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 and who plan to major in music 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 partially fund private professional vocal instruction with an approved instructor
  • Enjoy full membership in Rackham Choir with dues waived for the 2021-2022 season
  • Rehearse and perform under the baton of Suzanne Mallare Acton, Rackham Choir’s Artistic and Music Director emeritus and Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master of Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Receive coaching in vocal literature with Maestro Acton and collaborative pianist Joseph Jackson in preparation for college auditions and master classes
  • Perform with professional vocalists and professional orchestras, with one choral performance at the Detroit Opera House, depending on COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
  • Perform in a master class with professional artists serving as clinicians, depending on COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
  • Be a featured soloist in a spring concert showcasing the Rackham Choir High School Vocal Interns, depending on COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
  • Be mentored by adult members of the Rackham Choir
  • Scroll down for information about how to audition

Meet our 2020-2021 High School Interns

We are proud to present our 2020-2021 Season High School Interns who rehearse and perform with Rackham Choir under the baton of Maestro Suzanne Mallare Acton.

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. Applications for Virtual Auditions for the 2021-2022 season are being accepted through July 20, 2021. Candidates will need to include video submissions of two contrasting selections. 

All Applications or letters of interest may be submitted to https://www.dropbox.com/request/GExH7I9TLvn5Sk2vJHU7

Inquiries may be sent to administration@rackhamchoir.org

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