Vocal Immersion Program (ViP)

  • Apr 3, 2023 - Jul 15, 2024
  • 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. Faculty instruction led by world-renowned artists, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Paul Groves, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, 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:

December 04 to December 16, 2023 – Participants should reserve Dec 03 and Dec 17 for travel


There are two main performances during the program:

German Lieder Recital, December 9, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Opera Arias & Scenes, December 16, 2023 at 2:00 PM


Audition Information:


Voice applicants should submit two Art Songs, two Arias (YouTube link as mp3 or video), application ticket, headshot, resume, and a short biography (program length bio). 


Piano applicants should submit two Art Songs, two Arias (YouTube link as mp3 or video), application ticket, headshot, resume, and a short biography (program length bio).


Pre-Screening Materials are due by the end of the day SEPTEMBER 01, 2023. 


ZOOM-LIVE Auditions:

After review, applicants will be selected for ZOOM-LIVE auditions. Applicants should expect to receive a 10-minute audition in this round. Applicants should bring two art songs and two contrasting arias, to accompany a brief interview. Detailed information will be sent via e-mail to the invited applicants.

The Zoom-Live auditions are TBA in late September.

-Vocal applicants at this stage are expected to provide their own pianist.

-Piano participants at this stage are expected to provide a singer for at least one art song and one aria. The panel may ask to hear the pianist alone during the audition.


Application Deadline:

Pre-screening materials are due SEPTEMBER 01, 2023.
There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50.


Submit all materials to Jared Alan Yoakem, Administrative Assistant, Castleton Festival via e-mail to JaredY@castletonfestival.org


Proof of Covid vaccination and at least one booster is required for all participants and is expected to be shown upon arrival to the program. 

Date & Time

Apr 3, 2023 - Jul 15, 2024

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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