Knowledge of any business is the key to success.  PVI rounds out our curriculum by providing a series of seminars and lectures about the “business” of opera.  Wide ranging topics include how to do your taxes, how to take care of your voice after vocal injury or illness, and how to balance different elements of work life and career.  

Seminars include:

  • Lady Parts: PVI’s first Opera Intensive Workshop focusing on Die Drei Damen from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Four sets of Damen coach and stage the entire role and each trio performs one large ensembles on the final abridged performance. 

  • The Taxman Cometh - How to keep your records and stay on top of the current regulations for performing artists.

  • Operapreneurship - How to run your career like a small business.

  • When Life Intrudes - Ways to deal with singing and life (illness, family, vocal injury, stress.)

Language is a key element of singing.  PVI offers weekend workshops in various languages every year to help sharpen diction skills and enhance interpretation of work outside of our mother tongue.

Language seminars:

  • Oktoberfest - German

  • From Russia With Love - Russian



Broadway Bound with N. Thomas Pederson

join N. Thomas Pedersen, retired Head of the Music Theatre division of The Catholic University of America and currently serving as the director of music at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, MD, for an afternoon masterclass of classic and contemporary songs from the Great White Way. The last half hour will be devoted to selecting repertoire for the legit soprano.

Saturday, March 9, 2019


Business of Music Weekend

How to succeed in music? Well, you have to try at business. Join us for a biz-filled weekend, where there is always more to learn. But don’t be daunted - remember: you’re the master of your domain.

Fri. March 22 through Sun. March 24, 2019