The Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Auditions provide financial awards to young
singers who demonstrate the potential for careers in opera performance. Singers will also have the
opportunity to become coached in singing technique, diction, interpretation, style, and presentation
with professionals in their fields. One singer will be eligible to receive a full tuition and housing
scholarship to the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. Four singers will eligible to receive
financial awards in the form of scholarships toward their professional pursuits.
The Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Auditions are designed to shine a spotlight on
deserving, talented, and committed vocal students. Students must be within the ages 18-25,
studying full time at a U.S. college or university, in order to be eligible to apply. The Kristin Lewis
Foundation Vocal Scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2016.
To be accepted into the Scholarship Auditions, singers must prepare 5 operatic arias of contrasting
languages and styles. The auditions will begin with a Pre-Screening Round, by which two
selections must be uploaded as video or audio files and sent per email to the Kristin Lewis
Foundation at The deadline for receiving the completed
application, professional headshot, proof of age and academic study, and video/audio file is March
15, 2016. Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2016, if they have advanced to the second and
final rounds. The second round and final award auditions will take place on the University of
Central Arkansas Campus, in Conway, Arkansas, on May 21-22, 2016.
The Kristin Lewis Vocal Scholarship Auditions will have four phases. The first phase will be a prescreening
of applicants. Each applicant will be asked to submit a recording of 2 operatic arias.
From the total list of applicants, up to 15 singers will be invited to participate in the second round,
which will be live auditions on the UCA campus. The judges would then lead the next phase by
conducting 20 minute feed back/coaching sessions with each singer. The participants will also
have the opportunity to meet with Kristin Lewis, to talk about practical areas of interest in opera
and performing. Each singer will participate in the Final Round, singing at least 2 arias before the
judges and a live audience. There will be up to 5 award recipients named, with the first possibly
receiving a full tuition and housing scholarship to the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop.