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Vocal Audition Advantage

A program of College Audition Advantage

A 10-day intensive for classical vocalists ages 15–18.

JULY 21–AUG. 1, 2019


Audition Information


Vocal Audition Advantage is a unique 10-day intensive for classical vocalists ages 15–18. At VAA, our focus is your success. You will receive individualized instruction from leading experts in the field in a supportive environment. We help you put together your complete audition package.

Preparing your best audition with Vocal Audition Advantage includes:

Individualized repertoire selection / Dramatic presentation / Language and diction / Musical style and interpretation / Movement for the stage / Vocal technique / Audition attire / Addressing the panel and acing the interview / Entrances and exits / Protecting your vocal gift

About Vocal Audition Advantage

vaa-page-2.jpgThe battle for admission to selective colleges is intense. Every year, students and their parents spend countless hours on private tutors and SAT prep, campus visits, and applications. The competition to succeed in the performing arts is equally well known. Yet, when it comes to their college auditions, many gifted singers never get the help they need to put together a complete presentation and truly stand out among their peers. Small adjustments in repertoire choice, dramatic presentation, and interview skills can make a world of difference when admission decisions are made, and scholarships awarded.

What sets VAA apart is our emphasis on one-on-one instruction and professional mentoring in a nurturing environment. Students receive candid feedback and develop a personal road map and action plan for the coming year. High school students prepare to audition for elite undergraduate programs and win performance opportunities on campus. VAA also affords MT students interested in classical repertoire, and classical singers considering cross over into MT the opportunity to explore new styles in a safe setting. 

About College Audition Advantage

After adjudicating hundreds of college auditions as members of the music faculties at NYU, Ithaca College, and other leading conservatories, College Audition Advantage (CAA) founder Deborah Lifton observed a lack of results-oriented, performance-specific training opportunities for high school singers. Classroom teachers focus on the fundamentals of musicianship and technique, while parents and guidance counselors generally lack familiarity with the highly specialized landscape of top performance programs. CAA was founded to address this important void. Through individual lessons, small-group instruction, and master classes, we prepare our students to give a polished performance from the moment they walk in the room. 


Grant Wenaus, Masterclass Artist “Working with a Conductor”

David Lefkowich, Masterclass Artist “Bringing the Text to Life”

Melody Racine, Masterclass Artist “The Complete Performer”

Terence Goff, Masterclass Artist “Simplifying Vocal Technique” 

Beth Canterbury, Masterclass Artist “Telling an Authentic Story” 


vaa-testimonials.jpg"Thank you again for preparing me for my YoungArts and college auditions! I look forward to seeing you in December. I have some more exciting news! Today I was informed that I have been selected as one of the 2015 National YoungArts Merit winners!  I am extremely excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity."
--  Jessica G, Senior,  LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts

"College Audition Advantage helped our daughter attain admission to her first choice vocal performance program. Their years of experience and network allow for great insight and solid advice on "right fit" programs. We were impressed with their advice on music selection, technique, professional behavior, dress and so much more. Our daughter left each coaching session making great gains and auditioned for college programs with a great sense of confidence as she was very well prepared."  --  Jerry and Betty D.


Deborah Lifton, Director, Voice Teacher, The Hartt School

Samuel Martin, Music Director, Rice University, Cincinnati Song Initiative

David Lefkowich, Stage Director, Choreographer, Metropolitan Opera

Liz Rubino, Acting and Movement, Drama Therapist

Grant Wenaus, Guest Masterclass, Pianist and Conductor, Glimmerglass Opera

Melody Racine, Guest Masterclass Artist, Mezzo-Soprano, former Dean of University of Michigan School of Music

Beth Canterbury, Guest Masterclass Artist, Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Terence Goff, Guest Masterclass Artist, Tenor, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Audition for the Hartt faculty and receive written feedback!

Students will have the opportunity during the program to audition for members of The Hartt School voice faculty and receive written feedback pertaining to their audition. This opportunity provides students with the avantage of direct feedback and better preparing them for competitive collegiate entrance auditions and vocal scholarship competitions.

Doris Lang Kosloff, Opera Conductor, Vocal Studies Division Director Hartt School

Rob Barefield

Michelle Murray Fiertek

Wayne Rivera

Cherie Caluda



8–8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30–10:30 a.m. Movement and Acting Class

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Individual Lessons and Musical Coaching

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30–4 p.m. Masterclasses and Q&A with Guest Artist

4–6 p.m. Opera Ensemble Staging

6–7 p.m. Dinner

7–9 p.m. Evening Class on Performance Anxiety


Applications accepted Jan. 2–April 2, 2019

Requirements:Video audition link (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) which demonstrates:

  • Two contrasting selections (2 Classical or 1 Classical Selection and 1 Musical Theatre Selection)

Optional Supplemental Material:

  • Performance Resume
  • A brief personal statement about your interest in the program and how it will impact your growth as a vocalist.
  • Letter of Recommendation 

Auditions Accepted Beginning on Jan. 2, 2019.

Audition Submission and Registration

After checking out, please submit your audition link* and any supplemental materials to harttcomm@hartford.edu.

*Videos may not be marked private on YouTube and Vimeo videos marked private must provide a password with submission.


Audition Fee: $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition: $1,750 (full 10-day program)

Optional housing: Available for $1300.

payment plans now available!

A $250.00 minimum deposit is required at checkout, and remaining tuition will be billed in 3 monthly installments in May, June, and July.

Audition Registration and Information

Scholarship Application

All students must attend the full program. Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. Full balance due May 1, 2019.


Residential option, including meals is available for $1300 from Sunday, July 21 through Thursday, August 1, 2019.


Comfortable clothes for acting and movement classes and audition dress for masterclasses and final audition.

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.