Palm Beach Opera Studio

Palm Beach Opera Studio

Palm Beach Opera Studio is a transformative training program for high school students interested in a career in the performing arts.

During the eight-month program, participants work with Palm Beach Opera staff and guest faculty to develop their skills and gain valuable insights. Artists receive regular voice lessons and musical coaching, participate in masterclasses, and attend sessions on vocal pedagogy, diction, opera history, stagecraft, and audition techniques. They also receive guidance and assistance with resumes, headshots, and recordings to prepare for college applications and summer training programs. Studio members are offered exclusive access to observe Palm Beach Opera’s professional rehearsals and receive tickets to each mainstage production. Performance opportunities are available throughout the program, including the annual capstone recital in April.

Studio is part of a unique three-tiered training system at Palm Beach Opera that includes the Apprentice Artist Program and the Benenson Young Artist program.

Due to the generous support of Suzanne L. Niedland and the Palm Beach Opera Guild, Palm Beach Opera Studio is offered free of charge to all participants.

Apply for Studio

Applications for 22-23 Season Palm Beach Opera Studio are now closed. For more information, please contact PBO Studio Teacher and Administrator Jennifer Wilson at jwilson@pbopera.org.

What students are saying

“Studio has not only increased my love of opera, but it has inspired me to want to pursue classical voice performance in college. I am so thankful for the relationships I have made through this program and I am truly grateful for such an amazing opportunity.”

“Studio has given me so many opportunities to become not only a better singer, but also a better person.”

“Studio has helped me improve my confidence on stage and prepared me for college auditions.”

–Palm Beach Opera Studio graduates

2021-2022 Season Studio Artists

Jacqueline Alvarado, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Robert Barrett, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Marbella Deininger Zayas*, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Sydney Horan*, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Ava Neary, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Amelia Ostamendy, North Broward Preparatory School
Matthew Pollak*, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Yolanda Camila Santana, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Rebecca Voigt*, North Broward Preparatory School
Reed Wolfrom*, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts

*2nd year Studio artist
**previously completed 2 years of Studio’s Performance Track

2020-2021 Season Studio Artists

Emma Beers**+, Jupiter Christian School
Devin Embrich*, William T. Dwyer High School
Marbella Deininger Zayas, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Sydney Horan, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Lucy Kleinschmidt*, Saint Edward’s School
Gabriella Pizzi**+, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Matthew Pollak, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Hope Sears**+, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Sophia Marie Spencer*, Cardinal Gibbons High School
Rebecca Voigt, North Broward Preparatory School
Reed Wolfrom, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Dena Simonne Wolfs, Suncoast Community High School
Kayla Esther Zakarin, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

2019-2020 Season Studio Artists

Emma Beers*, Jupiter Christian School
Jane Djajaputra, Atlantic Community High School
Devin Embrich, William T. Dwyer High School
Zaryah Gourgel*, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Jacqueline Kaskel*, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Lucy Kleinschmidt, Saint Edward’s School
Gabriella Pizzi*, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts,
Kwame Ratliff, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Alex Robinson, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Hope Sears*, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Sophia Spencer, Cardinal Gibbons High School
Mckayla Williams*, Park Vista Community High School
Jillian Fipps, Spanish River Community High School

2018-2019 Season Studio Artists

Emma Beers, Jupiter Christian School
Isabella Caggiani*, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Zaryah Gourgel, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Abby Guido, Park Vista High School
Jacqueline Kaskel, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Emily Mandell, Boynton Beach Community High School
Gabriella Pizzi, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Hope Sears, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
James Seton, Suncoast Community High School
Shayna Singer*, North Broward Preparatory School
Mckayla Williams, Park Vista High School
Katherine Zeda*, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

*2nd year Studio artist
**previously completed 2 years of Studio’s Performance Track
+Arts Administration track