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MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes


Apply now for 2018 summer programs.


"Impulse - a motivating force that urges you to action."

At the University of Michigan this motivating force is MPulse. The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is excited to announce its 2018 MPulse summer sessions for high school students.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes on the Ann Arbor campus, inspire students to exciting new levels of excellence in music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theatre, and dance. Sessions are designed for students who are considering studying these areas in college. Participants work with distinguished University of Michigan faculty and alumni while experiencing campus life in Ann Arbor.

MPulse provides an opportunity for approximately 250 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). Participants hail from Michigan, across the US, and around the globe.

During the MPulse sessions, students have the opportunity to meet with SMTD admissions counselors in an information meeting devoted to the application and audition process and to tour the campus.


MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes are open to high school students completing grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 school year.


The Theatre & Drama Academy is open to students completing grades 10-11. The Musical Theatre Workshop is open to 2017-2018 high school juniors, although applications from current tenth graders of exceptional ability and experience will be considered.

Center Stage Strings accepts applications from students ages 13-24. Students under 13 may be considered on a case by case basis depending on level and maturity.


Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Please visit the MPulse Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.



Interested students must submit the MPulse Online Application. Application deadlines are specific to each Institute. Please refer to the Key Dates page for details. Plan to complete the entire online application, including payment of the $75 non-refundable application fee, in one sitting.

When the online application is complete, the on-screen payment confirmation page will provide a link to upload audition materials. The digital audition may be completed in multiple sittings, however some media files may need to be re-uploaded. Audition requirements are specific to each Institute.

For applicants applying to more than one session, only one application and fee are required. However, separate copies of all other audition/portfolio materials must be uploaded for each Institute.

Admission Notification

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the appropriate 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. Periodic updates regarding closed programs will be posted on the Key Dates page.

We understand the desire for timely notification so that families can finalize summer plans and students can respond to other summer opportunities. Application materials will be reviewed as soon as possible after the published deadlines. Notifications will be emailed. No decisions will be given by phone.

As a courtesy to MPulse faculty and other applicants, please notify the MPulse office and withdraw your application if you commit to another summer program anytime during our review/decision notification process.


Students need to arrive on the University of Michigan campus by noon on the first Sunday of their session and must remain through their closing presentation on the final Saturday of their session. Specific check-in times and locations will be sent in post-admission communications. For students planning to arrive by air, the MPulse office will assist with making arrangements for transportation to/from campus and Detroit Metro Airport. Admitted students should not make airline reservations until they receive the detailed description of MPulse Shuttle Services and Reservation Form that will be included in post-admission materials.


MPulse does not have a uniform. Casual dress is the norm and clothing should be appropriate to activities and have no inappropriate slogans or graphics. Specific clothing requirements for the Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Dance sessions, as well as concert attire for other sessions, will be included in post-admission communications.


MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
103 Stearns Building
2005 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor MI 48109-2085

toll free: 866-936-2660
local: 734-936-2660


This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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