Residential Life while at the TSVI

From the very first day, you will work closely with our outstanding faculty and visiting artists, forging relationships and tackling important work that will serve you well for years to come. We accept only the most-qualified emerging singers, so plan to hit the ground running!

In this exclusive, passionate and supportive environment you will attend workshops and clinics, develop vital skills, learn music, and be inspired by both your teachers and peers. TSVI intentionally creates an extremely challenging and fun environment promoting your productivity and progress.

Your TSVI experience begins with check-in on Sunday, July 6, followed by dinner and a meet and greet.

We accept rising juniors and seniors in high school and college students at the undergraduate level. (College students: You must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application to the TSVI.)

As a TSVI student you will reside in one of five state-of-the-art residence halls on the Christopher Newport campus. These state-of-the-art facilities come complete with a computer lab, coin-operated laundry room, multipurpose room and campus-wide WiFi.

You will have your meals on campus in one of our exceptional dining halls. Menus will vary, offering plenty of options for all.


  • Athletic Attire -- this is another way to describe active wear, clothes allowing for maximum movement and what you might wear to the gym. Close-toed shoes are required. This is mostly for workshop sessions.

  • Casual Attire -- this is another way to describe business casual. Gentlemen: dress pants, collared shirt, dress shoes. Ladies: dress pants/skirt, blouse or professional dress. This is for masterclass attendance as part of the audience.

  • Professional Attire -- this is another way to describe business dress. Gentlemen: suit and tie; any color combo is appropriate. Ladies: professional pantsuit, skirt and blouse or dress. This is mostly for masterclass performance or lesson times during the morning or afternoon where you will be singing or for attending nighttime concerts by our featured artists.

  • Concert Attire -- this is another way to describe your recital attire. Gentlemen, afternoon recital: dark suit and tie. Gentlemen, evening recital: tuxedo or dark suit and tie. Ladies, afternoon recital: simple gown (T-length or floor). Ladies, evening recital: floor-length gown. This is for formal recital performances where you will be singing.

Please remember, these are general guidelines. There are many acceptable variations. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if your attire is appropriate for the activity level and whether it represents you in the most professional light.

CNU has authorized the operation of a full-time, professionally trained police department, responsible for the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community and their guests. Our university police are committed to providing a safe and secure environment.

Note: Upon your TSVI acceptance, you will receive more detailed information regarding residential life, what to bring to campus and additional university services.