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Spotlight's 11th Summer Season runs July 5- August 7. Productions will include:


  • The Alumni/Welcome Concert
  • The Aria Extravaganza Concert
  • Opera in the Vineyard
  • Opera Evenings at Brookdale
  • Bilingual touring children's opera: The Coyotes and the Rabbits/Los Coyotes y las Conejas
  • Prince Orlovsky's Ball: a Fledermaus pastiche & opera scenes showcase
  • Two mainstage productions : L'elisir d'amore;  and a double bill of L'enfant et les sortileges and Trouble in Tahiti

Performances will take place in San Marcos on the Texas State Campus, and at various locations in Austin and around Central Texas. Be sure you have signed up for our mailing list so you don't miss out!




Auditions will be heard in Austin, TX on  Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 26.  If you are unable to make either of these dates and prefer to audition in person, please contact us at to arrange a private audition, or send a video audition. Video auditions are accepted through March 31.



The Performance Track is our traditional program for singers seeking an intensive learning and performing experience. It includes:


  • Weekly one-hour voice lessons
  • Weekly coachings and musical rehearsals
  • Daily classes including fitness, The Business of Singing, acting, stage craft, professional image, diction, audition techniques, and more
  • Weekly master classes and workshops with local faculty and visiting artists
  • Opportunities to perform concerts, opera scenes and full opera roles
  • Video of up to 3 audition arias
  • Press kit (with optional headshots at a nominal additional charge)
  • Eligible for casting in opera roles, scenes, and concerts

Fee: $1750.00 nonrefundable. Housing, meals and transportation not included. Dorm housing is available for an additional fee.




This program, under the direction of Samuel Mungo, Spotlight's Artistic Director and Director of Opera Studies and Voice Area Coordinator for Texas State University, is for developing stage directors who want hands-on experience directing opera. Participation limited to 5 students. It includes:


  • Most of the classes available in the Performance Program, including fitness, The Business of Singing, acting, diction, and more
  • Special classes and instruction on stage directing topics
  • Auditing master classes and workshops with visiting artists
  • Each student director will direct opera scenes
  • Each student director will assistant direct a show
  • Each student director will stage manage or assistant stage manage a production and/or concert
  • Video of directed scenes
  • Press kit (with optional headshots at a nominal additional charge)

Fee: $1000.00 nonrefundable. Housing, meals, and transportation not included. Dorm housing is available for an additional fee.



A very limited number of scholarships are available. Awards are primarily based on Spotlight's casting needs and may be offered as work studies. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please send a letter detailing your interest, relevant skills, and why you believe you deserve a scholarship; as well as two letters of recommendation from authorities familiar with your work to when you have submit your application.




Optional on-campus housing is available for an additional fee.

  • Traditional, air-conditioned dorm
  • Co-ed dormitory with separate wings for men and women, with 24-hour visitation
  • Close to the Music Building
  • Double or single occupancy available
  • 6 rooms share a single-sex bathroom
  • Amenities include kitchen facilities with microwave, tv and study lounges, ethernet connections, laundry, pool table, vending machines
  • Rooms are furnished with 2 long twin beds, 2 dressers, 2 desks, 2 chairs, 1 night stand
  • Lofting kits are provided
  • Room size is approximately 10 x 13 with a 75x54 window
  • Linens not provided

Single occupancy: approximately $990/33 nights

Double occupancy: approximately $660/33 nights


You may request your specific roommate (same-sex Spotlight participant) or ask for an assignment.


If you wish to live off-campus, you must find your own housing. Please note that minors, non-Spotlight participants, and animals may NOT stay in the dorms. If you are bringing your children, significant others, or pets, you will need to make off-campus living arrangements for them.



Students are responsible for all transportation, including airport transfers, and getting to classes, rehearsals and performances. For Spotlight-sponsored out-of-town events, carpools are available and student drivers who take other students are reimbursed for gas. Bobcat Shuttle Bus Service is available on campus and to certain off-campus destinations. The City of San Marcos also has a public transportation system.



All mainstage productions are single cast, performed in original language unless otherwise noted, with piano, and receive two performances.


The children's opera is double cast with multiple performances for each cast. It tours Central Texas and performs in public spaces such as libraries and schools.


The Opera Scenes Showcase is single cast, original language unless otherwise noted, two performances. Selections are TBD and tailored to the abilities and interests of the performers.

Singers are strongly encouraged to suggest repertoire they would like to perform.


The Aria Extravaganza Concert is a popular, fun, informal concert held in public venues such as grocery and retail stores in Austin and surrounding areas. Every singer gets to sing one solo and usually 1-2 ensemble pieces. Think Death by Aria!


The Opera in the Vineyard concert is a formal event held annually at the beautiful Stone House Vineyard in Spicewood, TX. Singers are specially selected and it is a privilege to perform for this event.


The Alumni/Welcome Concert is an opportunity for new Spotlighters to meet their faculty and alumni. At this concert, WE entertain YOU!




Texas State University is situated close to IH35 on 457 acres in the Texas Hill Country town of San Marcos (population: 58,892), a mere 40 minutes' drive south of Austin, the state capitol. President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Grammy-winning country western singer George Strait are two of the university's most famous alumni; and opera singers may know the up-and-coming tenor Rene Barbera, who is also an alumn. It is home to the Center for Texas Music History, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, among many other distinguished projects and areas of study.


The campus is heavily wooded and quite hilly. The clear San Marcos River wends through the east side of campus, which abuts Sewell Park, a popular place for sunbathing and swimming. Inner tubing is a popular local activity in the summer.


The Music Building is located on the north side of campus just off Sessom and North LBJ Drive. A brand new, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center is a few blocks away on the south side of campus. There are many dining and shopping options within walking distance of campus; and there is also shuttle bus service .



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It was a great resume booster and gave me the opportunity to perform frequently before I was in a degree program.  I got to perform a broad variety of repertoire that I wouldn't have otherwise had a chance to do so early on.

- Jessica Blau, mezzo, graduate student in Vocal Performance



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