Vocal/Choral Intensive (VCI)

VCI singers

"I got more out of these two weeks than anything I've ever done. You have all reminded me why 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)

July 9–22, 2017

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, singing actors, and ensemble singers.

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 coachings, special master classes with 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 conclusion of the program, students can expect to be more complete artists with stronger musicianship skills and more polished performance techniques. In addition, they will make friends for life from around the world who share their passion for singing and music, and who will help each other become better performers and musicians.

Teaching VCI

Who Should Apply

High school students, ages 15 to 18, who are serious about singing.

Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: $90 (before April 1); $125 (April 2–June 16)
  • Tuition: $2,080
  • Housing and Meals:* $1,325
  • Meals Only:* TBD

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.

*Students may request a waiver of housing and/or meals with proof of alternate options. All waivers are at the discretion of the Extension Programs Office.


Via a private grant, limited scholarships are available for Boston Public School students only. For more information, contact the Extension Programs Office. No other scholarships are available for this program. 

How to Apply

Students should submit an application, supplemental materials, and fee through our online application system:

  • Digital recording of two contrasting songs with piano accompaniment (there are no live auditions)
  • 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
Please note:
  • There is no additional charge to submit your materials, and we receive them instantly. Individual files can be as large as 5GB, but keep in mind that larger files may take some time to upload.
  • Acceptance decisions will be communicated via the online system. Accepted students must complete registration through the same system.
  • Registered students will be billed separately and will receive an email within 48 hours of registration.

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Application Deadline

Apply by June 16, 2017.

Faculty and Guest Instructors

"It is 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)

2017 Schedule

Sunday, July 9

Monday, July 10–Thursday, July13 and Monday, July 17–Thursday, July 20

Friday, July14 and Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16

Saturday, July 22

Course Descriptions

Below are detailed descriptions of the daily classes in which students will participate.

Sight Singing and Ear Training

Choral Rehearsals

Vocal Performance Class

Master Classes

Diction & IPA

Breathing Bootcamp

Voice Lessons & Vocal Coachings

Stageworks I

Stageworks II

Student Recitals

College Conversations