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    Vocal Performance Camp 2016 Neverland News!: August 1-5; 10:00am-4:30pm daily
    Utah State University Fine Arts Center, Logan
    Cost: $115 before July 1 ($135 after July 1) made to USU Music Department


    Camp Director: Bonnie Slade
    Contact information: bhslade@earthlink.net
    Cell: 435-760-7361


    Youth singing on stage


    Boy vocalists
    Student in vocal masterclass


    Well known in Utah for over 15 years, Vocal Performance Camp for boys and girls ages 12 through 18 years is held each summer in Cache Valley in the Chase Fine Arts Center at Utah State University. Sponsored by the USU Department of Music, this camp offers a unique cross-training experience believing that young singers benefit from classical vocal training as the appropriate entry to musical theater.


    Features of the camp include:

    • semi private classical voice instruction
    • choral classes
    • choreographed production numbers
    • solo opportunities
    • classical vocal master classes
    • audition tips and experience
    • musicianship training
    • class recitals and stage performances
    • friendly and encouraging environment
    • experienced faculty
    • affordable - $115.00 (includes music)
    • over 32 hours of instruction
    • no prior vocal training is needed
    • unchanged boys voice welcomed

    The camp is limited by age group enrollment and applicants are taken on a first come basis. No university housing is available.


    Our 2016 Guest Artist will be Ryan Olsen.

    Ryan OlsonIn the past twenty years, Ryan has performed in both operas and concerts across the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.   Ryan studied voice at Utah State University and then went on to earn his Master's degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He has performed principle roles for Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Harrisburg Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Idaho, The Opera Theater of Lucca Italy, and Eugene Opera, among others.  He has also soloed with the Utah Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, The Vancouver Symphony, and Cincinnati May Festival.  Ryan was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition and in the McCallister Awards. 


    Ryan also has a passion for teaching.  He has worked as an adjunct professor at Boise State University for many years, and is currently the choral and orchestral director at Kuna High School.  He met his wife, Amy, while they were both studying voice in Logan.  They have four musical children, and the entire family performs together frequently. 





    Ryan's wife, Amy Olsen, will also join us for Vocal Performance Camp 2016.

    Amy Olsen has performed extensively both in Opera and Musical Theater.  She has a wide repertoire of both straight and character roles.  She has excelled at such roles as Anita in West Side Story, Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.  She is equally at home in Recital and in Oratorio.  She has been accompanying singers for the past 25 years and has played for many productions and performing groups.  Amy has maintained a successful piano and voice studio for many years.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Boise State University and studied at Utah State University as well. Currently, Amy teaches elementary music in the Nampa School District in Idaho.

    The theme for 2016 Vocal Performance Camp is Neverland News!

    Read all about it!  Vocal Performance Camp for Teens 2016 theme, Neverland News!,  will choose songs from the hottest Broadway musicals including Newsies, Finding Neverland, Tuck Everlasting, Mathilda, Oliver! and you get the idea.  Participants will have a great experience performing exciting songs and dances to uplift you and take you to greater heights as you join with others who share your passion for singing and performing.  In it’s 20th year, sponsored by the USU Music Department and the Caine College of the Arts, Vocal Performance Camp for Teens 2016 is one of the nation’s most popular and unique summer camps featuring both  traditional voice training and musical theater experience.  Morning hours are devoted to structured group and individual vocal training classes, including choir, while afternoon hours are devoted to ensemble and individual training in musical theater performance including dance and vocal coaching. Although no previous training is required, our experienced instructors tailor training to fit the needs of the participants.  Solo opportunities for the more experienced are available through the Spotlight Auditions.  Classes are limited according to availability.  See registration and profile forms for more information. Forms may be downloaded from this page but must be sent directly with check made out to USU Music Department to Bonnie Slade, Camp Director.

    Download the 2016 registration form and student profile form.


    Past Guest Artists include: Dr. Cindy Dewey, Dr. Cory EvansLeisel Fedkenheurer, John Mauldin, Lisanne Norman, Dr. Diane Thueson Reich, and Randall Smith. .