The best in summer opera training


Spotlight's 12th Summer Season runs June 24 - July 30. Productions will include La bohème, The Pirates of Penzance, a touring children’s opera, scenes showcase and several concerts.


All mainstage productions are single cast, performed in original language unless otherwise noted, with piano, and receive two performances. Singers are encouraged to suggest repertoire & roles they are interested in performing, even if they are not currently part of our repertoire under consideration.


The children's opera is double cast with multiple performances for each cast. It tours 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. Every singer gets to sing one solo and usually 1-2 ensemble pieces.


We traditionally hold concerts at special local venues such as wineries, gracious senior living facilities, and art galleries.


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


 Performances will take place in Anderson Auditorium  in the Hurley School of Music and various other locations on the Centenary campus and larger Shreveport area. Be sure you have signed up for our mailing list so you don't miss out!




Live auditions are scheduled for Saturday, March 17 in Shreveport, LA and Saturday, March 24 in Austin, TX.  Video auditions are accepted through April 30. You may also arrange a private audition on a different date in either location. Casting and offers will be ongoing from the beginning of the audition period.


  • Weekly one-hour voice lessons
  • Weekly coachings and musical rehearsals
  • Daily classes including The Business of Singing, acting, stage craft,  movement, fitness, professional image, diction, audition techniques, and more
  • Weekly master classes and special topic workshops with local faculty and visiting artists
  • Opportunities to perform concerts, opera scenes and full opera roles
  • Video of up to 3 audition arias
  • A professional press kit (with optional headshots at a nominal additional charge)
  • Performance opportunities in operas, scenes, and concerts --- every singer gets at least one featured role. Most get two or more.
  • Every Spotlight student is required to serve on a production team, according to their skills and interests. Teams may include Hair & Makeup, Wardrobe, Props, Set Building, Front of House, Publicity, and Stage Management. For interested students, assistant directing experience is available.

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


Meals & Housing


Students have the option of purchasing campus housing in double occupancy dorm rooms, most of which are part of single-gender suites sharing a central bathroom. All dorms have in-room cable TV hookup, wired and wifi internet, and main lounges with TV and DVD player, study area, computer lab, vending machines, kitchen, laundry room with no-cost machines. Cooking is not allowed. The cost for on-campus housing is $22 per night (a total of $836.00 for the 38 days of Spotlight).

Students also have the option to live off-campus, but Spotlight cannot help you find off-campus 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.

Meals are available in Bynum Commons (The Cafeteria) at the following rate:

  • Breakfast: $7:00
  • Lunch: $8.50
  • Dinner: $9.50
  • All meals are all you can eat and drink.



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.


 One to two Production Assistant internships are available and are ideal for students seeking experience and/or college credit in an arts administration capacity. Interns are not eligible for roles but may participate in all classes, including singing on master classes, receiving coachings and lessons, and videos of audition arias. There is no pay, but housing is included and mileage is reimbursed. If you are interested in an internship, please send a letter of interest detailing your relevant skills and two letters of recommendation from authorities familiar with your work to




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.



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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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