Vocal Arts Institute

2/9/2021 – Important Update!
Due to university COVID-19 restrictions, the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute will be held online for the Summer of 2021.

The 2021 MPulse Vocal Arts Institute is a ten-day program that offers a comprehensive introduction to studying voice at the collegiate level. Students will engage in small group lessons with a Michigan voice faculty member and participate in real time sessions on diction and vocal pedagogy. Students will also receive introductions to related topics such as Alexander technique, Suzuki movement, fitness for singers, and much more! Finally, students will participate in sessions on how to prepare collegiate prescreening recordings, tips and best practices for college admissions, and career options in the vocal arts.

U-M Faculty Co-Directors for the Vocal Arts Institute
Vocal Arts Institute: Director of Choral Activities Eugene Rogers
Vocal Arts Institute Solo Track: Professor of Voice Stanford Olsen & Professor of Voice Louise Toppin

Session Dates: July 23–August 1, 2021

Tuition: $1,350
Tuition w/ Solo Track: $1,750

Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Priority Admissions Notification: March 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2021, at 11:59PM EST

Applications are still open! We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis as openings remain. Students who submitted their materials by the priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first.


Start your application now

Here you will

  1. Fill out your application.
  2. Upload your audition materials (videos via sharable link (Google Drive (preferred), Dropbox or YouTube).
  3. Share any need-based scholarship information.
  4. Pay your non-refundable application fee ($75 per institute).

Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your institute’s deadline. The application will automatically save as you fill in your application.

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2021.

We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis as openings remain. Students who submitted their materials by the priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.

Priority deadline admission notifications will be e-mailed on March 1, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Audition Video
Upload a 5-8 minute long video audition consisting of one classical selection. It can either be in English or another language, with or without accompaniment.


  • 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.

Recommendation Letter
Applicants should submit one teacher evaluation (artistic teacher or mentor(s) (preferred), academic teacher, or non-relative who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance).  A recommendation is required for this institute.

Given the disruptions caused by COVID-19, we know that student/teacher relationships may have been impacted, making it more difficult for students to acquire teacher recommendations. We still encourage students to submit a letter of recommendation, preferably someone who instructed the student within the prior 12 months. However, the teacher recommendation may come from someone other than a teacher (not a parent/guardian, grandparent, sibling or other relative) who can speak directly to the student’s academic and artistic aptitude, potential, and performance. This might include a community-based organization educator or academic support program professional.

Students should send the recommendation form (available as PDF, Word Document, or Google Document) to their recommender to fill out or the recommender may download the recommendation form. Please have your recommender email their recommendation letter to Priority deadline recommendations are due by February 1, 2021.

Digital Audition Resources
How to upload to Google Drive (preferred) and Dropbox
How to create an unlisted video on YouTube
Tips for making a successful recording

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 application deadline.

Need-Based Awards
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

Watson Scholarship
In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

Application open to Michigan residents only.
Apply for a Watson Scholarship

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