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Collaborative Piano Program

June 7-15, 2024

California State University, 


Operation Opera is a pioneering 9-day summer music festival and academy that provides a stimulating platform for collaborative pianists to engage with the forefront of contemporary chamber opera and art song performance. Within this innovative environment, pianists work intimately with composers, vocalists, and the ensemble-in-residence ---- an opportunity to perform and collaborate directly with the celebrated musicians of Hub New Music.

  • Six 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 Hub New Music (optional) to create and rehearse new art songs for premiere at the festival.

  • This year’s ensemble-in-residence, which will premiere the chamber operas, is the Boston-based quartet Hub New Music (, which has been called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe. Pianists will join the ensemble in performing the piano part in the six chamber operas under the baton of resident conductors.

  • Together with composers, vocalists, and Hub New Music, 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 & 2023 Operation Opera

Program Info

The Collaborative Piano Fellowship seeks artists prepared to take on contemporary piano assignments including art song, chamber opera scores in piano-vocal reduction, and ensemble parts for piano. Scores will be provided at least 4 weeks in advance of the start date. 

Submissions are due by March 31, 2024.

Results will be announced by April 15, 2024

Program Description: will work with under direct supervision of Collaborative Piano Director, Dr. John Cozza as part of the Art Song Intensive and Opera Coaching Program.

  • Rehearsals of newly composed chamber operas with the Hub New Music ensemble, singers, and composers.

  • Rehearse with singers and art song composers on newly-composed art songs (some with obbligato instruments)

  • Masterclasses and coachings with guest faculty 

  • World premiere performances of new art songs 

  • 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. 

  • Professional recordings 


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 7-June 15 (10 nights, check-in on June 6th, check-out on June 16th). Rates for the entire festival start at $280: 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


Application & Tuition payment:

Venmo: @fourcornersensemble

QuickPay with Zelle:

Paypal: @FourCornersEnsemble (or click below)

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2022 Operation Opera

Piano Faculty

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

Shinae Kim

Collaborative Piano


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