Students deserve access to the career of their dreams – so we’re introducing the Russell Thomas Youth Artist Training Academy.

The goal of this program is to provide long-term vocal and performance training to high school students in Los Angeles County—especially those from under-served communities—to prepare them for future careers in opera. New to opera? That’s okay. This program is designed for students who have a talent for singing, a desire to explore opera, and a willingness to work hard.


  • 30-week program (six hours per week)
  • Open to students ages 15-18, who will be enrolled in high school during the 2021/22 school year
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Features opportunities to perform
  • Comprehensive program includes weekly voice lessons, plus acting and movement sessions
  • Students will receive a scholarship stipend for participation.

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The Russell Thomas Youth Artist Training Academy is underwritten with generous support from an anonymous donor.