How to Apply

Participants must be at least 19 years old (having finished the freshman year of college). There is no maximum age.

The Druid City Opera Workshop uses YAP Tracker for our applications. Watch this page for a link to the 2021 YAP Tracker application.

NOTE: You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).  Registration can be completed at http://www.yaptracker.com

YAP Tracker will ask for the items listed below, and you may contact Dr. Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu with any questions.  APPLICATION DEADLINE – March 15, 2021
(** February 1, 2021 for collaborative pianist and stage directing interns):

  • résumé (a one-page document)
  • headshot (singers)
  • links to video recordings (MP4 links, YouTube videos, Vimeo, etc.) of two selections, at least one of which must be an opera aria in any language.  Please note: Applicants are encouraged not to use one of the 28 Italian Songs and Arias as their opera aria submission, but rather a selection more appropriate for the young artist audition process.  Two opera aria submissions are strongly suggested, but a second selection from musical theatre or art song repertoire is acceptable.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be accepted by YAPTracker. Two recordings/videos are required.

Collaborative pianist and stage director interns should follow the same application procedures and may also apply on YAP Tracker. Aspiring coach-pianists and stage directors should submit a detailed resume, which includes the names and contact information of three references, along with the recordings IF POSSIBLE (video recordings, samples of stage direction or voice/opera collaboration through MP4 links, YouTube videos, Vimeo, etc.) via email.  Directors, we realize that it is often difficult to obtain video recordings of scene work or directing samples, so the recordings are not a requirement, just a suggestion if you have them; video recordings are required for collaborative pianists.)  NOTE: EARLIER DEADLINE for collaborative pianist and stage directing intern candidates:  February 1, 2021. 

Please Note:  The ideal candidates for the collaborative pianist and stage directing internship positions should have some experience already in these arenas; coach-pianist and stage directing interns are considered faculty members of the Druid City Opera Workshop.  Many recent interns have already completed advanced degrees or were in the midst of completing MFA or DMA degrees with an emphasis in direction.  Others were already working in the field as academic opera workshop instructors, ADs in regional opera houses, or have gained stage directing experience through other means. Those still pursuing their undergraduate degrees may not have the desired experience for this employment. Pianists should have some background in collaborating with singers; a degree in collaborative piano is not necessary.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Houghtaling with additional questions regarding qualifications for these professional positions.  phoughtaling@ua.edu

Total cost of Druid City 2021 – $1,300

The $1,300 total cost includes tuition, on-campus housing (single, private room with refrigerator and microwave; a complete set of linens including sheets, blanket, pillow, towels, etc.; and shared community bathroom with private changing and shower rooms), and lunch for 6 days of the program. Housing is a 5-minute walk from the music building, with many restaurants and food options nearby. Travel expenses and additional meals are not included.

NOTE: On-campus housing is considered a crucial component of the program and is required of all participants.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Druid City Opera Workshop
c/o University of Alabama Opera Theatre
The School of Music
PO Box 870366
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366
(646) 345-5584

YAP Tracker application link will be posted here by late summer, 2020.

Please feel free to email us with any questions regarding the program. We would be happy to hear from you and to answer any questions. Thank you for your interest. We’re looking forward to another great opera workshop experience in 2021 … the 11th edition of Druid City, which was created in 2010!