Mainstage Musical Theatre

2019 Mainstage Musical Theatre


A 5-week opportunity to gain leading role experience in a fully staged, semi-professional production.

This program offered by Bay View Music Festival is designed to provide singers the opportunity to portray a lead character in one of the world's most beloved musicals, and an important work to have on the resume of a performer able to perform in opera or musical theatre. In addition to the stage experience, participants will be immersed in the study of vocal technique, role preparation, acting technique and the skills necessary to building a career in the arts (networking, resumes, taxes, grant writing, etc).

The Mainstage Musical Theatre program is a unique, intense opportunity to work with other young professionals as well as talented supporting actors from the community.  Upon completion of auditions, roles will be cast when offers are made.  The program begins with arrivals on June 12. After the musical closes July 15, students will participate in the production of Die Zauberflöte, departing on August 8 after the opera closes.

Students interested in the mainstage musical theatre program receive training in a special opportunity for those interested in gaining mainstage experience. Fees are all-inclusive, so additional expenses are minimal while at Bay View. Opportunities may include:

  • A role in the mainstage musical production 
  • Weekly voice lessons
  • Coachings with Conductor/Repetiteur as needed
  • Thriving in the Arts seminars on real life skills for a career in music
  • Performance Practice Class for Singers (Art song literature and performance)
  • Classes may include Acting & Feldenkrais, plus workshops in stage combat (as needed)
  • Weekly performance opportunities in recitals
  • Outreach recitals in surrounding communities
  • Audition workshops
  • Resume review, etc. to create the best package possible for auditions
  • Participation in the ensemble for the opera mainstage production in August, plus a nice relaxed schedule to enjoy the area after the musical is over.
  • Jazz/cabaret concert opportunities (optional, not obligatory)

Audition Information

Deadline for conservatory student auditions follows the Auditions on Yaptracker deadlines. Deadline for community member auditions is January 31, 2019. Please email for details.

Combine Vocal Programs to Enhance Your Experience

In order to accommodate the many experience levels and financial challenges of today's young artists, we offer four different opportunities that can either be combined for one great 8-week experience, or a la carte. The program begins with arrivals on June 12. After the musical closes July 15, students will participate in the production of Die Zauberflöte, departing on August 8 after the opera closes. Dates below incl. arrival and departure date.

  • Summer Opera, Art Song, and Recording Seminar (SOARS): Arrive Fri. June 7, Depart Sun. June 23, 2019
  • MUSICAL THEATRE (West Side Story): Arrive Fri. June 7, Depart Mon. July 15, 2019 (NOTE: It is highly encouraged to remain for the last three weeks to participate in the opera production, departing August 8.)
  • OPERA MAINSTAGE (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte): Arrive Sun. June 23, Depart Thurs. August 8, 2019
  • AMERICAN SPIRITUALS INTENSIVE: Arrive Thurs. August 8, Depart Fri. August 16, 2019

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Contact Us

For general questions, please contact Chris Ludwa at (231) 225-8877 or For more specific questions about this program, please contact Voice Chair Risa Renae Harman at

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225