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Choral-Vocal Intensive

Choral-Vocal Intensive explores the vocal and musical skills students need to become great singers in genres including classical choral music, musical theater and operetta, as well as vocal jazz and pop a cappella with the dynamic nationally-renowned trio of Artistic Co-Directors Olga Perez Flora, Lori Marie Rios, and Desiree LaVertu, who bring extensive performing, conducting, and teaching experience to the mountain!

In addition to ensemble singing, Choral-Vocal Intensive includes solo vocal development opportunities in musical theater scenes, voice master classes, solo recitals, and college audition preparation. The students perform several concerts in the beautiful Lowman Concert Hall on campus.

A recorded audition and the written recommendation of the student’s choral director or voice teacher is required. Audition materials will be posted at Auditions accepted until the program fills. For the 2022 Summer Program Season we will be asking all applicants to submit an audition.

A recorded audition and written recommendation from the student’s choral director or voice teacher is required for acceptance. The priority audition deadline is Friday April 1, 2022, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your chance to participate in this transformative summer vocal music experience.

Your audition video should have two short, contrasting (fast/slow, soft/loud, different era) examples of your singing in whatever style(s) you feel most comfortable. Audition selections can be submitted in video or audio recording form; please sing accompanied if at all possible.

For the 2022 Summer Program Season we will be asking all applicants to submit an audition. The audition helps our faculty and staff plan and prepare for group assignments, class schedules, recitals, scene work, and much more for the program. Audition requirements can be found in the green dropdown bars at the bottom of the program page. Information on how to submit audition materials will be sent out later this month, and will also be included in the green dropdown bars at the bottom of the program page.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. After being successfully accepted into the program, students will then submit a recorded video audition for chair or ensemble placement at a later date closer to the start of the festival.

Priority Audition Deadline: April 1, 2022

Secondary Audition Deadline: April 29, 2022

Choral-Vocal Intensive is aimed at ambitious and aspirational musicians considering pursuing vocal music in college, and also other serious singers careers in music, and as such, admission is selective. The priority audition deadline is April 1, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your seat.

Audition Instructions: 

  1. Complete an online Camper application. Make sure to submit the application.  
  2. Once you have completed the Camper Application, your application will be reviewed within 5 days by a member of the Enrollment team. At this time, you will be charged the $50 application fee and receive an email with a link to the Submittable audition application for you to submit your audition. 
  3. Complete the Submittable application and provide an email address for your teacher recommendation form within Submittable. 

New this year, we are using the platform Submittable to receive all auditions for the 2022 Summer Program (a universal  platform utilized for exhibitions, contests and even university and job applications).  It is very easy to use. You will be prompted to setup a free Submittable account with your email.  This account can be used for any future open calls you apply to at Idyllwild Arts and beyond!

Acceptance for most auditioned intensives will be made on a rolling basis, so it’s a good idea to get auditions in early. 

Honor Music Group Verification Instructions:

  1. Log on to your CampInTouch account (parent’s account*).
  2. Click on the yellow pencil icon to go to the Forms & Documents page. 
  3. You will then need to complete the following forms:
  • Honor Music Group Verification Form** (if applicable):
    Upload a document in PDF format verifying your membership in an All-State or Honor ensemble using the Upload Honor Music Group Verification by clicking in the arrow on the right-hand side of the form.

See Audition Requirements above for intensive-specific audition video/audio requirements and details.

*Forms & Documents are only available on the parent’s CampInTouch account, not the camper’s account.

** Detailed instructions for uploading PDF documents are available on your CampInTouch account.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to help! Contact the Summer Registration Office by email at or by phone at (951) 468-7265.

  • Printed hardcopies of the music that will be sent to you ahead of time
  • Black 1-inch three-ring binder for concert music
  • Pencils
  • Metronome (optional)

Concert dress code is Concert Black:

  • Black button-down long-sleeved shirt and dressy black pants
  • Black pants or black skirt with dressy black shirt or blouse (¾ length sleeves or longer)
  • Black closed-toe dress shoes and black socks (or tights with dresses/skirts)
  • Information not yet available.*repertoire subject to changes

Morning session: voice and yoga-informed body work, sectional and group choral rehearsals
Afternoon session: solo voice work featuring voice master classes, musical theater scene practic, college preparation audition work, sight-reading/theory
Evening session: rehearsals, recitals, special group events

