Auditions 2019

The Canadian Vocal Arts Institute summer program is held in Montréal, from July 22 to August 10, 2019, at the Music Faculty of Université de Montréal. ICAV is Co directed by Metropolitan Opera Coach Joan Dornemann and MET conductor Paul Nadler.

The Canadian Vocal Arts Institute is a three week intensive program providing private voice lessons, private coaching, and training in vocal technique, dramatic presentation, acting, language and diction, as well as opportunities to sing in masterclasses. This program is open to singers in all stages of development and will be tailored to their individual needs.

All participants will take part in:

  • Public audition on the first day
  • Private voice lessons
  • Private coaching
  • Operatic repertoire coaching
  • Language coaching
  • Acting lessons, movement, stage craft
  • Recital and opera scenes performances
  • Opportunity to sing in masterclasses
  • Closing gala concert

For the list of faculty members and guest teachers, please refer to faculty's page.


The admission criterias of ICAV are very selective. Candidates are selected through live auditions in Montreal, Vancouver and New York. In case the distance is an impediment, a recorded audition is accepted.

Audition cities & dates

Friday, November 16, Saturday November 17 & Sunday November 18, 2018
Salle Serge-Garant, Faculté de Musique de l’Université de Montréal, 200 Vincent d’Indy, Montréal, métro Édouard-Montpetit

November 28, 2018
Old Auditorium, UBC School of Music
6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, V6T 1Z2.

January 12-13 & February 2-3 2019
New York, USA

February 9, 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Program Fees

February 6, 2019 11h59 P.M. *TORONTO audition (by email only)
April 1st, 2019 11h59 P.M. *RECORDED audition (by email only)

CASTING FOR LA BOHEME of Ruggero Leoncavallo

APPLICATION FEES: 52 $ CA Paid online or send check or money order made payable to: “Canadian Vocal Arts Institute”.

Tuition fees

  • 1 800 $ CA ( for canadian singers, travel expenses and housing – approx. 700$ CA – non-included).
  • 2 000$ $ US (for international singers travel expenses and housing – approx. 700$ CA – not included).

*All payments are non-refundable


Scholarships and merit-based grants, based upon the auditions, will be awarded to qualified singers enrolled in the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute summer program. The Joan Dornemann Scholarship is awarded to one participant, currently studying at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal, who demonstrates outstanding musical artistry during the audition. Quebec and Canadian singers are eligible for the AIDA Scholarship Fund of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation to obtain a partial or full scholarship to participate in the program. This fund offers non-recurring financial assistance to artists for specific projects such as auditions, competitions or master classes, for example. This financial support is intended to support the professional development of artists and to promote access to major cultural institutions, both national and international.

Application requirements

  • Application Form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Detailed current résumé
  • Headshot
  • One YouTube, Vimeo, or other video clip
    (i.e. recorded within the last 3 months).
  • Application fee

(Paid online or send check or money order made payable to: “Canadian Vocal Arts Institute”.)

*All Payments are non-refundable

Recorded auditions

Application Requirements

  • Recording: 2 arias and 1 Art Song. ICAV will accept video recordings via YouTube, Vimeo or other video clip.
    (i.e. recorded within the last 3 months).
  • Application Form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Detailed current résumé
  • Headshot
  • Application fee

*All Payments are non-refundable.

Send application to:

Mail cheque to:
Canadian Vocal Arts Institute
Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal
200, Ave Vincent-d'Indy
Montréal, QC H2V 2T2

For additional information: