Nationally recognized SHSU Opera Workshop is the premier solo performance ensemble for the Vocal Area in the School of Music. This ensemble provides students the opportunity to develop their solo performance skills through master classes, opera scenes and full opera productions. Opera Workshop produces two major programs during the academic year, and is often featured at VIP events for the University. The ensemble also maintains an active community outreach program, with two touring productions: “Opera for People Who Hate Opera” and “In the Mood: A 1940’s Musical Review”. In 2011, SHSU Opera Workshop was selected as a finalist for the National Opera Association Opera Scenes Competition, and was invited to perform at the 2012 NOA National Convention in Memphis, TN.
SHSU Opera Workshop alumni have gone on to attend some of the top conservatories and music schools in the United States and Europe, including New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Rice University. In addition, many our alumni have launched successful solo careers in both the United States and Europe, including The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
SHSU Opera Workshop is currently under the direction of Professor Rebecca Renfro Grimes, who, in addition to her work as a director, performer and teacher, is the co-founder of Boston-based Opera del West, as well as an executive board member of Greater Worcester Opera in New England.
Selection for participation in SHSU Opera Workshop is by audition at the beginning of the academic year.