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Celebration of the Arts, 2023

Welcome to the Vocal Performance Institute

The Vocal Performance Institute (VPI) is a five-day program presented each summer for students in grades 9 through 12. All activities are held on the historic UD main campus and instruction is provided by Department of Music faculty, along with professional guest artists from Dayton-area organizations including the Dayton Opera and the Human Race Theater.

Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Please email Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox for more information.

Check back for dates of next Voice Performance Institute.

Date: June 17-21, 2024 (deadline to register is June 1)

Location: University of Dayton

For more information, please contact Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox

The Vocal Performance Institute offers a curriculum that is perfect for young singers seeking to prepare for college auditions or for those who simply love to perform and wish to learn more. VPI sessions and events are geared toward both learning and fun. VPI participants enjoy these activities in a college setting, utilizing several facilities throughout campus. Below are just some typical institute activities.

Past Workshop Topics:
  • Introduction to musicology
  • Introduction to the voice
  • Introduction to French diction
  • Introduction to German diction
  • Introduction to Italian diction
  • IPA
  • Stage makeup
  • Movement
  • Comportment
  • A history of singers
  • Vocal ensembles
  • Learning the art of practicing and auditioning
  • Daily individual voice lessons
  • Master classes held by UD faculty and guest artists from the Human Race Theater and the Dayton Opera
  • A "Life as an Artist" discussion panel
  • A culminating Gala Recital, free and open to friends and family
Typical Extracurricular Activities:
  • Daily morning yoga & warm-up sessions
  • Chaperoned dinners at local restaurants
  • Dinner, bowling and pool in The Hangar (on campus)
  • Faculty recital
  • Visits to UD's state-of-the-art Rec Plex facility
  • Movie night 

  • $450 for commuting campers
  • $675 for overnight campers


Department of Music

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946