Jumpstart Your Singing Career

Join Us for an International, Intensive Vocal Program for High School, College Students and Pre-Professionals

Jumpstart Your Singing Career

Join Us for an International, Intensive Vocal Program for High School, College Students and Pre-Professionals

Important Information About IYAP & COVID-19

Thank you all for your patience as we have waited to see how the world is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Sadly, we feel that at this time it would be in everyone’s best interests to cancel our 2020 August session. To those who applied and deposited their $30 application fee, this will be returned to you ASAP, and to all of you who inquired and showed interest, we appreciate your belief in our programs and our product!

Art is needed now more than ever, and although our summer session is not happening, we are busy planning monthly Zoom master classes where Liz, Tim Sparks and I will be present, along with guest conductors, opera organizers, and master teachers and singers. Please watch this site for more information on our offerings as the fall approaches. Rest assured that we are already thinking about plans for summer 2021, and hope that travel conditions will have improved by that time to make a program feasible.

We wish each of you a safe and healthy summer and fall. Please watch out for one another, and use your respite to work on your craft: practice, create work, study, learn a language (or two), and discuss pedagogy with your friends. You are your own best teacher! We miss being with you in person, but know that if
you ever have any questions regarding repertoire or vocal health, you can always reach out to any one of us.

With best wishes for our future music-making,
Liz LaBelle, Ellen Williams, and Timothy Sparks 

Join Us for an Unforgettable Musical Experience!

August 2 – 9, 2020

Join the International Young Artists Project for its first Triangle residency, hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from August 2-9, 2020. Specifically created for high school and college students, this program will offer classes in Italian art song by IYAP faculty, soprano Stella Peruzzi, and baritone, Andrea Sari, and will be perfect for those singers who are preparing college auditions. Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA will also be prepared and performed twice, conducted by Pawel Gorajski of Rome, Italy. Opera scenes will be chosen and performed, tailored to the needs of the participants. Lessons will be arranged daily, dependent upon rehearsal needs.

Italian Art Songs
Intensive Study of Italian Technique, Diction, Repertoire; Coached by Master Teachers Stella Peruzzi, soprano and Andrea Sari, baritone; Friday evening recital

Two performances of Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera, SUOR ANGELICA, are planned for the end of this intensive week. It is an all-female cast, and many roles are ideal for younger voices. Ensemble members are also needed. Maestro Pawel Gorajski conducts, and Ellen Williams directs.

Opera Scenes
Study and Performances of Solo and Ensemble Operatic Repertoire; Coached and staged by Timothy Sparks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Maestro Gorajski.

Voice Lessons & Master Classes
Individual lessons and coachings will be arranged with faculty as rehearsal schedule allows. Master classes on auditioning will be offered for high school, as well as college participants, as this is a much-needed skill at any level for the serious singer.

Tuition: $850
Some financial assistance will be available. All rehearsals August 2-8 are on the UNC-CH campus, and participants are responsible for their own housing, transportation and meals.

Application deadline is June 15, 2020. Please send a performance video of two pieces, one art song or aria in Italian, and one in English, to info@iyaproject.org  Notification of acceptance will be received electronically by the end of June, with payment instructions to follow.

“This program had a wonderful, profound, and transformational effect on my daughter, her future, and my support for her in her quest to pursue a career in musical theater. She went to Italy with talent, a confidence problem, and performance anxiety, and returned a focused performer on a mission. She currently studies at NYU Steinhardt musical theater program for exceptionally talented, well-trained, students and is on track to have a career in the field. The program was the turning point for her.”

Nick<br />

Program Parent

“My experience with The International Young Artist Project provided me with educationally enriching opportunities that not only furthered the development of who I am as an artist through various performance opportunities in opera and musical theater and master classes with amazing artists and teachers, but the experience influenced my personal growth. I would highly recommend this program to further your development as not only a singer, but an artist.”


Southern Illinois University

“The IYAP experience in Monte San Savino greatly exceeded my expectations and allowed me to learn and grow as a singer and interpreter of Italian music in ways I never imagined. The heartfelt dedication and energetic efforts of the IYAP program leaders resulted in a well-rounded and wonderfully challenging program, and they succeeded in their goal of providing a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience that would impact participants’ music and lives for years to come.”


New Jersey

About IYAP

Thanks for checking out our web site!  International Young Artists Project, Inc (IYAP) is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing an international experience for the pre-professional singer seeking exceptional training in vocal technique, repertoire development and performance practice. Our international faculty comes together from the USA, Germany and Italy, to share their expertise, their passion and professionalism in order to present an intensive training program in Music Theater, Opera, Oratorio and Italian Art Song in studio and public performances.

Read More About IYAP

Over the past 6 seasons, we have performed throughout Tuscany in fully staged opera productions of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, SUOR ANGELICA, DON GIOVANNI, GIANNI SCHICCHI and in musical theater showcases highlighting selections from GREASE, HAIRSPRAY, MAMMA MIA, the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein and many other favorites from the Broadway stage.  We’ve also been guest performers in the Festival di Musica Sacra in the lovely city of Cortona, performing Mozart’s REQUIEM and Rossini’s STABAT MATER, and this year the Vivaldi GLORIA. In 2016 IYAP performed an evening of solo sacred music in the Basilica di Santa Maria in Milan, and in summer 2019 a sacred program of Vivaldi’s GLORIA and other solos was performed in Rome.

Our Italian voice faculty provides expertise in Italian vocal technique, diction, repertoire selection and performance practice with recitals performed for local audiences.  Our international faculty of opera professionals coaches students in opera scenes and stage them for public performances.  Students enjoy learning from an outstanding faculty in the incredibly historic and beautiful surroundings of a 1000-year old Tuscan village.  Private lessons and master classes are offered weekly.  Performances are scheduled throughout the three weeks in several Tuscan towns, where students are invited to visit museums and other cultural sights and soak up the authentic Tuscan culture.

IYAP offers a great value and incredibly enriching experience for those students who are able to participate; however, some of our applicants are unable to cover the costs of tuition and airfare, and therefore rely on scholarship assistance.  As we are a 501c3 organization dedicated to educational purposes, your generous donation can be a WIN-WIN!  You can gain a tax deduction while helping a very deserving, talented singer join us this summer on a life changing experience with IYAP.  Please consider making a donation today!  We thank you for your financial support, and for your confidence and trust in our mission.