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Konza Music Academy Info

The first annual Konza Music Academy is a summer music program intended for high school singers.  Eligible students are current freshmen through high school seniors.  No audition is required, students may enroll now through June 30 for only $339 which covers all expenses for the duration of the Academy.  Scroll down to learn more about this year's event!

What to Know

The Konza Music Academy is an intensive summer music program for singers.  Students will live and study with students who are similarly passionate about vocal music, while experiencing on-campus life in a safe and highly structured week of fun activities, performances, rehearsals, and much more.

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Facilities & Music

Most of the educational experiences  of the Academy will take place at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium and other performance venues that are part of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  Students will learn all of their music on-site so no preparation is needed in advance and the Aacdemy will culminate with a final choral concert for families to attend. Students will often participate in activities across campus including the Student Union, Housing and Dining facilities, and entertainment venues nearby.

Activities

In addition to rehearsals and the culminating choral concert, students will be able to experience on-campus life by living in recently renovated suites in a campus housing complex with one of the best on-campus dining experiences in the nation.  Students will be able to spend social time at the student union in various activities including bowling, pool, table tennis, arcades, or play games under the lights of the old football stadium nearby.  Other optional activities include a trip to a nearby water park for outdoor fun and surfing.  The Academy will feature optional student recitals on the stage of our university theaters, and other structured activities that will make it a fun-filled and packed schedule to get the most of your summer experience.

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Arrival & Departure

Students will arrive on campus and check-in at our housing complex between 5pm-7pm on Sunday, July 24.  You will be told the building address prior to arrival; please eat dinner before arriving.  Students will live alongside and share multi-person suites with other students of the same age and gender.  Men and women will live in separate sections of the building; trained counselors will be on-site 24 hours a day.  Suites include clean linens, blankets, towels for each participant, along with private bathrooms and showers.  Following our concluding choral concert at 2pm Wednesday, July 27th at McCain Auditorium, students will be able to check out of the housing complex between 4pm-6pm.  The all-inclusive price of the Academy does not include travel expenses to and from the Kansas State University campus.  A free airport shuttle to Manhattan Regional Airport will be provided as needed.

Dining

Students will live and eat on campus just like a normal college student.  Kansas State University features some of the finest dining facilities in the country.  Students will be able to have meals tailored to any dietary restrictions and the all-inclusive price covers all meals during their stay.  Typical meal options include cold and hot breakfast and themed dining areas for lunch and dinner including a deli, fresh baked goods, Midwestern market, BBQ grill, Italian kitchen, salad bar, pizza buffet, Southwestern grill, soup and potato bar, along with many dessert options.

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Directors

Learn more about the directors of the Konza Music Academy.  More information will be provided on additional instructors as we approach this summer's event.

Dr. Julie Yu

Dr. Joshua Oppenheim

Dr. Bryan Pinkall

FAQ

Traveling to Manhattan, KS

The all-inclusive fee does not include travel to Manhattan, KS for the Konza Music Academy.  Students who wish to fly in for the event should book air travel into Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) which offers several daily flights through Dallas and Chicago.  The Academy will provide a free shuttle for those flying in to MHK.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Students will live alongside and share multi-person suites with other students of the same age and gender.  Men and women will live in separate sections of the building; trained counselors will be on-site 24 hours a day.  Suites include clean linens, blankets, towels for each participant, along with private bathrooms and showers. 

What's the difference between Summer Choral Institute and the Konza Music Academy?

The Summer Choral Institute is a high selective and nationally acclaimed leadership program for high school freshmen-junior singers that occurs the week before the Konza Music Academy, which is an on-campus intensive music program open to high school freshmen-senior singers.  For both events, students will live and study on the campus of Kansas State University.  Students may and are encouraged to participate in both events as they occur one right after the other.

 

Only high school freshmen-juniors singers may apply for the Summer Choral Institute, which occurs July 18-23.  Students are required to submit an audition recording to be considered for the Institute.  Only 50 students from across the country will be selected into the Institute and each will receive a full scholarship to attend along with a $1,000 college scholarship to attend Kansas State University.

 

The Konza Music Academy is an all-inclusive affordable summer music program for current high school freshmen-senior singers.  No audition is required and our all-inclusive price covers all expenses for the duration of the Academy.

What is the cancellation policy?

Students will receive a 100% refund for cancelling before April 8 and a 50% refund for cancelling prior to the late enrollment deadline of June 30.  Due to our need to hire staff, food, music, and other materials for the event, we will not be able to provide a refund for any reason after June 30.  

What are the COVID-19 precautions?

The Konza Music Academy will obey all recommended guidance procedures required by Kansas State University.  More information on COVID-19 related guidance may be found at https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/guidance/

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