Opera Carolina Academy

Young performers, Professional Partners

As Opera Carolina’s instructional arm, the Academy offers local middle school, high school and college students the training needed for all aspects of becoming a professional singing actor. These dynamic, age-appropriate opportunities are a must-do for students who are interested in pursuing this comprehensive art form in the professional world.


The Opera’s annual summer workshop is open to regional rising 8th to 12th graders. It provides musical and dramatic training, as well as various other stagecraft skills and aspects of the singing profession, and participation in a production alongside young professionals.


Academy chorus

Rising 3rd to 7th grade singers develop foundational music and vocal skills that culminate on the grand opera or concert stage each semester, all while being an active and valued member of the Opera Carolina musical family.


NEW! Weekend Workshops

The artist’s journey requires many aspects of training.  Opera Carolina Youth Academy’s new Weekend Workshops help teen artists across all genres of performing arts explore the many facets and skills of honing their craft, from vocal performance to college auditions, acting and more.

Are you a regional 8th-12th grader who studies voice, musical theater, instrumental music, or theater?  Join us on a Saturday morning to have a fun time honing your craft!

All Weekend Workshop sessions take place from 10am-12:30pm and have a $10 tuition fee.

Dates and information

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October 14: Vocal Master Class with Melinda Whittington


Offered for middle and high school groups, the OCYA provides highly tailored workshops featuring vocal technique or music-drama led by Opera company members and local instructors. The OCYA also provides master classes for regional university vocal students, led by guest artists and accomplished vocal instructors, offering great insight into the vocal craft and leading students to their next level.

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Provided for students age 14 and older, the OCA connects regional singing students with highly qualified voice instructors to begin their own unique journey of vocal development.

Want to know more or get private vocal lessons? Contact us