Get ready for two jam-packed weeks of coaching, classes, and concerts. Oh yeah, and an opportunity to hone your ping-pong skills!



  • Private Voice Lessons
  • Private Vocal Coaching
  • Master Classes with Guest Faculty
  • Acting Workshop
  • Staged Scenes/Songs
  • Connecting with the Text
  • Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Italian/German Diction
  • College Auditions Workshop
  • Vocal Health Clinic
  • Historical Performances Class
  • Alexander Technique
  • Beginning Yoga

*All classes are subject to change.


To make the most of your Schmidt Vocal Institute experience, we ask that you come prepared having already learned the repertoire listed below. That way, you can polish and perfect it in your coaching and lessons.

Singers will prepare selections in these categories:

  • One Italian aria or song
  • One song in German by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, or Robert Schumann
  • One song in English by an American composer.
  • One musical theater piece (written before 1960), American standard, or Operetta aria
  • Optional: Wildcard! Propose a piece that falls outside of the above categories.
  • Optional: Opera aria – Evans Mirageas, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will offer an audition class with operatic arias.
  • Singers are encouraged to offer at least one piece in the above categories by an underrepresented composer.

Partnership with Cincinnati Opera

During the Schmidt Vocal Institute singers often have the opportunity to engage with artists and creative teams from the Cincinnati Opera. We work in partnership with Cincinnati Opera to provide a glimpse into the professional opera world!


Still not completely clear on what to expect? We’ll walk you through a day in the life of an SVI singer.

Time Event
8:15am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-10:00am Alexander Technique/Yoga Class
10:15am-12:15pm Master Class
12:15pm-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm-2:00pm Intro to International Phonetic Alphabet
2:15pm-5:15pm Individual Coaching/Lesson
Staging Rehearsal
Free Time
5:15pm-6:00pm Free Time
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm-9:00pm Master Class or Group Activity, including:

  • Attending Professional Performances
  • Recitals
  • Acting Workshops
  • Movie Night
  • Pottery Night