The high school vocal artist summer program elevates the skills of the serious student of solo singing, preparing him or her for further vocal training in a college, university and conservatory setting. Students in the program develop a breadth of knowledge and experience through private lessons, solo recitals, staged performances of opera scenes and songs, a rich choral ensemble experience and numerous classes led by a supportive and caring faculty.
During this intensive, six-week musical immersion, aspiring classical vocal soloists will participate in the following:
- Weekly private voice lessons and coachings focus on advanced classical technique enhanced through voice-appropriate repertoire. All instructors hold advanced degrees in music and are actively engaged in teaching and performance in their professional lives.
- Opera Workshop Company gives students an opportunity to participate in staged performances featuring the repertoire of opera and operetta. Experiences will range from solos to small ensembles to chorus scenes. All scene selections are tailored to the students’ ability and experience, culminating with the public performances in the Opera Workshop during the fifth week of camp.
- Ensemble Performance Opportunities – students will perform with either the World Youth Honors Choir (view repertoire) or the Interlochen Singers. Both groups encourage students to hone their ensemble and musical abilities through extensive rehearsal and performance experience, including at least one major choral work with orchestra. The skills students of solo voice learn in these settings will create an artistic foundation that lasts a lifetime.
- Master classes with distinguished vocal artists complement the daily instruction students receive. Recent guest master class teachers have included Nathan Gunn, Carmen Pelton, Salvatore Champagne, Kenneth Cox, Sylvia McNair, and Richard Fracker, among others.
- Studio and honor solo recitals provide important experience in the art of recital comportment, song memorization, characterization, recital artistry and public performance.
- Diction classes teach students techniques for singing and conveying texts clearly in English, Italian, German and French, through application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
- Music theory – both written and aural classes form a foundation for future musical studies. Students are placed into a class that is appropriate for their current skill level.
- Music history is taught with a special emphasis on the vocal aspects of this subject study.
- One-week topics classes will explore a range of vocal performance subjects including:
- Vocal Repertoire – students will study vocal music from a number of time periods and composers.
- Stage Direction – students will learn basic staging, interpretation, and direction skills, followed with the staging of songs of fellow class members, culminating in a presentation of those stage pieces.
- Auditioning Skills – students will learn about college, university and conservatory music programs and will have intensive instruction in audition skills, culminating in mock auditions.
- Alexander Technique – students will learn basic Alexander Technique ideas, concepts and techniques, while learning the positive connections to a healthy singing life.
- Make Up – students will learn basic and advanced makeup skills for the stage makeup.
Classroom instruction in acting and stage movement helps students prepare for the challenges of dramatic presentations, stage presence and enhances interpretive skills.
- Video files #1 and #2: select, memorize and record two classical music selections. No musical theatre pieces. Pieces should include piano accompaniment.
When You Arrive at Camp
Students will sing after their arrival to campus and will be placed into the appropriate choral and operatic experience. Accepted students will be required to arrive at camp with three memorized performance-ready classical pieces, at least two of which should be in a language other than English.
Interlochen offers a separate concerto competition for High School and Intermediate divisions. Winners in the High School division will perform with one of the division’s orchestras or wind symphony. Concerto competition details >>
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a vocal music major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy
Director of Vocal Music (Opera Scenes), Interlochen Arts Camp
Director of Choirs and Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Conductor, World Youth Honors Choir, Interlochen Arts Camp
Conductor, Interlochen Singers; Instructor of Choral Studies, Interlochen Arts Camp
Director of Choral Activities, DePauw University