“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945)
Participating in vocal programs is often a life-changing experience.
BAVA Summer Workshop 1
The Bay Area Vocal Academy (BAVA) Summer Workshop is for young (advanced middle-schoolers and high schoolers) performers looking to immerse themselves in the art of singing. Artists will learn vocal technique, movement and stagecraft, score preparation/study, vocal repertoire, and some foreign language diction. The classically based singing training covers Art Song, Opera, and Musical Theater. Includes voice lessons, piano coachings, and seminars on all aspects of preparing a song or scene, with workshops introducing college prep and business skills for singers headed toward a music degree and career in singing.
Merola Opera Program 1
For 56 years, the Merola Opera Program has been regarded as the world’s foremost opera training program for aspiring singers, coaches and stage directors. As the affiliated training program of the San Francisco Opera, Merola has served as a proving ground for hundreds of artists, including such renowned opera performers as Ruth Ann Swenson, Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Joyce DiDonato. Carol Vaness, Rolando Villazón and Susan Graham among many others.
NO 2019 Summer Program – Marin Summer Theater (MST) is an award winning non-profit theater company for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23. The MST company prepares and presents three fully-staged productions in a six-week summer season. MST’s mission is threefold: To present exciting, professional quality drama, musical theater and musical revue productions; to keep tuition as low as possible so that cost is not a barrier to participation; to create a diverse company of college and high school students.
Roustabout Theater 1
Roustabout Theater – Summer Theater Camp. Each summer, Roustabout Theater’s award-winning Apprentice Program offers a Summer Theater Camp for aspiring actors, singers and dancers from ages 11 to 20 in Santa Rosa.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1
San Francisco Conservatory of Music/Summer Programs – Summer programs provide opportunities both Pre-College and non-Pre-College students to continue their education after the academic year has ended. Applications for the 2019 Summer Programs will be accepted February 1 through April 15.
LA Cappella Academy 1
LA Cappella Academy, Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. The program is for students 13-18, and is by audition only.
ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong
This 2-week intensive program has been designed specifically for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are getting ready to audition for college, university, and conservatory voice majors. • Get online application HERE
ArtsBridge Summer Programs and Workshops
ArtsBridge Summer programs give actors, singers, and classical vocalists two intensive weeks immersed in their art form with the addition of specialized guidance on what it takes to succeed in the college admissions process for performing arts programs. High school and college transfer students who are seriously considering a college major or minor in theater or music will work with top faculty members from around the country.
The Broadway Student Summit is designed to connect theatre students with the Broadway community – and with each other – through a series of workshops, master classes, and an unforgettable experience at a hit Broadway musical.
The program spans 2 days and includes a ticket to a Broadway show and 6 workshops in acting, voice, dance and a variety of arts disciplines with cast and creative team members from the Broadway show the session is seeing. Every student will work directly with Broadway’s best and brightest performers, choreographers, music directors and teaching artists.
Classical Singing and New York in June (AKA CSNY in June) is a 18-day program providing intensive vocal study and coaching for a small group (maximum 15) of aspiring professional singers and pianists ages 18-35, culminating in a final public recital in a recognized New York venue. Their vision is to enhance musical training with cultural immersion in the vast and inexhaustible resources of New York City.
Cherubs - Northwestern University 1
CHERUBS – Northwestern University
The Theatre Arts Division of the NHSI is a competitive program. Application decisions, made by the Admissions Committee, are based on ability and merit. Enrollment is limited.
Students must be current high school juniors who will be rising into their senior year of high school following their summer at Northwestern.
Click: HERE for Information and Application.
Hawaiian Performing Arts Festival Summer Programs - Kamuela, HI 1
Hawaiian Performing Arts Festival Summer Programs
There are Three levels of participation:
Developing Singer (graduating high school senior* through age 28)
Professional Fellow (emerging artist level)
Young Singers (age 14-graduating high school senior*)
High School and Collegiate Programs - Boston Conservatory at Berklee 1
The Boston Conservatory’s High School and Collegiate Programs Boston Conservatory at Berklee offers an array of programs in dance, music, and theater for high school and college students on a performing arts degree track.
Manhattan School of Music, Camp MSM - New York, NY 1
Manhattan School of Music, Camp MSM
MSM Summer provides instruction and performance experience in instrumental music and voice for students ages 8-17 in a dynamic conservatory setting. Students develop their musical skills and join a vibrant community of young musicians. MSM Summer is a single focus music day program.
MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes - University of Michigan 1
The acclaimed Torggler Summer Vocal Institute (TSVI) is open to those aged 15-20.
We update links to current applications and information as soon as information becomes available. Take a look at the past program links to see general information and requirements from past programs.
