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Classical Voice Intensive

This workshop will be conducted remotely for Summer 2021.

The Vocal Performance Program offers a two-week intensive in which students explore and engage in classical vocal performance from multiple perspectives. In a world of ever-changing parameters, the arts remain one of our greatest comforts, vehicles of expression, and peace of mind for both individuals and the community. At no other time has this been more apparent, and so then, is the need to elevate our capacity to learn and to express ourselves through the arts. We invite you to participate in our remote summer workshop with our renowned faculty; experience private lessons and small group classes in Vocal Technique, Lyric Diction, Repertoire, Interpretation, and how to put all these things together in song. Experience masterclasses in auditioning, music theatre, vocal physiology, career decisions, using technology, and exploring the rich history of the singers that paved the way. Take a virtual tour of the Met and Opera Houses Europe and celebrate your time with us by performing in the concert on the last day - open to all via technology. Don't miss out on this opportunity - we are looking forward to your application.

Last year's schedule

Program Dates

July 12 – July 23, 2021

Application Deadline

June 1, 2021

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,497 (Reduced Tuition)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

Intended For

High School (16 years and older)
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals

Students who successfully complete the summer workshop and apply for 2022 Fall admission are advanced to a live audition and not required to submit a pre-screen audition. This applies to transfer students, undergraduate regular or early decision applicants.


Dianna Heldman

Music and Music Education Associate Professor

Rosa Vento

Music Adjunct Faculty

Kyle Henry

Music Adjunct Faculty

Errik Hood

Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance

Audition Requirements

Submit three video clips consisting of the following material: 

Introduction: Please say your name clearly, the date, the city you are from, and the pieces that you are going to perform. Two songs: Your two selections should be complete and contrasting songs. Each selection should be no longer than four minutes. One of your songs must be in English and the other in a foreign language – Italian, German, French, or Spanish. Live or recorded piano must accompany you (no a capella singing). In addition to the above videos, please submit the following: 

Resume: Your resume should reflect your experience as a performing artist and may include experience and training in solo voice, choral, theater, musical instruments and dance. Please include foreign language study and any special skills that you would like to share with us. Headshot or recent photograph: Again we are not looking for a professional quality photograph. If you have a headshot, that is fine. If not, a recent snapshot will suffice.

Rather than a single long video, we would like three separate clips: the introduction, the first song, and the second song. It’s easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video. Please do not worry about any elaborate lighting or studio conditions. Please make sure your voice can be heard above the accompaniment – try different distances from the sound source until you find the right “balance” between piano and voice.

Summer 2021 Application

The 2021 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!


Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

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Cancellations and Refund Policy

Updated for 2021 in response to COVID-19 and NYU’s move to remote learning.

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Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content 
Dianna Heldman
Summer Vocal Studies Director