Program Overview

Singers for the Professional Development Program will be chosen by audition and invitation only.

Potomac Vocal Institute has offered a program of à la carte vocal instruction and workshops, with a proven, successful track record since May, 2015.

In fall 2019, we will launch the Professional Development Program (PDP): a dual-track, tuition based program designed for singers by singers.  We believe current opera training lacks consistent, direct contact with performing artists. At PVI we are working to effectively bridge the gap between academia and the stage.  While nothing replaces the university and conservatory in initial preparation, at a certain point in a singer’s development they need what only active professionals can teach: what is actually required to take the stage.  

PDP’s small size ensures all students receive highly individualized guidance and instruction.

Aside from weekly voice lessons and coachings, our classes will include:

  • Practical use of language - going beyond diction and grammar to more effectively use the language to tell the story. (German, Italian, French, English)

  • Regular instruction in acting technique

  • Monologue classes by Artist-in-Residence, Leah Crocetto

  • Priority access to PVI’s exclusive ongoing seminars

By design, both tracks will provide a living resume of audio and video recordings to be used for audition and competition purposes.

Guest Artists

Guest artists for our inaugural season include: Christine Goerke, Michaela Martens, Kathleen Kelly, Barry Banks, Chuck Hudson, Stuart Skelton, Domenico Boyagian, Craig Rutenberg, and Stephanie Blythe.

Participation in PVInvitational

The Professional Development Program culminates with the PVInvitational: a mass audition for opera companies, orchestras, conductors and other casting professionals. In the two years we have held the Invitational, 42+ contracts have been offered. Rep Year Artists are guaranteed participation. Gap Year Artists will participate at the discretion of the faculty. There is no additional charge for this event for members of the PDP.

Voice Faculty

Elizabeth Bishop, Arianna Zukerman, Rolando Sanz, Leah Crocetto

Coaching Faculty

Dr. Joel Ayau, Dr. Wei Han Wu, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell