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Torggler Vocal Institute

Why Torggler?

Because it's a competitive world out there, and you deserve a prestigious vocal program that fits your needs. The Torggler Vocal Institute (TVI) is an immersive, two-week, residency program at Christopher Newport University for emerging, young vocal artists, aged 15-25.

If you wish to elevate your voice and unleash your talent by training with world-renowned vocal teachers, performers and industry professionals who will prepare you to take the stage, Torggler is the program for you.


  • Two unforgettable weeks of fun 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
  • One-on-one and group voice lessons, workshops and masterclasses with renowned opera singers, Broadway stars, industry pros and teachers completely devoted to you.
  • Time with New York City music and casting directors and choreographers so you can experience firsthand what it’s like to be in a professional rehearsal environment


  • The peace that comes with knowing your young artist is at Christopher Newport University, one of the nation’s best small colleges. We have beautiful residence halls, great food and round-the-clock security.
  • Confidence that you’ve made the right investment in quality vocal education and training that will fully prepare your artist for what’s next, whether an audition, a performance, college or the big stage.
  • A closing program just for you – we call it the parent talk-back. You’ll get a recap of the program and tips on how to continue to elevate your young artist’s talent.


  • 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 weeks developing the soft skills it takes to become a well-rounded performer
  • Broadway stars and master teachers who will build on your hard work, inspire your students to fulfill their potential and see just how far their talent can take them.
  • An established program you can send students to year after year at the No. 4 public university in the South*, with a dynamic performing arts program and a top 20 college theater program**.

"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 up, 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:

  • Hours of stress-free instruction, rehearsal and performance doing what you love with people who love it as much as you do
  • Broadway choreography and musical theater dance alongside other talented young performers

"This experience changed my life"

- Hannah, Virginia

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 know 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, working 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'll really shine once you conquer what’s beyond the bright lights: how to take a headshot and conduct yourself in rehearsal, who gets the part and why and what sets winners apart. At Torggler, you’ll learn the arts business from the people who know the secrets of success.
  • Learn how to look good when it matters most. Make your resume sparkle and your headshot stand out.
  • Stand out from the pack. Gain a deeper understanding of why work ethic and reputation matter and how to handle the rejection that's a part of the process
  • Develop a personal action plan for your future. What you experience at Torggler will help you shine for years to come.

The stage is waiting. Make it yours.


Application Fee Tuition, Room and Board
$30 $2,250*

*Before April 1; after April 1, $2,450

Your investment includes two weeks in residence at Christopher Newport University, and:

  • Workshops and masterclasses with world-renowned performers and teachers
  • One-on-one and group voice lessons
  • A complete Audition Book, including song cuts, headshots, resume and audition videos
  • Housing in our award-winning residence halls
  • All meals
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Christopher Newport University Department of Music
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