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Vocal/Choral Intensive (VCI)

Applications are now closed for 2016

July 10–23, 2016

The Vocal/Choral Intensive (VCI) is a two-week summer program for high school-aged singers who are focused on musical theater or classical music. Led by faculty with years of experience training young artists, this is a chance for young performers to explore their abilities and potential as soloists, actors, choral singers and musicians.

VCI is designed to strengthen singers' performance skills and build confidence in performance choices. Students will participate in performance skills classes, theory, sight-singing, diction, yoga, acting and ensemble singing. There will also be voice lessons and coaching, special masterclasses with Boston Conservatory faculty and concerts by the teaching staff, as well as trips to Boston theatrical performances. Every student in VCI performs in two solo recitals and the program ends with an unforgettable gala ensemble performance.

At the end of the program, students will be more fluent sight-readers, confident singers and stronger musicians. In addition, they will have made friends for life from around the world who share their passion for singing and music, all of whom help eachother become better performers and musicians.

View the VCI daily schedule and course descriptions.

View the VCI photo gallery.

Who Should Apply

To apply, students must be high school-aged (15–18) and be serious about singing.

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee: $90 (before April 1); $125 (April 2-May 1)
Tuition: $2,035
Housing and Meals (optional): $1,255
Meals Only (optional): $475

Students who take advantage of the Housing and Meal plan enjoy on-campus housing in the Conservatory’s historical brownstones and the many offerings of the Berklee Cafeteria, just down the street.


Scholarships are available for Boston Public School students. For more information, contact the Extension Programs Office

Application Deadline

Apply by June 15, 2016.

Audition Information

  • Digital recordings and supplemental materials are to be submitted via online system. No live auditions.
    • Two contrasting songs with piano accompaniment
    • A repertoire list of musical pieces you have worked on in the last two years
    • One letter of recommendation from a voice teacher or choral instructor
  • There is no additional charge to submit your materials, and we receive it instantly. Individual files can be as large as 5GB, but keep in mind that larger files may take some time to upload.
  • Applicants submitting video should be sure the recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.
  • Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves and provide any information they would like to convey to the faculty.


Former participants of the VCI program have said:

"It's people like you who turn making music into making magic. I want to thank you for helping me rediscover that, allowing me to go into my college years more fervent than ever that I love what I'm going to do, and I love the people who do it too."

—Zach C. (Former VCI Participant)

"I got more out of these two weeks than anything I've ever done. You have all reminded me why it is l love music, and how vital music making is to a meaningful existence. You have opened me up in more ways than I thought possible."

—Adrianna K. (Former VCI Participant)

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