Arts Academy Boarding School: Voice Major

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Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers voice students a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Voice students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

Voice study at the Interlochen Arts Academy provides instruction compatible with the student’s abilities and goals in a strongly classical voice environment. A strong commitment to classical voice studies is expected from the student to achieve the maximum benefit from this instruction. A typical voice student's schedule would include one lesson, choir, and music theory; and could also include piano study (private lesson by audition or class piano), chamber singers, opera workshop and appropriate academic classes. Each prospective voice student is evaluated at the beginning of each year to determine his/her current level of development, and then an assignment is made to a vocal instructor for private voice lessons. Students are expected to practice for one hour daily. Keyboard proficiency and foreign language study are strongly recommended.

Core Curriculum






Fall & Spring


Private Lesson


Fall & Spring


Music Theory


Fall & Spring


Musicianship Skills


Fall & Spring




Fall & Spring


Opera Workshop

For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.

Voice Lessons

Each prospective voice student is auditioned to determine his/her appropriate level of instruction.  An assignment to either private lessons (hour or half-hour) is made on the basis of the student's ability, achievement, and motivation.  This placement is subject to change depending upon the work produced.In addition to private lessons, there are weekly studio classes, numerous student recitals, master classes and guest artists that further enhance the musical training of all voice students.


Music will be individualized to the student’s ability level. Music will be brought to Interlochen personally by the student or may be purchased at the Interlochen Music Store and/or checked out from the Interlochen Music Library. In some studios, there may also be handouts provided by the individual voice instructor.


John Bragle

Choral Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Conductor, World Youth Honors Choir, Interlochen Arts Camp

M.M., Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; B.M.E, Vocal Music Education, Michigan State University

Jeffery Norris

Voice Chair, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy; Director of Vocal Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

M.M., Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; B.A., Music Education, Michigan State University

Dr. Laura Osgood Brown

Instructor of Vocal Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

D.M.A., Voice Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; M.M., Voice Performance, College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; B.M., Music Education and Performance in Harp, and Voice, Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam

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