Our Education Outreach

Rackham Choir recognizes that education is key in helping to further music and performance in our communities. We recognize an ever greater importance for local community organizations to take active part in this education process. We believe our work as educators for students and young people is as important as our work as performers and artists.

The Rackham Choir Vocal High School Internship Program has supported students over many years and helped to open many career paths for young musicians.

Both our main Staff and our Volunteers are active Educators and Coordinators.

Students are able to enjoy their music education alongside and with the support of their fellow choir members creating a vibrant choir community of both seasoned and young participants of all ages and experience levels.

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The High School Vocal Internship Program

Rackham Choir has created a unique learning opportunity for young students who find themselves at High School and during their formative years of musical growth. Rackham is proud to offer the opportunity to support four to five High School students each year as part of the Rackham Choir High School Vocal Internship Program.

The Program is designed to support students with exceptional vocal talent and commitment who are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in Fall 2022 and who aspire to study music, musical theater, or music education in college.

We are grateful to the generous support from the Loraine & Melinese Reuter Foundation and the Village Club Foundation.

Program Overview

Our High School Vocal Interns can expect to:

  • Receive a scholarship to fund private vocal instruction with an approved instructor
  • Enjoy full membership in Rackham Choir with dues waived for the 2022-2023 season
  • Rehearse and perform under the baton of Maestro Brandon Waddles, Rackham Choir’s Artistic and Music Director and Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting & Music Education at Wayne State University
  • Receive coaching in vocal literature with Maestro Waddles and collaborative pianist and instructor Julian Goods in preparation for college auditions and master classes
  • Perform in a master class with Rackham Choir artists serving as clinicians
  • Be a featured soloist in a spring concert showcasing the Rackham Choir High School Vocal Interns
  • Be mentored by adult members of the Rackham Choir
  • Scroll down for information about how to audition

Meet our 2021-2022 High School Interns

We are proud to present our 2021-2022 Season High School Interns who rehearse and perform with Rackham Choir.

Meet our Alumni!

We are extremely proud that many of our alumni have gone on to music college and continue to pursue careers in performance and music education.

How to apply

Rackham Choir High School Vocal Interns are selected each year by an audition process. Students must be in good academic standing. Thanks to the generous support of our program sponsors, we are able to host a second round of auditions for this season! Applications are being accepted until Friday, September 16th. Live auditions will take place September 24th at First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak. Candidates will need to submit a video-taped recording of themselves singing two (2) contrasting selections - any genre of classical or musical theater music appropriate for young voices is acceptable.

All applications, letters of interest or inquiries may be sent to: administration@rackhamchoir.org

Video recordings should be uploaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/up5LbZaU1rfUX7S4RFh8

Download The application package
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