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December 18, 2012

Samuel Lowry  
(941) 328-1322

Sarasota Youth Opera to Host Enrollment Nights for the 2013 Winter/Spring Semester

Sarasota Youth Opera Camp on Track for June 10 - 28

Sarasota, FL – Celebrating its 28th year, the Sarasota Youth Opera program, the most comprehensive program of its kind in the United States, is accepting new members for the the Winter/Spring 2013 semester.  Singers between the ages of 8 – 18 are welcome to attend one of two upcoming enrollment nights, Wednesday, January 9th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm and Friday, January 11th, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, at the Sarasota Opera House.  Rehearsals for the Winter/Spring season will begin on January 14th and run through Mid-May.

In addition, dates are set for the 2013 Sarasota Youth Opera Camp which will again be held at the Sarasota Opera House from June 10th – June 28th.  Details on registration for this year’s summer camp can be found on our website.         

During the 2013 Winter/Spring semester, the Sarasota Youth Opera will perform outreach concerts throughout the community culminating in their annual Spring Celebration Concert on May 4th.  In addition, members will be eligible to audition in early May for soloist roles in SYO’s November 2013 Youth Opera production.

A new addition to program will be the formation of the Sarasota Youth Opera Chamber Chorus, a small, specialized choral ensemble made up of Sarasota Youth Opera members.  Auditions for this select group of singers will be held at a later date and will be open to all members of the Sarasota Youth Opera Program.

Little Nemo in Slumberland 2012

The fully staged  2012 Sarasota Youth Opera world premiere performance of “Little Nemo in Slumberland”.  Photo by Rod Millington

Enrollment Night is a great opportunity for kids and families to meet the music director and program coordinator one-on-one and learn music in a mini-rehearsal (singers do not have to prepare a song for this exercise) to help determine placement between the Youth Opera Full Chorus and the Preparatory Chorus.  There will also be a parents meeting to go over specifics of the program, payment schedules, and other information.

Sarasota Youth Opera accepts all levels of talent and provides vocal and acting training. Tuition is $150 per session and scholarships are available based on financial need.  Tuition can be paid via check, credit card or the administration can work with you to create a payment plan. 

To sign up for either of the enrollment nights, call Ben Plocher, Youth Opera Coordinator, at (941) 366-8450, ext. 249 or by email at .


Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera will open its 54th consecutive season on February 9, 2012 with Puccini’s Turandot followed by Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, Verdi’s A King for a Day and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men.  Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2012 – 2013 Winter Season are now on sale and available by calling (941) 328-1300 or visiting the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue.

Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.

Sarasota Opera • 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236 • (941) 366-8450 •