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:

  • 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.)

  • Fix Your Five - Three-day intensive workshop designed to hone audition skills and to coach repertoire prior to the fall audition season.  The workshop culminates with a mock audition for music directors, conductors, agents, costume designers and other professional singers.

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.

Upcoming language seminars:

  • Oktoberfest - German

  • From Russia With Love - Russian




From Russia with Love
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PVI celebrates Russian vocal music with a weekend celebration of Russian diction and vocal repertoire on January 11th and 12th.

We offer a hearty welcome to Russian diction coach/pianist extraordinaire Vera Danchenko-Stern. Vera will lead a workshop devoted to the skills needed to begin exploring Russian repertoire and offer private coachings.

Hour long coachings will be offered on Friday January 11th between 11 AM and 4 PM and Saturday January 12th from 1-4pm. Please bring a Russian song or aria that you would like to work on. (Please bring two copies of the music to your coaching). The cost of a coaching is $90.

A workshop on how to tackle the basics of Russian Diction will be held on Saturday January 12th from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM. In this class pronunciation of the Cyrllic alphabet will be reviewed as well as explanations of the rules and exceptions used in Russian IPA. (Handouts will be provided) This workshop is suitable for singers experienced in Russian repertoire as well as those who are brand new to this rich trove of vocal music. The cost to attend the class is $40.

For singers interested in both a private coaching and the diction class a bundled package option is available for $115, which is a $15 savings. Vera Danchenko-Stern is a master at teaching this genre to singers and can provide you with the basics in a friendly and meaningful way, as well as bring the more experienced singer to the next level. 

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January 11th and 12th, 2019


Tax Prep Workshop

Our Tax Prep workshop will be an afternoon of fun! Well, not really, but something that is of utmost importance to those going to work for themselves as singers. Join us for an afternoon of necessary information - and we promise to make it as fun as possible.

Sunday January 20, 2019


Lady Parts Workshop

Singers will audition for this project and must commit to the intensive week long coaching and staging period leading up to performance in early February. We will be casting three complete trios of Ladies as well as 2 Taminos, 2 Papagenos, a Monostatos, and a Queen of the Night to round out the ensembles. The Ladies will learn, coach and stage the entire role, and each trio will perform one of the large ensembles on the final concert. 

Singers cast in this project will collaborate with an international team of artists including conductor Christopher Ocasek (WNO, San Francisco, Yerevan State Opera) stage director Julia Mintzer (WNO, Semperoper, Theater Aachen), German diction coach Nils Neubert (The Juilliard School, MSM, Mannes) and vocal coaches Wei-Han Wu and Patrick O’Donnell.

Friday, Feb. 1 through Friday, Feb. 8, 2019


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