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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1934
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Theatre/Drama School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19103
    • Phone:
    • +12157351685
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Academy of Vocal Arts

The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is a school dedicated to providing free higher education to aspiring opera singers.

The mission of the Academy of Vocal Arts is to be the world’s premier institution for training young artists as international opera soloists. Through rigorous instruction and coaching, and by presentations of Resident Artists from around the world in concerts, oratorios, public programs and fully staged professional opera productions, AVA will train artists with the high potential for career success while enriching lives in Philadelphia and beyond.

Academic Highlights

The full course of study at the Academy of Vocal Arts is four years. It should be emphasized that all training is directed towards preparation for a career in singing rather than toward the fulfillment of set academic requirements or a career as a teacher. As in a professional opera theatre, the actual ability and diligence of a singer is often given more weight than seniority when casting decisions are made.

Life in Academy of Vocal Arts

AVA is distinguished by its reputation for high quality performances that are acclaimed by critics locally, nationally and internationally. Each year AVA resident artists are presented in four or five fully-staged opera productions accompanied by orchestra. Resident Artists are cast in leading roles that they will in all likelihood continue to perform for the rest of their careers.

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Gifted singers come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that AVA offers. Admission is determined by competitive annual auditions.

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Acceptance Rate

Academy of Vocal Arts acceptance rate is 77%.

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