Vocal Arts Institute

featuring our Solo Voice Track

Combining choral ensemble singing, studio classes, and music theory and movement classes, VAI offers energized and challenging experiences focused on both choral and vocal training. Studio classes allow participants to study with U-M voice faculty members.

Applicants can also elect to audition for the Solo Voice Track, in which they focus on solo voice repertoire with an increased emphasis on diction, private voice lessons, various masterclasses and lectures on special topics, all under the tutelage of world-renowned U-M Voice Faculty. Students are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and there are a limited  number of spots for this track.

As a member of the Vocal Arts Institute Mixed Ensemble, all students have an opportunity to rehearse and perform diverse and exciting SATB repertoire.

U-M Faculty Co-Directors
Vocal Arts Institute: Eugene Rogers
Vocal Arts Solo Voice Track: Stanford Olsen & Louise Toppin

with additional faculty: Julie Skadsem and Mark Stover

Session Dates: July 12 – 18, 2020

Tuition for Vocal Arts Institute: $1,775
Tuition for Solo Voice Track: $2,175

Application Open: January 10, 2020
Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Priority Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Priority Admissions Notification: March 30, 2020

Components of the Vocal Arts Institute

  • Vocal Arts Institute Ensembles
  • Studio Classes
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Individual practice time
  • Theory/Musicianship
  • Community Performances & Recital

The application consists of three parts.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received.

Application Checklist for Vocal Arts Institute

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00
  3. Upload your Audition Materials via Acceptd, the MPulse Online Audition Portal (details for each entry outlined in Audition Portal)
    1. Audition Video
    2. Headshot
    3. Repertoire List
    4. Recommendation Letter

1 Audition Video
Upload a 5-8 minute long video audition consisting of two classical selections in contrasting styles, two different languages (one may be English) with or without accompaniment.

2 Headshot
Upload one color headshot

  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

3 Repertoire List
Please list the titles and composers of all songs you have performed. Please be sure to include if these were performed as a soloist in a recital, or, as part of an ensemble at school or within the community.

4 Recommendation Letter
Please ask at least one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) to assess your work in a confidential 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 to upload your letter of recommendation, submit your recommender’s email when prompted in the online application process. Once you finalize your submission (clicking ‘Final Submit’), the recommender will receive a notification and link to submit your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is March 15, 2020.

Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 30, 2020.

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the priority deadline. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660