Sherrill Milnes, Artistic Director
Maria Zouves, Executive Director


Beth Roberts
Mark Schnaible
Christian Sebek
Maria Spacagna
Stella Zambalis


Andrew Bisantz
Laura Brumbaugh
Pei Wen Chen
Brent Douglas
Dan Gettinger
Constantine Grame
Timothy Hall
Tessa Hartle
Gloria Kim
Jorge Parodi
Jestin Pieper
Kevin Wallace
Howard Watkins


Fabrizio Melano
Joachim Schamberger
Maria Zouves


Michael Ching

Faculty is subject to change without notice.



*Tuition does not include travel or hotel stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort. Out of state participants are required to stay at the Westin at a special VOICE Programs rate, available for double or single occupancy. Estimated hotel stay at double occupancy with taxes will be $880.00.

Lunch Plan

An optional meal plan is available to all Milnes VOICE Studio participants during their stay at the Westin. Estimated cost of this plan is $140 and includes lunch Monday-Friday during the program dates.

Hotel and Lunch prices subject to change. 

Milnes VOICE Studio


Focus on your career this summer

Prepare a role. This year, the Milnes VOICE Studio presents two role opportunities for singers.  Opera participants rehearse and coach with top international faculty. Final performances of each opera take place in Savannah’s beautiful and historic venues.

Try something new. Study new repertoire and learn new stage skills with our programs. During these two weeks, singers participate in career development workshops, with topics ranging from vocal health to personal branding. Students will work directly with Michael Ching, Composer-in-Residence.

Craft your audition package. Get feedback from our faculty as you prepare for audition season. Participants in this track of study will come away with new recordings, career advice, and defined goals. This track culminates in a public performance, where singers receive live feedback from opera industry professionals.

Included in this summer program:

  • Daily Lessons/Coachings
  • Opening “Death by Aria” public performance
  • Master Class opportunities with Sherrill Milnes and guest faculty
  • Brown Bag Workshops and Seminars aimed at career development
  • Performance opportunities in two Studio Operas as part of the Savannah VOICE Festival
  • plus Personalized Career Consultation


Opera Roles

Role opportunities available for Dialogues of the Carmelites and The Little Prince, both performed in English. Interested applicants should submit video recordings, not audio, as part of their online application package. At least one of those videos should be a classically sung piece in English.


Opera Idol

Accepted students who express need for scholarships have the opportunity to participate in the annual Opera Idol competition hosted in the Chicago area. Two scholarship awards are available through this competition to assist with Milnes VOICE Studio funding.

Learn more about this year’s competition


Please be prepared to submit the following:

  • Resume as a .pdf
  • Short Biography (200 words or less) as a .doc
  • High-res headshot as .jpg
  • At least two recordings as either YouTube links or .mp3 files
  • A letter of recommendation (can be under separate cover)
  • Repertoire list as .doc
  • Optional Financial Aid Statement
    If you require financial aid for tuition, please include a brief explanation, as partial scholarships may be available based merit and need. Students who do not request financial assistance will not be considered for any. Work-study positions are available.
  • Application Fee of $60

40 Singers Accepted

Applicants ages 20 and beyond will be considered

Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

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