Fresh Squeezed Vocal Lab!

For composers of all ages, nationalities, education levels, races, genders, and backgrounds. We invite you to apply to participate in the virtual Fresh Squeezed Vocal Lab. This lab will give composers an opportunity to work with the renowned vocalists of Fresh Squeezed Opera to develop a new or workshop an old piece for voice. Masterclasses and demonstrations from FSO members will help composers expand their knowledge of vocal writing.

Hosted by Fresh Squeezed Opera:

“New York is rich in tiny upstart companies working to find ways to make opera engaging for new audiences. Fresh-Squeezed Opera stands out among these for its impressive commitment to championing new works.” (New York Classical Review) Supported by a strong community of composers and performers, FSO presents genre-pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of operatic music. We believe that collaboration across disciplines, fields, and media pushes the genre of opera forward. Founded in 2013, Fresh Squeezed Opera dedicates itself to providing composers with a platform to present their new music, specifically focusing on vocal works and fully-staged opera. In our seven years of operation, we’ve proudly presented over 35 composers’ works, with consistently sold-out houses as a testament to the power of new music, including works by Huang Ruo, Kate Soper, Whitney George, Constantin Basic, Jillian Flexner, Nina Young, and Alex Burtzos. For more info visit

This virtual lab will be held over two weekends: Friday July 9 –  Sunday 11 and Friday July 23 – Sunday July 25.

Included in the workshop:

  • Audio and Video Recording of composers’ pieces performed by members of the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company (with 45 minute zoom rehearsals with the performers)

  • Virtual performance of composers’ pieces by members of the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company

  • Vocal master classes/demonstrations with Daniel Klein (baritone) and Devony Smith (mezzo soprano)

  • Engraving workshop with composer/conductor Whitney George

  • Participation in composer presentations

  • Ongoing access as part of the Fresh Squeezed Opera Community to our network of artists and resources

To apply, please submit via this online application

  • 400 word bio

  • 1-2 samples of scores with recordings (midis are acceptable), preferably including voice

If selected, composers may choose to write a new piece for vocalist solo, or vocalist and piano, or submit an already written or premiered piece to workshop. Due to Covid, FSO will not accept pieces written for more than 1 vocalist and 1 pianist.

Fee to apply: None!

Fee to participate: $700

Deadline to Apply: February 5, 2021

Participants notified March – April 2021

Payment deadline: May 1, 2021

Deadline to submit work: May 21, 2021

Workshop: July 9 – 11 and July 23 – 25, 2021

Please direct any questions to Jillian Flexner,