Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Summer Programs

Classical Voice Intensive

Program Description | Faculty | Costs | Apply and Audition | For More Information

Starting January 15, 2016, the MPAP Summer Programs Application will be open for all 2016 applicants. Please note, that although we accept applications on a rolling basis, each program has specific individual deadlines.  Make sure to refer to the deadlines posted below. The 2016 Classical Voice Institute will take place on July 18 August 4, 2016.  



Intended for: All levels
  • Program Dates: July 20 - August 6, 2015
  • Priority Application Deadline: May 18, 2015
  • Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2015
  • Required Student Orientation: July 19, 2015 at 3pm
  • Housing Dates: July 19 - August 8, 2015
  • Tuition: $2,448
  • Please note that performance-based and need-based scholarships are not offered in conjunction with this program
  • Vocal Studies website

Program Description

The Vocal Performance Program in Music and Performing Arts Professions offers a three-week intensive workshop during which students explore the techniques of classical vocal performance from the perspective of the singing actor. The workshop employs both group and individual instruction, and activities include yoga for singers, stage deportment and dance classes, staging rehearsals, lyric diction and song analysis classes, private song coachings, voice lessons, and a series of master classes on subjects related to the field. The workshop culminates with presentation in which students perform the material they have been working on in class.

Evening activities for the workshop participants include concerts and other cultural events around New York City. The program fee covers the cost of those events. The only money that students need to bring to the workshop is extra spending money for incidentals.


Professor Dianna Heldman: Song Analysis, Master Classes
Professor Michael Ricciardone: Song Analysis, Voice
Professor Rosa Vento: Voice, Song Repertoire and Lyric Diction
Dr. Scott Murphree: Voice, Song Repertoire and Lyric Diction
Dr. Robert C. White Jr., Harolyn Blackwell, Marcia Lesser: Master Classes
Professor. Christine Reimer and John Spencer: Vocal Coaching
Professor MK Lawson: Dance and Deportment


Below are all costs associated with the Summer Classical Voice Intensive:

  • Tuition: $2,448
  • Programming Fee: $120
  • Application Fee: $50; nonrefundable and paid at the end of the 2015 Summer Application
  • Housing and Meal Plan (optional): $1,143 shared room with 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars  - see the Housing and Meal Plan page for more information

Please note: There are additional fees for all International Students. For information about financial aid and scholarships, see the Finances page. 

Apply & Audition

In addition to students already enrolled at NYU, the workshop is open to students from other universities and those who have just graduated from high school or completed their junior year. In order to participate in the summer music theatre workshop you must have completed your junior year of high school (a rising senior). There are no exceptions to these rules. Additionally you must be available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in order to participate in the workshop. If you would like to be considered for the workshop, you must complete the following:

  • Complete a 2015 Summer Application
  • Submit all Audition Requirements and supplemental materials (see Classical Voice Intensive)

For More Information

Program Administration                     

MPAP Summer Programs
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012

Academic Content 

Dianna Heldman
Summer Vocal Studies Director
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012