OLIVIA COSIO (Vocal 2014) is a tireless songbird. Having just returned from Boston’s classical singer competition, Olivia barely had time to unpack when she flew off again, this time a little further south to upstate New York and the Chautauqua Institution for Fine and Performing Arts, home of the Chautauqua Music Festival.

She’s not exactly sure how or if she will be participating in either of the two summer opera productions scheduled- "Don Giovanni" and "Dialogue of the Carmelites"– but she
is certain that the entire experience will be invaluable. A select group of students will study, coach and perform during the 7 week summer course. Voice lessons, role preparation, diction classes and vocal coachings are guided by a full-time staff of voice teachers, coaches and a resident stage director, along with numerous guest artists.

Bravo to the Chautauqua Institution for having the wisdom, foresight and flexibility to waive the age requirement for their program and invite Olivia to join the group, despite her being a year under the limit of 18 years old. Clearly, they can see - and hear- that she is a rare bird, indeed.