Studio Artists | Wolf Trap

About The Studio Artist Program

Meet the 2022 Studio Artists


Tshegofatso Clement Baloyi
TSHEGOFATSO
CLEMENT BALOYI

Baritone
Sam Dhobhany
SAM DHOBHANY
Bass-baritone
Ruby Dibble
RUBY DIBBLE
Mezzo-soprano
Tessa Fackelmann
TESSA FACKELMANN
Mezzo-soprano
Matthew Goodheart
MATTHEW GOODHEART
Tenor
Dylan Gregg
DYLAN GREGG
Bass-baritone
Saane Halaholo
 SAANE HALAHOLO  
Soprano
Sophia Hunt
 SOPHIA HUNT   
Soprano
Jin Yung David Kahng
  JIN YUNG DAVID KAHNG  
Bass-baritone
Hayley Maloney
 HAYLEY MALONEY  
Soprano
Emma Marhefka
  EMMA MARHEFKA  
Soprano
Winona Martin
 WINONA MARTIN 
Mezzo-soprano
Cecelia Mckinley
 CECELIA MCKINLEY  
Contralto
Tayte Mitchell
 TAYTE MITCHELL   
Tenor
Thomas Petrushka
  THOMAS PETRUSHKA  
Bass
Hayden Smith
 HAYDEN SMITH  
Tenor
Travon Walker
  TRAVON WALKER  
Tenor
Patrick Wilhelm
 PATRICK WILHELM 
Baritone

Wolf Trap Opera selects a group of 16-20 Studio Artists each year—singers of significant potential who are current undergraduate juniors or seniors, or who are currently enrolled in a Master’s program. During this important transition period in their professional lives, WTO provides young singers the professional and academic opportunities to take their talents to a higher level and to cultivate and polish the skills needed to present themselves with confidence and authority in a very competitive field.

Offstage, Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artists participate in a skill-enhancing and career-building curriculum designed especially for them. Studio Artists work with opera professionals to advance their audition and performance techniques and personal artistry, covering subjects such as diction, recitative, acting and improvisation, movement and dance, and the business aspects of being a singer.

Onstage, Studio Artists gain invaluable professional experience by performing in small roles and choruses, perform their own scenes program, as well as covering larger roles in Wolf Trap Opera’s main-stage operas and recitals which are professionally conducted, directed, coached, and designed. All casting assignments for Studio Artists will take into account the singer’s current readiness and will be made with an eye toward principles of healthy vocalism, education, and advancement.

Successful Studio Artist candidates will be at least who are current undergraduates, or have not yet finished a Master’s program at the time of their audition. Studio Artists must have technical foundations secure enough to allow them to spend the duration of the program away from their regular voice teachers. If you have already finished graduate work and/or done several young artist programs, you may qualify for the Filene Young Artist program.

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