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Apprentice Division:

18 to 26 years of age as of 30 May 2020,

no undergraduate degree as of 1 September 2020, 

high school graduate or equivalent

Participants in the Apprentice Division must prepare one or two arias
and three art songs,

including one selection in Italian.   

Selected singers in the Apprentice Division will perform

on the Aria Concert and on 

other concerts as assigned by the faculty.

Young Artist Division:

No age limits, undergraduate degree in a

vocal-related field recommended, 

no principal roles with an A or B level company


Participants in the Young Artist Division 

must prepare a minimum of three arias  

and six art songs, including at least 

two selections in Italian.  Singers in the 

Young Artist Division will have the opportunity 

to perform with the BBS Chamber Orchestra 

on a variety of concerts throughout the 12 days

upon recommendation of the faculty.

Once accepted into the Symposium,

participants must email their 

BBS repertoire list to 

Annalisa Monticelli at:

 Auditions will be held on Wednesday, 23  June 2020 for those students

who wish to be considered to perform with the BBS Chamber Orchestra in the conducting master classes, the Aria Concert, off campus concerts,  

and the  Grand Finale Concert.

•All application materials must be uploaded to this website.  (See below)


•Upload the application, a curriculum vitae, repertoire list, and YouTube or equivalent recording of two pieces in contrasting styles for conductors, and two pieces in contrasting languages for singers (no more than 10 minutes in total length) Make sure to electronically include a small headshot (casual or formal) with your application.












•Save your electronic application materials utilizing your last name in the title of the document:   i.e.  VASQUEZ APPLICATION, VASQUEZ VITA,  VASQUEZ VIDEO,  VASQUEZ REFERENCES, etc.


15 March 2020


Completed applications will be evaluated by the Board of Directors.  Those who pass this preliminary screening will be notified via email by the Director of the Symposium that they have proceeded to the next phase of consideration, and individuals will not hear anything further until all of the auditions are completed. Notification of full acceptance and of scholarship awards will be made on or before 15 March 2020. 


The application fee of $50USD/€45 is paid by PayPal or credit card and is non-refundable.  Click here:

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The costs of using a local bank to make your international transfer of funds are expensive because the banks make money by offering a lower exchange rate and by adding fees ($45 or more). The Symposium uses TRANSFERWISE, and we are extremely pleased with the amount of money saved using this service.   TRANSFERWISE will save you money, but more importantly, you can also make the transfer at your leisure with your smartphone or computer without involving a third party.  If you choose to use this app, please let them know that I recommended you. 
















Please feel free to download a PDF of the poster to share with your colleagues, friend, and students.

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