If you are a serious classical solo singer, the six-week vocal artist summer program for high school students is excellent preparation for training at the college, university, or conservatory level. You will develop a great breadth of knowledge and elevate your solo singing skills, guided by an accomplished and supportive faculty.
The vocal artist program is an intense musical immersion. During your time here, you will participate in:
Weekly private voice lessons and coaching, focusing on advanced classical technique and voice-appropriate repertoire. You will study and have numerous coaching sessions with instructors who have advanced degrees in music and are actively engaged in professional teaching and performance.
Opera Workshop Company is your opportunity to participate in staged performances featuring the repertoire of opera and operetta, including solos, small ensembles, and chorus scenes. Scenes are selected and tailored to the students' ability and experience. The workshop culminates with public performances.
The World Youth Honors Choir (view 2018 repertoire; 2019 repertoire coming soon) or the Interlochen Singers (view 2018 repertoire; 2019 repertoire coming soon), provide a rich ensemble experience. You will hone your ensemble abilities through extensive rehearsal and performance experience, including at least one major choral work with orchestra.
Master classes with distinguished guest artists complement the curriculum. Recent master class guest teachers have included Carmen Pelton, Salvatore Champagne, Kenneth Cox, Sylvia McNair, Richard Fracker, and Nathan and Julie Gunn, among others.
Studio and honors solo recitals will provide you important experience in the art of recital comportment, song memorization, characterization, recital artistry, and public performance.
Classes for singer skills will include: music theory, including both the written and aural aspects; music history, taught with a special emphasis on vocal literature and performance; and acting, to prepare you for the challenges of dramatic presentation.
Topics Classes: Each week, you will explore a specific performance subject, including:
- Vocal repertoire from a number of periods and composers.
- Stage direction, in which you will learn staging, interpretation, and direction skills, and have the opportunity to stage the songs of fellow class members.
- Audition skills will instruct you about college, university and conservatory music programs, and provide intensive instruction in auditioning, culminating in mock auditions.
- Alexander Technique ideas, concepts, and techniques are presented to help you have a long and healthy singing life.
- Make-up Skills for the stage (both basic and advanced) are presented.
With the focused nature of this program, the vocal students do not take electives outside the music curriculum. However, Interlochen offers many opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and guest artists presentations in variety of art forms.