In addition to their individual academic positions, Professors Olga Perez Flora (Assistant Professor of Voice, University of New Mexico), Désirée LaVertu (Director of Choral & Vocal Activities, Occidental College), and Lori Marie Rios (Professor of Music, College of the Canyons) have taught together on the Choral-Vocal faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program for 17 years. There they collaborate under a mutual educational model, capitalizing on their shared expertises in vocal pedagogy, choral repertoire & performance, educational psychology, and bodywork. Together they teach vocal masterclasses to high school and collegiate singers and present high-level choral concerts as well as opera scenes performances to critical acclaim. This dynamic trio has inspired future music educators and vocal performers both nationally and internationally. (117) 

Désirée LaVertu is a conductor, soprano, and voice teacher.  She is Director of Choral/Vocal Activities at Occidental College. There she conducts the Glee Club and College Chorus and teaches voice classes/lessons and conducting. She was Glee Club Director at Caltech, and on the voice faculties of Chapman University and CSULA. LaVertu made her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut as soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria, conducted by Grant Gershon. Performances include Vaughan-Williams/Dona Nobis Pacem and Faurė/Requiem at Disney Hall, Brahms/Ein Deutches Requiem, and Haydn/Lord Nelson Mass.   LaVertu maintains a busy private studio; her students have sung in professional companies of Rent and Hamilton and at Frankfurt, Seattle, and Austin Operas, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opéra National de Bordeaux,  Les Arts Florissants, and LAMC.  She also works in film/TV, most recently with cast members of AmazonPrime’s The Boys. Degrees: BM-Accompanying (CSU Fullerton) and MM-Choral Conducting/Voice from University of Nevada, Reno.

Lori Marie Rios is a highly accomplished conductor, soprano, educator/clinician, and voice teacher. She is Professor of Music at College of the Canyons, directing the Chamber Singers and Voices-of-the-Canyons and teaches voice.  She is also on the Music-Education faculty at CSU Fullerton. Ensembles under her direction have sung at the ACDA Regional Conference in 2004 and the ACDA National Conference in 2007.  Rios has presented workshops in California, Nevada, Colorado, and Japan and has also conducted Regional and All-State honor choirs. As a soloist, Rios made her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in 2008 in the Mozart Requiem, Grant Gershon conducting. Other solo works include Rossini/Stabat Mater, Bach/Magnificat, Vivaldi/Gloria and Orff/Carmina Burana. Rios is  associate conductor of VoxFemina of LA. She is a past-president of CCDA and serves on steering committees for the association. Degrees: MM-Choral Conducting/Voice from University of Nevada, Reno and BA-choral studies CSULA.

Cuban American mezzo-soprano, Olga Perez Flora, has been lauded by Opera News for her “smoky tones.” She has performed with opera companies and symphonies across the country and internationally and is best known for her sultry Carmen, which she has performed numerous times, including her debut with Amarillo Opera. Dr. Flora is featured in Michael Ching’s Completing the Picture (November 2020 release) which was filmed during the pandemic. Dr. Flora holds the Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Ohio State University in vocal performance, the Master in Music in opera theater from Arizona State University, and the Bachelor in Music in vocal performance as well as a Post-Bachelor in Music Education from Northern Arizona University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of New Mexico and the Artistic Director of the Gobbi Villa summer young artist program in Rome, Italy. 

There is an Honor Music discount for students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups. Music students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of $600 off of the total cost through April 1, 2022. After April 1, 2022, the discount will lower to $500 through April 29, 2022. 

No Honor Awards are available after April 29. Additional assistance based on financial need is available.

Steps to Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:

  • Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website. 
  • In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band. 
    • Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application. 
  • You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page  – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team. 
    • If you intend to pay in full, please select the pay in full button when you complete the application. 
  • When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
    • Instrument availability
    • Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
    • Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application. 
  • Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
    • Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
    • Send you email instructions for completing the audition (If applicable)
  • We will then enroll your child and apply the Honor discount at this time.

July 10 – July 16, 2022

One-week session

Ages 13-18

Student Performance Saturday July 16th, 2pm

Tuition, room and board: $1680

Day student tuition: $990

Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 44 students.  (Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students)

Faculty: Desiree LaVertu, Olga Perez Flora, & Lori Marie Rios

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