Vocal Immersion Program (ViP)

  • Jan 9, 2023 8:00 AM - Jan 21, 2023 5:00 PM
  • Theatre House

    664 Castleton View Road
    Castleton, Virginia 22716
Ticket Price $50.00 This event is not available



Program Details:

The VOCAL IMMERSION PROGRAM at CASTLETON (ViP) is a professional performing arts mentoring program in the bucolic Piedmont Region. Established in 2020 by Paul Groves, Michelle DeYoung, and Dietlinde Turban Maazel for emerging professional artists, the program allows a select group of young singers to explore their artistic potential through two weeks of diverse lessons and classes culminating in performances of well-known opera arias, duets, and ensembles as well as German Lieder. The world-renowned teachers, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Paul Groves, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, and pianist-conductor Jeremy Frank are joined by collaborative pianists, and world percussion artist Tom Teasley.  


Guest Faculty include Susan Graham, Bryn Terfel, and Stephen Wadsworth.


The program is merit-based and tuition-free. Shared houses and meals in the rural farm area of Castleton permit full immersion and focus. The program’s mission is not only to hone skills but to encourage the young stars of tomorrow to find their path in their desire to communicate with audiences in a meaningful way and connect to the human spirit.  

There are no age restrictions or limitations for applicants.


Program Cost:  

Tuition, housing, and meals are covered for all participants. Participants are responsible for application and travel costs.  


Program Dates:

January 9-21, 2023 – Participants should reserve January 8 and January 22 as travel dates.


There are two main performances during the program:

German Lieder Recital, January 14, 2023 at  2:00 PM

Opera Arias & Scenes, January 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM


Application Details 

The application will be conducted in two stages: 1) Pre-Screening and 2) ZOOM-LIVE Auditions.

Purchase Application via the “Apply Now” button below, and send “Application Ticket” together with audition materials below to Jared Yoakem, JaredY@CastletonFestival.org


Applicants should submit one Art Song, two Arias (mp3 or YouTube link), application ticket, headshot, resume, and short biography. Submit electronically to the above email address. 

UPDATED DEADLINE: Pre-Screening Materials will be due by the end of the day OCTOBER 1, 2022. 

ZOOM-LIVE Auditions

After review, applicants will be selected for ZOOM-LIVE auditions. Applicants should expect to receive a 15-minute window to perform an art song and two contrasting arias, alongside a brief interview. Specific information will be sent via e-mail to the invited applicants. Here is what applicants can expect at this stage:

The auditions are scheduled to take place on NOVEMBER 1, 2022 & NOVEMBER 2, 2022 from 10am-4pm Eastern Time on each day. 

All applicants should be certain to minimize schedule conflicts on these days and times. 

Participants at this stage are expected to provide their own pianist.


Application Deadline:


Pre-screening materials are due OCTOBER 1, 2022.

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50.


* Proof of Covid vaccination is required for all participants

Date & Time

Jan 9, 2023 8:00 AM - Jan 21, 2023 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Theatre House

664 Castleton View Road
Castleton, Virginia 22716 Theatre House
Castleton Festival

Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County.

Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken coop for 15,000 hens converted to a “mini-Globe” European-style theatre with one of the finest acoustics in the world.  

There are four primary themes to Castleton’s present activities:

  • Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s Legacy, his home, his music library, and his composing studio, together with performing in the Theatre House and experiencing the bucolic surroundings, imbues the artists with inspiration. Residencies to date have exceeded all expectations culminating in numerous recordings, some available via streaming on Castleton’s website.
  • Castleton in Mentorship (CiM): Artists in Residence are encouraged to make time available to teach Master Classes to high potential students from the local community. The Artists are also invited to bring their own students to participate in the unique experience. 
  • Castleton in Conversation (CiC): In collaboration with Daniel Lelchuk’s Talking Beats podcast, Castleton offers a new series which engages an extraordinary diversity of guests such as writers, musicians, scientists, entertainers, and thinkers in captivating and spirited dialogue. The common link between all is a passion for music.
  • Castleton in Performance (CiP), a year-round series, offers a multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, chamber opera, and dance, brings internationally acclaimed artists into our own backyard. Eminent performers have included Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Pepe Romero, Alec Baldwin, and Claire Bloom. 

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