Reviews of Past Programs
by SVS Students
Review of MPulse
I attended the University of Michigan’s three week summer musical theatre intensive MPulse in the summer of 2014. It’s open to students entering their senior year, or to a few entering their junior year. I went into the program unsure of what I wanted to do with myself in college. I knew I wanted education in the arts, but I thought I might want a BA or a minor in theatre. However, upon return from my time in Ann Arbor, I was completely set on working toward a BFA in either acting or music theatre. This can be attributed to the immensely inspiring three weeks I had at UM.
I spent my time in classes on MT Lit and History, Acting with three different Broadway veterans, singing workshops with the head of the department Brent Wagner, and and dance classes with other Broadway vets (one of whom just booked the lead in the revival of Dames at Sea). The collegiate and academic environment made me so excited for college, and the information I received regarding the college audition process was invaluable and instrumental in my ending up at Carnegie Mellon.
I absolutely recommend the program to the serious arts student with a real desire to attend college for Acting or Music Theatre. It is a rigorous, challenging program, but it taught me so much of what I know about the process of picking the right schools to apply to, the actual audition process, and the way to eventually choose a school. That being said, I also learned an enormous amount of MT history and loved the performance classes. I had a wonderful time and highly recommend the program to the dedicated arts student.
Marin School of the Arts – Theatre, Class of 2015
Carnegie Mellon University, BFA, Acting, Class of 2019
Review of Pippin Workshop
I went to the Pippin workshop in January of 2014, and it was such an amazing experience! I got to work with the casting director of the show, meet the cast of the show, and work with many other amazingly talented broadway performers and veterans. Not to mention, I also got to see Pippin at the Music Box Theatre!!! The friends I met there I still keep in touch with, and the 3-day workshop was very challenging and yet rewarding. I walked away from those 8 workshops with skills that I never knew existed. It gave me such an incredible appreciation for the craft and art of theatre and only furthered my passion for drama. I highly recommend this workshop, and I will hopefully be returning to do another one before college auditions!
Marin School of the Arts, Class of 2015
Emerson College, BFA, Musical Theatre – 2019
Review of National High School Institute
Last summer, the summer of 2014, I participated in a program that would forever change my life in many different areas. This program is called the National High School Institute. Before I made my trip to Northwestern University, I talked to a few alumni of the program and they all told me similar stories; how it would be life changing and maybe one of the most difficult things I have ever done. However, I was cautious. I did not want to go into the experience hoping for some enlightenment and then be let down. Yet, now I know that I would not have been. Nothing could have prepared me for the summer I had because there is no way to fully explain the unique emotional trip that I went on with each and every student.
The program is designed to support the aspiring actor and give a good representation of what the arts in college would be like. I learned more about myself and how I act in my natural environment than how I act on stage. At no point during the process did I stop and think about how my outlook on life had changed, it just sporadically happened.
One aspect that was highly stressed at the National High School Institute is the important skill of collaboration. I learned that I would not be in a single situation in my lifetime where I will not need the knowledge of how to work well with others. I learned that nothing could be done well alone, that cooperation is everything. I found that working in such a warm, cohesive, and welcoming environment was the best part of the program. Each person and teacher was supportive, but always challenged each other.
I believe that I will carry this knowledge with me wherever I go because of NHSI. It was a truly indefinable experience that cannot be explained fully, which is what makes it all the more special. I believe after having attended this program that I became a better person; one that is ready to explore the next step in my educational career.
Marin School of the Arts, Theatre, Class of 2015
University of Michigan, BFA Theater- 2019
Review of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar for High School Juniors
My experience at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Summer Seminar for High School Juniors was incredible; though it is only for students going into their senior year of high school. The schedule is incredibly rigorous, but purely for the reason that you are doing so much in such a short amount of time. Campers or, as we call them, Semmies get to attend all ten of the performances that are playing during the seminar, whether they be Shakespearean, world premiers, or simply beloved plays and musicals. This experience is incredibly competitive: only sixty-five students worldwide get accepted. Last year one boy came all the way from Japan! This definitely ensures that the people who surround you are fun, diverse, and invested in getting the most out of the program as possible. Now a lot of people are probably turned off by the fact that it’s put on by a Shakespeare festival. Though I am a lover of the Bard of Avon, and you do learn an incredible amount about his writing, that is definitely not the only thing you learn. Little classes you take range from Hip-Hop in Shakespeare to How to Direct, which serves as proof that this seminar is not just for actors. In fact, those who run it think of it more as an exercise in leadership than anything else. And you definitely learn how to advocate for yourself and your community. The amazing part is that all of the activities you do in two weeks are taught by the professional writers, directors, actors, etc. that work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Then you get to friend these people on Facebook and suddenly all of your friends are amazed that you are on a first name basis with an actor from the biggest Shakespeare Festival outside of England! I’m happy to answer any questions or tell more about my personal experience if you want to connect with me! You can call or text me, Sara Packer, at 415-686-8039. The application can be found here!>
Marin School of the Arts – Theatre, Class of 2014
Occidental College, Class of 2018