IVAI co-ordinates a range of events throughout the year, including our summer program, awards and grants for study abroad, school outreach performance opportunities and master class participation.


Our international summer programs offer a wide range of intensive studies in vocal technique, style and interpretation, languages and diction, movement and acting, role preparation and career development.

IVAI performance opportunities encompass fully staged operatic productions, opera scenes, concerts with orchestra and public master classes, given by distinguished guest artists, most recently including Thomas Hampson, Patricia Racette, Diana Soviero and Dawn Upshaw, as well as resident faculty members Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes, and Michel Sénéchal, among many others.

Young artists

For young artists our programs offer an opportunity to develop further and prepare for career entry.

Seasoned artists

For established professionals, the programs provide much-needed time to prepare for the next season, renew vocal technique and explore new repertoire in a sensitive, non-threatening and caring environment.


IVAI’s admission criterion is very selective and admission is usually determined by a live audition. When distance is an issue, a recorded audition may be accepted.


Our upcoming Summer program is currently on hold due to Covid-19. We hope to schedule our next program soon – check our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates.


Fees for the summer program vary based on length and location. Our scholarship program is supported by private donation and awarded to individuals of exceptional merit.

“One of the best opera programs in the world…I am proud to be a part of this prestigious summer program.”

Sherrill Milnes, baritone


Institut Canadien D’Art Vocal 2022

Each year, the Canadian Vocal Art Institute welcomes the best singers of the next generation of Canadian and international opera singers.

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OperaFest Sewanee 2022

OperaFest Sewanee is an artist incubator program that brings together emerging artists and leading experts in opera from around the world.

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NOA Lifetime Achievement Award

Joan Dornemann will be honored with NOA's highest award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the closing banquet on Saturday, Jan 8 2022.

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Residency at New England Conservatory

Renowned vocal coach Joan Dornemann joins NEC for a week-long collaborative residency with students from our Voice and Opera departments.

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Vincerò Academy

Joan Dornemann is part of the Vincerò Academy's 2021/2022 Faculty and joins the most renowned singers and coaches in the world.

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Canto Vocal Programs

Canto Vocal Programs provides young singers from around the world with a one-of-a-kind vocal program – Joan Dornemann will appear on this year's faculty.

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OperaFest Sewanee

OperaFest Sewanee is an artist incubator program that brings together emerging artists and leading experts in opera from around the world.

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Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI)

Joan Dornemann is a faculty member at Canadian Vocal Arts Institute's (CVAI) intensive Summer Opera Program for opera singers in Montréal, June 6 - 26, 2021

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