Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

colorado performing arts intensive

July 16 – August 1, 2015

2015 Colorado Performing Arts Intensive Audition Application

The Art of Performance

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

The internationally acclaimed Colorado Performing Arts Intensive celebrates its 12th 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 17-day immersion program encompasses elite instruction by distinguished, world-renowned mentors, and training as a provisional member of Central City Opera.

“The students amaze and astound all of us with the work they accomplish in just over two weeks. More importantly, they astound themselves.” –  Jeff Gilden, Librettist-in-residence

Invitation to Audition
New York – Colorado Springs – Denver – YouTube

Interested high school students from across the country are invited to audition. All applicants must complete and submit the audition application prior to their auditionWhere applicable, please attach a link to your YouTube video. Questions? Please contact or 719-577-4556.

Colorado Springs Auditions
Saturday, November 8, 2014 ~ 2-4 p.m.
Colorado Springs Conservatory
415 S. Sahwatch Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Denver Auditions
Sunday, November 9, 2014 ~ 12noon – 2 p.m.
Denver Musicians Association, 1165 Delaware Street, Denver, CO 80204

New York City Auditions
Tuesday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Call for an appointment (719) 577-4556 ext. 103

Pianists will be provided for auditions.

YouTube Submission
Deadline Saturday, January 10, 2015

Audition Requirements and Tuition

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

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

Tuition is $2,995. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants will receive additional enrollment and tuition information.

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 2015 Central City Opera Festival. Students dig deep to develop skills in vocal technique, dance/movement, theatre and composition.

Days 1-10: 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.


  • Private vocal coaching and group master classes
  • Music interpretation
  • Mock audition and techniques
  • 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
  • Marketing yourself as a performer

“Each year, these young artists transform before our eyes into creative, collegial professionals.” –  Deborah Morrow, Education and Community Engagement Director, Central City Opera

Days 11-17:  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 2015 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 Lead Mentors

Great shot of RogerCSC_SI-5007ROGER AMES

Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Roger Ames 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

Linda - Backstage CBLINDA WEISE

Linda 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.

About 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 artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival, an acclaimed artist training program, year round touring educational programs, and historic preservation. The 2015 Central City Opera Festival features La TraviataMan of La ManchaThe BlindDon Quixote and the Duchess and The Prodigal Son. Look for performances in Central City, Denver and throughout Colorado.

About The Colorado Springs Conservatory  • (719) 577-4556

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 in 1994 by Oberlin and Juilliard educated Linda Weise, who continues to serve as the organization’s CEO. Today, we are pleased to welcome back to the Conservatory, six alumni who join 40 distinguished faculty and guest mentors to serve students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Our family of programs has expanded to include Recording Arts, A Positive Note: Empowering Young Adults with Disabilities Through Music, Amateur Pianists International, the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, Partner Programs with local school districts and The Mezzanine: A Performance Arts Venue.