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Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) holds open Infomation Sessions in August and January. This is not an audition—all interested singers are accepted, regardless of skill level.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is based on ensemble:

  • Opera House Mixed Chorus: $200 per semester
  • Lakewood Ranch Mixed, Lakewood Ranch Prep, and Opera House Prep: $175 per semester

Can I apply for tuition assistance?

Sarasota Youth Opera provides tuition assistance to families in need. Roughly 33% of families apply for and recieve some amount of assistance. Applications are made available at all information sessions or can be obtained obtained from a Youth Opera staff member.

What happens at the Enrollment Sessions?

The evening includes a short meeting during which families learn about the program and fill out enrollment paperwork. If possible, we take a tour of the Opera House as well. The Youth Opera music director will also want to hear you sing. No need to prepare in advance - we will teach you the music. This is not an audition! Maestro will place you into a chorus level that is just right for you.

Do I need to register for an Enrollment Session?

Pre-registration is not required, but strongly encouraged so we can ensure an adequate supply of materials. To register, email youthopera@sarasotaopera.org or call 941-366-8450 ext 249 with the following information:

  1. Parent and/or guardian name(s)
  2. A phone number and e-mail address you can be reached at
  3. The Name, age, and grade of your singer(s)
  4. Your singer(s) current school

What should I bring?

Interested singers do not need to bring anything to the information session. Sarasota Youth Opera will provide all materials. Parents will fill out enrollment paperwork during the first session.

When will my rehearsals be?

Our choruses meet on different days of the week:

Opera House Mixed Chorus
Tuesday / Thursday, 5:30-7:00 PM

Lakewood Ranch Mixed Chorus
Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 PM

Opera House Preparatory Chorus
Girls: Saturday, 10:00-10:45 AM
Boys: Saturday, 10:45-11:30 AM

Lakewood Ranch Preparatory Chorus
Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 PM

During the Fall semester, there are additional rehearsals for all ensembles to prepare for the full-staged Youth Opera production at the Sarasota Opera House.

Where will my rehearsals be?

Opera House ensemble rehearsals take place at the Sarasota Opera House (61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236).

Lakewood Ranch ensemble rehearsals take place at the Harvest United Methodist Church Lakewood Ranch campus (14305 Covenant Way Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202).  During the months of Oct. and Nov., Lakewood Ranch ensembles meet at the Sarasota Opera House as well.