Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program


Auditions for Emerging Artist Program

Applications are accepted each Fall through Auditions are held by invitation only in New York City each December.

The Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program, now in its 23rd year, assists young professional singers in transition to careers.  Each year, four singers and an accompanist are selected from highly competitive national auditions for a 3-month residency and training program.  These artists gain valuable experience performing leading and supporting roles in mainstage productions as well as Opera On Tour, Nashville Opera’s celebrated education program for schools in Middle Tennessee.


The 2018/19 Emerging Artists are:

  • Chelsea Friedlander, Soprano from Princeton, NJ

  • Chelsea Melamed, Mezzo-soprano from Los Angeles, CA

  • Darius Thomas, Tenor from Sherman, TX

  • Brent Hetherington, Baritone from Tyler, TX

  • Elizabeth Chua, Pianist from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia