LSU Performing Arts Academy & New Orleans Opera Association to Hold Opera Camp July 22-28

02/17/2012 11:43 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Performing Arts Academy, a division of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, and the New Orleans Opera Association are pleased to announce the formation of a new partnership to provide music programming for Louisiana’s youth.


The summer of 2012 marks the first phase of this new venture with the launch of Opera Camp 2012, to be held at July 22-28 at LSU.


Opera Camp is a weeklong intensive experience designed to develop participants’ skills in opera singing and performance. Targeted to promising young high school singers in grades 9-12, the program is designed to introduce students to the world of opera at an early age. Camp activities will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Students may opt to stay on campus or may commute to campus each day. Coursework includes two individual applied lessons; classes in acting, Italian diction and Alexander technique; master classes in style, performance and audition techniques; performance opportunities in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; and a day trip to New Orleans to visit the New Orleans Opera.


In addition to training young singers, the camp will teach young pianists to work collaboratively in opera and musical theatre settings. The young pianists will work alongside professional coaches to accompany voice lessons and opera rehearsals, while receiving feedback on their playing.


The camp will be led by professional artists from the New Orleans Opera Association and the LSU Voice & Opera faculty. They include Lori Bade, Michael Borowitz, Robert Grayson, Dennis Jesse, Robert Lyall, Dugg McDonough, Patricia O’Neill, Terry Patrick Harris, Todd Simmons and Loraine Sims.


“I am thrilled about this partnership with LSU,” said Simmons, who serves as executive director of New Orleans Opera Association. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the strengths of both the New Orleans Opera Association and LSU to benefit young musicians, not only in Louisiana, but also in surrounding states. This is the beginning of a powerful new program that will benefit our community on multiple levels.”


Camp tuition rates are $520 for students looking to reside on campus, with meals included, and $395 for commuter students. Students who register by the early application deadline of April 1 will receive a $20 discount on their registration. Final deadline for application is May 1.


Auditions are required for participation in the camp. For information on the camp, including auditions requirements, visit


To learn more about the LSU Performing Arts Academy, call 225-578-3230 or email

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012