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Apprentice Program

The Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist Program at Sugar Creek Opera is a valuable summer intensive course that provides experience and training to talented, degreed artists who are beginning professional careers.

Since it began in 2007, the program has expanded each year, increasing both the number of participants and offerings. All Apprentice Artists gain valuable knowledge through vocal coaching (with a concentration on style, technique, breath support, languages, and dramatic interpretation), acting courses, lessons on the business of singing, and career counseling from the mainstage artists, directors, and producers who have decades of experience in the industry.  Alumni from our program performed roles in The Magic Flute production, including Leila Bowie and Reuben Lillie.

How Apprentice Artists Benefit

  • Intense personal coaching on audition arias
  • Perform a supporting role or cover a role in the MainStage production.
  • Participation in master classes with guest faculty, mainstage singers and conductors
  • Performance opportunities at community outreach and donor events
  • Private coaching and voice lessons with staff.
  • Career potential feedback.

Audition Information

There will be no auditions for 2017 as the program is on hiatus for 2017. Auditions for the 2018 apprentice program will be handled through Yaptracker.com. Audition dates will be in the Fall of 2017 in NYC and Chicago and will be announced at a later date. Apprentice artists’ previous training represent some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation. Most Apprentice Artists were between 25 and 32 years of age and had already received their masters degree in voice performance. However, there is no age limit. Each of them display an exceptional level of talent and skill, bringing tremendous energy and vitality to the productions. Sugar Creek normally sees 250-300 applicants and hears 80-100 live auditions for 10-15 positions.

Travel & Housing

Apprentices are given free host family housing during their stay.