High School Vocal Artist Summer Program

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.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 21, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Tuition: $8,265
Age range: Grades 9-12

Summer 2014 programs have concluded, but we'd love to have you join us next year! Join our mailing list, and you'll be among the first to know about summer 2015 programs.

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 (view repertoire). 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.

Due to the intensive nature of this program, students will not participate in elective classes.

Audition Requirements

  • 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.

Concerto Competition

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 >>

Additional Opportunities

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.


Jeffery Norris

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy
Director of Vocal Music (Opera Scenes), Interlochen Arts Camp

John Bragle

Director of Choirs and Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Conductor, World Youth Honors Choir, Interlochen Arts Camp

Gregory Ristow

Conductor, Interlochen Singers; Instructor of Choral Studies, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Choral Activities, DePauw University

Dr. Scott Piper

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Professional Vocal Artist represented by ADA Artists Management; Assistant Professor of Voice, University of Michigan

Peg Cleveland Plambeck

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Adjunct Professor of Voice- Director of Opera, Carthage College; Director of Vocal Arts Concentration, Lake Forest Academy

Meg Bragle

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Steven Lorenz

Director of Intermediate Vocal Arts program and Conductor of Intermediate Choirs, Interlochen Arts Camp.

Director of Choirs, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School

Michael Peterson

Conductor, Junior Choir, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Choirs, Walled Lake Northern High School

Dr. Lisa Pierce Litteral

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Head of Music, Director of Vocal Studies, Beaumont School; Associate Professor of Voice, Ursuline College

Dr. Aidan Soder

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Voice, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance

Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis

Instructor of Theory and Music History, Interlochen Arts Camp

Instructor of Music History and Cello, University of North Georgia

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