MSA Preview Day 2022

Mark your calendar: January 22nd.


Core Curriculum:

// Vocal Performance // Ensembles // Advanced Theory // Theory & Harmony // Chorale // Musical Theatre // Movement for Vocalists

On-Site Audition

The on-site audition includes vocal performances.

  • Performance of one musical selection (2-minute maximum; a capella or provide own accompaniment) from Sacred/Gospel, Classical, Patriotic, or Musical Theatre. A piano or CD player will be available for your audition. Recorded accompaniment with no background vocals may be used. 
  • Perform a series of unrehearsed musical assignments provided on-site.

Apply To Audition

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Patton Rice, director of vocal music at the Mississippi School of the Arts, has been a soloist and has performed at Carnegie Hall several times. As a baritone, he has distinguished himself as a performer and soloist with several symphony orchestras, opera and theater companies throughout the state, nation and abroad. Rice’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Auburn University, and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, where he is an ABD doctoral candidate.

“I teach voice class with a lot of one-on-one. They get choral preparation, musical training, as well as solo preparation.”


Cindy Hunter is a seasoned collaborative accompanist with many years of instrumental experience. Her contribution to the vocal music program is exemplified by personal training with students, along with the entire MSA Chorale.