Vocal Arts at DePauw

Annual Vocal Performance Workshop for
High School Students at DePauw University

2019 Dates TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Acceptance Notification: TBD
Tuition: TBD (plus taxes)

Late Notification: Rolling acceptance up to one week prior to Vocal Arts at DePauw
on a space available basis.

Voice Faculty

Kerry Jennings (tenor)

Caroline B. Smith (mezzo-soprano)

Sample Curriculum

  • Private Lessons
  • Master Classes
  • Scenes Staging
  • Acting Classes
  • Instruction in Stage Make-up
  • Audition Techniques
  • Mock Auditions
  • Monologue Preparation
  • IPA Classes
  • Sight Singing
  • Vocal Health
  • Dance and Movement
  • Improvisation Sessions
  • Final Performance for All Participants
Professor Kerry Jennings in a Master Class

"This is an amazing camp! I improved dramatically this week! I like how this camp is for both classically trained singers as well as singers who mainly focus on musical theatre."

Classical and Musical Theatre Tracks

Choose between classical and musical theatre tracks to shape your experience at Vocal Arts. Students will be placed in opera scenes, musical theatre scenes, appropriate repertoire courses, character development and more based on their selection.

Application Guidelines


Applicant must be in the 8th through 11th grade on or before May 2, 2019. This seven-day intensive encounter offers the dedicated high school music student an opportunity to explore the many facets of majoring in music at the collegiate level.

Application and Registration Information

The application deadline is TBD (all materials must be received by TBD) for regular decision pricing, and applicants will be notified of their status in early May 2019. 

No application will be processed until all required materials are received.

If accepted for the regular decision deadline, the tuition is due by June 2, 2019. If payment is not received by the deadline, the reserved space will be given to the next applicant on the waiting list. Payment for participants accepted under late decision is due immediately after notification. No payments will be accepted after June 9, 2019.

Should a registrant need to cancel after the deadline, tuition (minus a $150 handling fee) will be refunded if written notification is received by May 1, 2019; tuition (minus a $220 handling fee) will be refunded if written notification is received by June 2, 2019. After that date, no refund will be tendered. Credit card is the preferred method of payment. Payments by check should be made payable to DePauw University.

Room and Board

Vocal Arts at DePauw is a residential program. Students are required to stay in campus residence halls and eat their meals in the dining area while attending the workshop. Male and female students will be housed separately within the residence halls. Trained counselors will supervise all residence halls and chaperone students during their week at DePauw. If the applicant is accepted, a list of suggested personal items to bring will be sent in the confirmation package.

How to Apply

Complete the online application and upload all required attachments. Please submit all materials at once. If you have difficulty uploading materials, email vocalarts@depauw.edu (please include applicant name).

  1. Attachment 1: Repertoire List – Upload repertoire list of the students works performed.
  2. Attachment 2: Parental/Guardian Consent Form – Download the form here, print, sign, scan and upload the file as a PDF.
  3. Attachment 3 and 4: Audio files of two selections (one classical piece is REQUIRED; the second piece may be classical or musical theatre; both pieces memorized) – Label audio recordings with your name and selection titles, and save as MP3 file format. Upload the files to the application form. YouTube and Vimeo links may be emailed to vocalarts@depauw.edu in place of MP3 audio files (please include your name in the subject line).
  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from the student’s private teacher or high school director.  Letters may be emailed to vocalarts@depauw.edu.

Registration is TBD, Time TBD in the residence hall. Registrants will be assigned to residence halls, receive schedules, and be given any other pertinent information regarding the workshop. A picnic dinner will be provided after registration. An opening concert featuring The King's Singers will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend the picnic and concert.

The week will culminate with a final recital program open to the public on TBD, in Thompson Recital Hall at 10 a.m. All workshop registrants will perform. There will be a reception following the performance for the workshop participants and their guests to conclude the week.

Students are expected to arrive on registration day and remain on campus through the final performance on the last day.