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  • Locations: Various, Various
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Term 2022 12/03/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

Program Description:

This project will be completed remotely.  This project is intended for Conservatory and Double Degree students who did not complete a project during the August or January winter term sessions.  A&S students who have been approved for the May/June winter term session are also invited to participate.

Interested students must contact the project sponsors Christopher Mirto and Aurie Hsu to discuss their eligibility and apply.

Project Description:

Collaborations in Opera Performance and Augmented Reality with Du Yun and Hana S. Kim.

This project is designed for students in Voice, TIMARA, Composition, and students with a background in creating augmented reality environments.  In this project, we will reimagine the interpretation and performance of the classic operatic canon in adventurous ways through non-traditional casting, innovative staging, integrating electronic media (sound and video) and creating mixed/augmented and reality (MR/AR) environments for performance.  As part of her FutureTradition initiative, Pulitzer Prize winning composer of Angel’s Bone and Oberlin alumna Du Yun ( and her collaborator, award winning projection and set designer, Hana S. Kim ( join us on this project to explore the operatic canon through this new lens.  Not “right” for Carmen?  Curious to explore multiple sides of your artistry?  Want to collaborate on a multimedia project?  This is the winter term project for you! 

This project provides students with opportunities to reimagine operatic performance and cultivate a hybrid (MR/AR) performance practice through workshops, collaboration, and experimentation.  As daily and performance activities increasingly mix physical and virtual formats, hybrid environments emerge as “Mixed” and “Augmented Realities” (“MR” and “AR”).  This hybridization feeds our creative identities and modes of interaction producing opportunities, and necessity for mixed-media, hyper-realist, and technology-mediated performance modes.  Technologies can magnify and augment a performance experience through spatialized and immersive audio/video as well as extend physical bodies and space through motion capture and video projection.  Mixing physical and imagined realities, possibilities for collaboration, interpretation, and performance in physical and virtual environments are expansive. 

Confirmed activities include Q&A/coaching sessions with Du Yun and Hana S. Kim, collaboration workshops and coachings with Chris Mirto (Opera Theater) and Aurie Hsu (TIMARA), survey/demos of open source and/or low cost MR/AR technologies and live-streaming performance platforms, and listening/viewing/discussion sessions of current works related to vocal performance and MR/AR.  The project will culminate with a self- produced live-streamed or recorded public presentation of a classic aria reimagined with these technologies. 

Primary student responsibilities include collaborating with participants, preparing for visits and workshops with presenters, engagement with technologies, rehearsing for performance, weekly check-ins, event promotion, documenting the project through online platforms, and a written reflection of the project to be submitted before the end of Winter Term. 

Dates: May 24th - June 18th, 2021

This project is Selective. Interested students should email the project sponsors Christopher Mirto and Aurie Hsu to get permission to join.  Applications will be created for approved students.

Project Sponsors:
Christopher Mirto

Aurie Hsu