Taylor Stayton, Prelude to Performance participant 2006 and 2007. "As a young singer, early in my undergrad, Prelude to Performance was my first real introduction to the preparatory steps to opera. Much of the knowledge that I obtained there put me on the right track for a successful start in this very challenging career. With Prelude's guidance I left the program with abounding confidence in my artistry. Martina Arroyo and the rest of the Prelude team have many years of skilled experience to share with young singers. Their instruction gave me the foundation that I still rely on today. Lastly, I am still in close contact with many of the singers and coaches that I met when I was there and have often called upon some of the seasoned singers on Prelude's staff when I need advice. Prelude to Performance is truly a necessity for a young singer."