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Torggler Vocal Institute

Why Torggler?

Because it's a competitive world out there, and you deserve an immersive vocal program that fits your needs.  The Torggler Vocal Institute (TVI) is a prestigious, two-week, immersive residency program for emerging, young vocal artists, aged 15-21, who desire to elevate their voices and unleash their talent through training with world-renowned vocal pedagogues, performers and industry professionals that will prepare them to take the stage.



  • Two incredible weeks of fun, world-class instruction and unforgettable experiences with a focus on musical theater and classical voice at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, one of the finest performing arts venues on the east coast, on the gorgeous campus of Christopher Newport University in Coastal Virginia.
  • One-on-one and group voice lessons, workshops and masterclasses with world-renowned opera singers, Broadway stars, industry professionals and experienced performers and teachers totally devoted to you.
  • Interaction with and advice from New York City music directors, casting directors, and choreographers so you can experience first hand what it’s like to be in a professional rehearsal environment



  • The peace of mind that comes with knowing your young artist is at Christopher Newport University, one of the nation’s best small colleges with beautiful residence halls, fabulous food, and round-the-clock security.
  • Confidence that you’ve made the right investment into quality vocal education and training that will fully prepare your artist for their next steps, whether that’s an audition, a performance, college or the big stage.
  • A closing program just for you - we call it the parent talk-back where you’ll get a recap of the two exciting weeks and get some tips on how to continue to elevate your child’s musical theater and vocal arts talent.


teacher and student

  • An extra pair of ears and eyes — you want the best for your students and you know that sometimes means having them hear another perspective.
  • Students who are even more devoted to their craft after spending two full weeks developing the soft skills it takes to become a well-rounded performer
  • Broadway stars and master teachers that will build on your hard work and inspire your students to fulfill their potential and see just how far their talent can take them.
  • An established program that you can send students to year after year at the #4 public university in the south*, with a dynamic performing arts program and a top #20 best college theater**.

"I made life-long friends. The masterclasses and instructors were incredible!"

- Charlie, Virginia

Elevate your voice

It’s already inside you — a voice that stuns the room and lifts everyone higher and higher, emotion so raw the audience can’t help but feel each note and a passion that has the potential to transform your future.

At Torggler, you'll take your performance to the next level with:

  • Note-by-note and toe-to-toe sessions with renowned musical theater standouts, opera soloists and instructors to the stars
  • Broadway choreography and musical theater dance alongside other talented young performers
  • Hours of stress-free instruction, rehearsal and performance doing what you love with people who love it as much as you do

Unleash your talent

Don’t hold back. It’s time to show the world that you’re more than just another great singer. To be truly talented, you have to learn and understand how to work in a team, how to rehearse, how to sing if you’re a dancer and how to dance if you’re a singer.

At Torggler, you’ll learn from masters and stars who know the struggle. They’ll help you build confidence so strong, nothing can stand in your way!

Audition like you’ve never auditioned before. Learn about building a book, knowing your type, making the cuts you need and, best of all, communicating with an accompanist as if you’ve been a duo for decades.

Dance like you never danced before. Understand the language choreographers and dance captains use and develop what it takes to pick a winning combination quickly.

Speak like you’ve never spoken before. Get inside insight into cold readings and monologues.

"Reignited my passion for singing. Best teachers I've ever had!"

- Casey, Alabama

Take the stage

Get ready for the spotlight. You won’t shine until you conquer what’s outside the bright lights — how to take a headshot, conduct yourself in rehearsal, who gets the part and why and what sets winners apart.

At Torggler, you’ll learn the business of the arts from pros who know the secrets of success.

  • Learn how to look good when it matters most by learning the secret to making your resume sparkle and your headshot stand out.
  • Stand out from the pack with a deeper understanding of why work ethic and reputation matter and how to handle rejection that we all know is part of the process
  • Develop a personal action plan for your future so what you experience in two weeks at Torggler helps you shine for years to come.

The stage is waiting. Make it yours.

The Torggler Vocal Institute
Department of Music
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606-3072

Phone: (757) 594-8196

TVI is made possible by a generous gift from George and Mary Torggler, retired entrepreneurs and longtime supporters of the arts and education.

*2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges
**2018 Princeton Review Best Colleges