You are required to submit two references by Wednesday 10 January at 11.59pm.

References should be written by music or theatre professionals (for example directors, agents, established singers, accompanists, heads of departments), but not your current singing teacher or any previous singing teachers.

The recommendations must be written specifically for this application and uploaded by your referees directly to the YAP Tracker website. When you submit your application form, the YAP Tracker website will automatically send an email to each referee, asking them to upload a reference directly onto the YAP Tracker website. It is your responsibility to make sure that your referee has received the reference request and knows how to submit a reference. Make sure to remind them in plenty of time. 

References should ideally refer to the following:

  • how the referee knows you and how long they have known you.
  • their opinion on your:
      • stage presence
      • musicality
      • suitability for our programme
      • command of languages
      • reliability
      • learning speed
      • working relationships with colleagues 

Where possible, references should be written in English. However, references in German, French, Italian or Russian will also be accepted.

There is no word limit for references. However, as we receive so many applications, it helps if references are concise and relevant.