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 2021 iSING! Festival 

2021 iSING! International Young Artists Festival

Special Note For 2021


Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, it remains difficult to bring Western artists to China, who are not familiar with the country and the quarantine protocol.


​With this in mind, for iSING! Festival 2021 we are taking a hybrid approach.  We will invite past iSING! Western singers to participate and will audition Chinese singers beginning now through mid-August.  The program dates for 2021 are September 20 - October 16, 2021. The final selection of artists will be posted on the website and on social media in August.  

Curriculum  (NOT APPLICABLE FOR 2021)


  • Individual coaching sessions in the standard Western vocal repertoire

  • Coaching in Chinese modern operatic repertoire with a focus on diction, singing and phrasing in Mandarin, and general introduction to the background and style of this emerging genre

  • Daily Mandarin classes

  • Individual dramatic coaching

  • Lectures covering a variety of topics such as standard Western-style repertoire; Chinese history and culture; lore, legends and epics that inspire dramatic stage works

  • Discussions on career building and development, performing arts market in greater China, audition techniques and industry expectations

Eligibility (NOT APPLICABLE FOR 2021)


The program is seeking young professional and graduate level singers of all nationalities. Age requirements: men (36 years of age and younger by the program start date); women (33 years of age and younger by the program start date) 




The opportunity to hone their craft through performing is a priority for iSING!. Throughout the course of the program, there will be a series of concerts in different Chinese cities. iSING! 2021 concerts will be held at the Grand Theatre of Suzhou Cultural and Art Center, the closing ceremony of the Art Festival and the closing ceremony of Jiangnan Cultural Tourism Festival "Flaming China: The Most Beautiful Jiangnan" concert, and the concert tour at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.


Application Process (NOT APPLICABLE FOR 2021)

Applications are submitted through YAP Tracker, an online audition database.  Applicants may sign up for a free guest account by clicking the link located on the right side of the YAP Tracker registration page.

Question on YAP Tracker application process, please email

Question on iSING! Festival and auditions, please email



For 2021, only Chinese artists will be required to audition due to the COVID-10 Pandemic protocols.  Past Western singers who have already participated in an iSING! Festival will be invited on an individual basis.


Tuition and Fees


This full-scholarship program will cover the costs of tuition, room and board, international travel, and all fees, facilities, materials, and excursions.  Participants are responsible for their personal incidentals.




Housing for all participants will be also be included.


Suzhou is one of China’s most ancient cities.  Full of culture and charm, it has often been compared to "paradise on earth" by the literati and is renowned for its classic gardens, canals, silks, lakes, operas, legends and museums. 




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