Vocal Arts Camp participantsSummer Registration is open - CLICK HERE!

The JMU Vocal Arts Camp will be July 16-20, 2024!

At the JMU Vocal Arts Camp, middle & high school singers who love to sing have the opportunity to share in a summer experience of exciting opportunities in a wide range of music genres and in different settings, including:

  • solo singing & group voice
  • classical and contemporary choral singing
  • musical theater
  • a capella groups
  • VAC Annual Talent Show
  • Festival Showcase Concert in the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

As always, we will be emphasizing healthy singing and a creative and inclusive camp culture with ensembles and courses taught by professional vocal and choral educators, centered in Kodály/solfege-based developmental music pedagogy.

The JMU Vocal Arts Camp has served the greater Shenandoah Valley and the state of Virginia for many years as a summer choral experience of safety, learning, musical excellence, and community. At Vocal Arts, life-long friendships are forged and authentic, meaningful musical experiences are shared and celebrated!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in July!

VAC 2024

James Madison University is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in the center of Harrisonburg, VA, and is conveniently located just off Interstate 81. Camp activities will make use of several JMU facilities, the JMU School of Music, Wampler Hall dormitory, and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall—the setting for our Vocal Arts Camp Festival Concert on Saturday, July 20, at 2:00pm.

Under the direction of the JMU Choral Area, middle and high school singers will have the opportunity to share in a summer experience of choral singing! In addition to daily rehearsals, movement classes, and group social activities, campers received daily Kodály-based choral instruction. Our Vocal Arts Music Ensembles include:

  • VAC Tenor/Bass Ensemble (all tenor and bass singers)
  • VAC Treble Choirs (all soprano and alto singers)
  • VAC Concert Choir (all singers grades 8-12)
  • VAC Music Theatre Ensembles (all singers grades 8-12)
  • VAC A Capella Ensembles

Students are assigned according to voice type and age to multiple ensembles for the week and will prepare and present 4-9 pieces of music in the Festival Concert.

VAC 2024 Handbook

VAC 2024 Camp Schedule

Tuition for Campers

Summer Registration is open - CLICK HERE!

Tuition includes all music instruction, materials, snacks, and a camp T-shirt.

  • Commuter Full Tuition (includes lunches/dinners): $375.00 | late registration fee (after 7/7): $390.00
  • Residential Full Tuition (includes full room and board): $575.00 | late registration fee (after 7/7): $590.00
Camp Contact Information

Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, Director

Elizabeth Aldrich, Camp Administrative Director




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