Professional Singing Employment & Performing outside of AVA.
Resident Artists are encouraged to seek outside professional solo engagements, and are also permitted to augment their income by filling positions as soloists in church and synagogue choirs. However, it is the firm belief of AVA faculty, that extensive singing in professional choirs is not conducive to creating the correct presence of a solo vocal artist, and further, that such singing may be injurious to the voice and adversely affect the singer’s work and progress at AVA
In most cases, foreign students will not be eligible for employment in the U.S. Exceptions are sometimes made when the employment is within the student’s field of study. A Form I-538 must be submitted to the Immigration and Naturalization Service for approval of such work, including apprentice programs with opera companies in the U.S.