School of Choral Studies

2015 School of Choral Studies: July 5- August 1, 2015

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Experience the joy of singing, the thrill of performing, and the power of choral music with other talented students and a superb artistic faculty during four weeks of intensive vocal and musical instruction at the School of Choral Studies.

A nationally acclaimed choral faculty will provide you with an excellent music education and daily instruction in choral singing and comprehensive musicianship. You will study private voice and have the opportunity to participate in musical theater and opera scenes, stagecraft and movement, small ensembles, and voice recitals.

You will perform with the NYSSSA Chorale in the magnificent Rosh Recital Hall at the Rockefeller Center for the Arts at SUNY Fredonia and in the Amphitheater at the famous Chautauqua Institution.

You will be housed on the SUNY Fredonia campus and use the excellent facilities of the music department. In addition to a rigorous program in choral studies, you will enjoy a variety of cultural activities, including concerts, opera and theater performances at the Chautauqua Institution, as well as master classes and workshops by guest artists.

The School of Choral Studies is co-sponsored by SUNY Fredonia and the New York State School Music Association, and is administered by the New York State Education Department. Music educators are encouraged to visit the school and observe all aspects of the program.

Application Process

For your audition, you'll be asked to perform a prepared vocal selection to demonstrate your technical and musical abilities. You must supply your own accompaniment. Sight-reading will be included as part of your audition.

If you intend to participate in the statewide audition process, you should complete and return the application form as soon as possible. Click HERE to complete the Application Form ONLINE! Upon receipt of your form, complete information about the audition locations, schedules, and times will be mailed to you.  Pre-Registration is STRONGLY encouraged to ensure your space at your preferred audition location.  It is not guaranteed that all audition sites will be able to accept walk-in applicants.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The entire cost of attending the School of Choral Studies, including tuition, instruction, room, and board is $2,100.

NYSSSA's summer programs are open to all New York State students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who qualify through the audition process. Tuition, room, and board costs should not discourage any talented young artist from auditioning.

Tuition assistance forms are mailed to students after the audition process. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.

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