Summer Vocal Academy of Music

Continuing a thirty-year tradition, the University of Michigan-Flint Summer Academy offers instruction in music and fine arts to middle and high school students.  Emphasis is placed on vocal music, for students who are interested in developing their singing skills and musical potential.  Academy students experience a curriculum of classes designed to nurture their abilities, while expanding and deepening their understanding of music as an art.  Students learn, create, and perform on stage under the direction of experienced University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music professors, alumni, and guest faculty. The Academy offers two consecutive camps, Junior Academy and Senior Academy, each closing with a public concert featuring all students. Classes are held in the safe and friendly environment of the university campus everyday, except weekends, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm for the duration of each program.

Academy Registration Fee: $185

Scholarships are available for both new and returning students. For more information or visit:

New students, sign-up to schedule an audition here.

Junior Academy: July 8-19, 2019

For students currently completing grades 4th through 7th
Curriculum:  Choir, Vocal Technique, Art, Marimba Choir, Music Investigation, Music and Motion
Closing Concert: Friday, July 19, 6:00pm, UM-Flint Theater

Senior Academy: July 15–26, 2019

For students currently completing grades 8th through 12th
Curriculum: SATB Choir, Men’s and Women’s Ensemble, Vocal Technique, Music Investigation, Musical Theater
Closing Concert: July 26, 6:00 pm, UM-Flint Theater

Registration Process

New Students:
An audition is required of all new students (see audition dates and requirements).  New students who have passed the audition must submit a Partcipation Agreement, the Academy Participation Fee, and all required Academy forms. 

Returning Students:
Students who have previously attended the Academy are not required to audition again. Returning students must submit a Partcipation Agreement, the Academy Participation Fee, and all required Academy forms.

Scholarship Assistance:
Scholarships are available for new and returning students for both Junior and Senior Academy. Early registration is required for scholarship consideration. Students must submit their Participation Agreement by Monday, June 3, 2019, to be considered for scholarship assistance. 

Registration Due Dates:
Monday, June 3, 2019 - Scholarship Consideration Deadline.  Participation Agreement due only (no fees) for both Junior and Senior Academy.
Monday, June 17, 2019 - Participation Fee and Academy Forms for Junior Academy due. 
Monday, June 24, 2019 -  Participation Fee and Academy Forms for Senior Academy due.

All students who are registered by June 3, will be considered for scholarship assistance and will be notified of the amountshortly after. The scholarship amount will be applied toward the Academy Participation Fee. 

If students are not able to submit their Participation Fee by the due dates above, but wish to reserve a spot in the Academies, a non-refundable deposit of $45 must be submitted by the same due dates. The remainder of the amount will be expected at their earliest convenience, but not later than the first day of Academy. 

Please mail the Participation Agreements and Registration Fee to:
Summer Vocal Academy of Music
University of Michigan-Flint, Department of Music
303 East Kearsley Street, 126 FH
Flint, MI 48502

Auditions (New Students Only)

Audition is required for new students only! The purpose of the audition is to determine if a student will be able to successfully participate in the Academy Choir and other music classes.

2019 Audition dates:

Thursday, May 16 & 23,  at 6 pm

Friday, May 17 at 6 pm

Saturday, May 18 and June 1 at 11 am

If you cannot attend the above audition dates, please contact us to schedule an alternative option. 810-424-5491

Auditions are held on the UM-Flint campus in Room 164 French Hall. 

Schedule your audition electronically, here. 


Audition Requirements:

-Basic theory placement test
-Sing My Country, 'Tis of Thee or America, the Beautiful (piano accompaniment provided)
-Sing vocal exercises to test range (given by the instructor)
-Sing vocal exercises to test tonal memory, sense of rhythm, and ability to match pitch (given by the instructor)


Please call us at:      810-424-5491 or  810-762-3375
You may also email Dr. Gabriela Hristova directly at: