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High School Pre-College Intensive

2024 Program Information

Intensive Focused on the College Audition Process

Program Length: 12 Days

Session Dates: June 17 - June 29


Audition Required: Yes, audition required for all high school programs. See "Audition Requirements" below for audition details.

Age range: 9th-12th Grade (recommended for current sophomores and juniors)

Applications are now being accepted.

Successfully navigating the audition experience — whether online or live — is a crucial part of the college admission process.

From self-taping, choosing the right repertoire, learning to interact with an admission panel, or nailing the audition performance, let us be your guide through this experience.

The Pre-College Intensive is intended for high school students who plan to pursue Musical Theater, Acting or Vocal Performance at the college level and need to prepare for the audition process. Each student will receive diagnostic feedback with personal recommendations from OCU Professors that will help set each student up for success. The Pre-College Intensive will focus on individual growth and college audition readiness with special emphasis on self-tape and on-camera performance.

Curriculum will include:

  • Daily Vocal Warmup and Voice Class taught by OCU Voice Faculty
  • Dance & Acting Classes
  • Private Voice Lessons
  • One-On-One Coaching in Small Groups With:
    • Dr. David Herendeen - Director of Opera and Music Theatre at OCU
    • Bass School of Music Coaching Staff
    • TheatreOCU Faculty
  • Repertoire Building - Small groups and one-on-one coaching of Existing Repertoire and Suggestions for Audition Repertoire Based on Type, Style and Vocal Range
  • Faculty Masterclasses - Your chance to perform for and learn from our faculty members
  • College Audition Readiness - You'll learn about list building, pre-screens and college audition process


  • College Planning Guide
  • FAFSA Cheat Sheet
  • Exclusive Member Facebook Group
  • Making the Most of College Visits
  • Resource List for College Planning

Wake up early, work, eat, work, sleep, repeat!

Daily Schedule (subject to change)

Monday - Saturday

8:45 A.M.Breakfast
9:30 A.M.Warm-up
10 A.M. TO NOONPrivate Voice, Acting, Dance
2 TO 5 P.M.Private and Group Coaching
5 P.M.Dinner
6 TO 9 P.M.Various Classes on the College Audition Process
11 P.M.Lights Out


11 A.M.Brunch
1 TO 5 P.M.Masterclass/Private Coaching
5 P.M.Dinner
6 TO 10 P.M.Free time, pool party, other organized event

  • Two songs from the musical theater repertoire — one pre-1970 musical theater selection and one of your choice. Neither song should exceed three minutes.
  • Whenever possible, we prefer live piano accompaniment but we will allow pre-recorded accompaniments. Please check your sound balance to make sure we can hear both you and your accompaniment.

  • Recordings of live stage performances/shows are not acceptable.
  • Unaccompanied (a cappella) auditions should be your last option.
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