High School Vocal Artist Summer Program

High School Vocal Camp

Summer 2019

The Minnesota School of Music and Minnesota Opera is excited to announce the second year of the High School Vocal Artists Summer Program June 16-22, 2019. This week-long opera and art song camp’s mission is to train and develop the next generation of singing artists by connecting them with professional artists, teachers and coaches, offering them excellent vocal training and stage experience. This summer, approximately 20 high school students will be invited to gather together on the shared campuses of the University of Minnesota School of Music and the downtown campus of the Minnesota Opera. Together, students will study and perform opera scenes, American and English art song, diction, acting, and movement. In addition to the daily training provided by the U of M Voice faculty and the Minnesota Opera faculty, students will perform in master classes, attend vocal music performances in and around the Twin Cities, and have the opportunity to meet with professional singers, coaches and teachers.

In addition to exploring opera and the English and American Art song genres, this week-long immersive experience will prepare the high school singer for the college audition process through a review of college music programs throughout the country and their audition requirements. Mock audition classes and one-on-one voice lessons with the U of M voice faculty will provide students with the opportunity to practice audition techniques needed for the audition.  Daily classes will take place at the School of Music in Ferguson Hall located on the U of M West Bank campus and at the Minnesota Opera’s downtown campus. Evenings will be occupied with various activities such as master classes, audition classes, meet and greet information sessions with singing artists, attending performances and enjoying social events. The week will culminate in a live streamed public recital in Ultan Hall on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. All participants will lodge in the Middlebrook dormitory conveniently situated across from Ferguson Hall.

“….she is not the same musician she was before camp – in 27 years I've not had a student come back from a summer camp so remarkably improved! Thank you for inspiring her and coaching her in the opera genre.  I will encourage her to return next summer...”  –Joel Green, Litchfield School District, Vocal Music 

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.
  • Private voice lessons and vocal coaching: the distinguished U of M voice faculty will focus on classical vocal technique
  • Master classes: U of M voice faculty along with invited professional singers 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.
  • Ensemble singing: singers will perform duets, trios, or quartets to learn to sing in the solo/ensemble venue.

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

U of M Faculty 

Name Title
Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins Program Director, 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

Minnesota Opera Faculty

Matt Abernathy, Co-director, High School Vocal Artists Summer Program
Pablo Siqueiros, Teaching Artist, Minnesota Opera
Danielle Ricci, movement/choreography

Important Information

The High School Vocal Artist Summer Program will be held in June 16-22, Summer 2019

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
100 Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins, Director U of M High School Summer Artist Program, Associate Professor, Voice, at
952-221-0244, zarox001@umn.edu
Jamie Andrews, Community Education Director, 612-342-9573, andrews@mnopera.org
Audition Information

Visit Minnesota Opera's website to register for this program and for more information

Cost: $950*
Tuition includes all activities, room and board. (*Scholarships are available.)

Jamie Andrews, Community Education Director
612-342-9573, andrews@mnopera.org

Recorded auditions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Live auditions will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8pm at the Minnesota Opera Center (620 N. 1st St., Minneapolis). An accompanist will be provided. Auditioners must come prepared with one song to be accompanied by piano. Additional repertoire is acceptable, but please contact Jamie Andrews at andrews@mnopera.org before the audition.

Please note there is an audition registration fee of $25. If accepted, this fee will be applied to your final tuition.