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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

Our program

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

Unleash your talent

Don’t hold back. It’s time to show the world you’re more than just another great singer. 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.

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 never before. Learn about building a book, knowing your type, making cuts – and best of all – working with an accompanist as if you’ve been a duo for decades.
  • Dance like never before. Understand the language choreographers use and develop what it takes to pick a winning combination quickly.
  • Speak like never before. Get inside insight into cold readings and monologues.

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.

"This experience changed my life"

- Hannah, Virginia


Dr. Seung-Hye Kim

Dr. Seung-Hye Kim

Dr. Seung-Hye Kim teaches theory, composition and keyboard at Christopher Newport University. She is a pianist and composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. She earned a PhD in music composition from the University of Florida, an MA in electroacoustic music composition from the Korean National University of Arts and a BA in piano performance from Seoul National University.

Christopher Stephens

Christopher Stephens

Christopher Stephens, private a voice teacher, pianist and music director, is a graduate of the University Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Credits include "Wicked" and "Matilda" (Broadway), "Shout! the mod musical" (off-Broadway, recording on Rhino Records), "Take the Stage with the Broadway Stars" (starring Tony Award winner Jessie Meuller, Carnegie Hall), "Captain Louie" (off-Broadway), "Lucky Stiff" (Sage Theater NYC) and many more.

Tiffany Haas

Tiffany Haas

Tiffany Haas is a Broadway performer, entrepreneur and designer. She has played Glinda in the Broadway production of "Wicked." Prior to her Broadway role, she wowed audiences nationwide portraying the ever-popular Glinda with the national tour. She studied opera and musical theater at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Dr. John A. McGuire

Dr. John A. McGuire

Dr. John A. McGuire is director of opera at CNU. He is an active teacher, director and performer who earned his doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance with a concentration in opera directing from the University of Texas. He has directed and performed with several opera companies and orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Rachel Holland

Dr. Rachel Holland

Dr. Rachel Holland is professor of voice at CNU. She earned a bachelor of music degree from Butler University and master of music and doctor of music degrees in vocal performance from Indiana University. Accomplished in both operatic and orchestral repertoire, she has taken on a wide range of genres and periods from Mozartean repertoire to 20th-century composers.

Colin Ruffer

Colin Ruffer

Colin Ruffer, assistant professor of theater at CNU, specializes in musical theater singing. He earned his MFA in voice pedagogy for musical theatre from Penn State University. He also holds an MM in voice performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a bachelor's in music education from Winthrop University.

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

- Casey, Alabama


Application fee Tuition, room and board
(if paid before April 1)
Tuition, room and board
(if paid after April 1)
$30 $2,250 $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