Bass School of Music  


Program length: 2 weeks

Session dates: JUNE 27 - JULY 12


Audition required: Yes, audition required. See below for details.

Age range: This program is open to high school students who are currently in the 9th - 12th grades and collegiate undergraduates. Seniors who have been accepted into OCU are also welcome to attend without an audition. However, they must meet all additional admission requirements.

Applications will be accepted beginning December 1st, 2014. IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE FAMILIES TIME AND MONEY WE INVITE STUDENTS TO APPLY VIA YOUTUBE. Simply upload your recorded audition to YouTube and email us the link. If you're more comfortable doing so, you may continue to mail a DVD along with your Summer Music Program application.

Oklahoma City University is world-renowned for its demanding and professional vocal training, producing award-winning vocalists such as Metropolitan Opera legend Leona Mitchell, Chris Merrit, Marquita Lister, Sarah Coburn, and Broadway superstars Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara. Our programs integrate performance skills, music scholarship, and professionalism to prepare students for the music careers for the 21st century.

The Vocal Arts Institute is an extension of the acclaimed OCU Vocal Performace degree program. Under the direction of Dr. David Herendeen, students from across the United States and around the world participate in a demanding pre-college intensive, overcoming performance challenges through rigorous classroom training and on-stage experience. 


The Vocal Arts Institute is designed to nurture and encourage those who wish to study the art and technique of classical voice and opera. The demanding curriculum examines classical technique, acting, dance, breathing, diction, foreign language and solo repertoire. Studying with the acclaimed faculty of OCU’s Bass School of Music, students will work to develop every aspect of performance.

Classes include diction, acting, movement, ballet, vocal literature, and vocal technique. On Saturday mornings, students get the chance to select their schedule with our "Saturday Electives," featuring such classes as pilates, yoga, tap, stage combat, and performance career preparation.

Master classes with OCU faculty will help students prepare for Art Song Recitals with repertoire in Italian, French, German and English. 

Admission is based on a successful audition. Auditions may be uploaded digitally to YouTube or submitted on DVD. Make sure you include your audition link on your audition form, which can be scanned and emailed, faxed, or mailed. Submission are not considered "received" without your audition link. See below for audition requirements. All students must audition for admission - including students who have previously attended the program. The only exception is seniors accepted to OCU. They are automatically accepted the the Summer Programs but must still submit all other materials.

To apply, please send the $40 application fee and a completed summer registration form. Applicants should also submit a headshot (8 X 10 school photo is fine) and a resume of any performance experience. Don't worry if you have little or no previous experience-- applications are processed based on the merits and personality shown in your audition. 

Students who submit an application by January 20th, 2015 receive 15% off their entire tuition. Early application also provides financial aid consideration for qualified students.


Financial aid applicants must fill out the financial aid section on the summer registration form and submit all requested documents. Please note that financial aid is limited and not guaranteed. Early application is suggested. Please see SUMMER AUDITION INFORMATION for submission deadlines.

OCU Summer Music is pleased to offer a $150 scholarship to students selected to participate in their state's honor choir (All-State). Documented proof of participation/award required. See Summer Tuition and Policies for details.

Two song selections – one or both selections should be from the classical repertoire (foreign language and art songs are accepted). You may substitute a pre-1970 musical theater song for one of your selections. Neither song should exceed three minutes. You must record your selections live with live piano accompaniment only – no background or karaoke accompaniments are accepted.
Only microphones attached to camera input are allowed. Auditions should not be recorded using reverb enhancement or any pitch altering technology. If pitch altering or enhancement is suspected a new DVD will be requested.

Recordings of live stage performances/shows are not acceptable.

Submissions are accepted via YouTube and on DVD. Please do not send mini DVDs or video tapes. Vocal auditions are not accepted on CD’s and audio-cassettes.

Submissions must include a headshot. 8 X 10 school photos are acceptable.

Submissions must include a performance resume.

For questions, please contact our office at
or (405) 208-5410

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