Voice & Opera Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Voice & Opera

Opera is a dramatic, emotive art form that requires singers to develop their unique sound and to approach every note with thoughtful expression. At Interlochen, you will develop these skills with expert guidance. Our professional faculty will prepare you for the next steps in your opera journey.

What You'll Learn

During this three-week program, you'll spend your days learning not only vocal technique, but also theory, music history, movement, and opera scene work. In addition to private voice lessons, our curriculum opportunities include: 

  • Opera Repertoire
  • Acting
  • Music Theory & Aural Skills
  • Music History
  • Opera Workshop
  • Choir

Audition Requirements


Program Specialties

  • Private voice lessons and coaching
  • World Youth Honors Choir or the Interlochen Singers
  • Master classes
  • Studio class performances and solo recitals
  • Topics classes such as stage direction, vocal repertoire, audition skills, stage make-up, and Alexander Technique
Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty includes instructors from elite institutions around the country, professional singers, actors, and conductors. 

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Autumn West

Autumn West D.M.A.

Instructor of Voice

Peg Cleveland Plambeck

Peg Cleveland Plambeck

Instructor of Vocal Arts

Guest Artists

Past guest artists have included:

  • Salvatore Champagne, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Kenneth Cox University of Denver
  • Richard Fracker Michigan State University
  • Julie Gunn Pianist, Education, and Music Director
  • Nathan Gunn Grammy Award-Winning Singer
  • Sylvia McNair Grammy Award-Winning Singer
  • Carmen Pelton University of Michigan (ret.)

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities 

Students perform during master classes, in the studio, and in ensembles, and can even compete in the concerto competition. The Opera Workshop provides the opportunity for students to sing solos, participate in small ensembles, and sing in chorus scenes. The workshop then culminates with public performances.

Distinguished Faculty 

You have the opportunity to work with individuals who not only teach at Interlochen, but also at top conservatories around the globe. Our instructors are active participants in the music world. They are thoughtful, supportive, and are eager to help new voices grow. 

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music programs for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Interlochen has been one of the most significant and life-changing experiences for me. I have learned more about singing in these last few weeks than I have in my entire life. Doing what I love every day makes every day feel so wonderful that I look forward to the next one.

Karissa L., Voice & Opera student