Jumpstart Your Singing Career

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

Jumpstart Your Singing Career

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

July 30 – August 6, 2022
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Join the International Young Artists Project for our Tenth Anniversary – and for its first Triangle residency, hosted at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill from July 30 – August 6, 2022. Specifically created for high school, collegiate, and pre-professional singers, this intensive one week program will offer the total vocal experience – Music Theater, Italian Art song, and Opera!

Le Nozze di Figaro (Abridged Version)
Study and performance of Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera, Le Nozze di Figaro. All roles are open for audition, several ideal for younger voices. Ensemble members also needed. Maestro Romolo Gessi, Professore Conservatorio Tartini, Triesti, Italy conducts, and Dr. Ellen Williams directs a semi-staged and costumed performance in Moeser Auditorium, UNC.

Music Theater Workshop and Revue
Join Michael Dixon, Professor of Music Theater, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, for study and performance of Broadway Classics of Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Jule Styne in Moeser Auditorium, UNC.  Daily workshops in Music Theater song and movement in preparation for choreographed Revue.  Programmed for singers of all ages and levels of experience.


Italian Art Songs and Arias
Intensive Study of Italian Technique, Diction, Repertoire coached by Italian Master Teachers Stella Peruzzi, soprano and Andrea Sari, baritone. Master Class performances. Perfect for singers preparing for college auditions!

Voice Lessons
Individual lessons will be arranged with International and IYAP faculty as rehearsal schedule allows.

Tuition: $1295 for all inclusive program
Tuition covers all instruction, lessons, master classes, and performances. A separate fee of $35 is required per student for Background Check. IYAP scholarship assistance is available to qualifying students. All rehearsals July 30 – August 6 will be held on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, and participants are responsible for their own housing, transportation and meals. Due to Covid restrictions no overnight accommodations will be offered during this session.

Application, Video Audition, and Application Fee deadline is April 1, 2022. Please send a performance video of two classical selections (art songs or arias in Italian – one may be in English) as well as one selection from Music Theater repertoire. Notification of acceptance will be received electronically by April 15, 2022, with contract and deposit information to follow. Full payment will be due no later than June 1, 2022.

Please note: All participants and faculty must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in this session. Further Covid restrictions will be in place as required by state and local authorities at the time of this session.

“As a young artist, it can be challenging to find programs that allow you real insight into the world of professional performing. Having been fortunate enough to spend two summers with IYAP, I gained knowledge and experience beyond what I ever imagined; those summers truly were a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you are a musician serious about gaining insight into the world of performance, and eager to immerse yourself in the world of Italian music there is no better program than IYAP. The dedication of the staff to creating a professional environment where singers are pushed to master not only the music, but the language and deep rooted tradition of Italian arts, is truly invaluable. IYAP, more than any other experience I have had as a young artist, gave me a genuine chance to grow musically and professionally. For that I will be forever grateful.”



“My daughter LOVED singing in Italy with IYAP and working with the stellar faculty! They really worked with the students to bring out their full potential and treated them as professionals. Because of this, the performances were beautiful and it profoundly changed the way my high school daughter now approaches singing both in classical and musical theater. She plans on pursuing voice as a career and this program gave her the confidence, insight, and skills needed to do that. The added benefit of being immersed in the culture for 3 weeks really opened her eyes to the world! With IYAP in Italy, they gave their students the experience of living in a small Tuscan town, interacting with the locals, as well as a lot of opportunities to sing in many beautiful places in the area. This, along with the professional artists in the faculty, are what really made the IYAP program exceptional! Such a wonderful experience all around and we hope to do it again!”


Program Parent

“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

Since 2012, 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 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. When IYAP enjoys residency in the beautiful Valdiaciana in Tuscany, students learn 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.