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Belmont Summer Vocal Arts Intensive

The Belmont Summer Vocal Arts Intensive is a week-long immersive experience in solo and choral singing in a variety of styles. Students entering grades 9-12 will engage in rehearsals, masterclasses, and performances with the outstanding artistic faculty at Belmont University. The Summer Vocal Arts Intensive provides a unique opportunity to experience high level artistry in both classical and commercial singing. This residential camp takes place on Belmont University’s beautiful campus in downtown Nashville, TN.

June 24-30, 2018

Daily Schedule

Each day, students will participate in mass choir rehearsals, electives, small ensembles, master classes, and social experiences. The mass choir will rehearse and perform a final concert of traditional and contemporary choral music. Small ensemble opportunities include Chamber Choir, Jazz Choir, A Capella Choir, and Musical Theatre ensemble. Master classes will provide solo vocal lessons in a group setting – choose from classical, commercial, or integrative tracks. Elective classes will offer opportunities to explore Choral Conducting, Diction for Singers, Chart Writing, and more. Evening activities include a mix of social activities and recitals (faculty and campers).

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in Belmont University dormitories. Roommates will be assigned randomly by gender unless roommate requests are indicated on the registration form.  While in the dormitories, participants will be under the careful supervision of the camp staff, and security will be a priority. All meals will be served in Johnson Center Dining Hall.


The Belmont Summer Vocal Arts Intensive is open to students entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2018. Discounts available for participation in National, State, and Regional honor choirs.


No auditions are necessary for general camp participation. All participants will be assigned to a large choir, a masterclass, and a small ensemble. To ensure well-balanced ensembles, all participants will complete a brief placement hearing on Sunday afternoon. Singers will be asked to perform a brief excerpt of one of their prepared solo pieces, as well as an optional sightreading exercise.

Application and Registration

  1. The Waiting List for Sopranos and Altos is closed, though we will still accept wait list applications for tenors and basses. Please click here to apply for the BSVAI Summer 2018 Waiting List.
  2. Submit online. Credit Card Payment ($50 Deposit) will be required at time of submission.
  3. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with instructions to complete the online registration.


Residential Camper: $675 ($50 application fee applies to this amount)
*All meals
*Dormitory lodging
*Tuition for large ensemble, small ensembles, master classes, and electives
*Fees for evening activities
*Camp t-shirt

Commuter Camper: $525 ($50 application fee applies to this amount)
*Lunch and dinner
*Tuition for large ensembles, small ensembles, master classes, and electives
*Fees for evening activities
*Camp t-shirt

Tuition discounts are available to students who participated in a National, State, or Regional honor choir during the 2017-2018 school year. Siblings qualify for a family discount. This information will be included in the application. Discount information will be included in your registration email.  



How can I tell where I am on the waiting list? Our wait list is a work in progress. If you would like to know where you fall on the list, please contact Carrie Kimbrough in our Summer Music Camps office at (615) 460-6346.

Will there be transportation to/from the airport? Transportation is available. A sign-up process will be available approximately a month before camp. Details for this will be included in the camp handbook.

What are the starting and ending times on Sunday/Saturday? Check-in will be from 1-3pm on Sunday, June 24. The final concert will end at noon on Saturday, June 30. Check-out from the dorms will take place prior to the final concert, so students will be free to go after the concert.

Are there any performances that parents/family/friends may attend?

  • Friday evening, June 29, will be the Small Ensembles performance. Pending location, this performance may be ticketed. Details on this will be included in the camp handbook, with instructions to reserve tickets if necessary.
  • Saturday, June 30, the Mass Choirs will perform their concert at 11am. This concert will be open admission with plenty of seating for all.

What should my camper pack/bring for the dorm? A camp handbook will be available in May with details on everything your camper will need.

What should I prepare for auditions and masterclasses? Each camper will participate daily in a small ensemble and a masterclass. For the masterclass, campers should prepare two songs in contrasting styles. During registration, campers will be able to indicate their preference for Classical, Commercial, Integrated (Classical and Commercial), or Musical Theatre. The contrasting styles should be within these categories. For the ensembles, the camp faculty will hear each camper in a short placement hearing. Singers should plan to sing 30 seconds of one of their prepared pieces, unaccompanied. Students wishing to audition for the Jazz or Chamber ensemble will also be asked to complete a brief sightreading, which will be provided at the hearing.


Vocal Arts Intensive Camp Coordinator: Dr. Lesley Mann
Dr. Jeffery Ames
Erica Aubrey
Jo Lynn Burks
Dr. Deen Entsminger
Leslie Garbis
Dr. Kelly Garner
Todd Kemp
Kathryn Paradise
Megan Santi
Henry Smiley
Dr. Mark Whatley
Jamie Wigginton