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Empowerment, connection, mentorship, & encouragement

June 18, 2023 - JuNe 25, 2023

"We inspire and empower artists through meaningful connections and personalized training with international professionals.

We are dedicated to developing your artistry, crafting your skill-set, and nurturing your growth

within a community of encouragement."


IPAI Fairhope is a 2-week intensive that focuses on preparing young emerging singing and piano artists for professional auditions in the United States and offering professional performance opportunities. It is a space where singers from classical, musical theatre, and contemporary backgrounds can connect with other artists and industry professionals to hone their audition skills, develop or refine an audition package for any genre, and network with local and regional agents and theatre directors. Crossover, multi-hyphenate, and multi-genre artists are encouraged to apply, as well as traditional opera or musical theatre performers who are looking to sing for regional directors, make new connections, or even explore other crossover genres. Young musical theatre performers who are trying to bridge the gap between early training and mastering the audition process may also find this program of particular interest. Artists participate in workshops that focus on topics like individual repertoire selection and feedback; marketing, branding, and entrepreneurship in the arts; style and interpretation; presentation of oneself as a total artist; dance and stage movement workshops; collaborating with other artists and building your own projects; characterization and acting for audition settings; preparing and keeping up with current trends for audition materials and recordings. Performers receive weekly voice lessons and coachings; participate in 3-6 concerts including a voice competition, cabaret nights (jazz, contemporary, and multi-genre concerts), musical theatre concerts, and classical (art song, opera, etc.) concerts; and get the one-on-one mentorship, connection, and advising for which IPAI is known. The program culminates in the Voices of Summer Vocal Competition where artists perform for and network with guest judges who are directors and agents from regional theaters and casting agencies. Participants can opt for an all-inclusive experience that includes housing at the Hampton Inn in downtown Fairhope and lunch or choose to arrange their own lodging and food accommodations. Transportation is not included in the cost of tuition. The programs of study offered in Fairhope are Voice (all genres), Collaborative Piano, and Teaching Fellowship.





Classes and events take place Monday - Friday with Saturday being a day off and some special rehearsals or performances taking place on Sunday afternoons. 


TIME                                                   EVENT                                                                           LOCATION

8:00am                                              Breakfast Buffet                                                           Hampton Inn

9:00am - 10:00am                         Daily Movement / Body Work Class                        Bayshore Ballet Studio

10:00am - 12:00pm                       Music Rehearsal & Coaching                                     Community College

12:00pm - 1:30pm                          Lunch TBA

1:30pm - 4:30pm                            Professional Workshops/ Coaching/ Lessons         Community College

4:30pm - 6:00pm                           Dinner Break Everyone on their own

6:00pm - 8:30pm                           Master Classes/ Rehearsal / Coaching                    Community College

7:30pm                                               Performances Various                                                 Local Venues



Participants in both IPAI Fairhope and Germany get to network with music, stage, and casting directors; international artists; and renown clinicians and teachers based in both Germany and the United States. All of our guests and artists are committed to investing in our young artists on a meaningful and personal level. Our summer intensives provide an intimate environment where artists and mentors can engage in deep conversation, reflection, and artistic discovery.


Some of our past and present IPAI Guest Artists and Faculty include:

Jennifer Larmore, Mezzo-soprano

Barbara Daniels, soprano

Barbara Bonney, soprano

Greer Grimsley, Bass-baritone

Luretta Bybee, Mezzo-soprano

Kirsten Chavez, Mezzo-soprano

Scott Wright, General Dir Mobile Opera

Andrew Campbell, Director of Collab Piano Arizona State Univ.

Carrie-Ann Matheson, Artistic Dir San Francisco Opera Center

Stefan Tilch, Gen Dir Landestheater Niederbayern

Gudrun Bär, German Vocal Coach & Feldenkrais Specialist

Ellen Rissinger, Vocal Coach Dresden Semperoper

Michael Strauss, Vocal Coach Boston Conservatory

Kerry Deal, Soprano, New England Conservatory

Oresta Cybriwsky, Pianist and Vocal Coach Munich, Germany

Ralf Schädler, Casting Agent Stage Entertainment Germany

Antonia Klein, German Artist Agent

Natalie Kreft, German Artist Agent

Kathryn Frady Marvel, Exec Artistic Dir/Founder Marbel City Opera

Franklyn Warfield, Theatrical Casting Norwegian Cruise Lines

Shorey Walker, Actor Business Coach NYC

Michael Bunchman, Dir Collab Piano Univ of Southern Mississippi

Tyler Smith, Tenor Loyola University NOLA

Dawn Pierce, Mezzo-soprano, Ithaca College

Eric Gibson, Stage Direction & Acting

Sidonie Smith, Soprano & Coach

Maryann Kyle, Soprano & Belting Coach University of Mobile

Stefanie and Graham Anduri, Sing for Your Lives

Matt Oglesby, Tenor West Texas A&M University

Christopher Niess, Stage Movement University of Central Florida

Bruce Earnest, Baritone and Belting Coach

Darla Earnest, Soprano & Vocal Coach

Joe Hernandez, JMH Media




Tripple Room: $6500

Double Room: $6800

Single Room: $7100


Tripple Room: $6300

Double Room: $6600

Singler Room: $6900 


Tripple Room: 5000

Double Room: 5500

Single Room 5900



IPAI FAIRHOPE TUITION ONLY (no housing or food)




D E P O S I T :   $500



Tuition scholarships (typically between $500 - $3000) are awarded based on funding availability, artistry, and merit and determined by the application, video or live audition, financial need, and IPAI programming needs. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of IPAI faculty, administration, and audition panelists. Recipients are obliged to notify IPAI of acceptance in a timely fashion and are still responsible for securing their position in the program by paying the deposit.

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