Vocal Arts Institute

Combining choral ensemble singing, voice lessons, and music classes, VAI offers energized and challenging experiences focused on both choral and solo vocal training. Small group voice lessons allow participants to study with UM voice faculty members and class offerings include ensemble rehearsals and theory/musicianship classes. As members of the Vocal Arts Institute Chorale, all students have an opportunity to rehearse and perform diverse and exciting SATB repertoire.

The Vocal Arts Institute Chorale will perform on the final Saturday and student recitals allow participants to perform solo works throughout the week

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Eugene Rogers

with Professor Julie Skadsem (conductor and Delcroze)

Conductor: James Pecar

July 15 – 21, 2018

New this summer – by invitation, for students admitted to Vocal Arts Institute
Vocal Arts Institute – Workshop for Solo Voice
U-M Faculty Director: Professor Stanford Olsen
Workshop for Solo Voice session dates: July 22-28, 2018

Application open for rolling admissions – APPLY NOW!

  • Vocal Arts Institute Chorale
  • Small group voice lessons
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Theory/Musicianship

Performance (Upload)

Upload a 2-4 minute long recorded audition (audio or video) of one piece, preferably with accompaniment, chosen from the classical repertoire, and appropriate for your age and ability.

Recommendation (Upload)

(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender’s email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 9, 2018. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 23, 2018.

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.

Application Fee

$75 non-refundable


$1,175 (one-week intensive)

Tuition fee includes instruction, room and board, and materials specific to each program. Final tuition payment must be received 30 days from notification of acceptance into the program, but no later than May 1, 2018, or the student’s acceptance may be cancelled. Payments should be made by credit card (preferred method), check or money order payable to The University of Michigan.

Enrollment Deposit

Admitted students are required to submit a $200 deposit to secure their enrollment ($500 deposit for Musical Theatre Workshop and Center Stage Strings.) Enrollment deposits are due approx. two weeks from the date of acceptance notification. Enrollment deposits will be credited against the tuition balance.

Cancellation Fees

Students who are offered admission but choose not to attend must notify the MPulse office in writing within two weeks of the acceptance notification. If a student needs to withdraw from MPulse after full or partial tuition has been paid, a written request is required and the tuition paid will be refunded in the following amounts:

  • Prior to May 1: All tuition paid will be refunded minus the non-refundable deposit
  • From May 1 until June 1: All tuition paid will be refunded minus 50% of total tuition due
  • From June 1 until June 24: All tuition paid will be refunded minus 75% of total tuition due
  • After June 24, if a student withdraws, no refund will be given


Professor Eugene Rogers

Professor Julie Skadsem

James Pecar is the Director of Choirs at Chippewa Valley High School, and is both the producer and vocal director for the CVHS Musical Productions. James holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. At CVHS James directs 4 curricular choirs, teaches music theory and aural training, and leads a music performance seminar. Additionally, he directs numerous extracurricular ensembles, including men’s and women’s A Cappella groups and quartets. During his time at Chippewa, his ensembles have been selected to perform at such prestigious events as the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the Michigan Music Conference. James is also the director of the Treble and Symphonic choirs of the Macomb Children’s Chorus. James has received awards for his work using choral music to build support and awareness for the autism community, and he was recently named the Michigan Lottery teacher of the week. He has extensive experience as a chorusmaster, vocal director, and producer in corporate theatre and both operatic and musical theater stage productions, and is a sought-after clinician for a number of choirs ranging from children’s choirs through professional adult ensembles. James has been involved with the Grosse Pointe Summer Select Choir Program for nearly ten years as a vocal director and assistant for elementary through high school singers. James has also guest directed one of the Michigan Music Educator Association Elementary Honors Choirs. James is thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with the staff and young artists of the University of Michigan Vocal Arts Institute.