Philadelphia Opera Camp

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Discover the exciting world of Opera.

Opera Camp makes it possible! Enjoy a two-week summer program of operatic proportions. Learn opera arias, duets and ensembles by singing and acting it yourself and in ensemble.

Click here to enjoy scenes from our 2015 Philadelphia Opera Camp production...

...and click here to view scenes from our 2016 camp!

Singers accepted per audition or submission.  

Our international team of voice teachers and artists have developed a fresh approach to open the doors of the operatic world to young singers.  Instruction includes:

  • Performance of Opera Scenes 
  • Vocal coaching
  • Operatic staging
  • Masterclasses by eminent performers, teachers and coaches
  • Audition prep for college auditions 
  • Opera History
  • Theory
  • Vocal Anatomy
  • Diction

Accepting talented singers ages 13-18 per audition or submission.


Summer 2018 Program

Opera Camp is an intense program designed for students ages 13-18. Campers will take part in master classes, opera history classes, diction, theory, anatomy and staging/blocking sessions.

Repertoire runs the gamut from great classics (such as Mozart's Don Giovanni and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) to light-hearted works like Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore and the modern silliness of Peter Schikele's The Stoned Guest.

Repertory assignments are based on ability levels and voice ranges. Students will work in small groups and receive individual vocal coaching for their pieces. The final week is dedicated to dress rehearsals and staging.

The camp ends with a final performance, allowing students to showcase their prepared scenes from operas and operettas for friends and family.

The camp will take place in August 6 - 17, 2018 at 1336 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The daily schedule runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.



Director - Michael Ashby earned his Masters of Operatic performance from New Jersey City University and his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Indiana State University.  He has performed regionally in opera, operetta, musical  theater, and theater productions.  In addition to our vocal conservatory he maintains voice studios at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and Community Music School in Trappe, Pennsylvania.  For the past year Michael has been working as the vocal technical teacher for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale as well as the Philadelphia Girls Choir.  This summer will marks his fifth time directing the opera camp for the conservatory and his tenth opera camp in total.  His previous teen opera camps were directed at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and for Philadelphia International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  During his time at Rutgers he was a private vocal instructor with the Mason Gross Extension Division/Community Music Program for eleven years.  This Summer Michael will also undertake direction of our choral camp and new musical theater camp.  

Accompanist/Coach - Steve Weber graduated from both Cedarville University (B.A. in Music) and Boston University (M.A. in Music Education).  He has been teaching high school music in southern New Jersey for over 15 years, where his students have been featured on Philadelphia radio and national television several times.  Steve has worked with many regional music groups, including International Opera Theater of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Opera Chorus, and the Ritz Theater of Oaklyn.  In his spare time, he arranges music for not only his students but other high school and college ensembles as well.



The fee for the two week program is $950.00. All materials are included.  Lunch is not provided.

A $50 non-refundable is due upon application (payments can be made by check or online). If accepted into the program, $900 is due by July 30.


Please download the form or use our online application and mail to our offices, or email to

Singers accepted per audition or submission.  Please, prepare up to two song selections, one of which may be from an opera, operetta or musical theater. Both selections can be in English. Should you choose to submit audition materials CDs should be mailed to our office, mp3 files can be emailed to YouTube clips are acceptable.

For additional questions please use our contact page.

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