Each summer, students travel from across the United States and around the world to the Oklahoma City University campus to participate in the Performing Arts Academy’s Summer Music Programs. These are designed for serious students who want to develop their talents and be challenged by OCU’s high standards.
Our programs are chiefly directed and instructed by faculty from OCU's outstanding Bass School of Music and TheatreOCU. Participants receive the training that has produced Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winners such as two-time Tony nominee and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth, three-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara, Emmy nominated Ron Raines, Metropolitan Opera legend Leona Mitchell, award-winning guitarist Edgar Cruz and Grammy & Emmy winner Mason Williams.
High School Music Theater Program
The High School Musical Theater Program is an extension of the acclaimed OCU musical theater degree program. Under the direction of Dr. David Herendeen, students from across the United States and around the world participate in a demanding pre-college intensive, overcoming performance challenges through rigorous classroom training and on-stage experience.
Junior High Music Theater Program
The Junior High Music Theater Program draws students from all over the nation. It is a two-week residential program specifically designed for students who have an interest in the arts and want to cultivate their artistic talents. Our acclaimed program provides students with an exciting introduction to musical theater.
Vocal Arts Institute
The Vocal Arts Institute is designed to nurture and encourage those who wish to study the art and technique of classical voice and opera. The demanding curriculum examines classical technique, acting, dance, breathing, diction, foreign language and solo repertoire. Studying with the acclaimed faculty of OCU’s Bass School of Music, students will work to develop every aspect of performance.
Acting for Stage and Screen
This program is intended for students who are serious about pursuing a career in theater performance, whether on stage or on screen. All classes will be taught by OCU faculty and staff. Classes will include, but are not limited to Acting Techniques, Audition Techniques, Resume Development, Monologue Study, On-Camera Acting and Improv. Each student will go home with an individual on-camera audition reel, using monologues they will work on throughout the two weeks.
Cost and Session Information
HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC THEATER PROGRAM
Program length: Students may choose a 2 week, 3 week, or 5 week program.
Two week session: June 24th - July 8th
Three week session: July 8th - July 30th
Five week session: June 24th - July 30th
Two Week - $2,800
Three Week - $4,200
Five Week - $6,200
Audition required: Yes, audition required for all high school programs. See "Audition Requirements" below for audition details.
Age range: This program is recommended for students who are currently in the 9th - 12th grade. Rising 9th graders may be referred to our Two Week Program upon audition. Seniors who have been accepted into OCU are also welcome to attend without auditioning; they must, however, meet all additional admission requirements.
Audition submissions will be accepted by mail and email beginning December 1st, 2016.
JUNIOR HIGH MUSIC THEATER PROGRAM
Program Length: 2 weeks
Session dates: July 1st- July 15th
Audition Required: No audition required unless applying for financial aid.
Age range: This program is open to students who are currently in grades 5 - 8. Mailed applications will be accepted beginning December 1st, 2016.