Audition For WTO

Applications and Auditions for the 2016 summer season have closed. Please check back here for new application information in June.

Application Instructions & Audition Information

Los Angeles August 27, 2015 September 28, 2015
San Francisco August 27, 2015 October 2, 2015
Chicago September 3, 2015 October 6 & 7, 2015
Cincinnati September 3, 2015 October 8 & 9, 2015
New York September 9, 2015 October 14, 15, & 16, 2015
Houston September 9, 2015 October 20 & 21, 2015
Philadelphia September 18, 2015 October 25, 2015
Vienna, Virginia September 18, 2015 October 26 & 27

Season Repertoire
Each season’s repertoire is selected in late autumn, based on the artists heard in the annual tour.

Season Dates
We do not set exact dates until we hear auditions, decide on repertoire and embark on casting. Rehearsals will begin in mid/late May, and performances may last through the third week of August 2016.

  • Not all Filene Young Artists are required to be present for the entire season, but you should only apply if you are available for at least two months of this mid-May to mid-August time frame.
  • Studio Artists, Coaching Fellows and Interns are required to be in residence for the entire season.

Please note any conflicts within the overall time frame on your application form.

Eligibility for Young Artist Program
You must either be a U.S. citizen or be authorized to work in the United States through the end of August 2016.

The Application Process

  • Deadlines: Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
  • Ways to Apply: Apply online or contact us at to request a PDF application. Please only apply for one tier of the program. If we feel you are more competitive for a different tier, we will notify you.
  • Fees: The application process is free. If you are selected to receive an audition, you must confirm your appointment by submitting the audition fee ($45 for Filene Young Artists and Fellows / $25 for Studio Artists.)
  • Materials: Required materials include a headshot & résumé; Studio Artists are also encouraged to submit a link to an unedited, live video recording via YouTube.


  • Initial Notification: Approximately 3 weeks before the requested audition date you will be notified by email as to whether or not you have been scheduled for an audition. If you do not hear from us, and it is 3 weeks before your requested date, contact us at or 703.255.1935.
  • Confirmation: If you receive an invitation to audition, you must confirm your date and time by submitting payment within one week of notification.

Audition Scheduling

Cancellation: If you need to cancel due to illness, please notify us at or call 703.255.1935 to or leave a voice message. Do not try to reach us at the audition space.

Conflicts: If you are unable to keep your assigned date/time, you have these options:

  • Arrange a mutual swap with another singer. Both of you must email us ( to confirm this swap.
  • Notify us by email ( that you are unable to keep your assigned date/time. You will be placed on a wait list for your new preferred date/time, and we will contact you if and when we have an opening.

Audition Repertoire

Filene Young Artists

  • Offer 4 arias in contrasting styles and languages.
  • You may change audition repertoire after submitting your application. It is not necessary to notify us if you change your repertoire; just bring a copy of the revised list to the audition.
  • You will begin your audition with an aria of your choice. An additional selection may be requested

Studio Artists

  • Prepare three contrasting selections, one of which must be in English. Any combination of art songs and arias is acceptable.
  • Prepare a contemporary monologue (must have been written since 1900; material from current movies or TV shows is welcome) no more than one minute long.
  • You will begin with the selection of your choice and will then perform your monologue. An additional selection may be requested.

Coaching Fellows

  • “Wie du warst” – Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss)
  • “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” –  Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns)
  • La bohème (Puccini) – Opening of the opera until Schaunard’s entrance (rehearsal #10)
  • Any Mozart aria of applicant’s choice that includes an accompanied recitative
  • Any Handel aria of applicant’s choice that includes a brief secco recitative
  • Other operatic selection of applicant’s choice Audition Materials

Audition Materials

Please bring to your audition:

  • 3 copies of your résumé
  • 3 copies of your audition repertoire list
  • Do not bring a headshot or any additional promotional materials (bios, CD’s, press clippings).


  • A pianist will be provided, but you may bring your own pianist if you prefer.
  • We are not able to arrange pre-audition rehearsals with the company pianist.

Audition Outcome

Filene Young Artist Candidates

  • Callback auditions will be held on the same day as preliminary auditions or by request on a subsequent audition day. There are no additional days exclusively for callbacks.
  • If you are unable to come back during the established callback period at the end of the day, please notify us when you check in.
  • Upon checking in, you will receive instructions on how and when to access the callback list.
  • If you have any trouble accessing the callback list on the day of your audition, call the WTO office at 703.255.1935 to leave a message.
  • If your name is not on the callback list, you are no longer under consideration for this year’s company.

Studio Artist Candidates

  • Callbacks are not indicative of where you stand as a Studio finalist
  • By December 15, 1 small group of finalists will be identified for further casting consideration.
  • If you receive a competing offer for the summer before you hear from us, please notify us immediately.

Fellowship Candidates

  • There are no callbacks for Coaching Fellows.
  • Coaching Fellow candidates will be selected by December 15.
  • If you receive a competing offer for the summer before you hear from us, please notify us immediately.


You may request feedback on your audition by emailing us at in January.

Wolf Trap Residency Logistics


  • Filene Young Artists and Coaching Fellows are placed with volunteer housing hosts within reasonable commuting distance. The average housing situation is located 5-10 miles away from our rehearsal and performance facilities. Wolf Trap is unable to assume responsibility for housing spouses, partners, or pets.
  • Studio Artists receive dormitory lodging at no expense.


  • All Artists must provide their own round-trip and local transportation.
  • Wolf Trap is located in the Virginia suburbs, where both public transportation and sidewalks are inconsistent, and housing assignments are often several miles away from our rehearsal and performance facility. You will need to have a car or make other arrangements to navigate the area.


  • All young artists receive a stipend.
  • Last season, the weekly amount for Filene Young Artists was $650, and the weekly amount for Studio Artists was $350.

Ready to Apply?

Click here to go to our online interactive application.


Reach WTO at:
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182