Teaching Fellowship

Program Coordinator & Contact


"Singing in any style must be organic. If your technique doesn't in the end serve the text, character and emotion then you must reconsider the way you approach the technique. You must be well-trained, athletic, and TRUTHFUL in your performances in order for your audience to have an emotional experience. THAT is why we do what we do!"


The IPAI Teaching Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity to learn from a team of master teachers.  Led by internationally known voice pedagogue, singer, and master teacher, Dr. Maryann Kyle. The IPAI Teaching Fellowship Program s a three-week intensive teaching-performance and mentoring program specially tailored to the artistic and professional goals of the selected participants.



Fellows will participate in sessions with Dr Kyle, observe applied lessons and masterclasses, work with guest faculty, perform in opera and musical theatre events, develop teaching philosophies and integrate a holistic approach to teaching voice and vocal pedagogy.  Emphasis will be placed on musical theatre, commercial voice and gospel styles of singing.


The IPAI Teaching Fellowship Program is highly selective. Candidates are carefully screened and chosen to build a cohesive and collaborative group who will challenge each in an encouraging team-building environment. Artist-teachers transitioning into faculty positions, beginning faculty and those seeking advanced training and faculty development in a nurturing environment are encouraged to apply.


See a professional opera performance at a German Theater in Erl, Munich, or another nearby city as part of your IPAI experience! Transportation and tickets are included in the tuition. 


Teaching Fellows are invited to perform as a soloist on our Liederabend concert and as space allows in the Opera or Musical Theatre scenes on our IPAI Musikkapelle and Gala concerts.



Fellows are encouraged to attend weekly opera and musical theatre master classes that focus on style and interpretation, audition techniques, mind/body awareness, coping with stress and nervousness, the business of performing, career building and more!


IPAI artists start each day with movement, dance, yoga, or stretching classes and learn the practical basics of how to move gracefully on stage. Fellows are welcome to participate or observe in our daily dance, movement, and acting classes and have the opportunity to take individual dramatic coachings. 



Our faculty are fluent in German, French, and Italian. IPAI Artists learn and practice in daily German Language class and by living in a Bavarian village for three weeks. Instruction includes the basics of functional conversational German, an introduction to German culture and etiquette, learning to slate and answer basic audition questions in German,  as well as opportunities for more advanced speakers to refine their language skills. Our singers receive Musical Theatre and lyric diction coaching in German, French, Italian, English, and Czech integrated into their weekly lessons and coaching sessions. 


In addition to professional development & audition workshops, IPAI artists receive one-on-one feedback from each of our esteemed faculty throughout their IPAI residency.  Our three-week training program culminates in  a Next Steps Conference that offers an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with our faculty, strategic planning for the "next steps" of your artistic career, personal advice, and mentorship from our esteemed international faculty artists.


Tuition includes accommodations at Hotel zur Post in Kiefersfelden, a full traditional Bavarian breakfast each morning, and a catered hot lunch with salad bar each afternoon. Students are responsible for dinner each evening and the cost of flights and transportation to/from Kiefersfelden, Germany. 


Charlotte Lee

University of Mobile

The challenging and positive experience of being a IPAI Teaching Fellow was incredible. I am so grateful for the distinguished faculty who generously gave their time and insight; these were life changing. Thank you for inspiring me to connect and give.

Matthew Oglesby

Associate Lecturer of Voice

West Texas A&M

As a Teaching Fellow I expected to spend three weeks exchanging ideas and information on singing and becoming a better teacher.  What I didn’t expect was becoming a better person. 

My time with Dr. Kyle and

the entire IPAI organization renewed my spirit and reminded me of why I fell in love with the art form of singing.  I left feeling like a family member who would always be part of this bigger family.  It is rare to find, in today’s culture, an organization that truly puts people first and IPAI is just that organization.  So blessed to be a part.

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