2016 Colorado Performing Arts Intensive

Conner and Mark Intensive

Please note, the format of the 2015 Performing Arts Intensive has changed to a three-day event for Colorado participants. Please see details on our new 2015 Colorado Performing Arts Intensive webpage.

Dates TBD 2016

Ages 14-19
Tuition:  $2,995 

Do you have students aged 14-19 who are ready for an extended performing arts workshop? Central City Opera and the Colorado Springs Conservatory offer the Colorado Performing Arts Intensive, 17 days of summer study with visiting master teaching artists. Under the direction of composer-in-residence, Mr. Roger Ames, students collaborate, create, and perform an original operatic work based on research completed during the first week. Public performances are held during the Central City Opera Festival.

INVITATION TO AUDITION (information from 2014/2015; stay tuned for updates on 2016)

Interested high school students from across the country are invited to audition. All applicants must complete and submit the online audition application. Pianists will be provided for auditions. Questions? Please contact amarek@csconservatory.org or 719-577-4556.

Colorado Springs Auditions

Saturday, November 8, 2014 • 2-4 pm
The Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 S. Sahwatch Street,
Colorado Springs, CO 80903, (719) 577-4556, csconservatory.org

Denver Auditions

Sunday, November 9, 2014 • Noon-2 pm
Denver Musicians Association, 1165 Delaware St., Denver, CO 80204

New York City Auditions

Tuesday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Call for appointment at (719) 577-4556 ext. 103

YouTube Submission

Deadline Saturday, January 10, 2015

Visit the Colorado Springs Conservatory website for details on audition process.


  • 2 contrasting song selections (art song, aria, musical theatre or standard)
  • 1-minute memorized monologue
  • Headshot and resume

Download the audition brochure for full details.

Sixteen exceptional students will be selected by a panel of professionals from Central City Opera and The Colorado Springs Conservatory. Students will be notified of acceptance by Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Tuition is $2,995. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants will receive additional enrollment and tuition information.  Tuition covers all room, board and tickets for festival productions. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Students who love to perform will dig deep to develop skills in acting, movement, vocal technique, composition and production design in this 2 ½ week summer workshop in residence in Colorado Springs and Central City.  Master teaching artists assembled by the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Central City Opera provide instruction as students team-create a short music theatre work; study and receive coaching in multiple aspects of musical theatre and opera; attend performances and classes; and perform their own work at the Central City Opera festival.

View the blog posts from past years for insider views on the activities and performances of the Intensive summer camp.

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