Michigan Youth Performing Arts Pre-College Program

The Michigan Youth Performing Arts Pre-College Program (MYPAP) provides world class instruction for elementary through high school violin, viola, cello and bass students. Students who participate in the MYPAP will receive the following:

  • Weekly private lessons with renowned faculty
  • Regular group classes with MYPAP program faculty
  • Monthly masterclasses with MYPAP program faculty and guest artists
  • Access to chamber ensembles / bi-weekly chamber music coaching
  • The opportunity to perform student recitals held twice during the MYPAP program season (once in Fall, once in Winter)

All events take place at the Earl V. Moore Music Building on the beautiful University of Michigan North Campus.



Those interested in applying for the MYPAP 2024 WINTER SEMESTER may do so by submitting an application with all requested materials by 5:00 P.M. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2023

Program Information


  • Private lessons will be scheduled between 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. on Saturdays
  • ALL MYPAP Students will participate in Studio class from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. Saturdays
  • Bi-Annual MYPAP Performances will be held 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Saturdays per the MYPAP Schedule


  • Earl V. Moore Music Building (U-M North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Season Schedule

The 2023-2024 MYPAP Season includes a variety of events to help grow your student’s individual musicianship. Weekly lessons / studio classes, coupled with solo and chamber performance opportunities as well as masterclasses, encompass the MYPAP Curriculum. Click the button below to see the schedule for this coming season!

*NOTE: Dates and times for MYPAP 2023-24 Season Events are subject to change



Dr. Leo Singer is an active American cellist, teacher, administrator, and scholar. Leo serves as the Artistic Manager for the University of Michigan Youth Performing Arts Pre-College, a program that provides world class music instruction to students in Michigan. Dr. Singer also recently joined the cello faculty at The University of Michigan – Flint, and Concordia University – Ann Arbor. In the summer, Leo is on faculty at the esteemed Center Stage Strings program on the University of Michigan campus. As a performer, Dr. Singer has enjoyed a multifaceted career collaborating with many of the great artists of our time, including members of the Emerson, Cavani, Verona, and Euclid String Quartets, as well as Clive Greensmith, Carol Wincenc, Fabiola Kim, Robert McDuffie, and many others. An experienced orchestral musician, Leo has played principal cello of the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and more. As a teacher, Leo has seen his students attend the finest music schools and summer festivals in the world, including the Juilliard School, Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, The University of Michigan, The Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and others. An avid scholar of technical studies, Leo authored his own book “Changes of Position,” which focuses on principles and concepts for the left-hand. 

Additional Instructors

*Current SMTD Faculty





 Auditions | Eligibility

Applications for the MYPAP 2023 FALL SEMESTER are now closed. 

Those interested in applying for the MYPAP 2024 WINTER SEMESTER may do so by submitting an application with all requested materials by

5:00 P.M. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2023


Apply for the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Perfomring Arts Pre-College Program by clicking the button below. Application requirements will be included in the application. For questions about applications, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

*A piano accompanist is not required for your audition.

Students interested in the MYPAP Program must be enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

MYPAP accepts students who perform the following instruments: Violin, Vola, Cello, Bass.

For questions about applications, audition requirements, or the audition process, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

Tuition | Fees | Scholarships

MYPAP Participant (Studying with MYPAP Instructor) Private Lessons, Chamber Music, Masterclasses, Studio Class, Recitals: $147/week ($3,677 annual total)

MYPAP Participant (Studying with SMTD Faculty) – Same package as above: Additional $73/week ($220/week – $5,500 annual total)

Non-refundable application fee – $55

*Need-informed scholarships and tuition payment plans are available. Feel free to contact Engagement & Outreach Staff via email (smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu) for more information

+Tuition covers all lessons and events for the school year: September, 2023, through April, 2024.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first regularly scheduled rehearsal of the current concert season. Those wishing to learn more about the MYE Refund Policy can do so by clicking here: SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Contact Us

Email at smtd-pre-college@umich.edu
Phone at (734) 936-2660

The Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails / phone lines at the following times:

  • Monday – Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST