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Summer Vocal Institute

Immerse yourself in song

SVI Primo: July 31 - August 4
SVI Mezzo: July 31 - August 4
SVI Canto: July 24 - August 4
Hingham Campus

Now at three different levels of instruction, Summer Vocal Institute (SVI) helps vocalists discover their vocal potential and provides the tools for students to become more confident performers. Students have numerous opportunities to perform on a daily basis in various groupings: solo, duets and trios, choral, larger ensembles and musical theater scenes.

All students perform in the final presentation at the Jane Carr Amphitheater One Conservatory Drive, Hingham campus. 2017.
Final presentation: Friday, August 4, 3 pm


Placement auditions are Saturday, May 20, 10 am – 4 pm at the Hingham campus.
Please contact Emily Browder Melville at e.browdermelville@sscmusic.org or 781 749 7565 x 10 to schedule a time.

Tuition and Fees

If you have attended an audition and been approved by the Program Director, you may then register.

Please note: wait-lists are expected. To secure your spot, a $150 non-refundable deposit is due by June 15, 2017. Remaining payment is due by July 15, 2017.

Register online with the Class Registration Request Form (use the PayPal buttons when available to pay tuition), or contact our registration staff directly at (781) 749-7565 ext. 10.

"I liked SVI because I got to meet a lot of nice people and I made a lot of friends. I learned a bunch of new songs and overcame my fear of singing in front of people."

- Kate Sullivan, SVI Mezzo student 2011

"I felt so much more confident about my singing by the end of the 10 days, and it was so much fun!"

- Madison Tower, SVI Canto 2010

"It was a really great opportunity for me to learn more repertoire and to participate in large ensemble numbers. I loved the yoga in the morning; it helped me to keep my singing both relaxed and energized."

- Alex Nuesse, SVI 2009 participant

SVI Canto

for singers ages 14-18
July 24-August 4, 2017 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
This unique ten-day vocal experience helps students advance their performance skills and achieve their performance goals. Students are immersed in both musical theater and classical styles. SVI Canto provides an insight into the commitment, motivation and the background knowledge necessary for higher education programs in vocal studies.

Workshops and master classes at this level include:

  • Audition preparation
  • Collaboration with a pianist
  • Repertoire selection
  • Stage movement
  • Practice techniques
  • Sight Reading
  • Musicianship for Singers
  • Diction
  • Acting for Singers
  • Vocal Technique
  • Putting together an audition notebook
  • Yoga/relaxation techniques
  • Interpretation
  • History of vocal music

Tuition: $685
(Non-refundable deposit is due by June 15, 2016. Remaining payment is due by July 15, 2016.)

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SVI Mezzo

for singers ages 10-13
Monday, July 31- Friday, August 4, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
You don’t need to have studied privately to get the most out of this wonderful, beginning vocal opportunity! SVI Mezzo focuses on age-appropriate vocal technique and repertoire, and helps students discover the full potential of their instrument, preparing them for more advanced studies.

Daily master classes at this level include:

  • Bringing a song to life
  • Diction
  • Interacting with an accompanist
  • Stage deportment
  • Stage movement and “terms”
  • Practice techniques
  • Musicianship for Singers
  • Yoga/relaxation techniques
  • Overcoming stage fright
  • Putting together an audition notebook
  • Vocal Technique
  • Interpretation
  • Sight Singing

Tuition: $395
(Non-refundable deposit is due by June 15, 2016. Remaining payment is due by July 15, 2016.)

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SVI Primo

for singers ages 7-9
Monday, July 31- Friday, August 4, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Our youngest singers apply healthy warm-up and vocal techniques to diverse, fun repertoire from many genres including folk, classical and musical theater. Each singer has an opportunity to sing solo as well as in an ensemble.

A typical day at this level consists of:

  • 45 minutes of yoga
  • Ear Training/basic theory
  • Repertoire rehearsal
  • Vocal warm-up
  • Group games and community building
  • Acting the song

Tuition: $395
(Non-refundable deposit is due by June 15, 2016. Remaining payment is due by July 15, 2016.)

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