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Collaborative Piano Program

June 1-12, 2023

California State University, 


Operation Opera is an innovative 10-day summer music festival and educational academy for composers, singers, and collaborative pianists, to prepare and present professional-level performances of contemporary chamber operas and art songs.

  • Four new chamber operas will be selected through an international call for scores.

  • Art song composers will be paired with singer-participants, collaborative pianists, and additional instruments by 4CE musicians (optional) to create and rehearse new art songs for premiere at the festival.

  • Together with composers, vocalists, and 4CE musicians, collaborative pianists will participate in a variety of career-enhancing, professional activities at Sacramento State, including masterclasses, presentations, individual coachings with festival and guest faculty, stage and concert rehearsals – all culminating in final performances open to the public.


2022 Operation Opera
Gonzaga University

Program Info

The Collaborative Piano Fellowship seeks musicians who are ready to step into professional engagements, and lend their interpretive expertise. 

Submissions are due by March 31, 2023.

Results will be announced by April 15, 2023

Program Description: will work with Vocal Director Robin Fisher and Collaborative Piano Faculty as part of the Art Song Intensive and Opera Coaching Program.

  • Daily rehearsals and lessons with singers, art song composers, and Four Corners Ensemble instrumentalists on newly-composed chamber art songs (not just piano & vocal :)

  • Masterclasses and coachings with guest faculty 

  • World premiere performances of new art songs 

  • Professional recordings 

  • Serve as rehearsal pianist for opera chorus (as needed)

  • Free admission to all Operation Opera events (lectures, rehearsals, performances)

  • Tuition waivers and scholarships will be awarded based on audition review by the admissions panel. 


Application Requirements

1) A 5-10 minute recording performance accompanying a singer AND a 5-10 minute recording of a solo piano work.


2) One-page resume, hi-res headshot, and list of collaborative repertoire performed. 

3) Non-refundable application fee of $30

4) Applicants must upload at least two recent (18 months old maximum) video clips via YouTube to their Google Form application.

Tuition & Housing

Travel and Accommodations


On-campus housing and meal plans are available from June 1-June 12 (11 nights, check-in on June 1st, check-out on June 12th). Rates for the entire festival start at $435: visit our housing page for more information.


Participants may also arrange your own housing in Sacramento.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel, accommodations, and meals. 


Three Full Fellowships available.

Tuition & Fees

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Application & Tuition payment:

Venmo: @fourcornersensemble

QuickPay with Zelle:

Paypal: @FourCornersEnsemble (or click below)

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2022 Operation Opera

Piano Faculty

Mi-Eun Kim

Collaborative Piano Director

Lecturer in Piano, Chamber Music and Collaborative Piano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shinae Kim

Collaborative Piano

John Cozza

Collaborative Piano

Staff Accompanist at CSUS, Music Director at St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Richard Cionco

Collaborative Piano

Professor of Piano at California State University, Sacramento

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