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 or the Interlochen Singers , 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 Nathan Gunn, Carmen Pelton, Salvatore Champagne, Kenneth Cox, Sylvia McNair, and Richard Fracker, 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.
This summer, students will experience "Opera Week." On Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29, students will present a program of opera scenes. On Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, Interlochen Arts Camp will present a concert version of Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land." "The Tender Land" performances will feature guest artists (TBA) and faculty, with opportunities for students in the chorus and select roles. Concluding this special week will be a master class with Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer.
Performance Venues and Opportunities
Performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Kresge Auditorium was recently named one of the ten best outdoor performance venues in the nation by USA Today.
Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the high school division's full orchestras or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the artistic diversity here at Interlochen, and enjoy presentations in theatre, music, dance, visual art, creative writing, and film. And each summer, we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.
What Our Students Say
"These past six weeks have been the best of my entire life, where I have learned so much about not only about singing, but about myself and knowing this is something I want to do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do." - A.B.
"I learned so much and was given the opportunity to work with incredibly talented and helpful teachers. Thank you so much for allowing me to experience this." - L.P.
"I can honestly and proudly say that this is been one of the best summers of my life. Watching myself grow so profoundly as a person and as a musician has been an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life. You have an amazing program here at Interlochen, and while I'm saddened that my time here is almost up, I know that the six incredibly short-seeming weeks of show me exactly why the word Interlochen means so much to so many people." - J.D.
"Thank you so much for an incredible six weeks, you run the finest vocal program I've ever attended or heard of." - E.S.
"Thank you again for this marvelous summer where I have grown and discovered what it is to be an artist." - G.D.
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 and will be placed into the appropriate choral and operatic experience. Accepted students are required to arrive at camp with three memorized performance-ready classical pieces, at least one of which should be in a language other than English.
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.