Vocal Arts Camp (V.A.C.)

June 19-25, 2022
Grades 9-12

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Welcome to Murray State University’s Vocal Arts Camp! This week-long camp is open to rising 9th graders through recent high school grads. V.A.C. will immerse you in the vocal arts, encourage, and educate in musicianship and healthy vocal production. Experience voice instruction, acting and movement workshops, and music literacy classes. Campers will perform a mixture of solo, chamber, and choral music on the final day of the program. No previous vocal training is required. 

Camper singing on a stage while other campers watch
Chorus of campers practiving singing with conductor and piano player

The deadline to complete both registration steps is June 3, 2022. The camp may reach full enrollment before this date, so be sure to secure your spot early.

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  • Voice Instruction: Work on healthy vocal production, diction, communication, and style.
  • Musicianship Class: Develop sight reading skills to help learn music efficiently and accurately. Explore rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic structures.
  • Acting for Singers: Engage in a series of improvisational exercises and dramatic preparation to help with character development of vocal repertoire.


  • 1-2 p.m. Check in
  • 1:30-3 p.m. Move into dorms
  • 3-5 p.m. Campus tour
  • 5-6 p.m. Dinner and introduction by faculty
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Auditions and student assessments
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Choral rehearsal
  • 8:30 p.m. Free time


  • 7:30-8:20 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30-10 a.m. Choral Rehearsal
  • 10-11 a.m. Music Theatre Rehearsal
  • 11-11:30 a.m. A Cappella Rehearsal
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1-2 p.m. Acting for Singers
  • 2-3 p.m. Musicianship Class
  • 3-4 p.m. Practice Time/Individual Vocal Lessons
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Practice Time/Free Time
  • 7:30 p.m. Evening Activity (talent show, movie night, etc.)


  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. Showcase Solo Rehearsal
  • 10:30-11:20 a.m. Group Song Rehearsal
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1-3 p.m. Showcase Dress Rehearsal
  • 3-5 p.m. Ice Cream
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7 p.m. Evening Activity


  • 7:30-8:20 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. Student Showcase
  • 11 a.m. Checkout

The workshop fee is $500 for resident campers. This fee includes tuition, room (double occupancy), board (three meals a day), accident insurance, and most instructional materials. The fee for commuter students is $400, which includes tuition, accident insurance, most instructional materials, and lunch daily.

We have several talent and need-based scholarships available. To be considered for a scholarship, submit a recent video or audio recording, and a letter of recommendation to Maribeth Crawford at VACmurraystate@gmail.com. The recordings should contain at least one memorized song selection with an accompaniment. Scholarship submission deadline is May 6, 2022.

Maribeth Crawford

Maribeth Crawford

Director & Voice Instructor

Brad Almquist

Brad Almquist

Voice Instructor, Musicianship/Choral


Elizabeth Huling

Elizabeth Huling

Voice Instructor, Acting for Singers

Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell

Voice Instructor, Musicianship Skills

Contact Us

Dr. Maribeth Crawford

Dr. Maribeth Crawford


Rose Krzton-Presson


210 IT, MSU, Murray, KY 42071

Questions about registration, roommate requests, check-in day and other pre-camp matters should be emailed to Rose.

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