Vocal Arts Camp (V.A.C.)

June 11-17, 2023
Grades 9-12

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 May 12, 2023. The camp may reach full enrollment before this date, so be sure to secure your spot early.

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About

  • 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.
  • Vocal Ensembles: Choir, Musical Theatre and A Cappella

Sunday

  • 1-2 p.m. Check in
  • 1:30-3 p.m. Move into dorm rooms (counselors are happy to help!)
  • 3-4 p.m. Campus tour
  • 4-5 p.m. Assessments in Choir Room led by Dr. Almquist
  • 5-6 p.m. Pizza dinner and introduction of faculty and staff & visit from CHFA Dead and Assistant Dean
  • 6-7 p.m. Musical Theatre rehearsal with Ms. Elizabeth and Mr. Jung, choir room
  • 7-7:45 p.m. Hearing of all singers, "My Country tis of Thee" or "Amazing," choir room
  • 7:45-8:20 p.m. Choral rehearsal with Dr. Almquist and Mr. Arneson, choir room
  • 8:30 p.m. Dorm rules with Housing staff in dorm
  • 10 p.m. Be in dorm building
  • 11 p.m. Be in your room (counselors will check your room at this time)

Monday-Thursday

  • 7:30-8:20 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30-10 a.m. Choral Rehearsal with Dr. Almquist and Mr. Arneson, choir room
  • 10-11 a.m. Music Theatre Rehearsal with Ms. Elizabeth and Mr. Jung, dance space
  • 11-11:30 a.m. A Cappella Rehearsal with Dr. Mitchell, choir room or PAH
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch
  • 1-2 p.m. Acting for Singers with Ms. Elizabeth and Mr. Arneson, dance space
  • 2-3 p.m. Voice lessons with Dr. Crawford and Mr. Jung in choir room and Dr. Mitchell and Mr. Arneson in PAH/Practice Time
  • 3-4 p.m. Musicianship Class group Gold with Dr. Almquist in 547
  • 3-4 p.m. Voice Lessons with Dr. Crawford and Mr. Jung in choir room and Dr. Mitchell an d Mr. Arneson in PAH/practice time
  • 4-5 p.m. Group song rehearsals with Dr. Crawford and Mr. Jung in choir room and Dr. Mitchell and Mr. Arneson in PAH/practice time
  • 5 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Musical Theatre rehearsal with Ms. Elizabeth and Mr. Jung, dance space
  • 7:30 p.m. Evening Activity: Monday yoga with Dr. Carter, Tuesday bowling (starts at 7:00), Wednesday movie night, Thursday talent show/solo auditions for showcase
  • 9 p.m. Free time
  • 10 p.m. Be in dorm building
  • 11 p.m. Be in your room (counselors will check your room at this time)

Friday

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Showcase Solo Rehearsal in PAH with pianists and voice faculty/Music Literacy with Dr. Almquist in 547 Group Blue
  • 9:30-10:30 Showcase Solo Rehearsal in PAH with pianists and voice faculty/Music Literacy with Dr. Almquist in 547 Group Gold
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. TBA
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch
  • 1-3 p.m. Showcase Dress Rehearsal in PAH
  • 3-1:30 p.m. Recruitment office visit in PAH
  • 3-5 p.m. Trip to Bug and Bees for ice cream
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7 p.m. Evening Activity: Friday minute to win it games and photo booth

Saturday

  • 7:30-8:20 a.m. Breakfast in choir room
  • 8:30-9 a.m. Warm up in choir room
  • 9-10 a.m. Student Showcase
  • 11 a.m.-Noon Checkout of dorm

The fee for resident campers is $525 which includes tuition, room (double occupancy), accident insurance, and most instructional materials, and three meals a day.

The fee for commuter students is $425 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 April 28, 2023.

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

Director

Rose Krzton-Presson

Registrar

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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