Welcome from Artistic Director, Nicholas Muni

Dear Prospective A.J. Fletcher Fellow;

In my first few months as Artistic Director I can already tell this is a very special program. My colleagues have done a wonderful job of establishing a first-rate training experience and I look forward to helping shape its future. It may or may not be the right next step for you but I hope you will take the opportunity to find out!

This page contains the practical information you need to decide whether or not to apply for an audition but I want to offer a few additional thoughts:

The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute is dedicated to in-depth training. If you seek an intimate program where you will receive personal attention every single day, are guaranteed roles in productions and if you thrive in an environment that is intense and focused, then the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute may be the right place for you. If you are eager to advance your craft and develop your artistry in a no-nonsense, positive atmosphere and if you are genuinely interested in applying yourself using a professional work ethic, then you should take a serious look at our program.

Some young artists are tempted by the hustle-bustle of a large program or a program in a major city—with the attendant pressures, politics, stress and potential burnout. That’s not us. We offer many things you may not find in a large school or metropolis: a tranquil, supportive arts colony located in a lovely, lively, medium-sized city with excellent access to the rest of the country by way of several nearby international airports. In short, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute will enable you to take artistic risks in safety, advance your craft without distractions and discover who you really are as an artist.

I invite you to explore what we have to offer and, in any case, I wish you all the best in pursuing a career in the challenging and rewarding field of opera!


Nic Muni


There is no formal application to the UNC School of the Arts to receive an audition.  We ask that you submit the following:

  • Cover letter (stating your goals and what you hope to receive from a graduate or post-graduate program in opera and your audition city of choice)
  • Resume
  • Head Shot
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from all secondary institutions you may have attended*
  • A Mandatory Information Form (this will be sent to you via e-mail, once we have received your materials)
  • Pre-screening CD or DVD for PAC Sopranos Only —
    Pre-screening CD or DVD should include 4 arias representing at least 3 languages — Please do not send MP3 files.




or mailed to:

Steven LaCosse, Managing Director
A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute
UNCSA School of Music
1533 S. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127

*Please note that transcripts must be sent directly from the Institution.

2016 Audition Dates

Audition Venues

New York – January 31

Chicago – February 15

Winston Salem – February 6, 13, 27

Audition requirements

MM Auditions

  • Five Selections of contrasting style in four languages; English, French, German** and Italian.
  • Three of the selections must be opera arias.
  • One of the selections must be written after 1950.
  • No Prescreening Required

PAC Auditions

  • Seven Selections of contrasting style in four languages:  English, French, German** and Italian.
  • Five selections must be opera arias.
  • One selection must be from an oratorio.
  • One of the selections must be written after 1950.
  • Prescreening CD or DVD for PAC Sopranos Only

**Russian or Czech may be substituted for German

For Both PAC and MM Auditions

Auditions will be held in two parts. The first part will be the singing audition.  After your audition the committee will decide if a call back should be scheduled for the same day. At the call back you will have the opportunity to work with a conductor and coach on musical, diction, and dramatic issues involving your repertoire.

All applicants will be tested on basic musicianship skills, including sight-reading, keyboard, and language during the call back.


Candidates will be informed of the Institute’s decisions by April 1, 2016 and asked to formally apply for admission.