I mentioned that my second-grade self once blurted that I wanted to be an opera singer. Little did I know I would actually enjoy singing opera and get a master’s degree in voice and opera performance.

Sometimes, I’ll discuss the life of the singing world. Here are a few terms I may use:

Audition season: This is a yearly occurrence where singers apply to sing for companies or YAPs. If granted an audition, a singer travels to the audition location to sing their audition rep/package. The large auditions locations are big cities throughout the states, but a lot of singers will fly to NYC for a period of time (a few days to a few weeks) to sing for multiple companies. I might refer to audition season as being emotionally difficult and this blog does a good job of keeping the complexities in perspective.

Young Artist Program (YAP): These programs are intended to “bridge the gap” between a singer’s academic studies and professional life. These contracts can range in length and expectation. Some contracts are for multiple years while others are for a few months.

Callbacks: Not all auditions have callbacks, which means you only have one opportunity to impress the panel. Callbacks are the next/final round for auditions and if there are callbacks, you usually only get one. If an audition has callbacks listed and you don’t get one, that doesn’t always mean you are out of consideration, but more often than not, it does.

Gig: A job.

Contract: Also a job.

Pants Role: The simplest way to explain this is that these are roles in operas where women dress up like boys. My first role in an opera was to play Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Pants roles are usually sung by Mezzos.

Mezzo: This is my voice type. There are three major voice classifications for women: Soprano, Mezzo, Contralto. They break down further, but we’ll leave it at that.

This makes the list for now. Make sure to ask me about something if you’re unsure what it means and I’ll add it to the list!