High School Vocal Artist Summer Program

August 6-12, 2017

The University of Minnesota High School Vocal Artists Summer Program's mission is to train and develop the next generation of young singing artists. This summer 20-24 selected high school students will gather together for one week on the campus of the University of Minnesota School of Music to explore the American and English art song repertoire. This unique program is in collaboration with the esteemed international Source Song Festival held each summer during this same week in the Twin Cities. In addition to the daily training provided by the UMN Voice faculty, students will observe and experience top international professional singers and Twin Cities college level and emerging artist talent involved the Source Song festival. Students will attend performances of well known international singers at Source Song Festival and master classes in various venues in and around the Twin Cities.

In addition to exploring the English and American Art song in depth, this week-long immersive experience will prepare the high school singer for the college audition process through classes and one-on-one voice lessons with the U of M voice faculty. Daily classes will take place at the School of Music in Ferguson Hall located on the U of M West Bank campus. Evenings will be occupied with various activities such as master classes, audition class, and meet and greet information sessions and performances. The week will culminate in a public recital on the UMN campus on Saturday morning. All participants will lodge in the Middlebrook dormitory conveniently situated across from Ferguson Hall.

About the Program

  • Lyric diction for English art song: Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and apply it to the English song repertoire.
  • Interpretation of song: In-depth study of the interpretation of song through poetic readings and monologue work. 
  • Acting: Developing skills for the recital stage.
  • Alexander Technique: Students will learn body alignment, posture, and overall body health for vocal production.
  • Private voice lessons and vocal coaching: The distinguished U of M voice faculty will focus on classical technique through age-appropriate repertoire.
  • Master classes: U of M voice faculty along with Source Song guest artists will present master classes focusing on age-appropriate repertoire, career opportunities, and college preparation.
  • Auditioning skills: Preparation for auditioning for college programs through mock auditions.
  • Music theory and ear training: Written and aural perspectives will assist the young singing artist to become better musicians.
  • Ensemble singing: Singers will perform duets, trios, or quartets to learn to sing in the solo/ensemble venue.

Public recital: The week of study will culminate in a final public recital in the recital hall followed by a luncheon reception with parents and friends.


Name Title
Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins Program director, associate professor, voice
John De Haan Associate professor, voice
Jean del Santo Associate professor, voice
Jane Giering-De Haan Affiliate faculty, voice
Adriana Zabala Associate professor, voice
Philip Zawisza Assistant professor, voice
Julian Ward Coach, accompanist

Important Information

The High School Vocal Artist Summer Program will be held August 6-12, 2017.

University of Minnesota, Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Enrollment is limited to 24 high school students (grades 9-12), selected by online video audition.


Information to be announced (Minnesota residents will be given priority and tuition discount)

Check In
To be announced
Check Out
To be announced
Recital and Luncheon
To be announced

How to Apply

Step 1
Fill out the online application form

Step 2
Email your online video audition. Two contrasting classical songs of which one may be sung in Italian. Any questions about audition repertoire should be directed to Wendy Zaro-Mullins (zarox001@umn.edu). Videos should be submitted as online videos using YouTube, Vimeo, or another online video platform that does not require downloading to view. Password-protected videos will not be considered. We recommend ensuring your videos are unlisted YouTube or Vimeo videos with comments turned off. Applicants are responsible for the playability of the video and accuracy of the URL address. Submissions should be emailed to zarox001@umn.edu no later than March 1, 2017.

Step 3
Email Resume, Repertoire List, and Two Letters of Recommendation to zarox001@umn.edu

Non-refundable application fee: $25


For further information, please contact Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins, associate professor, voice, at zarox001@umn.edu.