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Taos Opera Institute

Taos Opera Institute, or TOI, was established by Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke in 2007 as a four-week, intensive program designed to bridge the gap between academia and apprenticeships for the emerging young vocal artist. Our philosophy focuses on integrating and improving your technique, your physical well being, and your artistry.


Singers participate in interactive sessions with distinguished guests and professional artists, focusing on competition psychology, performance anxiety, audition strategies, stage deportment, dramatic interpretation, and vocal stability.  Singers leave TOI with a complete audition package, confidently preparing them for the next level of their career development.


The program and attention centers not only on the singer, but the complete person.  Every participant discovers physical awareness through daily fitness sessions, including yoga, pilates, weight training and varied cardio routines.  Sessions with a Life Coach are also included, and the esteemed faculty actively approach lessons using a "whole person" philosophy.  The serene Taos mountain setting presents many additional recreational and meditative opportunities.

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