Led by Producing Artistic Director, Rolando Sanz, Young Artists of America at Strathmore’s Vocal Program is a conservatory-quality training program that gives high school singers, actors and dancers the rare opportunity to study, sing and perform in large scale works of musical theatre with full orchestra.
The Vocal Program strives to strengthen students' skills in singing, acting and dancing through a rigorous rehearsal process, as they prepare for two major productions of staged theatrical concerts in major venues around the Washington, DC area, including Strathmore and The Clarice. Our primary focus is always on healthy, honest and communicative singing, acting and movement, working towards the goal of a final production.
Many of our alumni have gone on to study at prestigious universities including Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Penn State, CCM (Cincinatti), NYU, Baldwin Wallace, Northwestern, Rice, Indiana, and UMD. These students and their families often credit Young Artists of America at Strathmore for preparing them for this school acceptance and their musical careers beyond.
Learn more about what our students say about our program here.
Schedule & Location
Young Artists of America at Strathmore produces two major productions per season with its Vocal Program students, one in the Fall and one in the Winter. Students are welcome to sign up for either or both. A discount is offered for those students who enroll for the full school year up front.
The Fall production is a fully-orchestrated, concert production at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The Spring production is a fully-orchestrated, staged theatrical concert production at the Music Center at Strathmore.
The Vocal Program meets 1-2 times a week for rehearsal at both our Montgomery County Campus at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD as well as our Howard County Campus at Red Bridge Studios in Savage, MD.
Learn more about our Rehearsal schedules.
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Each season, our students are exposed to a vast repertoire, encompassing classic and contemporary musical theatre, grand opera and choral oratorio.
Recent innovative programming has included staged theatrical concerts of large scale musical theatre as well as unique productions that have been devised for and have received their world premiere with Young Artists of America.
Students have the unique opportunity to work closely alongside leading professional mentors both in rehearsal and performance. Recent mentors have included Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, On the Twentieth Century), Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County, Songs for a New World), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet, Shrek the Musical), Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party), and many more.
Auditions for the Vocal Program take place in September for the Fall production and in November for the Spring production. If a student enrolls for both productions, they need only audition once in September, but may re-audition in November for solo opportunities.
All of our Vocal Program students must audition to be accepted into the program.
Please visit our Auditions page for more information about upcoming auditions.