High School Vocal Artist Summer Program

Coming Summer 2018

In an exciting and first time collaboration with the esteemed Minnesota Opera Summer Camp, the University of Minnesota High School Vocal Artists Summer Program is teaming up for an exciting week-long opera and art song camp. The mission is to train and develop the next generation of young singing artists connecting them with an excellent singing and stage experience. This summer, approximately 20 high school students will 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 performances of professional singers venues in and around the Twin Cities.

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 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, meet and greet information sessions, attending performances and enjoying social events. The week will culminate in a public recital on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. 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.
  • 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 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.

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
Pablo Siqueiros
Heidi Spesard-Noble
and other Minnesota Opera Artists

Important Information

The High School Vocal Artist Summer Program will be held in July 8-14, Summer 2018

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
100 Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • $800 – if you sign up for an audition before March 16, 2018
  • $950 – if you sign up for an audition after March 16, 2018

Tuition includes all activities, room and board.

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

Recorded auditions for camp accepted until April 23, 2018. 

Auditions will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5:30-8 pm at the Opera Center, 620 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, MN. An accompanist will be provided. Auditioners must come prepared with one aria or art song. Please no jazz or pop. 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.