The Academy of Vocal Arts

Application and Entrance Requirements

The Academy of Vocal Arts accepts singers on a full-tuition scholarship basis only. Most of AVA's artists have graduated from renowned music schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Central and South America. They have already achieved a high level of musicianship, a knowledge of music theory and history, and have had many years of private voice study with major voice teachers. Singers are urged not to apply unless they feel they have exceptional vocal/theatrical qualifications and have dedicated themselves to a professional career. All applications are reviewed by the executive director. Applicants with insufficient experience are discouraged from applying, and applications and fees are returned. All applicants must enter the program by means of a formal application and audition.


2015 Auditions

March 9 and 10, 2015


Application and supporting documents deadlines

All applications must be postmarked by February 23, 2015


Contact Val Starr, Dean of Students at or 215.735.1685 with questions regarding your application.


Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants should have at least four years of college training in music or its equivalent in private study.

  • Applicants are accepted regardless of race, sex, nationality, religion, disability or marital status. Age guidelines are 18-28 for men and women. Exceptions are made on an individual basis, depending on the applicant's talent and any other extenuating circumstances such as military service or having entered the music field at a very late stage. Please send proof of age (birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) when submitting an application.

  • No college/university transcripts are required for an audition. Once accepted, applicant must submit copy of official college/university transcript demonstrating scholastic competence to succeed at a graduate level as well as competence in music theory, ear training, language skills, music history and basic keyboard skills.

Requirements for Foreign Applicants

  • AVA welcomes applications from qualified singers from other countries. Admission requirements are identical for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. English proficiency is required, and is evaluated in the audition process. TOEFL scores are required. Immigration regulations require all successful foreign applicants to obtain a student visa. The Academy of Vocal Arts is approved for attendance by artists granted either an F-1 visa. AVA will enter international students into the SEVIS system and provide a SEVIS I-20 form for those students so that they may apply for their F-1 visas.

  • The application form must be completely filled out, mailed or hand delivered to The Academy along with a $100 non-refundable application fee. Applications received via email or fax will not be accepted.

Transfer of Credits Policy

  • Per regulations and guidelines, The Academy of Vocal Arts evaluates students for completion of their artist diploma based on clock hours of training completed, not credits per course.  AVA clock hours are not transferrable to  other institutions, nor are  course credits from other institutions applicable to the AVA training program and are not transferrable to AVA.

The Academy of Vocal Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music as a non-degree granting music program that is authorized to bestow students, who successfully complete the program requirements, with an Artist Diploma.