The Knoxville Opera Studio is a collaborative program between the Knoxville Opera and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Music Opera Theatre. This program offers professional operatic experience to singers who will be engaged in advanced study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Studio brings developing singers into direct working contact with active artists in the professional operatic world. Knoxville Opera Studio designates receive graduate assistantships which provide full tuition remission throughout the University for two full years as well as a monthly stipend. Through the existence of the Knoxville Opera Studio, graduate students have opportunities to take on secondary and supporting roles in the main stage productions of the Knoxville Opera, perform in other KO events, participate in community and educational outreach events for the company and take leading roles with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre.
Recipients of Studio positions must enroll and be accepted as graduate students for the Master of Music degree in Voice.