Each summer, students travel from across the United States and around the world to the Oklahoma City University campus to participate in the Performing Arts Academy’s Summer Music Programs. Our intensive pre-college programs are designed for serious students who want to develop their talents and be challenged by OCU’s high standards. Our programs are chiefly directed and instructed by faculty from OCU's outstanding Bass School of Music and TheatreOCU. Participants receive the training that has produced Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winners such as two-time Tony nominee and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth, three-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara, Emmy nominated Ron Raines, Metropolitan Opera legend Leona Mitchell, award-winning guitarist Edgar Cruz and Grammy & Emmy winner Mason Williams.
The $38 million Bass Music Center – the most technologically advanced music facility in the nation – houses the daily instruction. Facilities include a 1,100 seat auditorium, 350 seat theater, 400 seat recital hall, three large rehearsal halls, ensemble rehearsal rooms, sixty sound-proof practice rooms and beautiful faculty teaching studios.
Admission to the Summer Programs is based on performance ability and each program has its own age restrictions and requirements. We accept talented junior high and high school students who possess outstanding maturity, responsibility and self-motivation. High school students must audition or provide audition submissions. Students may be considered for scholarships and financial assistance based on talent and financial need.
Students may send taped submission for admission consideration. In-person auditions will be held at Oklahoma City University. For audition requirements, please click here.
Voice students who submit their application by January 20th, 2015 receive 15% off their entire tuition if accepted. Instrumental students who apply by May 1st receive a 10% Early Bird Discount. Early application also provides financial aid consideration for qualified students. Click here for tuition and policies
OCU Performing Arts Academy
Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
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