Vocal Artists Management Services (VAMS) announces auditions for its new, exciting Emerging Artists Division!

Eligibility:  open to emerging professional classical singers looking to broaden their experience into higher professional marketability.  There are no restrictions, regarding country or nationality.

What we offer:  as a member of VAMS' Emerging Artists Division, each singer is under the umbrella of Vocal Artists Management Services, and provided with the following:

  • Visibility on the VAMS website

  • Professionally designed resumes, with VAMS logos

  • Specifically designed demo videos (using footage provided by the singer)

  • Advertisement in the VAMS Musical Spotlight newsletter and social media

  • Monthly information regarding Young Artist Programs, competitions, auditions, etc.

  • Opportunity to perform as part of VAMS' Virtual Online Recital Series

  • Opportunity to perform at VAMS' annual concert at the National Opera Center in New York (social distancing restrictions pending)

  • Interaction with VAMS staff and professional artists

  • Recommendation letters from VAMS

  • Ongoing advice regarding professional advancement and vocal health

  • Dynamic, international online community of singers, offering support and encouragement to you, as a creative singing artist

Fees:  membership in the VAMS Emerging Artists Division is for one year.  The cost is $49.99 per month, with a discount of one month free offered to those paying for a year (12 months) in advance.  VAMS collects no commission on artist engagements.


To audition:  send headshot, resume and links to video/audio recordings to:  vocalartistsmgmt@gmail.com

Deadline:  There is no deadline to apply.


RYAN TOWNSEND STRAND is a Minnesota native whose "beautiful vocalism" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "...attractive nimble tenor” (Chicago Classical Review) have afforded him an expanding career as a concert and oratorio soloist.

Compilation video:  https://youtu.be/DI3A8MMDMUE
Personal website:  https://www.ryantownsendstrand.com/

Credits include:  Lyric Opera of Chicago; Haymarket Opera Company; American Bach Soloists; Bach Vespers Cantata Series; Illinois Philharmonic; Chicago Opera Theater; Oregon Bach Festival; Opera Atelier; Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Repertoire/roles include:  Acis/Acis and Galatea; Frederic/The Pirates of Penzance; Ferrando/Così fan tutte; Bach/Cantatas; Bach/St. John Passion; Bach/St. Matthew Passion; Dr. Cajus/Falstaff; Laurie/Little Women; Nerone/L'incoronazione di Poppea.

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For more regarding the Emerging Artists Division, click on the video above for a message from
VAMS Founder, Dr. James Greening-Valenzuela!





Chicago-based soprano KATIE SURINE has sung a wide range of operatic and classical repertoire, from early to modern, sacred to secular.

Compilation video:  https://youtu.be/I94xE5BqaRQ
Personal website:  https://katiesurinesoprano.com/

Credits include:  The Princeton Festival; MIOpera; St. James Cathedral; Opera Notre Dame; Our Lady's Consort; Opera Notre Dame; CCPA Graduate Opera; EPCASO.

Repertoire/roles include:  Venus/King Arthur; Dulcine/Angry Birdsong; Erste Dame/Die Zauberflöte; Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Ilia Idomeneo; Marzelline/Fidelio; Eurydice/Orphée aux enfers; Cunegonde/Candide; Mozart/Exsultate, jubilate; Vaughan Williams/Mass in G Minor; Kodály/Missa Brevis; Handel/Messiah

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A Maryland native whose work has been described as both dynamic and versatile, tenor DAVID W. COOK is quickly distinguishing himself as a rising artist.  

Compilation video:  https://youtu.be/0nBtDfz7D1w
Personal website:  https://www.davidwcooktenor.com/

Credits include:  La Musica Lirica, Hub Opera Company, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Songfest, Rocky Mountain Music Festival, Tiziano Rossetti Music Festival, Cumberland Choral Society.

Repertoire/roles include:  Ernesto/Don Pasquale; Alfredo/La Traviata; Nadir/Les pêcheurs de perles; Romeo/Romeo et Juliette; Mozart/Coronation Mass; Beethoven/Choral Fantasy;

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American tenor JOEL EDWARDS is making a real presence as a powerful interpreter of opera roles, as well as concert literature.

Compilation video:  https://youtu.be/a8zT_-_OxE8

Credits include:  Connecticut Lyric Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Wagner in Vermont Festival, Odyssey Opera, Opera North, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Promenade Opera Project, Opera del West, American Classics, Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

Repertoire/roles include:  Florestan/Fidelio; Siegmund/Die Walküre; Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi; Don Jose/Carmen; Candide; Tamino/Die Zauberflöte; Turiddu/Cavalleria Rusticana; Rodolfo/La bohème.

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Swiss soprano VIRGINIE BESSON specializes in concert/symphonic soloist performances and displays a vast array of onstage operatic roles.

Compilation video:  https://youtu.be/TRLuxgHitR4
Personal website:  https://www.liricoamoroso.com/

Credits include:  Orchestre de la Sorbonne; Lamalou-de-Bains Operetta Festival; Opera performances in Vevey and Dorigny; Opéra de Lausanne.

Repertoire/roles include:  Tosca; Violetta/La Traviata; Aïda; Leonora/Il Trovatore; Countess/Le nozze di Figaro; Nedda/Pagliacci; Turandot; Brahms/Ein deutsches Requiem; Bach/Christmas Oratorio; Rossini/Petite messe solennelle; Handel/Messiah

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STEPHANIE ANN BALL performs as a soloist in opera, oratorio, in concert, and has also created concept programs that showcase the many contributions African Americans have made to classical music.

Compilation video:  Coming soon
Personal website:  https://stephanieannball.com/

Credits include:  Mid-Ohio Opera, Bach Society of St. Louis, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, Boulder Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Ambrosian Choristers, Jefferson Symphony.

Repertoire/roles include:  Adina/L'elisir d'amore; Mozart/Requiem, Exsultate, jubilate; Adele/Die Fledermaus; Weber/Mass in G; Frasquita/Carmen; Lucy/The Telephone; Poulenc/Gloria; Handel/Messiah.

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Currently pursuing her doctorate in West Virginia, soprano FEI XIA has been engaged by a number of professional opera companies and is a prizewinner of many competitions.

Compilation video:  https://youtu.be/wQZIHdeOVOk
Personal website:  https://melodyfei88.wixsite.com/website

Credits include:  Vienna Opera Festival, NYLOP, Angels Vocal Arts Opera Company, Manhattan Opera Studio, Miami Music Festival, Berlin Opera Academy, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Taconic Opera, New York Lyric Opera (Carnegie Hall).

Repertoire/roles include:  Juliette/Romeo et Juliette; Giulietta/Les contes d’Hoffmann; Zerlina/Don Giovanni; Despina/Così fan tutte; Annio/La clemenza di Tito; Pamina, Second Lady/Die Zauberflöte; Manon; Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel, Angelica/Orlando.

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MICHAEL GONZÁLEZ has been praised as having a "sweet and resonant" tenor voice and is quickly making himself known in the performing world.  

Compilation video:  Coming soon
Personal website:  https://michaelalexandertenor.com/

Credits include:  Boston Cathedral Singers, Piccola Opera, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Hartford Opera Theater, Parlor Opera Players, Greater Worcester Opera.

Repertoire/roles include:  Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni; Satyavan/Savitri; Hoffmann/Les contes d'Hoffmann; Albert Herring; Gérald/Lakmé; Aeneas/Dido and Aeneas; Tamino/Die Zauberflöte; Mozart/Messiah; Rodolfo/La bohème.

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