International Performing Arts Institute

Professional Career Training in Germany - July 3-24, 2016

IPAI offers you a breath-taking European German mountainside setting to discover, explore and experience your art through exceptional training in Musical Theatre and Opera.


IPAI 2015 Memories

IPAI 2015


IPAI offers professional training in both musical theatre and opera from artists from all over the world. The primary goal of IPAI is to help you realize your full potential as a singer-actor in an environment that nurtures your creativity while offering real-life opportunities for artistic employment in Europe.

The IPAI Musical Theatre Program is the only one of its kind to combine European casting opportunities with comprehensive training in contemporary musical theatre singing/Belting technique.  Our Opera and Young Artist Programs provide artists with exceptional training, networking and audition coaching from current opera industry professionals.  IPAI Opera Artists also participate in the Next Steps Career Development Seminar.  This opera intensive is designed to provide our artists with a realistic career path plan that is developed with IPAI guest artists, agents and IPAI leadership.


IPAI's primary campus is nestled in the Bavarian Alps in the picturesque village of Kiefersfelden. The southern German mountains provide a dramatic setting that has been inspiring performers for centuries.

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IPAI participant housing is in the charming Hotel zur Post located in the heart of the village just a very short walk from the train station. For panoramic photos of Kiefersfelden, click here. For participants in the Opera concentration, an Opera Intensive will occur during a portion of IPAI and will include a trip to the Bavarian capitol of Munich. For those in the Musical Theatre concentration, a Musical Theatre Intensive will occur during a portion of IPAI and will be located in either Hamburg or Vienna with our casting partners.


  • Sidonie Smith

    "I attended IPAI in the summer of 2008 and have been living the dream ever since! Upon completing the program, I was invited to study at the famed Joop van den Ende Academy, the premier Musical Theatre conservatory in Hamburg, Germany. From there I have had the pleasure of playing supporting and lead roles in Broadway musicals all over Europe, some of which include Deloris van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act, Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Aida in AIDA. I am currently preparing for my next role which will be Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde! I am ever grateful to IPAI for not only fortifying my belting technique but for opening the door to this wonderful European adventure!"