Vocal Arts Institute

The 2020 MPulse Vocal Arts Institute is moving online! This one-week program 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.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in “virtual camp” experiences, including “social hours” with your fellow participants, an opportunity to talk to a current SMTD student, meet Dr. Eugene Roger’s, Director of Choral Activities, and an SMTD admissions session.

U-M Faculty Co-Directors for the Online Vocal Arts Institute
Stanford Olsen & Louise Toppin

Session Dates: July 12 – 18, 2020

Tuition for Vocal Arts Institute: $1,250

Applications are closed for summer 2020. MPulse Vocal Arts Institute 2021 applications will be available online this fall.


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.

Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the priority deadline are being handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. 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