Vocal Arts Camp 2023 Digital Handbook


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This page provides detailed information for the Ohio State Vocal Arts Camp. Participants and their parents/guardians will find...

Welcome from the Voice Faculty

Dear Students and Parents:

Welcome to The Ohio State University Vocal Arts Camp! We are thrilled to have you join us this week to learn, create and grow with us. You will have the opportunity to work with the Ohio State voice faculty, current students and guest artists to hone your technical and artistic skills. We're so excited to see what each of you brings to the stage. 

The Ohio State Voice Faculty


Welcome from the Youth Summer Music Programs Director

Dear Students and Parents:

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of the School of Music, welcome to the 2023 Ohio State Youth Summer Music Programs! We are delighted to have you on our campus to take part in these offerings specifically designed to further your understanding of — and love for — music. Our dedicated faculty have crafted rich experiences to engage you as a musician, person and scholar during your stay. We challenge you to invest fully in all that is offered, and to also take advantage of the resources that abound through the program. You will find our faculty and staff to be deeply interested in your well-being while a guest on our campus. Thank you for joining us this summer and, again, welcome to Ohio State!

Go Bucks!

David M. Hedgecoth, Director

Youth Summer Music Programs

Required Permission Forms

Shortly after registering, all parents/guardians received permissions forms via DocuSign. Once signed, the forms are automatically forwarded to the student participant, who must also sign and submit. Both the Permission/Photo Release Form and the Standards of Behavior for Minor Participants Form MUST be signed electronically soon after receipt in order to participate in the program

  • If you have not yet submitted these forms, please do so right away. You should have received the forms via email. If you cannot locate them please email YouthSummerMusic@osu.edu.

Contact Information

Note: cell numbers are staff's personal numbers. For emergency only!

Youth Summer Music Programs Director
David Hedgecoth: 614-292-2870
Cell: 407-921-2468

Vocal Arts Camp Directors
Laura Portune: 937-422-5100 (cell)
Helen Allen: 614-537-9682 (cell)

School of Music Summer Hours 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Front desk: 614-292-7664
Tanya Sparks, recruitment and admissions coordinator: 614-688-0372

What to pack — What to bring

  • Music – solo and current lesson materials.
  • $12/day for lunch at Curl Market, or a packed lunch and beverage. See MEALS below.
  • Water bottle, notebook, pen/pencil.
  • A sweater or sweatshirt, as air-conditioned rooms can become cool.
  • An umbrella or light rain jacket might also be needed. 
  • Bring concert/performance apparel for the Finale Concert on Sunday.

What can you do to prepare?

  • Hydrate, get sleep, stay healthy.
  • Bring your positive attitude — be ready to learn and try new things.
  • Prepare music, detailed below:

Our program will conclude with a concert in our beautiful Timashev Recital Hall. In compiling a program for the event, we ask that you:

  1. Email us the titles of 23 favorite selections that you feel show you at your best (and are already memorized). Please include at least one or more classical piece(s) if possible. You can send these selections at the same time as your video (instructions here). Email Professor Laura Portune at portune.1@osu.edu.
    DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 31
    • Please note that not all pieces will be selected for the show, but you can bring extra pieces to work in lessons if you choose.   
  2. In addition to the solos mentioned above, please learn and memorize the following two songs which everyone will perform together. You can find several samples of these pieces online, to sing along and learn. Staging starts the first day of camp, so you must come with these songs learned and memorized.

Questions? Email Professor Laura Portune at portune.1@osu.edu.

Daily Schedule

Vocal Arts Camp activities will be held Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. You will receive a detailed schedule at check-in. 

Timashev Music Building doorway with name on exterior brick wall

First Day Check-in: Friday, June 9 between 8:30–9 a.m.

All students must check in. Check-in will take place in the Music Commons (south lobby) of the Timashev Family Music Building (1900 College Rd.). 

  • Arriving after 9 a.m.? Please contact the program administrator to make special arrangements. Email YouthSummerMusic@osu.edu

Parking for First Day Check-in and the Sunday Finale Concert

Park at the Ohio Union South Garage at 1759 N. High St., Columbus 43210 (located next to the Ohio Union and 0.2 mile from the School of Music). Exit from the west side of the garage (opposite High St.) and walk north along College Rd. toward the Timashev Music building, which is on the same side of the street. Enter the south doors to the lobby — across from the Oval.

  • Note — Ohio Union South Garage is the only garage in the area that is open to visitors during an academic day. 
  • Visit CampusParc for more information on campus parking, including fees. 

Daily Lunch

Students sitting at tables eating in a modern dining hall with large windows

Lunch will be held at Traditions at Scott — a student dining hall. 

As indicated on the website, meals are not included with tuition. However, all students eat together during the program. Traditions accepts either credit or debit card (no cash). Please remember to bring payment for meals when you come to campus each day. Students may also opt to bring a packed lunch to eat in the dining area. We do not allow students to go off campus for meals. 

Map showing the drop off driveway south of the Ohio Union

Daily Drop-off/Pick-up

After the first day of the program, use the Ohio Union South Loop driveway (located on 12th Ave.) for daily drop-off/pick-up. Refer to the daily schedule above, as times vary each day. 

Program staff will be onsite to escort students to and from the drop-off/pick-up area.

Map of Ohio Union Loop 2023 [pdf]

Student Drivers

Students who drive to campus should plan ahead regarding parking. Build in your walking time from the parking location to ensure that you arrive on time for the first daily sessions. Students will not have access to their vehicle until the conclusion of the day, according to the daily schedule. A staff member will escort students to their vehicles.

  • Be sure to pack an umbrella or light rain jacket each day. 
  • Parking on campus — Students may purchase Surface Lot Day Parking Passes through CampusParc. Day permits are available for $10.25/day (a significant savings over hourly parking) and may be purchased by creating a user account at osu.campusparc.com. Click “login” at the upper right corner of the home page, then click “Visitor” and create a new account. Day permits are good for one calendar day and are valid in any unrestricted permit space campus-wide. 
    • Note that day permits are not valid in marked paid hourly spaces, at single space meters, or in parking garages. 
  • The parking lot at Ohio Stadium is closest to the Timashev Family Music Building. 

The School of Music is not liable for any parking fines a student receives when parking on or near campus or for any vehicular damage while on campus.

Finale Concert

Parents and family members are welcome to attend the Finale Concert on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. in the Timashev Family Music Building, followed by a reception from 3–4 p.m. Park in the Ohio Union South Garage and walk north on College Rd. Directions located above.

CHECK-OUT. All students are involved in the final Sunday concert and should plan to remain on campus until after the concert and reception.

Your Hosts

Explore our website to learn more about The Ohio State University School of Music. We also invite you to follow us on social media to keep up with our full schedule of free concerts and events, outreach programs, news and more. Some other items of interest:

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for Vocal Arts Camp 2023!

[pdf] — Some links on this page direct to PDF files requiring Adobe Reader. If you need them in a more accessible format contact us.