PBO Studio


PBO Studio 2016 – 2017

Thank you for your interest in Palm Beach Opera’s PBO Studio apprentice program for high school singers. This program provides selected participants an exceptional learning experience and fosters skills needed for a successful career in music. Over the course of seven months, PBO Studio apprentices participate in private voice instruction, vocal coachings, masterclasses, and workshops led by a faculty of opera and music professionals. Participants are invited to attend working rehearsals, mainstage performances, and are given performance opportunities.

PBO Studio Faculty, 2015-2016
Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell
Jim Barbato
Scott Guzielek
Kristina Klaas
Greg Ritchey
Stefanie Katz Shear
David Walker

General Information
Applications for PBO Studio 2016-2017 are due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016. PBO Studio space is limited. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply well before the deadline. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than 5:00pm on Friday, September 9th, 2016.

The General Sessions (group meetings) take place on the following Saturdays*:

September 17th, 24th
October 15th, 29th
November 12th
January 7th
February 4th, 25th
April 22nd, 29th
*dates subject to change

Lessons will be booked upon faculty and participant availability and typically happen the week following General Sessions. Participants typically have one lesson per month but are encouraged to have additional lesson when faculty time permits.
Program participants are expected to attend one performance of each of our mainstage operas:

Madama Butterfly
January 27-20, 2017

March 10-12, 2017

The Pirates of Penzance
April 7-9, 2017

In addition, program participants are expected to volunteer at:

Opera @ The Waterfront
December, 10, 2016

Children’s Performance: The Pirates of Penzance
April 8, 2017

The capstone of PBO Studio is a recital performance to be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. The recital is open to the public and will be held at Palm Beach Opera’s Production Center at 1:00pm.

We welcome you to apply
PBO Studio is both rigorous and rewarding. High school singers accepted into the program are expected to commit to the scheduled dates, attend scheduled lessons, and engage with Palm Beach Opera in a positive and productive way. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2017.

PBO Studio is sponsored by Suzanne L. Niedland with additional funding provided by Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor.

Would you like more information?

Contact Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell, Education & Community Engagement Manager, at 561.835.7566 or jlainehowell@pbopera.org.

What students are saying:

“I loved PBO Studio. It’s an amazing experience…I’ve learned so much and I don’t want it to end.”
PBO Studio Apprentice,

Past Apprentices:

2015-2016 PBO Studio Apprentices
Catherine Beeche
Naomi Cohen
Kendall Hughes
Rhiannon Karp
Nicole Kelly
Ashlyn Taylor
Emily Thompson

2014-2015 PBO Studio Apprentices
Jacob Cornelius
Kyle Cortez
Kendall Hughes
Cara Young

PBO Studio Application for the 2016-2017 school year: