained international recognition. In 2013, The Conservatory was designated a Royal Conservatory Founding School and Arts Schools Network Exemplary School.


  • Private vocal coaching and group master classes
  • Music interpretation
  • Audition techniques and strategies
  • Repertoire studies and performances of standard, age-appropriate music
  • Language diction classes in Italian, French, German and English
  • Composition and lyric writing
  • Theater studies including character development, improvisation and text analysis
  • Movement and dance
  • Opera history
  • Humanities
  • Conducting
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Music appreciation through the visual arts
  • Production design
Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive


“Each year, these young artists transform before our eyes into creative, collegial professionals.”

–             Deborah Morrow, Education and Community Engagement Director, Central City Opera

Days 15-18:  In residence in Central City, CO

Students are regarded as provisional members of the Central City Opera company and are immersed in all aspects of preparation, production and performance. They experience first-hand the inner workings of one of the most historic and revered opera companies in the country through:

  • Master classes with resident national and international conductors and artists including stage combat, movement, diction and vocal technique
  • Performing artist forum/roundtable discussions
  • Historical tours of museum, opera house and surrounding areas
  • Central City Opera performances
  • Pre-show discussion with the artistic staff of each opera
  • Observation of rehearsals
  • Culminating performances of their own work in the historic Williams Stables Theatre

Lifelong Friendships, Lifelong Skills

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

The 2014 Colorado Performing Arts Intensive offers a life-changing experience for talented and motivated students, engaging them in extraordinary experiences that move them dramatically ahead in their pursuit of training in the arts world.

“The Intensive enhanced my personal artistry and prepared me for my undergraduate degree in music, in ways I could not have even imagined.”

– Zach Goldman, University of Michigan

Meet Our Mentors

Colorado Performing Arts IntensiveROGER AMES

Roger Ames, Pulitzer Prize nominated composer, has written music theater works for the Hartford Stage, Roundhouse Theater, Washington, Berkshire Ensemble for Theater Arts, the London Fringe, incidental music for Off-Broadway plays, and has been commissioned to compose works for Central City Opera, Colorado, Utah Opera, Boston Lyric Opera Company, Lake George Opera, Equity Fights Aids, and numerous schools and universities.

He is currently Resident Composer for Central City Opera, (Community Outreach), Great Neck North High School, and Artist in Residence at New Dramatists, New York City.  He is a continuing mentor for The Colorado Springs Conservatory Summer Intensive, and is published by GIA Music, Chicago, Hinshaw Music, South Carolina, and can be heard on EMI and GIA recordings.

Colorado Performing Arts IntensiveJEFF GILDEN

Jeff Gilden is a teacher at Great Neck North High School in New York. He is a founder of the STAGES program, a year long collaborative class that culminates in the production of a full-length musical conceived, written, and staged by students. he has written two pieces with Roger Ames, En Mis Palabras and Shadows, and they will premiere their third piece, a musical adaptation of The Winter’s Tale, this spring. Jeff has also written Red Lantern, a screenplay about the Iditarod that was a prize winner in various competitions a few years back.

Colorado Performing Arts IntensiveLINDA WEISE

Linda Weise is the Founding, Executive Director of The Colorado Springs Conservatory. She established The Conservatory in 1994 to bring world-class performing arts education to the Pikes Peak region.

Linda did her undergraduate work at Oberlin Conservatory in piano and vocal performance, and post-graduate studies at Juilliard School for Opera Studies. She has concertized throughout the nation.

Linda is an active community advocate who serves, or has served on the boards of Colorado Humanities, the Regional Advisory Council for the Central City Opera Association, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Fountain Fund and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. She is a long-time member of the Rotary Club and a graduate of both the Colorado Leadership Institute and Leadership Pikes Peak.

Colorado Performing Arts IntensiveJUDETH SHAY COMSTOCK

Soprano Judeth Shay Comstock has received critical acclaim for her portrayals of operatic and musical theatre heroines. Judeth has performed with the Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, the Aspen Music Festival, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, the Santa Fe Symphony, the St. Barts Music Festival in the French West Indies, the Landmark Festival in London, and with Mid-American Productions European Tour.

She is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, and the University of Colorado. Judeth is a member of  the voice faculty at Colorado College and a teaching artist for Central City Opera, and the recipient of two Pikes Peak Arts Council awards for best classical solo performance.

Colorado Performing Arts IntensiveTRIPP FOUNTAIN

Born and raised in Colorado, Tripp was a student at CSC from 7th to 12th grades; he then attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving a BFA in Drama.  You may have seen Tripp while he was performing on the national tours of Evita,Cats, and Hair; he also made his Broadway debut with the revival of Hair in 2011.  Bravi to this fantastic cast!

Invitation to Audition

Interested high school students from across the country are invited to audition for CPAI by submitting an audition video via YouTube. Complete and submit the online audition application including the link to your YouTube Video. Questions? Please contact or 719-577-4556.

See what CPAI students and mentors have to say about the program.

Audition Requirements and Tuition

  • 2 contrasting song selections (art song, aria, musical theatre or standard)
  • 1-minute memorized monologue
  • Headshot and resume

Twenty exceptional students will be selected by a panel of professionals from Central City Opera and The Colorado Springs Conservatory.

Tuition is $2,995 of which $500 (non-refundable) is due at the time of acceptance. Tuition covers all room, board and tickets for festival productions. Details will be provided on your enrollment form. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Central City Opera • (303) 292-6500

Less than an hour from Denver, Colorado in a lush Rocky Mountain setting, Central City Opera is among the nation’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country (and the fifth-oldest opera company), the company continues to make history, offering three mainstage productions each year, an acclaimed artist training program, year round touring educational programs, and historic preservation. The 2014 Central City Opera Festival features The Marriage of Figaro, Dead Man Walking and Trouble in Tahiti in Central City, plus The Sound of Music in Denver.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory  • (719) 577-4556

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Colorado Springs Conservatory offers world-class training in all of the performing arts to students ages 3-18 seeking rigorous preparatory studies and enrichment opportunities. The Conservatory was founded by Oberlin- and Juilliard-educated Linda Weise, who continues to serve as the organization’s executive director. Today, more than 40 distinguished faculty and guest mentors serve over 750 students annually from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.