About SBYO:

Santa Barbara Youth Opera provides young singers with tuition-free instruction and performance opportunities in a fun, rewarding and artistically challenging environment. Young singers will also enjoy unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company. For additional information on the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, email [email protected] or call 805-898-3890.


SBYO Auditions Info:

Youth Opera Music Director Lisa Sueyres will be auditioning young singers who will make up the children’s chorus in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of La Boheme, Nov. 9/11 at The Granada Theater.

Auditions for SBYO are open to all local 3rd-12th grade students and will be held at First Congregational Church on Saturday, September 8th from 12-5PM.

They should come prepared to sing 16 bars of a song they know. They may bring sheet music for the accompanist if they have it.

There are NO FEES or EXPENSES to audition or participate in the Youth Opera program.

Please e-mail [email protected] to register to audition on Saturday, September 8. Only singers who have registered may audition. Singers will be notified by e-mail what time they should arrive to audition. If there is a conflict, they should notify the Music Director to see if an alternate time slot is available.

SBYO Music Director

Lisa Sueyres (soprano) is an experienced music educator who has taught music theory, classroom music, and vocal music to students from kindergarteners to adults. She has directed several children’s vocal ensembles, including the Preparatory Chorus of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Lisa is currently the Lower School Music Director at Garden Street Academy in Santa Barbara, where she teaches K-8 music classes and has been the vocal coach and director for multiple K-12 shows since 2013, including Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, Annie KIDS, Disney’s The Lion King KIDS, and many more. In addition to her work on full-scale theatrical productions, Lisa also collaborates with faculty to design and produce several K-12 concerts and variety shows throughout each school year.

Though teaching is her passion, Lisa is also an active performer and has worked with conductors such as John Kendall Bailey, Jose Luis Moscovich, Jeffrey Thomas, and Rollo Dilworth. Lisa has appeared throughout California in various ensembles, including the Stanford Savoyards, the West Bay Opera Chorus, Santa Barbara Choral Society, and the Opera Santa Barbara Chorus, where she was a featured soloist in several productions.

Lisa holds an MM in Music Education from Holy Names University, internationally known for its Kod á ly program, and a BA in Vocal Performance from UC Davis.

L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore